Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January.... almost gone.

Living in the southwest desert.....  well, there are no snow days, no bundling up with lots of quilts and cats, not a lot of hot chocolate going around....  

Have been trying to embrace living in the desert most of my adult life and it is just getting harder and harder.... 

You know it is bad when you spend over an hour watching a live stream of snow falling in Queens, New York on Youtube.... Yep, that's right.  

It also seems silly to me that I create blankets and shawls.  I quilt, sew and crochet..... but I hardly ever get to use them.  It just does not get cold enough.  

I used to make jewelry..... I do not wear jewlery...

Am I just crazy?  Ask my hubby and he will give you a big fat YES!  ha.  

So with January almost gone.... I get a little sad.  It means that we are on a warming trend.  Okay.... I will get real.... for me it is SUPER sad..... it just did not get cold enough and now it is going to start warming up....Oh boy! 

But I will not give up the good fight... I will continue to make and create quilts, afghans and prayer shawls.... 

Just can't stop...  

Monday, December 29, 2014

Reflections......

Actually pretty excited to get 2015 started....  

Last year I posted some "goals."  Even though others might say they were not completed... they were attempted, still being attempted and the big one.... putting down the club... that was the one that was the most successful!! So I am super happy!  

Got several quilt tops out of the closet and in use, made several more, walked more and lost some weight (granted I put a few pounds over the holidays - but those will be off before long), and did not blog as much but did start a Facebook page though! 

I think the plan will be to continue the goals from 2014 and let them carry over...... keep working at them.....   

Love getting that fresh start....  

Additional goal for 2015....  

REDUCE and DOWNSIZE

Have yard sales, continue to use up fabric stash, give away stuff....  


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Whew.....

..... on to 2015!  Merry Christmas everyone! 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Tree finished.....




And this little sweet plant sitter showed up from wintery Wisconsin.... 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas preparations......

Ahhhh... love working on Christmas presents and decorating the tree....  


First ever button hole!  I do not know what was so frightening to me!  


All these decorations must get from the coffee table up to that tree....  


Such a taskmaster!  Cute one though.....


2014 Handmade Christmas cards.  I love simple.  


Finally quilting the Urban Cowgirl.  

And the tree is finally decorated....  None of the pictured ornaments are ones that I have made. They are all store or craft fair bought over the years.  





Love these little mini Amish baby dolls.  I found them in some of my grandmother's craft boxes after she passed away..... I love to put them on my tree.  

Now.... back to Christmas preparations....  

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Where has the time gone.....

So amazed that half of October and all of November slipped by without one little blog post!  Luckily..... productivity has been rampant!  

Two corner to corner afghans were completed.  I must admit this is a record for me!  Usually, it will take me a couple of months to complete one.  Okay - actually it will take me more than a couple of months... hahahaha...  

Started on my oldest daughter's quilt.  So exciting.  We had talked about the Terry Atkinson's Stash Stars Pattern.  

Purchased the pattern... but finding fabric for my daughter proved to be a little bit of a challenge.  So I tabled the quilt.

While browsing the internet for star patterns, I went to Quilt in a Day's free pattern site and found "Leah's Star." 

Oh..... I was excited and scared all at once.... excited because my oldest daughter's name is Leah and scared because it looks like a very complicated pattern. So using scraps left over from the "No More Beige Blues" table runner  I made a test block.



Let me tell you!  So easy.  So awesome. So happy!  Then the hunt for fabric started.  

My bestie and I went fabric shopping.  We welcome any excuse to go fabric shopping!  

Leah likes muted colors and an antique style fabric.... but not too old fashioned.  This can be difficult but we found the perfect fabrics.  However, I was a little concerned that it might look too Christmassy....  (is that even a word?) Mind you, Leah has not seen the fabric, nor the pattern yet!
  
So the cutting started.... my idea was to use the same fabric for the background of each block, use the focus fabric as star part one and the other two fabrics as the star part two in each of the blocks.  However, in all the excitement it got away from me and I made a cutting error. Oh boy!  I get so discouraged.....  and this would have been horrible except that the youngest daughter (who really should be a quilt designer!) said to make it scrappy and then none of the cutting error is wasted!  Wooo Hoo....  I made a couple of blocks, posted the picture on Instagram and Leah commented that she loved the fabrics!!!  WOOO HOOOO! 

So on Thanksgiving I showed her the blocks, the pattern and she is so excited!  



And she did not think it was too Christmassy.  Yes, it was used twice so it must be a word now! 

Seriously..... if you are looking for a great pattern... this is definitely it.  I LOVE it!  

Finished piecing another quilt top.....



This one is based on Which Ways North pattern....  

Started Christmas package toppers...... 



Tutorial from Little Golden Nook  (Love Pinterest!) 



Michael helping me this morning.....  

And now back to the cutting board (literally) so I can get Leah's Star Quilt pieced!  



If time has to slip away.... so glad it was full of busy fun!