Jenny Nault Meeker

_________________________________________________________________ Bobbin Roulette Studio based in Fairfield County, CT, USA

https://www.bobbinroulettestudio.com/2017/03/08/the-value-of-a-quilt/

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Finally getting a chance to do some sewing!!! Been over a month since I sat at my Juki or my Featherweight due to having to prep our bedroom for the arrival of new, desperately needed furniture that just was delivered last week—so now to play with these #konacotton beauties and LOTS of #aurifil for both piecing and later quilting on this pattern test for @wholecirclestudio. I think I may have too much Aurifil since these were all in my stash 🤔 and I am crushing hard on the variegated ones for the quilting. Also decided to repurpose an old Yankee Candle container from a candle that long ago was at its end into a handy Wonder clip holder to make it easier when collecting and labeling my pieces for this make. Love that I will be able to use my Stripology ruler (out of shot, but never far away!) and my trusty Bloc-Loc-Ruler for this fun pattern. If you haven’t done one of Sheri’s patterns before, you really ought to try one—the directions are fool proof and I’m that proof because if this fool can do them, anyone can! 😂 #isometimeshaverocksforbrains #butneverhavetoomuchaurifilthread #ortoomuchfabric

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Ran out of empty bins on Sunday night during the massive closet reorg effort, but the hubby did an awesome job getting bins the right size and shapes to fit the shelves to get the backings and other large yardage down below and the more “scrap” sizes at eye level so they get used sooner. All the solids are in the center of the top shelf for easy grabbing—and will be better color sorted inside the bins when time permits. Last pic is of the #carolynfriedlander fabric bins—yes, there are two of them. Yes, there may end up being more of them not too long from now. 😏 #thoseemptiesontopwillbefillesthisweekendwithrestoftherainbowscraps #butwaitingformoremediumbinsthatgobehindthelittleonestoarrivetomorrowtostashsomequilttops #notsurewhatimputtingintheminionesyet #imayhaveboughtthemjustbecausetheyrecute #oops

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Progress! Bottom shelf contains some already stuffed bins the hubby grabbed at Target. He done good. They’re the perfect depth for the 22” shelf and the perfect height to be to stack three of them for putting in my big yardage collection(anything over 2 yards). I still don’t have all of my big yardage stash in here though as some of it canvas, linen, corduroy, shower curtains (don’t ask) and other random things have made their way to me via random sources. Also took the time to redo the disgusting 20+ year old contact paper that was on the bottom two shelves, but ran out so the game shelf will have to wait its turn (and the bottom shelf is only half done). Really want to paint the inside too, but I think the hubby will kill me if I start that since I still haven’t technically finished the painting from the renovation we finished 18 months ago. 😳 #butitwouldlookwaybetter #anditwouldmakememoreproductive #iswear #yeswehaveastarwarsandjusticeleaguemonoploy #dontjudgeus

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Seems I had a pretty colorful year, but I can’t readily identify the projects for most of these colors (or backgrounds). 🤔 But I am liking that sneak of a golden yellow hue smattered about the left half a lot—may be a sign! 💛 #yearofcolour #makelight #yearofcolour2017

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Yay! The UPS guy FINALLY delivered my #aurifil Cafe thread for my hubby’s #cabanaquilt and it came in the same shipment with my coconut palm sugar so my morning coffee has been saved as well! #thatwasacloseoneonthecoffee #thankfullyihadjustboughtmyusualtwospoolsofaurifilwhitelastweek #useonefortopthreadandoneforbobbinsoyouknowwhenyourerunninglowallaround #cantlivewithoutmyitalianthreadgoodness

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Working from home on Day Two of schools closed (for a measly freaking six inches of snow and a few drifts 🙄), means I bust out the 457 piece LEGO Star Wars Jakku Quadjumper and start grouping pieces so I can set the tiny human on task and keep her occupied for at least two hours. #fingerscrossedshedoesntgetboredbeforeshefinishes #sheonlyeverreallywantstoputthefigurestogether #andthenplaywithlightsabers #savemeobiwankenobiyouremyonlyhope

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Dear People of New England: It’s just winter; we regularly get six plus inches of snowfall at a time every year at about the same time of year, and each year you all survive just fine without having to devour the 735,924,108,473 pounds of bread goods you bought at the store 12 hours before the storm’s first snow flake fell. Get a grip. —Signed, The Sane People Who Simply Went To Store To Get A Prescription And Decided To Grab Their Kid Hot Dog Buns While There With The Rest Of The Damn Town #youpeopledonelostyourdamnminds #thisisntthehorseandbuggyeraanymore #noneedforthissilliness #howmuchfrenchtoastareyouplanningtoeatinthenext24hoursanyway #croissantsarebetter #thereareactualchildrenstarvinginthiscountryandothers #prettysureyouwerentindangerofbeingoneofthem

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When making quilts for children, it’s always best to lay your child flat to get accurate measurements—ironing the child is not usually required though. #captainamericaisherfavorite #superheroesarewaybetterthandisneyprincesses #unlesstheprincessisleia

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Well, don’t just sit there looking at it, Charlie—hand me the piece I have been looking for so I can finish piecing this backing. No, don’t ignore me, cat! Oh, for crying out loud—don’t go to sleep now. Worst quilting assistant ever. #catsofinstagram #catsonquiltpieces #crapquiltassistant

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Woke up to a true White Christmas in Massachusetts on the lake, which only just yesterday was host to a couple of swans having a Christmas Eve swim. Merry Christmas to all who celebrate! #christmasinnewengland

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As much as I love the portable convenience of my e-reader devices, I do miss the splendor of glancing at the cover as I crack open the spine—especially when the cover is as richly designed as @leopoldoleopoldo’s book covers are! Thank you for solving my #brogift dilemma this year, Mr. Gout! #lostinelectronictranslation

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At 3:00am EST this morning, this #cabanaquilt was finally finished, and after getting up at 7:30am to start my day (yawn), I was finally able to escape from the day job to ship it out at 3:00pm EST so it arrives in Virginia in time for Christmas. I think my membership in the #insanedeadlineposse is still intact though as I wasn’t thrilled about having to ditch the hand stitched down binding in favor of machine binding for the sake of the deadline—but pleased with my very first attempt/results with it regardless (swipe left to see more of the fun)! Now I get to tackle quilting the one for my husband during my time off next week. Hopefully the nice cleaning staff at the office won’t be too mad about my shoe prints on the overpolished conference table in the meantime. 😂 #robertkaufman #konacotton #aurifil #wholecirclestudiopattern #stillmyfavoritequiltdesignever #christmasmiraclethoughthatitsfinishedontime

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Who else is in the #insanedeadlineposse for quilt finishes this holiday season? Just me? Yes, I just finished and shipped out a tree skirt yesterday and finished this #cabanaquilt top today (only had the stripe sections sewed as of bedtime last night—trimmed and assembled everything today), did the backing and then cut the batting and started basting it around 7:20pm. Who’s placing bets I can get this mailed out to the client on Thursday for a Saturday delivery so it can be under their tree on Christmas morning? Or am I hoping for a Christmas miracle here? Hoping I have better luck than my poor car (last pic), which my husband damaged while taking our daughter to her classmate’s birthday party since I couldn’t do it like normal. #notfeelingverychristmasy #maybeginwouldhelp #oranelf #oragallonofgin #scratchthatlast

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At 2:40pm sharp, this custom designed and quilted Christmas tree skirt was finally finished and by 3:30pm, it was all packaged up and waiting for pickup at UPS. Hope it enjoys its first Christmas down in St. Augustine, Florida this year! Complete with hook closures to be less tempting than ties as toys for the residents of its permanent home in Arkansas for future years (a few adorable kiddos and sweet pooches will be hopefully enjoying this for years to come) and some “me-engineered” non-slip patches on the bottom to work in tandem with some thin rubber matting (not pictured) so the busy homeowners aren’t constantly rearranging the skirt edges back into place. Wish the #aurifil Brillo metallic thread photographed better—it’s so beautifully shimmery and soooo easy to work with on my Juki TL2010Q. #christmastreeskirt #quiltedchristmas #over200hours #wortheverysecondofwork #modafabric #robertkaufman #basicgrey #berrymerry

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It’s completely legal to pay your six year old in Star Wars LEGOs to shovel, right? (In her parents’ defense, she BEGGED them to let her go out and shovel.). #seemedlikeagooddealtous #shewillsleepwelltonight #legodeathstarbuildingtocommencelater #ormaybethemilleniumfalconinstead #ormaybewewilljustwatchreturnofthejediwhileisew #bracingforcutemurderbearanticslater

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First snowfall of the season here means the perfect excuse to sew all day! Very glad that I don’t have to be outside in the freezing cold and snow, but I never forget that there are plenty others who aren’t so fortunate whether due to their jobs or lack of a home. #thankfuleverydayallday #prettyasitfalls #butstillpreferabeachandawarmbreeze

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Quilting has commenced on the Christmas tree skirt! Had a few hiccups over the weekend with some thread breakage issues, which is highly unusual given that I use #aurifil exclusively and never have issues with it. But my Juki was giving me breakage of what I thought originally was my bobbin thread—even called my trusty LQS owner guru and she did help me discover a nasty dust bunny under my bobbin case spring, but that wasn’t the issue! It wasn’t until I started ripping out the oopses that I figured out it was the TOP thread breaking. Finally narrowed the culprit to the very top knob that had been turned far too much to the right—probably by the tiny human after one of her inquisitive sessions the other day. Back at it now full throttle and taking a few days off at the end of this week to get ‘er done! #timetoplaysomechristmastunes #ontothenextcolorofthread

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Been sewing a blue streak all week for @southafricansharkbait, but switching gears to finish the quilting on the tree skirt for the rest of the weekend. I will miss the stripy goodness for the duration though. Love making #cabanaquilt quilts! #konacotton ##robertkaufman #aurifil #aurifilthread #modernquilt #blackwhiteandblue

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Came home from the parentage’s homestead early this morning to try to beat traffic and to get started on sewing the strips for my next #cabanaquilt incarnation. Happily my package from @radioactive_squirrel with my boxy bag in this gorgeous Valori Wells print in my favorite color was waiting for me! I couldn’t pass up getting one in glorious yellows, and then snagged another one in blue for my daughter to shove some more owls into for her yearly Christmas Santa gift and a third for dear friend in England because Ginny had a Shawn the Sheep on too so that a must have as well. Check out @dreams_of_fabric_destash to see some really great boxy bags in fun fabrics (someone needs to save me from buying the bacon print one too!) for some high quality and skillfully crafted gifts! #shehadmeatyellow #butthevaloriwellsdidnthurteither

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On Tuesday night, I finally was able to finish this Christmas tree skirt that I started the math and templates for back in July! Day job, expected surgery for me and an unexpected surgery for hubby all wreaked havoc with my deadline, but now it’s onto the piecing of the backing, quilting and then binding this so the final owner can perhaps use it under her tree this year! #modafabrics #berrymerry #konacotton #robertkaufman #robertkaufmancottonlinen #aurifil #aurifilthread #thereindeeraremyfavorite #stillhatemath

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Dear “Stranger Things” Prop Master: This model of a school bus with a flat front was not introduced into service until 1987 (and even then was not widely used until 1991 because the first generation had supply issues) while Season 2 takes place in 1984–and they most certainly never had white roofs then (not until after 1992). Surely there is at least one front engine model still in existence in running order in this country like the one from Sixteen Candles (or you just don’t shoot school bus scenes). —Signed, A Child of the Eighties Who Isn’t Going To Fall for a Banana in the Tailpipe (or a blatantly period-incorrect bus) #strangerthings #stillafuntripofashow #thosekidsareawesome #bobbetterstaynice

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Took the day off from the day job due to school being closed for local elections—which meant some quality time with the mini-me at my office’s Fall Harvest event for kids (instead of a Halloween one, thankfully) with activities and candy for the tiny humans—and the adults too. Was very cathartic to join in for coloring and the wee one was excited to be able to hang our masterpieces on the fridge together at home. However, that activity is when I noticed that the Avengers “dancing” pants I made are now floods on the kid—time to turn them into shorts! She was also excited to spy an owl on the way to the activities and took it as an opportunity to remind me once more that she asked Santa for yet another owl friend. 🙄 She’d better grow up wise for all the 🦉 paraphernalia in our house (but they are cool/cute critters). #wisheverydaycouldbelikethis #alsowishitwasacceptabletocoloratmydesk #ormaybeapetowlatmydeskinstead

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Accidental art: pin sculpture. Was sewing like mad and tossing pins into my magnetic bowl with abandon for a few hours until I happened to catch a glimpse out of the corner of my eye when the tallest pin caught the light. Didn’t realize I had inadvertently sculpted a Christmas tree out of pins while working on the tree skirt—but it seems rather fitting, no? #lovehappyaccidents #almostdonewiththistopfinally #berrymerry #modafabric #tistheseasonsoon

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My @carolynfriedlander obsession week continues as my order of desperately needed rope bowls arrived from @katspawsvt and she included some F8s of #botanicsfabric with them that I am missing from my collection (which is what happens when you foolishly fall in love with an OOP line YEARS after it’s been released and have a crazy amazing idea for the line—stupid heart)! These rope bowls are the PERFECT sizes for my thread catching, HST and paper piece trimmings, and general attempts at keeping my sewing area from becoming like my desk. 😳 Plus, these fabric color choices are going to keep smiling throughout the winter! Thank you, Kat!!!! And you’re very cheeky for sneaking in that lovely batik bookmark that actually matches the Botanics you sent too! 😂 #bestcustomerservice #customorderingmadeeasy #everyoneneedsatleastadozenropebowlsright #kidnowwantsacollectionofblueonesforherself #christmasordercomingsoon

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The answer is “no, I could not even wait until I got it into the house before taking a picture” of my new #gleaned bundled from @carolynfriedlander because it is everything I dreamt it would be and more! #sodamngiddyrightnow #goingtochannelitintosomecurrentprojectdeadlines #butloveknowingiwonthavetowaitsixmonthsforthesebeauties #orthecoordinates #gleanedfabric

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Finally the day has arrived that I can reveal one of my secret sewing projects—this gorgeous #sunsalutationsquilt top that I tested for the pattern release from @wholecirclestudio! Sheri is launching the pattern to coincide with her brilliant quilt hanging in the @pbstudiofabrics at Market this weekend with their Painters Palette solids. I also used their fabrics in this quilt (and will be writing up a review on my blog soon of my experience and observations using these lovely colors!) and had fun pairing them with my @aurifilthread stash for my piecing work to make sure that I don’t see any white or other neutral threads peaking through when I go to quilt this cheerful design! Eleven threads were used in the creation, along with twenty six beautiful and rich solids, and one quilting cat assistant. 🙄 Head over to @wholecirclestudio to pick up this beginner-friendly pattern at a 25% discount until Monday! #painterspalettesolids #aurifil #aurifilthread #aurfil50wt #sewtherainbow #ignorethelackofironing

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When it’s going to be 70 degrees out in New England in mid-October, you take Lola to work—and get “Copacabana” stuck in your head on loop as the price. #itsworththeprice #useallthegears #505hpisaddictive #matchingmycartothefoliagetoday

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