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

Friday, December 2, 2016

November OPAM

November is not my favorite month.  The leaves have fallen from the trees, and it's dreary and bleak outside.  The kayaks have been put in storage for another season.  On the bright side, that leaves more time for sewing!  And for retreat earlier in the month.

the end of the leaves for the season, near our retreat 
I took four projects to retreat, and worked on all four.  Three tops were finished up to the point where they need applique applied.  Working on that now.  I've also been doing a LOT of embroidery, and hope to have something to show for my efforts soon.  I'm in two groups that have UFO challenges, and I got them mixed up, so I had to pay up for not finishing for one group.  I think that's the first time I've ever had to pay a 'fine' for not finishing my project.  It will NOT happen again - LOL!

My finishes for November include 5 place mats, which were all made from various scraps laying on my sewing table.  Some will go to Meals on Wheels, and one or two are for our guild's Christmas project.  In lieu of exchanging gifts this year, we decided to make place mats and pillow cases for a small Assisted Living  home in our town.  The residents are extremely low income, and have nothing.  We're also making lap quilts in addition to the place mats and pillow cases, and hope to bombard them with gifts and love.

We're having dinner guests tomorrow night, and I whipped up a set of coasters for each couple.  We don't really exchange gifts, but I wanted to send them home with a 'little something'.

I'm determined to use every last inch of this fabric that is leftover from one of my retreat quilts.  And the best part - I won the jelly roll a couple of years ago!

While looking for these pictures, I remembered that I actually also made a postcard for Sheila's swap.  It hasn't yet made it to Brazil though, so I can't share it here.

I do manage to sew at least a little each day, and I'm making progress though I don't have any big finishes.  Next week is crazy busy with parties and gatherings, and then look out.  I've scheduled some major time with Patience, my quilting machine, and we've got a somewhat large stack of projects to finish.  

In closing, I just want to say that Gatlinburg and the Great Smokey Mountains are one of my favorite places, and I'm so sad about their tragic fire.  Please keep the people in your prayers as they try to recover from this terrible act of suspected arson.

keep on stitching........Sunny

April 2016 Great Smokey Mountain National Park


  1. They are cute little coasters. Like the appliqué holly too

  2. It's fun to see what you are doing with your jelly roll. Aren't they fun! I'm out in the barn working on a quilt today . . . just decided to take a little break and blog.
    Happy quilting!
    Connie :)

  3. Hi Sunny lovely pics and those coasters are so cute and your friends will love them.

  4. I love your coasters... November is gone now... hope December is less dreary.... the seasons change so quick

  5. Some lovely little projects finished Sunny! I love the placemats and coasters.... very pretty! Enjoy your weekend! Christine x

  6. You've keep busy in November..
    What cute gifts you made to send your guests home with...

  7. There you are---miss you when it is so long between posts--but then look 'who' is calling the kettle black these days!!!!
    love all your little projects--
    I can't show alot of mine as they are going into gift packages--but I am doing some sewing and quilting every day--like you--
    I know I have never been to those 2 areas--but am sooo sad about it all plus that plane that crashed with all those soccer players on it--!!
    love and laughter, and prayers, di

  8. It is lovely to see the projects you are working on. Good luck with all your finishes.

  9. Lots of pretty Christmas goodies coming out of your sewing room.

  10. Good to see you took enough projects to Retreat, Sunny , ha ha!
    What a great idea with the coasters, such a handy gift... enjoy all your socialising... I hope it's not too busy! x

  11. Lovely projects , the placemats and coasters are perfect .

  12. The coasters look great. And are the perfect gift...xox

  13. Hi Sunny! your gifts for the assisted living residents are wonderful. I am grieving for Gatlinburg and The Great Smoky Mtns too. My daughter and I had reservations there for this past weekend and had to move our trip to Bristol. Such a sad time.

  14. Your coasters are so adorable--anyone would love to get a set of them as a gift!


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