Monday, January 21, 2019

Getting little things done

  
So far it still feels more like I'm on vacation than retired...it is all a little strange. I feel like I should be job hunting. I get job announcements from the county and I've checked out a few them. Part of me wants to post my resume on Indeed to see if I get any hits for a part time job. I've told myself I'm not going to do anything for the first three months, if I still feel the need to work then maybe I'll look for something but I really need to give retirement a serious try first.

I finished this little quilt top...Kim Diehl's Plain Folk. The finished size is 18" x 18". This was so fun to make. Now I have to figure out how I'm going to quilt it.


I finished this table topper. It only took two years to get it quilted. The pattern is Rock Candy by Jaybird Quilts.


Another project that has take a few years to get done is changing my kitchen cabinets from this...


To this...

LOVE 💖 these drawers! Why did I wait so long to have them installed?

And here is a picture of Bella trying to go home with Nancy.





Monday, January 14, 2019

Overwhelmed


Yay! I finished one item off my "need to quilt" list...


 I finished stitching this little wall hanging in February 2017. Now I can check it off the list.

I finished the first clue to Kathleen Tracy's mystery quilt.


I'm about half finished with the blocks for Kim Diehl's Plain Folk mini but don't have any in process pictures.

What has got me overwhelmed? This bin...


Nancy and Stephanie were here sewing last Saturday, I dug out this bin of scraps hoping to get it a bit more organized, sorted, etc. After about four hours you couldn't tell I'd made a dent. I sorted pieces and parts into 5 inch strips, 5 inch squares, 2.5 inch strips, 2.5 inch squares .... down to strings which were anything less than 1.5 inches wide. I have a lot of strings. This is kinda my January thing, but I think it is going to take more than a month  to get through this bin. The sad part is I have at least three larger bags that look just like this. I really need to find a project(s) and actually use up these pieces and parts. That is more overwhelming than the scraps themselves.
  

Monday, January 7, 2019

First 2019 Finish

  
My first 2019 finish...ta da...Sweet Tooth.


Okay...sooooo maybe 90% of it was finished in 2018 and I only need to hand sew some of the binding in 2019, it is officially finished and I'm counting it. 😉

I'm not one to make resolutions or to set new year's goals. I normally like to spend January giving my sewing room a good cleaning, organize a bit, sort my scraps into various bins and make a list of my UFO's and how much progress or what more needs to be done. 2019's list is a very long list. Remember the ridiculous piles I talked about here, here and here?   Well it is even worse now. I have 23 quilt tops that need to be quilted...some, okay more than some, were in the original ridiculous pile. There are 8 quilts that are cut out and partially pieced. I've also added a list of hand stitching projects  - 2 wool and 3 embroidery projects that need to be finished.

Unfortunately after I made the list I had a squirrel moment...


Kathleen Tracy released the first clue of her newest Facebook mystery mini quilt. This will be my first time participating in one of her mystery's.

And while I was sorting and cleaning out my scraps I had another squirrel moment...



I cut out strips to make the first quilt in Kim Diehl's Simple Whatnots book - Plain Folk.


I actually made a little bit of a dent in my in one of the smaller scrap bins.


Bella was shocked by this also.
  

Monday, December 31, 2018

Good Bye, So Long, Farewell 2018

  
Happy New Year! I'm trying to sneak this post in before midnight (and pretend it hasn't been almost three months since my last post). I've been doing a little bit of sewing...


 Temecula Quilt Company's Christmas mystery that doesn't look very christmasy. And looks much better in person.



Violet's Bakery and Confectionery -   the 2018 Project Linus mystery quilt. LOVE the pattern.



And a little shopping. I picked up all of this at an estate sale. Over 27 yards of fabric and an unopened TrueSharp rotary blade sharpener for a crazy low price. Kinda sad, some day there will be another happy quilter getting a great bargain when I pass.


Last year's Project Linus Mystery quilt - Ethan's World Travels all quilted. I love how Barbara continued the flying geese path into the quilting.


I donated the quilt to Nancy's dental association that has a silent auction every year to raise money to provide dental care to low income children.



Nancy said that at the time she left for the evening the bid was up to $200. Wow.


The 4x4 quilt is all finished too. Love how this one turned out.


 2019 should be a very interesting year. I am officially retired on January 1. I know I'll be doing lots more quilting but I'm a little worried about this retirement stuff. Financially I'm okay, it's what to do with all the time!

Hope the new year brings you lots of joyful quilting.
 


Monday, October 15, 2018

Catching Up

  
I really need to post more often. I think about it. I have lots to talk about and lots of pictures to show...but I just don't get around to it. Lazy? Probably.

So now that I am posting what should I post about? Finished quilts? Quilts in progress? Quilt retreats? Quilt friends? Cats? Not a cat?

Since my primary purpose for this blog is to document my quilts I'll start with finished quilts.

Nancy took a class a few months ago that had some special cutting techniques that results in lots of thin pieced strips. Knowing how much I like to play with other people's scraps she gave me her's. Here are two of the small quilts I made from some of them.



There are still more left and I already know what I'm going to make with them. Stay tuned.

While I was at Lynn Wilder's quilt retreat last month I quilted and bound the three mini quilts I made from the scraps I got there last year. The ocean wave block is 9 inch square. The quilting is in the ditch. I gifted it to Cindy who gave me the scraps last year.


The little mug rug is 9 x 7 inches. Stitched in the ditch and gifted to my cabin mate Loris.


 The little wall hanging I made is 13 inches square, quilted in the ditch around all the black. I've hand sewn the binding down since this pic was taken.


Finally I got this little table topper quilted. It is 17.5 x 29 inches. I think if you click on the picture you can see the quilting better.  Lots of feathers and feathery flowers.


Well these are my finishes. I'll show some of the quilts I'm working on in my next post which I promise will be soon.

To close, here is my "not a cat" eating the cat food I left out front for the outdoor kitties I feed.


Hmmm...you would think I live in the country instead of the middle of suburbia.
 

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Hello, My Name is Joy...

  
...and I'm a junk junkie.

It's true. I love garage sales, estate sales, thrift stores and a church bazaar just makes my heart pitter-patter. I need more stuff like I need more fabric (kinda like needing a hole in my head), but it doesn't stop me. I think I inherited this trait from my mom and her sisters.

I had some dental work this past week that wasn't very fun and kept me a bit confined to the house. Yesterday I couldn't stand it and went for a drive...no place in particular, the mountain roads  near me are beautiful and who knows where you will end up. While I was driving I stopped at a few garage/yard sales - it was late in the afternoon and pickings were slim but I did find these...


27+ skeins of yarn for about the price of two new skeins. Hmmm...guess I'm going to have to learn how to knit or crochet. Jayme took some.

While I've been home I've also had a few more finishes:


The fabric is an old Free Spirit jelly roll I bought ages ago. The pattern is by Villa Rosa Designs but I couldn't find it to get the pattern name. It's not overly big, about 35 x 44 inches.


 I quilted it with a simple meander. I also put a flannel plaid on the back - another fabric I've had for ages. Yay, using up stash.

I also made this simple quilt. The pattern is A Flair for Square 2 by Quilting Discoveries.


I added a few borders to it to make it a little bit bigger and to use up more of the fabric. Very soft, romantic kinda fabric.


I still have a lot of it left over - just not enough to piece a back. I bought this fabric back in 2000!! Another yay for using stash.

I quilted and added the binding to the chemistry fabric quilt. I love how this one turned out.


I even pieced the back.


The pattern is Yellow Brick Road. It is about 52 inches square and also quilted with a large meander.

Since I did such a good job of using up some really old stash fabrics and since I felt so rotten all week I decided to treat myself to a hole in the head umm new fabric.


It doesn't really count as adding to my stash as it was free - I used my credit card points (hehehe). I'm going to use it for the Project Linus mystery quilt.

As you can tell from the above pics, Bella likes fabric and quilts also.
  

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

It's Time!!



I've been waiting very impatiently!

 This is such a fun mystery quilt challenge - and it supports a great cause. The clues are very detailed and there is a video to go with each clue. Perfect for a beginning quilter.

So, are you going to join me?

Double dare you.