Saturday, March 16, 2019

15 Minutes to Stitch - February 28, 2019

The guidelines are very generous and include any crafting we find ourselves drawn to at any given moment.

"If you want to play along, just keep up with how many days you find time to stitch and then link up each Sunday to share how well you did that week."

That's it - that's all the rules.

I missed posting last Sunday due to illness - me. I had the worst head cold I've had in a very long time. Add to that I had a part fail on my driver's side window that needed repair. 

Since I only keep track of the days and not the exact time, here's how I did:

I did lots of sewing on my UFO project for this month.

I did some embroidery on some more of these sweet bookmarks. 

And just like that, this block is finished. Just in time for the next one to arrive the first week of March.



Close ups of some of the detail stitches. There are still some details like beads and buttons that I'll do as I gather those supplies.

It doesn't look like a lot, but something everyday. And the quilt time is quite time consuming with that border.

Here are my statistics:

26 of 31 days 
83% completion

Week of 17th to 23rd = 6 days
Week of 24th to 28th = 4 days
26 of 28 days = 92%

Year to date:

52 of 59 days = 88%

Not as much as I would like, but 100% for me will probably be unrealistic.

The button at the top of this post will take you to Life in Pieces and you can see how everyone else is doing or sign up yourself. If you are struggling for some motivation, this might just be the motivation you need to get back in the game.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,

James 1:19 NIVUK

Hands 2 Help 2019

It's sign up time for 

You are linked.

The post lists all the charities that have been chosen to be recipients this year, and tells you something about what each worthwhile cause does to help those in need. These really are worthy charities and something I will continue to participate in. I only wish I had learned about them sooner. It has really weighed on my heart this year to participate in some kind of venture that allows me to share th talents and gifts has has blessed me with.

I hope you all are able to join us. Whatever size donation you can make, in whatever fashion, it will be appreciated.

As I'm writing this, I recall lately reading quite a few blog posts on dealing with your scrap fabrics. A though occurred to me . . . 

what if you don't like dealing with your scraps?

What if you don't want to sort them into a neat, organized pile?

What if you don't want to make something scrappy?

What if you donated them to someone who would be willing to make a quilt and donated it?

And let's don't forget the scraps of batting or leftover pieces that you don't want to mess with either.

There are many quilters who only work with scraps or are willing to work with scraps.

I hope that you can get on board in some fashion and help make a positive impact on someone's life. Let's help Sarah make this the best year yet.

Make sure you read Sarah's post as it gives you all the details about dates and deadlines. Quilts should be mailed directly to the charity you choose.

Well, I'm off to work on my quilt.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with things that make and keep you happy.

Let us become weary in doing good.

Galatians 6:9

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Let us become weary in doing good, February 28, 2019

Time to update my progress on charitable projects. Time continues to be an expensive commodity, but I am carving it out wherever and whenever I can.

Here's what I accomplished this month:

* baby quilts

* doll quilts


* doll gowns

no progress here.

Some of my favorite charities:

1000 Hearts This charity makes and distributes "pocket hearts" made from wool felt. They are about an inch big, so they are small enough to carry in a pocket, but big enough to know it's there to serve as a reminder. 

Here's what the home page says:

"1000 Hearts is a kindness project based in Hobart, Tasmania - offering people a symbol of compassion and care through handmade pocket hearts."

A simple little project. It's great for a take along when you are sitting and waiting for an appointment, or in line at school, or a couple of idle minutes.

Project Linus - This one is for baby quilts. They can be knit, crochet, quilted, or fleece. I'm jumping on this band wagon. I'd like my goal to be at least one per month. There are patterns and resources on their web page. Just follow the link.

A Doll Like Me  You are linked to find out more about this organization and what they do, but let me just tell you it's incredible and Amy is a hero in my eyes. She makes these amazing dolls that have the same physical differences as the children who receive them. How cool is that !!! What we are being asked to do is make tiny hospital gowns and doll size quilts so the children can dress their dolls so they are having the same hospital experiences the children. The gowns only use a fat quarter and some bias binding. Easy enough. I'm jumping on this band wagon as well. You can also follow Amy
on Facebook.

From My Carolina Home  Quilts are being collected for victims of last year's double-whammy hurricanes.

American Hero and Quilts of Valor This is an on going, never ending need for quilts for military veterans and their families.

2019 Hands to Help

This effort is hostessed by Sarah. The link will take you to her blog where you can read about five amazing charities and you can sign up if you are ready to participate.

Local quilt shops - are always doing something charitable. Collecting pillow cases, quilts to be bound, quilts to be quilted, etc.

There are other things we can do. Donations of all kinds are need in various places:

- donate money to your favorite charity
- donate food to a food pantry
- donate fabric
- donate time

I have chosen the charities that I will be supporting this year. I sincerely hope that you are able to join us. If not, please do what you can because the need is great. And if not us, then who?

Going forward I will update this post to include what I've done and to whom I shared my efforts. Please know, that I'm not doing this to brag or guilt anyone in participating. I am doing this strictly to help a cause and to encourage us to help where and when and how we can. 

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with things that make and keep you happy.

Let us become weary in doing good.

Galatians 6:9

February Goals

Goals for the week of February:

UFO Challenge
# 10 - Sheep quilt Top is DONE !!!
- assemble the  blocks into a top DONE
- sashing DONE
borders;choose fabrics from what I have. DONE
- sandwich need to purchase/piece backing fabric
- quilt
- binding made

15 minute stitch challenge
- continue stitching daily Girls Getaway Block 1 block is done

The Art of Gentle Domesticity
- read next section(s)
- post thoughts on discussion questions DONE

Crabapple Hill - Stitch Along (Facebook) no progress
This is a free download DONE

Doll gowns and quilts
- sew gowns fabric chosen, cut out
- sew quilts fabric chosen, cut out - DONE


Susan's Mystery QAL
Post on blog DONE

February BONUS !!!
Valentine's Day wall hanging - 

March Goals:

#4 - Color Challenge QAL

12 Things
#4 - Santa Claus is Coming wall hanging
#3 - Sunflower Doll

Charitable projects 
- one baby quilt
-one doll quilt
- one doll gown

Tracy's Mystery QAL

Girl's Getaway (Crabapple Hill)

One Christmas Gift/Month

"Believe" BOM (Shabby Fabrics)

15 minute stitch challenge

Thanks for stopping by.
Wishing you a day filled with things that make and keep you happy.

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?

Psalm 42:2 NIVUK

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Susan's Mystery QAL

I was invited at the end of 2018, November (?), to participate in a Mystery Quilt Along with Susan and a few other ladies. I jumped in with both feet. 

This is the fabric that Susan chose. I LOVED it. In fact, I had purchased it in a different color along with a coordinating panel. I didn't like this one with the panel so I had to come up with a different project. So much for easy :)


While I was at one of my monthly sewing classes, I shopped the clearance section and found the fabric on right. I matched almost perfectly !!!

Feminine, little girl, princess-y . . . 

Baby Quilt !!!!

Well, that was easy, wasn't it? :)

Away I went.

I only had a fat quarter of the mystery fabric to work with so a simple patchwork allowed me to use most of it and incorporate the two complimentary fabrics I purchased.

A cute decorative stitch for the quilting.


I have a finished baby quilt ready for Project Linus.

Thank you Susan!!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with the things the make and keep you happy.

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him,

Colossians 2:6 NIVUK

The Art of Gentle Domesticity - Weeks 6 and 7

I'm not sure how I got behind on posting, unless it was because I got sick over last weekend. I've decided to do both in one post to catch myself back up. But I'm also only going to answer the "Thoughts to Ponder".

Week 6

*  If I were to be welcomed into your home what colour scheme would I find to be most prevalent?

First, Jenny would be welcome :) 
As for color, there are lots of neutrals. Not whimpy neutrals, but dark taupe, sage green, celery green, creamy yellow, sky blue, light grey and white.

*  Is this colour scheme true to your personal taste today or does it reflect a season past?

For now, the colors are true to my taste except maybe the white. It was there and we kept it. The others are colors we chose and put in place and some of them are subject to change - sooner than later, I hope.

*  Have you been inspired by this week's study to make any changes to your current decor, wardrobe or personal style?

I like neutrals because I can always incorporate a color and they allow me to change colors seasonally. And as I make things and find new things to make, the neutrals allow me to move just a few things around to make room for those new pops of color.

On to week 7 . . . 

** With craft supplies are you the use-it-up and wear-it-out kind of gal or thoroughly modern and more excited by the new styles and things on offer?

Years ago, I worked in retail crafts and fabrics. There were big pushes to try new things and we were always moving things around to make room for the latest fad in the crafting industry. While I worked in the industry, I enjoyed trying all sorts of new things. In my first store, we were encouraged to try them and to make samples for the store, which the store paid for our supplies and then we could keep them.

These days, I'm much more frugal and practical. I like trying some new things and will when they have purpose and fit into our home and lives.

I also try to use up what I have, especially before going out and purchasing more. I also find other uses for my supplies like Sunday School class or the Bible study pre-schoolers that I work with every other Monday.

** Is there a project in your home which you made a while ago that’s lost its appeal due to your own ‘moving on’ with regards to colour and style? Would you consider re-making it in the colours you love for this season of life?

I can't think of a project that fits that description. If I did have such an item and really loved it, I would definitely consider remaking it to fit my current tastes.

** Last week and this week we've read and thought a lot about colour. Are you looking at the way you use colour in your creative pursuits any differently? 

I do. I find that I will get myself in a rut and stick to colors and styles I have used for years.

I belong to a group that does a fabric exchange once a year. We choose a color or theme that we would like to receive and our partner purchases 24 fat quarters following that criteria. As I make choices for my partner, I have made the decision to purchase half yards of fabric to make the fat quarters because I keep the second one to put in my stash. 

This method of participation has encouraged me to acquire colors, patterns and themes that I might not generally gravitate toward. And then I find projects that allow me to use those fabrics.

I've enjoyed the challenge and have been pleasantly surprised to find how many have pulled and used in my own projects.

** Jane's quite adventurous and open to trying a variety of colour combos and styles even when they're not what she'd normally go for - would you describe yourself that way or are you 'shy' when it comes to change?

I don't think I would describe myself as shy as much as I would say that I have definite likes and dislikes.

I like bright colors, subtle colors, tonal prints, small floral prints, neutrals. I like pops of color. I do not like bright, bold, large prints. I don't shy away from auditioning fabrics and I hate to waste them. I will try to use things that are out of my comfort zone. 

That's another challenge I have enjoyed in the past year. I've participated in several mystery quilt alongs. The hostess chooses a fabric that all participants incorporate in their chosen project. There have been several that I would not necessarily have chosen and was pleasantly surprised by my end results. 

I don't think we should be afraid of color. Sometimes the best way to approach something new and unfamiliar, is to do it in small, controlled doses. And let that be our guide. Quilting has been a wonderful growing experience that has allowed me to experiment and achieve a new level of comfort with each new wall hanging, quilt and stitchery.

Next week we’re reading pages 60 - 67

It's still not too late to join the study. Jenny will be hostessing all year. There is also a link to see how others have answered these thought provoking questions.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 91:1 NIVUK