Friday, June 23, 2017

Simple panel projects

Panels are hard to resist when I see them in the shops, even though I haven't been very quick to actually use them in a quilt.  A panel sometimes contains just the perfect artwork a person wants to see. And this one spoke to me. I loved the colors and the subject matter.  I decided that I really just wanted to frame this in a simple manner, so I didn't even use everything that came in the kit with the panel.  Oops - that leaves fabric in my stash, doesn't it? 



This was a new panel, but in recent months I've been playing with panels purchased in the past.  And I've been exploring some other ideas for panels I have still in the stash. 
 
Three of the finished ones are pictured here.  The bright one with the tree is a lap quilt that has a pieced border. It's all quilted and ready to be gifted.
 
 
This cute ABC panel has one simple striped border added.  It still needs to be quilted but will probably wait until I need it as a gift.

 
The Crazy Cats panel was cut into sections and reassembled with strip sets and 9-patch blocks. I love this one. Granddaughter Olivia chose this one as part of her recent birthday gift. 



Thursday, June 22, 2017

UFO - Ladybug pillow



This bench pillow is another OLD project from at least a dozen years ago.  It was originally supposed to be a wall hanging, but I decided to turn it into a pillow cover.  And it's done - except for making a pillow form to go into it since it isn't a standard size.  It's about 18 x 38".

I quilted it using black thread and a simple decorative stitch. There is iron-on fleece under it for stability.  The ladybugs are appliqued and 3-D, with chenille around the red sections.




Monday, June 19, 2017

Blue canning jars

 

Do you remember the blue canning jars?  Actually any canning jars make me think about helping my mother can veggies and meat (chicken and beef) when I was a kid growing up in Minnesota. I did some canning of my own for several years - mostly pickles.  I've quit gardening in recent years, and that ended the canning too.  But when I saw this fabric I just had to have it. 

This is a Timeless Treasures print that I found in the only quilt shop I visited while back in Minnesota last week on vacation. The Gathering Friends shop in Bird Island is definitely one worth the stop.  They feature lots of their own patterns and a wonderful selection of fabrics. This one just jumped into my hands.  And yesterday after my husband left for a business trip (code for a week of golf with clients) - I headed to my sewing room for some fun of my own.  This 60 degree runner was the first result and I have enough left to make another, or make something else. 

Check out the Design Wall Monday posts at: http://smallquiltsanddollquilts.blogspot.com/

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Remembering my dad


Please bear with me, as I have a story to tell.  My dad, known locally as Frenchy, was a hard working Kansas farm kid, WWII veteran, and blue collar worker who ended up in central Minnesota where he put down roots. My freshman year in college (1972) he realized his dream of starting his own business. And Frenchy's Body Shop became a reality in a small shop he built on the alley behind my parents' house.  He ran a successful business until his stroke in the spring of 1988.  He passed away on Halloween 1990 and my mother died 8 months later. We sold the property in the fall of 1991.

My cousin Ernie and the new owner took down that bottom sign from the alley side of the shop that fall and he hung it inside his own business as a wonderful remembrance of my dad. But for the past 5 years or so, it has sat forgotten in his garage. Which brings me to the rest of this story . . .

This past March a picture of that top weathered sign was posted to my Facebook timeline by Kim, the brother of one of my high school classmates.  He had noticed that the sign was still hanging on the back side of dad's old building and took a picture for me.  His post stimulated a wonderful Facebook conversation among people I grew up around who remembered my dad. Eventually this gentleman suggested that he would check with the current owner to see if it was OK to take the sign, because he thought I really should have it.  How nice was that?  

And in late May he messaged me to say the sign was in his possession at no cost to either of us. He would hang onto it until I was able to come collect it.  So this past week my husband and I took a mini vacation for some family visits, some Twins baseball, and golf.  More on that another day!

We came home on Saturday through my hometown to visit my cousin and to connect with Kim and that old sign.  We had a wonderful chat with Kim when he brought that weathered sign over to my cousin's house.  Lucky for us the new owner never painted the building since 1991, because he probably would have just painted over this simple piece of plywood. When Kim left and we went back into the cousin, my cousin said "now, do you want the other one?".  And he pulled the other sign out of his garage. He and his wife had forgotten that they still had the one he took down in 1991.
 
So, thanks to a couple of really great guys, I have both signs from my dad's body shop and I can pass them on some day to both of my girls in remembrance of their grandfather.








Friday, June 16, 2017

The perfect backing


When you see the perfect fabric for finishing a project, you just have to buy it, right?  En Provence is the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt that I started last winter. It was inspired by a trip to southern France. I have the "units" made but have only put together 1 of the blocks so far. But it's going to move up my "to do" list a bit higher now that I have such a fun backing for it.  

Along with this yardage I also bought a panel and a border print.  I have a soft spot for anything French since that is half of my family lineage.  Can't wait to use this.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A new book



This little pattern book just spoke to me. It said "buy me, you'll LOVE me".  So of course I had to buy it, and there are several patterns in here that I want to make immediately. 

In the upper right corner of the cover is the table runner I want to make first.  It's charm pack friendly and I have several charm packs that would be fun to use for this one - including a brand new one of French General fabrics. 

I'm thinking a new table runner will be my reward for finishing another UFO. So I need to get busy!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Donut pin cushion


Just had to share this cute pin cushion that guild member Carma made - for each member!  She presented them in actual white pastry boxes, with the donuts lined up just like the real thing.  She had a variety of "icing" colors to choose from.  She used her embroidery machine to do the "sprinkles" on the icing.  These little wool pin cushions are filled with crushed walnut shells to keep the pins sharp.  

Just too cute!  And mine is next to my sewing machine already, full of pins.  Thank you Carma! 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday sewing


I had a little list made of things I wanted to work on today, and this quilt label was at the top. At yesterday's Sew Vintage group we were challenged to use blocks from the Farm Girl Vintage book for other purposes, such as a quilt label or a signature block.  Quilt label - that was exactly what I needed to make for my FGV quilt, which is now in the capable hands of the quilter.  So, this morning my first task was making the 6" version of the Old Red Barn block. Instead of putting a pieced barn door in I used just the white background fabric so I can write there.  And I added a 1.5" strip around all 4 sides, then folded, pressed, and basted the edges. Once I add the writing it will be ready to stitch onto the back of the quilt.

Another morning task was to hang my "retirement" quilt on the wall in my sewing room.  And then I made 3 more Garlic Knot blocks for our guild Quilt of Valor project.  




Thursday, June 8, 2017

Donation project

 
Picking up a quilt from your long arm quilter is always exciting, right?  I stopped into The Pin Cushion today to pick up needles and a new bottle of Best Press. And the bonus was that the group/donation project quilt that I dropped off a week or so ago was ready to be picked up. And the quilting is just gorgeous.  This is a design I will request again for my own quilts.  Thanks for the recommendation ladies!!

 
I've explained before how this quilt came to be.  A group of 12 of us each made a set of 13 identical blocks which had to include that brown floral focus fabric. Then we got together and exchanged the blocks so we each had 1 block from everyone.  The 13th set - this one - was put together and will be donated locally.  We had originally talked about donating it to the local school district scholarship committee for their annual raffle/auction fundraiser. 
 
It just needs binding and a label now, and then we can hand it over to the committee if that is what the group decides we still want to do. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Farm Girl Vintage top is done


Farm Girl Vintage is now a finished flimsy! These are all of the 6" blocks plus the larger Silo Barn block in the center.  The outer border is actually a light blue with specs of red, yellow, and white. I absolutely LOVE this quilt.  And I still have the 12" version of all of these blocks waiting to become something. 

Wish I had a better picture to share, but this was the best out of several taken inside and outside.


Monday, June 5, 2017

Design Wall Monday - borders

 
Pieced borders are done on 3 sides of Farm Girl Vintage. These flying geese blocks are only 1.5 x 2.5" - very small.  I have about half of the geese for the last side done and hope to finish that side this afternoon. Then there will be another narrow white border, and then a wide blue print border. Can't wait to finish this top and get it quilted because I really love these blocks.

 
Check out the Design Wall Monday posts on the new site, Small Quilts & Doll Quilts:  http://smallquiltsanddollquilts.blogspot.com/2017/06/design-wall-monday-june-5-2017.html

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Stash Report & the 4 Bs

I've been determined to cut back on frivolous fabric purchases and have done well so far in 2017 by mostly making purchases that had specific purposes. So far most of my purchases have been Backgrounds, Borders, Backing, and Binding to finish existing projects. The 4 Bs of finishing UFOs. 

  • Fabric IN this year:  44 yards
  • Fabric OUT this year:  81 yards

It's really exciting to be so far ahead this year.  A little mental discipline is paying off so far.

This isn't saying that I don't have some new projects ready to start or already started.  For example, I'm doing Saturday Sampler again and that fabric was all new purchases. And I have purchased a couple of new patterns in the past couple of months that I'm just dying to try out - and that just may require a few purchases.  Since it's the process that I love I'm determined to enjoy every project that I work on, whether it's new or finishing a UFO.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Finished exchange block top

 
I set a goal of finishing this top by Father's Day weekend, but I had Friday morning open.  No work - and the little tiny flying geese for Farm Girl Vintage just didn't appeal to me.  Both projects are currently living on my cutting table, ironing board, and sewing table.
 
This went together so much faster than I expected.  I did a bit more figuring (math) and then just cut into those strip sets.  Trying to be brave and hoping that the math was right. And it turned out just perfect.  Lucky me!  It's appliqued, pressed, and ready to be quilted.  Also the binding is ready to go too, also from that same dark red.  So I think my portion of this donation project is done.  Check off UFO #10 from the Challenge.
 
The other exciting thing is that it appears there are enough opposite wedges left from those strip sets that I can do something similar in my own personal version of this quilt.  I really hadn't decided what I wanted to do with my own set of these blocks but I like this outcome so well that I think I'm going to copy it.  Maybe a different color inner border and binding.  And maybe I'll add an outer border to make mine larger.  New goal?  Both tops done by Father's Day?

Friday, June 2, 2017

Exchange blocks

Here is a glimpse of my June UFO Challenge project - just the exchanged blocks. In the center of this will be a Dresden Plate, pieced from 2 different strip sets.  A few of us got together last summer and laid out the blocks in this pattern and chose the fabrics for the strip sets. Luckily I took a photo with my phone to remember what order we decided on. And luckily I had all of the parts and fabrics all in one project box so I didn't lose anything.


The strip sets for the Dresden are already sewn. I did that last summer but I've been afraid to cut those plate sections because I am worried about cutting them the wrong size.  This was going to be a group project but this next step was supposed to be my task and I've been procrastinating.  Surprise, surprise!  So, I have set a goal of finishing this top by Father's Day weekend.









Thursday, June 1, 2017

June UFO Challenge

#10 is the June number for the American Patchwork & Quilting UFO Challenge. My charts says it's a 2015 Friendship Exchange, so now I have some decisions to make because I actually have 2 of these. I have my own personal one AND I have the blocks for the group charity version. Each of the 12 of us made 13 identical blocks and then we met and exchanged them so we each had a block from everyone. And the 13th set of blocks is for a charity quilt.  A small group of us got together last summer and figured out a layout for the charity version, and I have the blocks.  So maybe that one needs to be done first.  Right after I finish that Farm Girl Vintage quilt top!

 
UFO/WIP Project
Status Before
Status After
1
Valentine Bench Pillow
Needs blanket stitching around applique, then sandwich, quilt, and add envelope backing
 
2
4 Seasons Cats
Pastel 9-patch
Finish hand quilting, bind
quilt and bind
DONE in May!
3
ABC kid quilt
Machine quilt, bind
 
4
House Warming Party
Finish blocks
 
5
Circa 2016
Finish making blocks
 
6
Easter Sunrise runners (2)
Applique, quilt, bind
DONE in January!
7
Batik Stars Saturday Sampler
Finish blocks
 
8
2016
2015 Saturday Sampler
Finish blocks, need to cut out setting pieces Quilt and bind
DONE in February!
9
Reindeer 60-degree runner
Quilt and bind
 
10
2015 Friendship Exchange
Blocks are made, need to determine a layout
 
11
Beach cross-stitch piece
Harvest Bounty 60-degree runner
About half stitched only
Re-do quilting
DONE in April!
12
RSC16 Crown of Thorns
12+ blocks finished, need to determine layout
DONE in March!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Precious friendships

Friends are very precious!  
 

 Shortly after I retired - kind of - from education last summer a small group of friends secretly began to plan a quilt for me. Even the 2 ladies who've moved far away got involved!  Yesterday I had a late lunch with 3 of them and they gifted me with the finished wall hanging that they designed and made.
 
 
Isn't this cute? Evidently one of them saw something similar that I had pinned on Pinterest and then designed this especially for me.  It's wonderful and so special. I just wish we could have ALL been together yesterday!  Thank you to Kelly, Tina, Pam, Marilyn, and Sylvia!!
 
Friendships are precious commodities! We were all friends due to our careers and our common interest in quilting.  Tina retired as a principal and moved closer to her children and grandchildren.  Last summer Kelly moved closer to her adult children.  Sylvia is getting ready to move out of state this summer.  Our group keeps shrinking as the miles between us keep growing, but hopefully our friendship will stay alive and well.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A break from boredom

 
I'm so easily bored when it comes to my sewing and so it's a constant struggle to stay focused on one project long enough to finish it.  I love sampler quilts because I don't have to make the same block over and over and over again.  That's one of the reasons I have so many UFOs hanging around.  This weekend I got tired of working on tiny red and white flying geese, and remembered that I had cut the pieces for a couple of patriotic garlic knot blocks. These are the blocks my guild is using to make a couple of Quilts of Valor this year.
 
So, I quickly stitched these 2 blocks up and then played with laying out the guild blocks that I have collected so far.  We have nearly enough for 2 quilts, so maybe I'll make a couple more blocks before next weekend's meeting.  And then I need to get back to those flying geese - 2 borders done and 2 to go. Focus, focus, focus!


Friday, May 26, 2017

Slow progress

 
The top border is now attached to my Farm Girl Vintage and the bottom border is nearly ready to attach.  These flying geese blocks are only 1.5" x 2.5", so they are a bit fussy to work on. The side borders are longer so they will need even more geese. SIGH!  I get bored making LOTS of the same block over and over and over again.
 
And I spent almost an hour this morning doing a thorough cleaning of the bobbin area of my machine, inserting a new needle, and running several new bobbins.  I know I cleaned out that bobbin area this winter but it was sure a mess of lint again.  And I was definitely overdue for a new needle.
 
So hopefully now I'm ready for some non-stop sewing - after my weekend company has gone home.  That company being a couple of my grandchildren, and there is no sewing done with a 2 year old in the house.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Adding borders to Farm Girl Vintage

 
Forgive the quality of this photo. With 30 mph winds blowing today, this was the only spot outside where I could lay the quilt out so it wouldn't blow away. 
 
The rows are all done and the first outer border has been added.  Unfortunately I didn't read the directions carefully enough. That white border was supposed to be cut 2" wide and I only cut it 1.5" wide.  Since the next border is pieced I'm afraid I'll have to do some math to make it come out correctly.  But it won't be the first time I've had to "fudge" a bit, and won't be the last time either.
 
Yesterday I stopped into my local quilt shop and found a 30s print that will become the final wide outer border.  I knew I wanted my pieced border to be red and white - to compliment that big red barn in the middle - so I picked a pretty blue that also had some red and white in it. The pieced border is made of tiny (1.5 x 2.5") flying geese, so it will take me awhile to get to the final border stage.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May UFO is done

 
I did some switching again on my UFO Challenge list, replacing a project I knew I couldn't finish with one that had a chance of getting finished.  And here is the finished UFO. This one was a lost and found item that is at least 12 years old because I made it in our previous house.
 
Bonnie (The Pin Cushion) quilted it with a cute cherry cluster design to match the outer border. I got the binding sewn on this weekend. And after some experimenting, I've decided to leave off the big yo-yos that were originally in the white squares.  It just felt too busy with those on there.

 
Finishing this UFO means I've completed at least 1 each month so far.  Too bad there are still so many more to go!

Monday, May 22, 2017

5 good reasons for not sewing

 
No sewing happened (except a little binding in the car) in the last few days. We left home early Thursday afternoon for Dave to attend a short work meeting and then we headed to granddaughter Sophia's pre-school graduation.  After the graduation ceremony we all went out for ice cream to celebrate and then checked into a motel for the night.  Friday morning we left for Omaha for the weekend.
 
My niece's husband retired from the army on Friday, and they had a reception for him at their home. It was so fun to visit with family we don't see often enough. 
 
On Saturday our kids and grandkids joined us at the zoo - where lots of fun was had in spite of the rain.  One would think that 6 adults could keep track of 5 kids, but it was a challenge with all of us counting heads continuously. We kept to the indoor exhibits in the morning and when the rain let up about noon we worked our way through most of the outdoor areas. Jonah's favorite thing was the rattlesnake, Olivia loved the train ride, and we could hardly get Mason out of the aquarium, especially the penguins. 
 
 
 
Sunday morning I had coffee with an old friend that I hadn't seen since our freshman year in college. That was 45 years ago! We met as exchange students in Hamburg Germany in 1971.
 
All said, it was a fun weekend but I was ready to get home and sleep in my own bed again too.

Friday, May 19, 2017

It's a start


The messy sewing room has been breached!  At least one spot has been.  I have a huge antique dresser with the 2 little drawers on top and in our previous house it lived in our guest bedroom with 2 antique crystal lamps sitting on the little drawer sections. 
 
In this house the dresser has always lived in my basement sewing room but I had never unpacked those lamps. After 11 years it was time, right?  Interesting find in the box with the lamps - 2 old wooden clocks, one made by my father in a shop class in high school in the 1930s.  More about the clocks another time.
 
This the BEFORE view of the top of the dresser. It had become a landing zone for junk things I was too lazy to put away or to use.  I had almost covered up my thread basket. Yikes!!
 
 
I also hung up a wall hanging quilt that I made about 20 years ago. It hung in our living room in the other house but has been folded up in a drawer since moving here. The patriotic fabrics were some of my favorites, but the navy blue had faded after several years of hanging. I decided I don't care that it's faded because I really love it.  Notice the prairie points?  Guess I loved them back then too.

 
The thread basket was sitting alone on the top of the dresser once I got it cleaned off, but I have put back my small Ott light and another small project basket.  Let's hope I can stop myself from piling stuff up around this again.

 
And you can't see it but the lid is back on the grey tub of stuff, with the scrap bins on top.  So some of the mess has been sorted, used or disposed of, and contained for now.  Better yet - there is 1 less box of "stuff" in my storage area.



Thursday, May 18, 2017

Looking for my mojo

 
This should be my new mantra. Just sayin . . .
 
I stole this picture from 24 Blocks on Facebook and need to print it to hang everywhere in my house where I'll see it.  I have few excuses for feeling low, but I am struggling with my creative happy side right now.  My mojo will return - maybe with some sunshine after so many rainy days.
 
I started to clean out that "big grey bin" over a week ago. But I got distracted interrupted, and then I spent a few days away from home - and now it's just increasing the mess in my creative space.  I did rescue one long-forgotten quilt top from the bin and it's now quilted.  My plan today is to make and sew on the binding so I'll have some hand stitching to do on a little road trip we're going to take for an upcoming retirement party. 
 
And my other plan for today is to repack the remaining contents, put the top back on the bin, and leave the rest for another day.  It is just contributing to the chaos in the room and that makes it less enjoyable to be in there.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Farm Girl Vintage update

 
I spent only about an hour sewing on this darky and rainy day.  My basement sewing room was so dreary!  And chilly!  It just doesn't get enough natural light and I'm tired of trying to make floor lamps and Ott lights create enough good light. Sigh!!!
 
But one more row was added to the bottom of my Farm Girl Vintage quilt. I have 3 more rows of blocks to put together, along with the sashing and cornerstones between rows and at the top and bottom.  The blocks themselves are finished and the rows laid out.  Once those are done the plan is to add another 1.5" white border around the whole outside.  These are my small blocks - finishing at 6", and the finished quilt will be a generous lap size.
 
Then I'll decide if I'm going to do the prairie points when I add the wide outer border.  Of course I still haven't picked out a border fabric or even know what color I want to look for. I'm going to need to lay this out and stare at it for awhile before deciding on those last colors.  Design as I go . . .

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Saturday Sampler is a mystery

 
The new Saturday Sampler that began last month is a mystery quilt. I did all of the cutting last month but since it was all squares and rectangles, the design was definitely still a mystery.  This month we are using the rectangles and some of the squares to make these diamond units. It's still a mystery to me!
 
So far I've only made 5 of each, so I have quite a few left to make: 15 more of unit 1, 15 of unit 2, and 11 of unit 3.  But at least I did a little sewing today. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

AWOL from quilting


I've been AWOL (absent with out leave) and am having a hard time getting back into the swing of things around here.  I spent 4 days in Virginia visiting a cousin and his family. It was delightful even with 2 rainy days there. The rain didn't stop us from stopping at the Blenheim winery for a tasting or keep us from doing the tour of President James Monroe's Highland property.  We celebrated my cousin's birthday at Mission BBQ one evening, and enjoyed Duck Donuts for breakfast the morning I headed to the airport to come home.

My cousin's wife even took me to the only quilt shop in Charlottesville- Cottonwood Quilts. It was a charming shop with very helpful ladies.  They had an impressive collection of Civil War reproductions.  I'm proud to say that I was pretty conservative with my purchases.  I did buy 3 patterns that I just haven't seen anywhere else. It's always fun to see how unique each shop features their samples and workshops. 

And finally - the airport in Charlottesville is small and friendly, and makes it easy to wait for your flight by providing a row of rocking chairs in the waiting area.  Very comfortable!  

So now I'm home - but haven't spent any time at all in my sewing room yet.  Need to get my mojo back!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Family fun

 
My oldest grandson Mason graduated pre-school on Saturday morning. It just doesn't seem possible that he will be headed to kindergarten in the fall. My oldest granddaughter Sophia is also headed to kindergarten in the fall and will have a preschool graduation later in May. Both of them in Sioux Falls, but they will be in different elementary schools on opposite sides of the city.
 
It was a short trip and we didn't get to spend much time with the family after this little event. But it was nice to be around them, even for just an hour. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Another interesting find & more pillowcases

 
This book was in the big grey tub and I remember falling in love with the 3D flowers on the cover. There are quite a few other interesting ideas in the book but the cover still is something I want to make. So this book is now on my "current" book shelf.  And the funny thing is that tucked in the pages were 4 batik squares I had obviously cut just for those flowers.
 
I finished 4 more pillowcases on Thursday evening.  The yellow "get well" ones are from the newly discovered stash in the grey tub. The "alley cat" ones were from fabric recently purchased by my cousin and they will be gifted to her sister-in-law. I love these with the fun cat batik on top and the grey brick pattern on the bottom. Thus my name for them of "alley cats".
 
 
We're off this morning to our oldest grandson's pre-school graduation. 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Pillowcases from stash

Added to the finished pillowcase pile - 1 Spider-Man pillowcase from the stash in the tub and 1 City Dog pillowcase left over from a recent purchase.  The Spider-Man one may have to be set aside for grandson Mason's June birthday. 
 
 
Another find in the big grey tub - more fabric that will make pillowcases.  This cute yellow print was something I originally bought to make some scrub tops for my daughter.  Notice the 1997 date on that selvage in the last photo below. If memory serves me correctly, I bought 3 yards of this fabric on a sale table someplace.  It should be well aged by now.
 
 
There are 2 pillowcase "kits" now cut from this, pinned, and ready to sew.  That still leaves a little more than 1 yard remaining for 1 more.  

 
 
 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Beginning the exploration

 
I feel like I've opened up Pandora's Box, but it's just a big grey tub full of odds and ends of sewing "stuff" in my sewing room.  Late Tuesday evening I got up the courage to move the scrap bins which I'll deal with later, and lifted the lid on that tub.  It was full and I must admit it's a bit overwhelming.  This finished quilt top was one of the first things I pulled out, and I know I made this in our previous house, so it's at least 12 years old.  I remember making this but had no idea it was never quilted. 

 
It's a simple 9-patch, but with large yo-yos pinned into the white squares.  I unpinned the yo-yos, and pressed the top.  And on Wednesday I went to The Pin Cushion . . . backing is now purchased and I've left it for quilting.  There was even enough of the yellow border print in the bag to use for binding. I'm not sure if those yo-yos will end up back on it or not.  We'll see.  They might be cute anchored with a big white button sewn into the middle of each. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Optimism vs realism

Thinking of all of the things I could be working on . . . and trying to be realistic at the same time.  I think my goals for the month of May are a mixture of realism and optimism. 

 

One of the things in my sewing room right now that is driving me crazy is this big grey plastic tub - which is full of "stuff".  I have no idea what all might still be in there. The good news is that there used to be 2 of these and I did clean out 1 of them and consolidated everything left into just the one. The bad news is that I have no idea what's in it and my scrap bins sit on top of it and they are overflowing. The whole thing needs to be cleaned out and organized. Scraps need to be tamed, and that tub needs to be explored and organized. 

So here are my goals for May . . .
  • Clean out and organize 1 grey tub (includes the scrap bins)
  • Saturday Sampler monthly task
  • UFO Challenge - finish quilting 4 Season Cats wall hanging
  • 4 new donation pillowcases
  • 2 pillowcases (from my cousin's fabric)
  • finish top for small Farm Girl Vintage blocks