If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.William Morris.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Scrappy Sunday

Today I spent a good 5 hours in the sewing room working on pressing and cutting scraps into useful sizes.
Had a good size piles to work with. I organize them by the closes size I could trim them down to.
Starting with 2 1/2", 3", 3 1/2" 4", 5" 6 1/2" and had even a few large pieces


With those I went ahead and cut them into squares and some strips.


Some of the pieces were units that mom had sewn and strip sets


Which I will use to help complete what I had up on the wall of the blocks mom made.


Like I said yesterday this will be fun. My poor mom is now dealing with Bronchitis. Seems like it's one thing or another lately.
She'll be surprised when she see what I've done with her scraps.

This evening I took a break from sewing and did a little crocheting on a new afghan I started this week


This too is using scrap yarn that mom gave me many years ago.

Linking up with Kathy's 

and with Cynthia's




Saturday, January 13, 2018

Scrappy Saturaday

I have been meaning to write something for the past couple of day. For one if you had been following me for a while you'll know that each January it is time for the Pantry Challenge, that's where you try to eat mainly from whats in the house only getting from the store your basics....milk, butter and fresh veggies and fruits.
And beside that it is also National Soup month

Thursday I made a big pot of Split Pea Soup with ham. Add to that some fresh cornbread. (All had in the house)
Yummy


We had nice temps until Thursday and that is when it got really cold again and hot soup does hit the spot.

When cold spell hits I like to spend time sewing.

Was able to start in on RSC for this month, color is blue.


I decided to use Moda Love Charm Quilt pattern (free) and will make a baby quilt.


Using some 30's reproduction fabric.

Very easy little one to put together.


Also dug out one of the scrap box container to find some more blue to cut up into usable pieces. 


This container of scraps came from my mom and found that she had thrown away some pieced blocks. I know why, they are not her best work but I think I can still make something from them.


What do you think?
Really not sure what it will end up looking like but this could be fun. There is still more in the box of unused blocks.

Linking up with so scrappy 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Packing and Planning

Well we are back to a quiet home, even thou the grandsons were here less than a week, it was nice to have all the noise and activity 2 five years old bring.
They flew home yesterday and I have spent part of yesterday and today putting up Christmas decorations. Pretty much done and I'm ready to get on with making plans for this month.

I have decide which projects I want to post for 2018 FAL Q1
I believe I'll just pick 3.


 Finish quilting on this, Scandinavian Christmas



 This is a RSC from 2016 and there is really not much left to do. The goal is to finish the top, have it quilted and bound




Lastly will be finishing up the baby blanket I started last year.
Next thing will be to find a baby for this.

I believe this is all doable.


 Mailed off the little red hats today, the deadline was the 15th and I believe they should make it.


 Feels good to have a something finished on time.

Tomorrow will be a day of Doctor appointment for Mom so I'll take along some handwork.

Today for my 15 mins I worked on prepping a block for Warm Winter quilt.




Sunday, January 7, 2018

Stash, 15 mins and more



Here it is Sunday already and tomorrow the grandsons fly back home, their visit was way too short. But I have to say it wasn't one of our best thou. Ben was sick the whole time. He was congested like my daughter and then for the next 3 days he had a temp, stuffed up and a daily bout of throwing up. In fact on the way to the airport to pick up their mom he threw up in the car. Oh my what a mess and stunk, phew wee. Just hope he does okay on the plane ride home.

Now on to more pleasant stuff. Last year I started keeping track of stash usage. I did really well until about October and then I really didn't do much to add to the total.  So my ending total usage 55 3/4 yards. I was hoping for more but at least it was to the good.

Now for the start of 2018
It's easy one, this week I used a yard and half from my stash. Brought nothing in
This also means I need to redo the stash report on the side here.

I also going to add something else new Kate at Life in Pieces is doing a 15 mins a day challenge. Now if I can get into the sewing room for at least 15 each day would be great but I am going to add in handwork too. I decided that I would track of days spent sewing/quilting and also the amount of time only in the sewing room.


Week 1 
Days spent stitching 4 out of 7
Time in sewing room 4 hours

With the boys leaving I hope to get more in this coming week.

My stitching for today is a little quilting. 


Never did do what I said I would, I did not go ahead and hung this up before I had it finished. The reason was I just never got around to it. Just too busy. 
Oh well, it will be ready for next Christmas.

 Linking up at Kate's

   

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Getting So Forgetful

I had forgotten that I had listed a few things on the 4th quarter of FAL

This quilt here was one that I had put on the list.

And it is a finish. Yeah



After the binding was put on I hung it up in the living room for the holidays. 




I really enjoyed making this one.

Another on the list is the Scandinavian Christmas which I am still quilting on.


 So I can not claim it as a finish.

Monday, January 1, 2018

What's Up 1-1-18

Happy New Years 2018
Hard to believe it's time to write a new year on checks and such.
 And this year is starting off very cold for so many of us here in the US. Woke up this morning to 6 degrees out and only got as high as 19.


But it was nice and toasty in the house thou, we heat our home with wood and as you can see it's 11 outside and 75 in the house. The bedrooms are a little cooler but still in the 70's. 

As much as I want to get started on a new project like so many others have, I have to wait until after the grandson's leave next week. They will be here Wednesday and we'll celebrate Christmas then. So today I worked a little on projects I have already started.

Up on the design wall show what I've been doing.


A little appliqueing, EEP piecing and some piecing.



 I've been prepping another block for Warm Hearts 


This one will not be on this years list to finish but I do plan on working on it some. 

Till tomorrow

Saturday, December 30, 2017

2018 Planning

2018 is almost here and I have been giving it a lot of thought to what has happened this year and what next year will bring.

I love new beginnings, whether its mornings, a baby, a new project or a new year. Love the fact its like a start over in some way.
Love to plan and make lists...am a list maker.

But with all that's happened this year I'm feeling uncertain to what I can reasonably plan for this coming year. Have to say it's takes the fun out it. But I will not let it stop me, just has taken me a little longer to figure out what my goal is for 2018 as far as my quilting go. I have some personal ones that I'll keep to myself but do want to share these and join in on the party for the first time and this may keep me focus.

2018 Planning Party at quiltingJETgirl

First of all I will keep it down to a minimum for me. 

1. I'll again track my fabric stash usage, in and out but I am going to start tracking time sewing and quilting. This is mainly out of curiosity. for a while now I just feeling I don't spend much time sewing and so this can help.

2. Will do RSC 18, did not participate this year.



3. These goals will also be part of another, Scrap Attack at Sarah's  Which I pick 12 things or UFO's to do one a month. If I can get one done a month I think I'll be doing good. Now I just have to decide on the 12. I'm close but not finished.

4. I have never done a year review so in 2018 I will and a part of that will be a monthly summary to help me remember.

5. Redo my design wall. Something I've been waiting to do for a few years now.

6. Blog  more often, this month challenge made me realize what I miss. My goal is every other day.

That's the short and sweet of it.

Linking with quilting jet girl
and 

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