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Look what I won last week!  I retweeted something from Quilter’s Newsletter and won these two magazines – Best Weekend Quilts and Best Fat Quarter Quilts.  Can’t wait to see if there’s something in these that I can use my fat quarters from the Guild exchange!  I don’t usually win giveaways, but it seems no one wanted to win on twitter! 🙂  I’ll keep entering giveaways and at some point I have to win more!

Design Wall Monday

2013-06-21 08.25.53 2013-06-23 15.19.31Well I was able to get 2 diamonds finished this week. I have my baggies ready for the next 3, and need to get working on basting them and putting the diamond together.  I was going to work on hand quilting my first hexagon quilt so I could put it in the guild quilt show, but with everything going on this summer, I know I just don’t have the time.  I’d rather concentrate on finishing hexagon diamonds and get it quilted for the show.  I took a break yesterday though and decided to do something different.  I pulled out my Cleveland Cavaliers cross stitch piece and worked on it for awhile.  I haven’t worked on it since January, but it was quite easy to pick it back up and work on it.  There’s a total of 15 pages and I had finished 1 in January.  So I started working on page 7, there’s a lot of solid color so I figured it’d be easy!  So when I need a break from the hexagons, I’ll work on my cross stitch.  Hope to have more diamonds finished this week so I can put it all together this weekend.2013-06-23 22.49.54
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Hexie Diamonds

2013-06-18 16.11.32I managed to get the 4 diamonds attached today while Alex was napping. There are now 5 rows left to add before this is completed.  I am really liking how this is turning out, even though there are a few fabrics I don’t like.  But since they are such small pieces of them, it doesn’t matter too much!  I’m going to sort through the rest of my baggies tonight and figure out which diamonds are going in rows together.  It’s also a way to make sure I have everything I need to finish this quilt.  I have a LOT of black hexies to make to fill in the top and bottom, not sure if I’ll leave those for the end or do them before I finish the rest of these rows.  I’ll decide later!  Time to watch the Heat beat the Spurs (Game 6 of the NBA Finals) and sort through the hexie baggies.

Hexie Diamonds Update

2013-06-17 23.12.432013-06-03 12.28.33Oh my goodness does my arm hurt!  I wasn’t feeling well this weekend and decided to take it easy today.  So while Alex played (and napped) I spent the day working on my hexie diamonds.  I got all 4 put together that I need for the next row. I’d start working on attaching it all to the main piece tonight, but I think my right arm needs a rest – too much repetitive motion!!  Hopefully tomorrow I can start putting it together.  I have 5 rows after this one and then the filling in of the top and bottom with black.  Then I’ll be able to baste it and quilt it.  I had intended this to be done before we went camping the first time, but now my goal is to have it done and ready for the guild quilt show in October.  The colors aren’t too good in this picture, I took it in the family room and it’s a little late at night for good pictures!  I like almost all of the colors in this row, except for the money fabric.  I don’t know what I was thinking when I bought that fat quarter, but at least I’m figuring out a way to use them!

Linking up to Design Wall Monday at PatchworkTimes and HeLP for Hexies at Sarah Did It.

Cross Stitch Update

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I haven’t worked on cross stitch for awhile, mainly because I want to get my hexagon diamonds quilt done.  Last fall I had started gifts for my cousin’s twins intending on having them done for Xmas.  That never happened.  So the last few months I worked on them and finished the cross stitch part but still needed to finish them.  I managed to do that the night before their party!  I’m happy with how they turned out for the most part, if I had had more time I would have fixed the border on Lila’s, but my cousin liked them so I’m not going to worry about it anymore!  I’d like to work on my Cleveland Cavs piece and I might get it out and work on it 1 night a week just for something different.  I also want to start the Monopoly board but I think I need aida for that one.

Design Wall Monday – June 3, 2013

2013-06-03 12.28.33I did it! I finally got the next row added on! I added the half diamonds to the next row since they were already done, now I need to get the 4 diamonds ready to finish off that row.  Total of 6 rows and this will be completed, I am looking forward to being able to put it on the bed in the trailer!  It’s getting harder and harder to get a good picture of this, I will most likely need to start taking multiple pictures and stitching them together in photoshop – that’s the problem with large quilts though!  I am hoping to work on this solidly until it’s done, but I know that my plans always change.  I will most likely rotate between this and the sampler that I’m hand quilting.  I do still want to get that done and not have it sitting around collecting dust.  As soon as I get the hexagon quilt done I can concentrate on hand quilting my first hexagon quilt for the quilt show.  That has a deadline too!