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Plot Twist #2

Things have been busy.  I haven't been in my sewing room since Friday.  Speaking of Friday, I did finish another Quilts for Kids quilt.  I quilted it with Modern Drift.

I have enough set aside to make two more.  Probably if I go through my stash I could make tons more.  I just may as soon as I get more hours in my day.

I also acquired another guild project to quilt.  Hopefully that will happen this week or next. Here's a little sneak peek.

I have made no more blocks for the Summer Book Club QAL.  I have fabric pulled to make a ton more, but just haven't gotten to it.

I made a very small batch of sweet pickle relish.  The recipe said it would make four half pints, but I was really stretching to make it to three.  They are probably a bit under-filled.  Also, you may notice in my picture that it looks like there is something all over the lids.  There is not; it seems as if the lids etched during processing.  Strange.
I forgot to share this picture last week.  It is a series of muslin gowns through history.  I found it really interesting and inspiring and I wish I would have taken pictures of each individual plaque, but I didn't. It makes me want to go sew doll clothes.
Finally, you may be wondering where is the plot twist in this post?  I mentioned last week that I am officially in the long arm quilting business now, licensed by the state and county.  I was frustrated that I couldn't come up with a business name that wasn't already taken, so I finally went with Quilting by Anne-Marie and I was going to just incorporate it into this blog.  However, I found out that the domain was actually available, so soon my little business will have its own website dedicated solely to machine quilting.  I'll be adding a new brand of batting as well, which I'm pretty excited about.

These next few weeks are looking to be pretty busy what with finishing up the final week of camp, lots of appointments, and getting the kids ready for back to school, not to mention finalizing all the little details to launch the business web presence.  Hopefully I can squeeze in some sewing time here and there too.

Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts and Put Your Foot Down at For the Love of Geese.

Plot Twist

I purchased a NASA quilt kit from Riley Blake via Jo-Ann for my space-loving son.  It arrived Friday and I planned to sew and quilt it this week.  We are changing the layout slightly and adding some additional yardage that I already had.  Since the previous fabric was already washed, I washed all the new yardage as well.  As soon as it was out of the dryer, I took it to the sewing room to start ironing.  Then I noticed that the central panel had a sizable flaw that runs in two directions right through the center of the panel.  I was so disappointed!  And a little at loose ends since I'd already planned on working on it during my sewing time this week.

So I sulked for a while and then decided to make another Quilts for Kids project.  It's loaded on the frame and I think I have the quilting plan programmed and ready to go.  I have exactly two free hours today, so not sure when I'll get to this, but hopefully tomorrow I'll have a bit more time.  I don't anticipate this one taking very long.
As a side note, I generally do not float my quilt tops.  However, I used the very end of a bolt of batting for this and it is super wrinkly, so I felt that I needed to be able to access it and make sure everything goes well.

We also finally hung these pictures that my sister gave me several years ago.
The only other thing I have to mention is that I am officially in business.  I filed all the paperwork and got approved from the county last week.  I'm working on designing some business cards and then I'll be super-official!  I'm waiting to hear from the state on a sales tax permit.  Assuming they approve (paperwork is showing up today), then I'm planning to add some nice batting choices to my repertoire.  Send some quilting my way!  :)

Linking with My Quilt Infatuation and For the Love of Geese.