Sunday, January 14, 2018

Saturday progress, stash report, 15 minute challenge

What a great Saturday I had.

Here's my goals:

1. Dresden Plates

- finish sewing plates DONE


- cut out muslin background DONE

- get at least one mounted so I can start stitching DONE

And here are the links :)

https://crazyquiltjournalproject2018.blogspot.com/






- pull fabrics for first block DONE
- cut out first block DONE









- pull colors for first block DONE
- drawn off applique pieces, cut out DONE
- assemble block - not yet




- pull colors for first block DONE
- cut out fabrics - not yet
- assemble block - not yet




- continue stitching next block, making progress 



- draw off January design - not yet
- pull floss colors - not yet



As for the 15 minute challenge, I did both machine and hand work every day. So I'm at 100%. The best thing is that 15 minutes turned into hours and has been a great motivator for me. That accountability has kept me busy and productive. With the number of projects I've signed up for, and the list keeps growing, I need to keep pushing myself forward.




As for stash:  

Dresden plates - center circles - .25 yards used

Starry Bright - back grounds 13x13 squares - 1/3 yard used
stars - about 1/4 yard used

Beary Color - fat quarter used (1/8 yard)

Total in/week:  0

Total out/week:  1 yard (.955) (from enormous stash)

Total out for the year:  2 yards

New in for the year:  1 yard


All in all, a very good weekend.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you days filled with kindness.

Verse of the Day

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2 NIVUK

Winter's Contrasts

Winter's contrasts . . . 


blooming on my kitchen window sill . . . 


the view from my living room window . . . 



accumulation in a bedroom window -the window is closed, but this is what came in through the screen over night . . .


the view from an upstairs bedroom window . . .

The last 24-48 hours has shown a complete turn around. We went from 62 on Thursday to 10 Saturday morning. The windchill was around -10 !!
We were forecast 3-6 inches of snow and got about 4 or 5, so we were blessed that it wasn't worse.
School was cancelled due to the anticipation of freezing rain and hazardous driving conditions.
I was glad to have an excuse to just stay put and get some sewing done.


I finished another block for the Holly Cottage Christmas quilt. I'm very happy with my progress, even though it's been a while since I've actually had an opportunity to work on it.

Mom found out this week that she is going to have to have hip replacement surgery. Not looking forward to any of that. She's going to need extra help and I would really like her to come and stay with us afterwards for a week or two to make sure she's okay. It's going to require several of us to step up and help out, but mostly me.

So my goals for the weekend:

1. Dresden Plates
- finish sewing plates
- cut out muslin background
- get at least one mounted so I can start stitching 

2. Starry Bright Sky QAL 2018
- pull fabrics for first block
- cut out first block

3. Beary Color Challenge
- pull colors for first block
- drawn off applique pieces, cut out
- assemble block

4. Color Challenge
- pull colors for first block
- cut out fabrics
- assemble block

5. Holly Cottage Christmas
- continue stitching next block

6. A Year in the Garden
- draw off January design
- pull floss colors


All of these goals are preparations for the next week. This way, I can sit with Rocky because he just wants to snuggle through this ridiculously cold winter. And I will have projects ready to travel to and from the hospital to spend time with Mom.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you days filled with kindness.


Verse of the Day

A person may think their own ways are right, but the LORD weighs the heart.
Prov. 21:2 NIVUK

Friday, January 12, 2018

This Week's Accomplishments



Cinnamon Tea in hand. Let's see how I did for my snowbound Monday :) and the rest of the week. As usual it went very quickly. The weather was wonderfully warm. January thaw . . . getting ready for a snow bound weekend.

1. Dresden plates for the Crazy Quilting project.

- cut out DONE



- begin sewing DONE, I got six of them put together.




2. ThermoWeb Christmas Ornaments.

- sash block 3, not yet

- finish stitching block 4 Done


3. Pull fabrics for upcoming projects. Done


4. Work on Advent blocks.



- finish sewing progressing, but not done

- start assembly on quilt top, not yet

5. Pull fabric for new BOMs Done

 

Mystery QAL


Starry Bright Sky


Color Challenge and Beary Color Challenge


6. Sweet Friend Quilt
This came to me all done and ready for binding. That was my part. I can't show you much because I don't know if the recipient reads my blog. But it's finished and will be sent out to her at the beginning of the week.



So excited for her to get it and feel the love !!

Stay safe and warm. It's a good weekend to catch up on all the things that got away from us this week.



Thanks for stopping by,



Wishing you kindness from everyone you meet.

Verse of the Day


Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
1 John 4:1 NIVUK

Monday, January 8, 2018

Monday Goals

There is NO school again today !!! School began January 3rd. Newton has been in school one day since it went back in session. He's almost as frustrated as I am. Not that I really mind him being home, but you can only play so many video games. Fortunately, he's been playing with some friends from school, so he is getting some social interaction.



It's a mess out there, especially because the temperatures are finally on the up swing.

For Monday's goals. There are so many projects swimming around in my head I have to make a list and prioritize them. LOL

1. Dresden plates for the Crazy Quilting project.
- cut out
- begin sewing

2. ThermoWeb Christmas Ornaments.
- sash block 3
- finish stitching block 4

3. Pull fabrics for upcoming projects.

4. Work on Advent blocks.
- finish sewing
- start assembly on quilt top

That should be plenty to keep me busy on this snowbound day.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you kindness from everyone you meet.


Verse of the Day

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15 NIVUK

Sunday, January 7, 2018

HQAL - 15 Minute Challenge - Stash report

Can you tell there is a lot going on in my world???

First up, Hand Quilt A-Long (HQAL).

I was encouraged to join this group of lovely ladies as we share and encourage each other in our journey to stitch and finish projects. Not surprisingly, there are some really talented people that I have the privilege of being in their company.

So what did I hand quilt? Fortunately, the rules aren't hard and fast and applique is included.  I have been trying to finish the four ornaments sponsored by ThermoWeb.  add link I finally finished block three and have begun block four.





I'm hoping to have the entire project finished by the end of the week.

I hope you can visit Kathy's blog and see what the other ladies have accomplished.

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Next, the 15 minute challenge

I LOVE THIS

I think anything that encourages you to do what you love is a good thing. 

This challenges you to spend at least 15 minutes per day stitching, sewing, quilting, etc. Doing whatever you love for a minimum of 15 minutes. That doesn't sound hard. It's not a lot of time, but it's amazing how quickly your day gets away from you. There are no hard, fast rules for tracking your time. I know I managed to get in at least 15 minutes on my projects everyday.

* * * * *


Last, but not least, my stash report. I'm hoping this will curb some of my spending!!! Haha.

Existing stash - enormous!!!

New in: 1 yard for Mystery QAL (deadline is March, 2018)

Stash out: 1 yard (Jar toppers wall hanging) from "enormous" stash. And since I didn't inventory this with actually numbers, it is what it is :)

 Net: +1.00 yard

All in all, a very productive week which includes one finish :)


Thanks for stopping by, 

Wishing you kindness from everyone you meet.



Verse of the day:

For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.
Matt. 18:20 NIVUK


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Tuesday's Goals . . . Thursday Goals . . .where did my week go????

Timing is everything.

I've been trying to stay on top of downloading paterns that have been offered recently. One of the ones I'm late to the party for, but have decided I want to make is I Wish You a Merry. I needed block 12. As I was downloading, I found I needed block 11 also. In the nick of time, I got the last two. I have you linked if you are interested. The link has a list of all 12 patterns to make it easier for you to download. They are free until mid-January.  Better hurry.


(Image from Pretty Piney)

Next up, working on the jar topper wall hanging.
I made good  progress and finished the project on Thursday. 





It's all put together and all that's left is hand-sewing the binding in place. I even remembered to put a hanger on the back!!

We're skipping Wednesday because I spent the day with Mom and only had time to work on Thermoweb Ornaments.




After I finished the Jar Toppers, I worked on this one. So to catch you up - Block one is framed, block two is half framed, block three is almost finished with stitching then I can move on to block four.



This is the progress made on block two.

My new washing machine arrived early Thursday morning. I was the first stop. I've been without one since mid-December. We tried to get it repaired. Timing due to Christmas and New Year didn't help. And I'm the long run it just made more sense to purchase a new one. The other one was almost 10 years old.

So between projects, I caught up my laundry. Mom was very generous letting me use her machine.

Friday my day just flew past me. I did a little cleaning and rearranging and finished reading a book.

I hope you all had a good first week of 2018. I feel really good having officially finished a project.

Thanks for stopping by.




I am the Lord, who search the heart and prove the reins, who give to every one according to his way, and according to the fruit of his devices.

Jeremiah 17:10






Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Monday progress, Tuesday goals

Monday was a very relaxing day with none of the usual pressures to get things done. 

I worked on a couple of things. First, the jar toppers we found while cleaning a bedroom at mom's. I finished stitching them last week and now putting them together into a small wall hanging.



I machine applauded them to the backyard with matching thread, then added opposing sashing.

Tuesday's goal is to wash the final two, and hopefully move on to assembling the whole project.

For Monday evening, I spent some time stitching on the Thermoweb Christmas blocks. I'm hoping to sash block two as part of my Tuesday goals.



If time permits, cutting out pieces for Dresden played that I'll be using for my crazy quilt project. This is still very much in the planning stage.

To round out my Monday, I was able to out up 12-14 quarts of chicken stock.



Honey Do was pretty impressed, especially since ends up costing nothing but a little bit of time. It all comes from scraps of vegetables and a little bit of chicken.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you kindness and creativity.