Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Finishing the Year

This year certainly ended with excitement. The virus on the computer certainly consumed me and added to the Christmas chaos. I think the computer sucked out all my creative energy, because I haven't done any sewing during my vacation.

All in all I must have been very good this year because I received some really nice gifts for Christmas. I think everyone in my family was pleased with the gift selections. When we were doing our returns on Monday, we came across a whole rack of Wii Fit games. It was a late Christmas gift, but my family is very excited to have it. I don't think my body will ever be the same after hula-hooping. It was good for a laugh if nothing else. Sorry no video footage was produced!!!!

When I look back on my goal for 2008 (a year of finishing or getting projects closer to completion), I think I did well. I still have well over 30 UFO's which is alarming! I am going to continue to work on my "loose threads" in 2009. I would like to finish 10 projects this year. This will be a big task for me, but I do have several baby quilts started. This leads me to my next dilemma......

It is killing me not to work on Bonnie's NYE mystery ( I have been doing scrap patterns now for several years. I don't know if I can go back to a planned color scheme. As I sip my coffee, I am anxious to get to my studio and start cutting for the mystery. I am still strong (at the moment), and I am sticking with my plan to finish more projects than I start. I may have to weaken when I see step 2.

My second goal for 2009 is to reduce my stash. My plan is to eliminate fabrics that I no long like by either cutting them up or donating them. I got an early start with this yesterday when I put about 20 pounds of fabric in a box to donate to a senior center. My sewing studio is currently a disaster! Even my children asked, "Mom what happened in here". I think I should be banned from fat quarter sales this year. Notice I put the word "should" in that sentenance. I don't think I have that much will power!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy NYE.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Not how I planned it...

When do my plans ever work? I like how this turned out, but it would have been much cuter with plan "A". The original plan was to knit fuchsia fun fur trim and attach it. Because of my last minute nature, I couldn't find it. Plan "C" and "D" weren't very successful either, but the end result is good. I used strings and scraps of fabric and sewed them together without foundation. I cut the segments with the 10 degree wedge ruler. I love this ruler, but I wish the center hole was smaller. I am going to play with the fat cat ruler ( and see what I can do with that. This skirt is for my mini tree for quilt group (which is tonight). It is amazing what the word "contest" encourages you create. The faux binding is a flange, and I attached yo-yo's to the collar (which was added to make the hole smaller). I backed it with fusible fleece. My number one daughter thought the tree was gaudy, however, she wanted to wear the tree skirt as a collar. The branches were rather sparse, so I thought it needed a lot of decorations (at least that was my reasoning)

Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Love the Creativity and cause of this project.

While reading some blogs this morning, I came across this link ( for an exhibit "supporting" breast and ovarian cancer. The creativity is amazing. Don't forget to read the names as they add to the art.

I did manage to finish 2 more bags and get the ornaments on the tree. I am taking the minimalist approach to decorating this year. After fighting with the lights last year, I bought the LED lights this year. I hope they last a long time as I never want to take all the miniature ornaments off again.
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I already added my goal of 10 quilts for 2009 to the top of my blog. Hopefully this will help diminish the unfinished list.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

A Cute little Finish

I may be done with the first step of recovery from my fear of things not flat. I made this cute little bag from a tutorial at Perhaps it was her great illustrations, but I did actually start and finish it in one day (which is a record for me). It is going to be a gift for Sydney's secret pal. I cut the squares at 2 1/2", so mine is a little bigger than the one in the tutorial. I think it would be really cute with other sizes of handles also. I used fleece for the interfacing.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


I am feeling a little energized today since I got some quilt time. It was a long week, but I made it to the finish line (Friday).

I finished teaching the last segment of the table runner series for quilt group (ISE). I am pleased with how the color selection turned out. In January we will be talking about embellishments.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Have to Start Somewhere.....

Well, I have been thinking about blogging for a long time and decided to take the plunge. It was really Rosyln ( that motivated me to actually take action enter blogland.

I thought maybe this would help me stay focused on finishing projects this year. I am ashamed to say that I have over 30 quilts started.

It will take me a bit to get everything set up and organized, so be patient with me as I start this new adventure.