"Make what you want to make, and make it the way you want to make it." Gwen Marston

Monday, January 2, 2012

The 'In-Between' Week

"A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world. "                Joseph Addison

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.

After making some wall hangings for Christmas gifts, I had enough 'tree' fabric for two more wall hangings, so they have been finished off and put in the basket for gifts next year.  Yippee!  I'm already started on 2012 gifts.

The stitcheries 5,6,and 7 from Lesley's Stitch a Long had to be stitched.

 I don't know what happened to 1-4, but I'm sure they'll turn up as I continue to work my way through the sewing room.  There was a small 'incident' involving some sloshed tea, but I think I was able to get it all washed out.  If not, the entire set will be tea stained before I continue.  What did you all make with yours?  I don't plan to make a banner, so probably another wall hanging?  Any suggestions would be welcome.

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.

I couldn't get a good picture during daylight, so I'll try again after dark.  The curtains barely cover the window, but we seldom close them, so I think they'll be okay.

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:
It's still not completely finished because I decided to add another border, and I ran out of fabric.  I just hope I can find enough to complete it.  I didn't like the way the stars just ended, so I added the border to finish the stars.  I was able to put two sides of the border on, and I have all the flying geese done to finish the stars.  I also pieced the backing with siggy squares from the participants in the Bee, some yardage, and some scraps.  The binding is all make, so this will be a finish soon.  Cross you fingers that I can find the necessary green fabric!

Bindings and backings are also done for my little spool quilt and my black-eyed Susan quilt.  In order to do the pin basting, I have to completely clean off my sewing table, so I like to have a few in the pile before I do it. 
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 really don't have a lot of UFO's, but I do have a lot of fabric and patterns that have never been started, so this is the perfect group for me.

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!

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”           Frederick Keonig




  1. Hi Sunny - a lovely newsy post :-) I do like your word for the year..what a good idea, I'll have to get my thinking cap on. All your partly done -or nearly finished - projects are looking lovely - I like how you have put your Christmas quilt together, and I just love your Christmas trees...how cool is that, having some pressies already ready for next year!!!

  2. What a lovely word for the year you have chosen .... after a bit of a tiring time including a divorce which was very friendly if these things can be where we are still good friends, all over now contentment is something I also hope to achive and I am appreciating every thing I have family and friends on and off line Oh! and the cat.

    Hugs Laurie

  3. Contentment...perfect. I have to remind myself to be content too. The funny thing is: I have a wonderful and beautiful life, yet I always seem to want something more or something different! You have been so busy... love your curtains and laughed out loud at the emergency visit to the LQS!

  4. Sunny, it is a great blessing to live in a contented state - to find the blessings that already surround you, and know that you have enough. It doesn't mean giving up, or sitting still, but rather to be quietly happy in everything. I am so grateful the Lord led me to contentment.

    All of your projects look so great, I love your basket quilt and your trees - look at you with a gift already! I think your stitcheries would make a lovely little quilt. The curtains are lovely. Congratulations on your win!

  5. A delightful post Sunny. My how busy you're going to be this year!

  6. Everything you had done is brsutiful

  7. Love your post, Sunny!!!

    Contentment is a perfect word for 2012. Really makes life much simpler if we're content.

  8. Contentment is a fantastic word Sunny!Especially for this day and age where everything we see around us on tv, in magazines, etc, is aimed at trying to make us discontent.
    You've had great week of sewing too! Isn't it great when you have weeks when you get lots done...

  9. Well you are going to be busy this year aren't you? I love the 2 wallhangings you've made, the colours are great. As for the stitcheries, I have them all done too, and am waiting for a bright idea about what to do with them now!

  10. You have been so busy! No wonder you don't have many UFOs! All the best for a great 2012!

  11. So many things going on at your house.

    Thanks for the reminder of the Temecula 12 days.......

    I really want to start that....

    Maybe after I finish the Thangles blocks and my SAHRR

  12. I have loved reading through this post and seeing all the projects you are finishing, especially the Christmas items. I am especially impressed that you already have some Christmas gifts for next Christmas!.
    I love those little stitcheries too, but didn't want to make a banner. i have seen that a few people have made mini quilts or wall hangings with them and they look good.
    And what a great idea for the curtains. I must remember that!
    I think it is wonderful that you still do the thank you cards. So do I! I wish it wasn't such a thing of the past. I do get a little tired of having to ring people to check if the gift I sent had arrived.
    Good luck with all the finishes you have planned.

  13. Oh my, Sunny--when are you coming up for some 'air'!!!! I think you need to sit down and enjoy a cup of tea!!
    Love alllll your projects--may you continue to shot for the 'stars'!!!
    Hugs, Di and Miss Gracie

  14. Oh Sunny - I love that quote - and you word for the year! I'm with you, contentment is a wonderful thing - and so are all of your pretty projects! You do such lovely work! Wishing you much contentment in 2012 - and looking forward to seeing all of your pretty projects!

  15. Wow, you've been busy playing with all those fun things!! Lovely basket wall hanging, stitcheries, Christmas quilt and mystery blocks, too!! Good for you :)))

  16. Great word Sunny!! I really like that verse in the bible that you have paraphrased. I try to live by that too. And I've really been enjoying you signing off with the different contentment words. I saw this post, but I must of scrolled right past the beginning and not noticed. (My computer messes up a lot) It was so worth going back to read about your word. You did good getting these projects done before the new year. I love the big quilt!


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