Delayed Gratification

I have all but one thing finished on my December “To Do” list.  Start Princess Quilt.  That will also get accomplished.  I find myself adding to the list as I move through accomplishing the items.  Good feeling.

I finished Saturday Sampler 2015 top completed the borders, made the binding and it is ready to go to Vickie Clancy who does my quilting for me.  I also have 4 other tops heading her way for 2016.  I am on a roll.  Signing up for the UFO group has had such positive influence on me.  I highly recommend joining a similar group if you have projects lying about in varying degrees of incompletion.  I finished many projects this past year.  I will post later in December a recap of this year.

Here is my Saturday Sampler 2015


Now onward and forward.

I’m so excited!  I’m singing the Pointers Sisters song in my head.  Just not in the context the song was meant.

On my December list was to cut out the background for “A Boy and a Girl” quilt.  I completed that  but just could not resist getting started prepping block one.   My fingers have been itching to get started on this quilt for 7 months now but I have stayed the course and the finished working on my UFO projects as well as projects that popped up needing done in  between.  My personal delayed gratification proving to myself I do possess self restraint when necessary.  Thank goodness it’s not always necessary! Life would be just way too challenging if I had to deny myself things I enjoy too often.

I haven’t gotten far but what I have accomplished is several hours worth of prep.  I traced the pattern on the background fabric using a water soluable pen. When I am finished appliqueing the pieces I will hand wash the block to get the starch , glue and markings removed.   I made my freezer paper templates ( I actually remembered to reverse the pattern on the light box)  I have a note to myself to remind me because I have forgotten once or twice and had to create my own version.  I have pressed the freezer paper template to all the fabrics and am now at the stage of trimming the fabric to within 1/4″ around the freezer paper getting it ready for the starch and press.  I also have to make 16 of those pink circles and 8 more a little bigger in a different fabric. Hopefully I will get those done this weekend.


Today I am baking Christmas cookies so not much sewing getting done.  But at least I got to play with “A Boy and A Girl”  and it only whetted my enthusiasm for this quilt.

P.S.  my new rescue kitty, Yum-Yum, has an affinity for knocking my Shamrock plant to the floor and dirt is everywhere.  The poor plant is down to roots with just a little dirt.  Twice in one day was just a bit much for me to take so I texted the lady I got her from and the response was “no refunds, no exchanges”.  I had to laugh.  I have since moved the plant to yet another location and when I got home last night it was still intact.  Yum-Yum got to stay another night. 🙂

Happy Stitches Everyone and Happy Holidays




About Sissy Malone

I've been actively sewing since Jr. High School. But specifically drawn to quilting since I was 17/18 years old. My grandmother was a quilter and I became fascinated with the process. I fell in love (awestruck) is a better word viewing applique quilts by Gladys Rashka at the Minnesota State Fair in the 70's. A love affair was born of applique quilts. I still machine piece, but am always drawn to applique. I took classes learning different techniques and also traveled to California and studied a whole week at Asilomar with Elly Sienkiewicz. Quilting is my passion. I am always open to learning a new technique but still rely on handwork. View all posts by Sissy Malone

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