Small Stuff, a Sewing Machine, and Yardage

Super long post ahead...All things considered, I'd say I've been pretty productive the last few days.  Last Thursday I went to the local quilt show and took a class with Kris Vierra.  I learned some new things, reinforced others, and thought about things in new ways, so I'll call that a win.  There was a class with Bonnie Hunter across the hall and even with the doors closed, those ladies were having some fun!  Here is one of my projects with Kris' quilting suggestions shown.
During my lunch break I had time to run through the show and check out the vendors.  I even ran into some ladies from the very first guild I was ever in, twenty years ago.  They recognized me and we enjoyed a brief chat.  Here are a few quilts that I really enjoyed.
Aunt Sadie's Stars by Nancy Simmons of Duncannon, Pennsylvania
Detail of how tiny those diamonds are, compared to sheet of paper.
Wrinkly/Irony by Connie Griner of Burlington, North Carolina

Gnome Forest by Barbara Triscari of Lebanon, Indiana

Kitty on the Green by Lisa Dodson of Martinsville, Indiana
Winter Sky by Dallas Reed of Indianapolis.

Friday I went back to the show with a friend and we found these cute little kits to make tissue holders.  I bought one for me and one for my daughter. She and I sewed them up Saturday night.  Do we know how to have fun or what?
My husband found an antique Brother sewing machine on Facebook that he insisted we buy.  We met the person Friday night. I have no idea if it even runs.  We are intending it to be a display piece.  Does anyone have any tips for cleaning the paint to remove the yellow hue?

Saturday was guild day and we were working on some of the charity quilts we have planned for the year.  I was in charge of cutting out a quilt.  It took me about four hours.  Then I went home and slept.  My kids are on spring break this week, so we've been hanging around and enjoying being lazy.

Sunday I bought a whole bunch of batting again!  I really need to get quilting.

Monday I decided to try out sewing some of the Cupcake Cake Mix papers from Moda/Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.  I used two charm packs that I already had (bonus!)--American Jane's Bread 'n Butter and Kona Snow.  I have to say that while I know charm squares aren't always square, some of those Kona ones were really ridiculous. Check my Instagram feed to see one of the wonkiest. If you're not on Instagram, scroll down to the bottom of my page and get a preview. Hopefully it will come out okay with all the cutting I will need to do.
Tuesday I made this little earbud pouch for my daughter.  She chose all the fabrics from my stash.  The pattern is available here.

I have a few quilts that are not mine that I get to quilt!  I'm excited and nervous.  I really need to try one of my own first to make sure that everything is working properly after the epic take down, expand, and put back together episode.  I'm hoping to get to the quilting Thursday or Friday.  Here's a little sneak peek.

Today is family fun activity day, so I probably won't be sewing today. We do still have to make a mole for my daughter's chemistry class at some point this week too.  Until next week.

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