After a lot of thought, I have chosen "contentment" as my word for 2012. In searching for a quote, I found that to many, contentment is a negative rather than positive state of being. After a year of great discontent, I consider it to be a desirable way of living. Being content with what I have - not always wanting or 'needing' something that is out of reach. So CONTENTMENT it is.
I have been extremely busy during this week in between Christmas and New Year's. My plan for 2012 is to finish many of the quilts in my sewing room that have yet to be started. But before I can even start, I needed to get some UFOs out of the way. So I sandwiched, quilted, and bound the Little Baskets quilt that I pieced last summer. This involved an emergency trip to the LQS because I was about 5 inches short of the binding that I needed.
The stitcheries 5,6,and 7 from Lesley's Stitch a Long had to be stitched.
I also made my December and January blocks for BSA, and they've been mailed out.
Next up was to work on my kitchen curtains. Remember the curtains that didn't get made with vintage hankies? Well soon after that, I found a wonderful tablecloth, and it was 75% off! I just cut it in half, hemmed the raw edges, and folded over the top. Totally the 'look' that I was hoping for.
Next up was to make a few thank you cards. Thank you cards are a thing of the past in this world, but I still enjoy sending them out.
My current cross stitch project is coming along nicely, and I work on it in the evenings while watching TV. The sample on the pattern shows this made into a beautiful pillow.
For the next three projects, I had the tops done, but still had to make backings and bindings. My Christmas quilt:
Busy, busy busy. It feels great to get so many things finished. In order to keep making forward progress in 2012, I've signed up for Barbara's NewFO Project at Cat Patches
I've also signed up to make one Christmas ornament each month, and I've just learned that Christmas Through the Year is going to continue, with Darlene and Cheryl picking up the reins to allow Allie to move on to other pursuits.
I also decided to make the little Mystery Quilt by Temecula Quilts. If you haven't heard about it, check it out! There are only 12 little blocks, and the first day was only one piece, the second day had two pieces, etc. Day Nine was released today, so I better head back down to the sewing room. Here are my first 8 blocks. Apparently there was a kit that could be ordered, but I just shopped from my scrap basket.
So, I think that should be enough to keep me on task and keep my quite content throughout the year. I really need to get back to blogging more often so that each post doesn't become an entire novel.
But, before I go, I need to thank Vickie for the beautiful Charm pack that I won. She also tucked in a cute little notepad. Thanks Vickie!