Saturday, December 31, 2016

It's A Wrap

Three hours from now, 2016 will be over and 2017 will begin.  No time like the end of the year to finish up one last UFO, right?  This is String Quilt #6, and should be delivered tomorrow.  wow.  What a year!  I thought it was a doozy, but when I think back to specifics?  It was more than I imagined a year could contain.  As in the past, I clung to my quilting as an outlet for stress, creativity and motivation.  When I totaled up this year's finishes?  I have to say that I am stunned.  Simply stunned.

I made two costumes (Captain America & Jasmine) and a flower girl dress.

I finished and sent out 18 quilted cards, and 26 postcards.  That is, assuming my numbers are correct.  I checked what I had posted in this blog, compared it to handwritten notes, and double checked it against a daily diary of sorts.  That's a lot of fabric in the mail, isn't it?

It was a good year for finishing UFO's.  Of the 43 listed on my official 2016 UFO List, I crossed off 10!

Not only that, but I began - and finished! - 14 new quilts!! I think 2016 was a personal best, when it comes to finishes.  Twenty four quilts finished!  Of that 24, 14 were baby quilts/lap quilts.  All were given away shortly after completion.  Six more quilts were made in response to calls for entry.  Granted, some were quite small, but they were finished, so I count them.  I finished my daughter's wedding quilt just before she celebrated her 8th anniversary.  And the remaining three quilts?  I made those in the online class with Katie Pasquini Masopust.

Twenty four quilts, and seventeen were disbursed as gifts.  In all, it's been a very good year.  If I can be half as productive in 2017, I will be pleased as punch.  Goals are good, and I'm hopeful that I will have mine set and ready to share by tomorrow.

Happy New Year!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Things Change

We had a lovely Christmas this year.  Hard to believe it's been over for 3 days!  Merry Christmas from us to you!  I set the 10 second delay, and almost made it to my spot.  ;)

Over my shoulder, you can see my dad.  He's been having a bit of a rough patch, and will be staying with us for at least the next 10 days.  Then we're back to SoCal for further testing.  Memories...they're precious when you have them, and precious when you make them and when they begin to fade?  It's a hard thing to watch, and even more difficult to experience.  He said, "It's a difficult thing to realize you're less than you used to be."  indeed.

And so, my days have been filled with things other than quilting.  It's still on my list, but actually getting anything done?  Well, goals are good!  I have finished quilting the last basted string quilt, it is just waiting for binding.  If I can get it attached today, I can probably have it tacked down and finished by tomorrow.  One last UFO to check off of my 2016 list.  That's my goal.

And speaking of goals, have you set any for 2017?  It's still a bit early for me, but I'm beginning to put on my thinking cap.  Time to set goals, because, as you know, Goals Are Good!!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016


I was kind of proud of myself, knocking out more than one call for entry at a time.  Unfortunately, I neglected to click to find the fine print.  This is what I finished yesterday, for the upcoming SAQA Spotlight Auction, at their 2017 Conference.
 I call it "Sail Away."  Here it is, using those handy clippy things to make sure the facing doesn't peek out around the front.
 Here's the back.  Measuring a mere 6"x8", I wanted to be sure that the facing didn't overpower.
Silly me.  I'm always one to read the fine print.  But everything I saw said "little quilts, 6x8"."  Nothing in the request for quilts said anything about not finishing the edges.  They don't want binding, they don't want facing.  They want the quilts nice and flat, so that they can be mounted behind matboard.  Which is fine and dandy, but I didn't see that part until I called up the submission form, to submit my quilt.

huh.  oh well.  Looks like I'm up a gift for Christmas, eh?
Ho, ho, ho.  I wonder if this is how Santa's bag gets stuffed?  With oopsies? 

And on that note, I have a triple of things that do need to be made for specific people and finished quickly.  Goals are good.  Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas is Coming

It's less than 2 weeks away, and I've yet to send out Christmas cards.  I've yet to make Christmas cards (I usually give out a dozen made from fabric.)  I've yet to make ornaments.  I am behind.  And yet, I am ahead.  My tree is decorated.  My house is more than 50% decorated.  At this time last year, I suspect I didn't yet have a tree!  And last year?  My house never did get more than 50% decorated.

Our Itty Bitties had our Christmas breakfast on December 1.  Nothing like an early beginning to get a jump on the holiday season!  Unfortunately, one of our small group was at Dizzyland on the first, so our Itty Bitties were itty bittier.
 I loved this sign at Valhalla restaurant, and would have snapped it right up, had I a place to hang it.
 Last night, our art group, Sew Eclectic, met for our annual Christmas party.  The original plans went awry, and we ended up at my house.  It was a delightful surprise to find that I can host a successful Christmas party.  My mom's Spode helped set the mood.  :)
 Two of our group were unable to attend, but the rest of us had a delightful time.  oh, ouch.  I really need to replace that springtime tulip quilt with something red and green!
I've been making lists, and checking them thrice, and finding myself ahead of my usual schedule.  It's all good!

Well, no, actually, I'm still behind on the quilting front, but goals are good, and I have some.  I even made the first Christmas card, and delivered it in person yesterday.
I hope that you are finding this Christmas season to be as blessing-filled as I am.  The Lord is good, and it seems to be especially obvious during this particular month of the year.  May He go before you and bless your days!  Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Moving Along

So, I finished decorating the tree, and it is beautiful.
 Then I cleaned the dining room, in preparation for a dinner party next week.  I moved the dining room chairs into the living room, and, poof!  The place was again a shambles.  Good thing I had a meeting the next day in the living room.  Everything was put back to rights.  Well, at least the walkway was clear and the chairs easily accessible!
That's Pearl, up front.  Oh, the stories she could tell!  She's been in the family for years, and has had many starring roles in high school videos, etc.  She kind of hangs out in whichever corner happens to be available at the moment.

I haven't done much sewing, other than to make a block for our outgoing Valley Oak Quilt Guild President.  It was to have a green background and a flower.  I went with simple, because there's simply not enough time for anything.
 Notice the little bee in the flower's center?  I thought it was pretty cute.

I don't know if I ever mentioned the summertime drawing I won from Vicki Welsh, hand-dyer extraordinaire.  I'm not even sure what I did, maybe liked her on Facebook?  But she drew my name, and sent me this amazing selection of her hand dyes.  I've been meaning to at least make a postcard to thank her, but time is running faster than I am these days.  You should click on the link and check out her shop, because she has a lot more than just fabric.  She is one talented woman, that's for sure!
The only other quilting thing I've got to share is that I signed up for the next Katie Pasquini Masopust class, which begins in January.  This one is on working in a series.  I'll have 15 weeks to create 5 new quilts.  If only I had the time to finish the "old" ones I put together in the last class!

So much to do, not enough time.  Spend it on the things that matter.  Hug your family, smooch your pet, smile at a stranger.  The world is better for it.  And on that, I'm off to the next thing.  (Boy is the next family member to walk in the door going to be surprised.  I might just grab them and give them a great big hug.  After all, it is the season!!)
Joy to you!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Work in Progress

If you look carefully behind the clutter that was once contained in an organized room, I wedged a tree into the corner of it.  
 Yesterday, I added lights and a star. 
Today's goal?  Maybe a few hundred ornaments...give or take another hundred.

Not much sewing going on around here, but we are definitely busy.  'Tis the season.  Here's a music link, to help get you in the mood.   Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus.  Merry Christmas!