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Winter Weather Advisory :(

Here we go again.  Winter Weather Advisory for 1/4 to 1/2″ ice storm.  The experts are already comparing this storm to the 2007 ice storm in this area.

I did not have power for 8 days.  Yikes what a nightmare that was.  I remember standing in the front yard and listening to trees crash in the woods.  Devastation was everywhere.  I also remember being able to see for miles due to tree tops no longer there.   This is just crazy because last Saturday it was – 2 degrees here when I went to Saturday Sampler.  Yesterday it was 73 degrees.  What a yo-yo.  Scary.  The good news is I had already planned on taking Friday and Monday off work for vacation days.  I had planned on spending that time in my sewing room.  Now I am concerned I won’t have electricity.  I have got to get my hand work ready to go or cutting the strips for 2016 Saturday Sampler.  I would have thought I would have been better prepared but it seems not so much.  Isn’t it amazing how much we rely on our conveniences, like electricity. 🙂  I certainly take them for granted.

So much for grousing about the weather.  This is what is under my needle right now…..

I finished hand appliqueing the 7 Sisters block, the last block for the 2016 Saturday Sampler.  I can now start setting that quilt top together so it does not become a UFO.  009

I have a baby quilt for a friend to make this month.  The panels I ordered have arrived.  They are quite larger than I had anticipated so I am rethinking how I had planned on putting them together.  The back ground fabric I ordered did not disappoint.  It was exactly what I wanted.  Hopefully I will keep electricity and can blissfully sew while the weather is doing its thing.

Lastly,  there was an awesome full moon last night.  My camera is a good one but I do not know how to take nighttime photos, so here is the best I can do.  That little  white dot is the full moon that was beautiful.  The broken limb on the oak tree is a remnant of the ice storm from 2007.

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Unfortunately, I have not gotten the next 2 blocks of A Boy and A Girl prepped.  Can’t get to that until 2016 Sat Sampler is completed and Baby Quilt completed.  Let’s pray that this predicted storm is not so severe.

Be safe everyone and happy stitches.

Sissy

P.S.  I have been saddened this week with the passing of Sue Garman.  I so admired her work and the quilt patterns she designed.  I did finish one of her patterns Autumn Joy and plan on beginning my journey into the Baltimore Album realm in January 2018 with her pattern Friends of Baltimore.  Rest in peace we will miss you dearly.

 

 

 


2017 Fresh Beginnings A New Year A New List of UFO’s

Fresh Beginnings doesn’t that sound inspiring.

January 1st, 2017 – 365 days of planning, sewing & finishing those pesky UFO’s.  I have a sewing room full of tubs of projects I thought at one time I had to make.  Many have fabrics, patterns included.  Some are just the idea of the quilt, like a photograph or page torn out of a magazine.  From time to time they tug at me to open them up and consider working on them.  I am feeling that tug today.  Yet, I have my current project on my sewing table to be finished.

Kudos to me.  I cleaned my sewing room!  I believe having brushed against those UFO tubs has given me the curiosity to peek into them and say, “hello, I haven’t forgtotten you”.  I am truly trying to stay focused on the list I would like to accomplish this year.  But sometimes it’s a challenge.

Yesterday, I had planned on cutting and sewing together 2016 Saturday Sampler quilt.  Surprise, surprise,  I had not completed block # 12.  Seven Sisters, a block of English Paper Piecing.  Slap to the forehead.  I had put off making this block while I worked on A Boy and A Girl blocks.  Not to get discouraged, I dug right in and started making the block.  I am hoping to finish the block today.

Maybe today I can actually start sewing the quilt top together.  It is a half log cabin setting.  I have made a quilt like this before.  The instructions for this one are a bit different than the technique I had used before.  I toyed with the idea of drafting my own pattern, but have decided I will be adventurous and follow this designers instructions.  Then I will have something to compare and know going forward which technique I prefer.  You never know if you will like something or not until you try it.  At least that’s what I’ve always been told.

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Just 3 more sisters to go and I can finish this block.

I have a birthday coming up and I am trying to decide what to give myself as a present.  I need a new mat for my sewing table.  The one in the photo above is 36 years old and is starting to show it’s wear and tear.   But then I just saw this quilt book by Jen Kingwell, Long Time Gone, and all I could think of is what a wonderful way to use up my scraps.  I think the mat may wait a bit longer.

Happy Stitches and Happy New Year Everyone

Sissy

 


Reviewed – Satisfied- Looking Forward

I have reviewed my work for 2016.  I admit to straying from my list of goals with profound satisfaction.  No regrets!  I got started on my A Boy and A Girl BOM and am thoroughly enjoying  myself in each step of the process  of each block.

I am satisfied with the projects I completed this year.  I have learned to set realistic goals.  No more pie in the sky.  I ask myself, is this doable, if not, scale back expectations.

Now, I am looking forward to 2017 with my eye on finishing more old UFO’s and my beloved A Boy and A Girl BOM.

My year in photos:

 

And also a round of applause for my helpers.  They kept urging me on when I stumbled.

Happy New Year everyone.  My wish is that everyone’s hopes and dreams come true in 2017.

I am finishing up 2016 by cleaning and organizing my sewing room so I can start the new year in an inspiring place.  Fingers crossed I get it completed today.  Sadly, there is much work to be done.  🙂 But what a wonderful day to be able to spend it in my happy place.

Happy Stitches.

Sissy

 

 


Next Up Block 4

It took me longer than I had anticipated to complete hand sewing block # 3 but I am pleased to say it is finished and hanging on the design wall in good company with Blocks 1 and 2.

I am always surprised when I soak and hand wash the block after I have completed hand appliqueing it just how filthy, not just dirty, but filthy the water is.  Now, I expect it to be milky in color due to the spray starch and the glue I use to hold the pieces in place, but this time the water was dark and filthy.  Makes me wonder where my hands have been.  Note to self, wash hands more frequently before picking up hand work.

I had a nice break at Thanksgiving that allowed me to finish Block # 3 on time.  Thanksgiving spent with family and traditional trimmings.  Yikes but it was good.  I also had 2 vacation days where one was spent in my sewing room pushing myself to finish my block.  The second day I spent cleaning the garage so I would be able to park my car in there out of the weather.  I suppose winter will rear it’s ugly head at some point and I do not want to spend time scraping my windshield.  Domestic duties are always getting in the way of my Utopian Bliss.  Patting myself on the back for clearing the garage I am back to prepping Block # 4.  What I have accomplished so far…

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Here is Block # 3

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I have such high hopes for this month.  I am hoping to complete 2 blocks.  Ambitious but what are goals if not to push ourselves.

Happy Holidays

Sissy


Circles, Circles, Circles

Focused on prepping block 3 of A Boy and a Girl by Kim Mclean.  Lotta circles going on here.  I think I’m getting dizzy.  Good news is almost halfway completed.

Listening to David Bowie’s Starman from the movie The Martian playing in the background.   The stage is set for a very productive Saturday.  Oh Yeah!!! Going to be a great day for circles!

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Happy Stitches Everyone

Sissy


Inspiration

What inspires me?

Sometimes I get sidetracked and lose my focus on my project at hand.  Sometimes it is frustration due to unrealized expectations, sometimes it’s life’s little interruptions, I can go on an on.  Sometimes it’s this face.

 

005 My point is sometimes I need inspiration to get back into focus and continue my UFO Journey.   Sometimes I just need to be fueled by other quilters and their projects.   Pinterest is an awesome source of inspiration.  Ialso start surfing for Blogs of other quilterswho have similar interests..  I visit my favorite Blogs and see what projects they are displaying.

This is where I have been focusing lately.  I got frustrated with my UFO Basket BOM.  Executing the pattern, interpreting the pattern I let myself get bogged down.  I then turned my focus to one other UFO and dreaming about a project I have long wanted to try ,Friends of Baltimore by Sue Garman.  I spent some time reading Sue’s Blog and mulling over whether I want to start yet another BOM.  Simple Bird Applique is offering a new BOM incorporating two of Sue’s patterns one being Friends of Baltimore.   I have been seriously  tempted.  I ordered month 1 from Sue Garman of the Friends of Baltimore.  I read through her instructions and studied the pattern for the Eagle and the Clipper Ship.  Seeing a multitude of pieces to applique encouraged my completing Block 1 of a Boy and a Girl.  I came to a decision that  I will follow along with Simple Bird’s progress but will make Friends of Baltimore at my own pace.  I am happy with that decision.

I am now halfway finished hand appliqueing block 1 of A Boy and A Girl by Kim McLean.  But not without assistance.

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This has been on my to do list for several months.   I just procrastinated.  It is fast becoming a realization with a big fat check mark.  Happy Dance time.

I am also looking forward to being inspired by viewing the 400 plus quilts that are reportedly entered in the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild’s show September 9th and 10th.

I have realized my inspiration comes from all around me. My family, my friends, my beloved animals, other quilters, but most of all my faith.

Be inspired today or be someone’s inspiration!

Have a blessed day..

Sissy

 


Irony – September UFO is # 9

September always marks the back to school routine for students and parents, leaves starting to change colors,and cooler temperatures. Another season is cycling away.  I am extremely proud of my UFO no more  accomplishments this year.  I have freed up many tubs. What am I to do with empty tubs?  That is so strange to not keep accumulating new projects.  This is very unusual behavior for me.  Nine months of staying on target.  Now that’s an accomplishment.

On my list it is a Fons & Porter pattern “Neopolitan Delight”.  It is a pieced quilt top.  No applique, imagine that.  Looking forward to getting started on it.

But in the meantime several things are going on.  Firstly, I have successfully revived my fig tree.  It had lost it leaves and was looking as if it had died.  I re-potted it in a larger pot (basically, I finally took it out of the nursery pot it came with when purchased) gave it new potting mix and watered it.  I will be bringing it in the house for the upcoming winter.  But for now it is on the deck and sprouting new greenery.  I am proud to say I did not murder my fig tree!!!!

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Secondly I was asked to make a baby quilt for a friend to give as a gift.  The parameters were lavender and gray nursery with an owl theme.  This is what I came up with:  I am finishing the owl applique by hand.  Then there will be a gray skinny border and then a 4″ lavender border.  I am going to attempt to machine quilt it myself.  I mean after all that IS why I bought my dream machine to learn to machine quilt using it.  I have been giving myself a pep talk and am pretty ready for the challenge.

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Thirdly, Vickie had let me know that my 80’s “what was I thinking” quilt is completed.  She has texted me photos and what a transformation.  I am actually liking that quilt now.  I can hardly wait to see it in person.  I will get to see it next weekend.  I will post photos when I get it.

This is what is going on in my UFO world right now.  Hope your little flying saucers are  aligning.  Have a wonderful week.

Sissy


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