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

Saturday, January 18, 2014

My how time flies . . .

My how time flies when you’re having fun sewing!  Every time I think about blogging, I decide to sew instead.  And yet it doesn’t seem like I have much to show for my efforts.  I’m also working on cleaning and organizing my sewing room,  so I’ve been working on smaller projects, that are scattered around the room. 


This little candle mat was made from a kit that I bought a couple of years ago, and this snowman is from a  pattern and wool that I bought from Cathi at Shakerwood Woolens when she had a booth at a nearby Quilt Show last year.  I placed another order with her right before Christmas, so there’s one more wool project to come.  Well, maybe two.

I made several Christmas gifts this year, but one was extremely late in arriving at its destination, so I couldn’t share them before now. 







I made these for bloggy friends, and I liked them so well, I made a third for my sil and bil.  Another sil received this.


It was a lot of fun to make, and I did most of the stitching in my car on lunch hours!  I really enjoy that hour every day, sitting in silence and decompressing.

I also received some lovely handmade gifts for Christmas.  Maria sent this beautiful bag.

It’s the perfect size to tuck one of those little lunchtime projects in.  From my friend Di, I received a fun assortment of snowman themed items.


My name was drawn for a prize from the Christmas Quilt Along for participating in the challenge of making a quilt without using red or green.  Sue sent this beautiful wall hanging for my prize.

So, what am I working on now?  I’ve finished the seventh snowman of nine for a BOM.


I now have number eight, and plan to prep it tonight.

I’m also working on this challenging piece.


I have the center blocks made, but the medium green round is shared between blocks, and it’s taken me awhile, but I think I’ve finally figured out how to join it all together.  I don’t have a pattern, I’m just working from an advertisement in a magazine.

I’ve decided that I’m going to try my hand at hand quilting, so I made this little quilt, to give it a try.  I’m sure it won’t be great, but it’s made of leftover fabrics, so I really don’t have anything to lose.


One last thing – I’m working on sewing hexies together for for my GFG while I watch TV in the evenings.  So I have been sewing like crazy!  Maybe not focusing on any one thing, but I am focusing on finishes.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!  I’ll try to be a little more regular so a post isn’t always this long.


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Ringing in the New

I’m so far behind in blogging, that I don’t even know where to start.  I feel guilty, so I just keep putting it off.  Blogging is supposed to be fun, isn’t it?  So I’m moving forward and not going to try to cover November and December.

I had a very nice Christmas, although it was quiet with just Mr. QD and me.  I received some lovely gifts –hikey things, stitchy things, and travelly things.  Spellcheck does not like any of my adjectives, but I do!


We stayed home for Christmas, and then headed for the shore for a few days afterwards.    We had a fun time, photographing Snow Geese, Tundra Swans, White Pelicans, Great Blue Herons, and several Bald Eagles. 



We walked on the beach, and we hiked.  We toured around a couple of small towns on the Eastern Shore, and found a fabulous new restaurant.  We also witnessed two fabulous sunsets over the water.


And now somehow, it’s a new year.  I’ve noticed that many bloggers are setting goals this year instead of making resolutions, and I really like that idea.  My most important sewing goal is to stop buying fabric, and use what I have!  Things have gotten out of control in the QD sewing room, and it’s time to take control. I didn’t even get any fabric for Christmas!

I’ve found a new group to help with my problem.  My name is Sunny, and I’m a Fabriholic.  There are many of us out there, and I’m finally ready to admit that I have a problem.  I’ve been composing a list of all my UFO’s, WIP’s, and projects that have never been started although I bought the fabric.  I’ll be posting the list soon,

Pop over to the Elven Garden if you’d like to learn more about Fabriholics anonymous, or perhaps join us?  I plan to do another post in the next day or two listing the rules, and publicly stating any changes I might be making for myself. 


I’ve also found my new WORD for the new year.  Actually, I think it found me.  FOCUS.  I plan to focus on getting healthier, and while I won’t list specifics here, I do have a specific list.  I plan to focus on my home, and making it a nicer place.  I plan to focus on sewing more and buying less. 

I think that’s enough for tonight.  I need sleep as I actually have to get up and go to work tomorrow!