Monday, March 25, 2019

Monday Goals

It is the last week of March. 
The first quarter of the year is almost finished.

Since it is the last week of the month, I've had to look at my goals for March and see what I haven't accomplished yet.

The list was long because there were already projects from January and February that weren't finished.

So here is March's Goal List:

UFO #4 - Color Challenge Quilt DONE

12 Things
#3 - Dear Santa Wall Hanging Monday goal
#7 - Sunflower Doll DONE
#4 Santa's Coming Wall Hanging

Tracy's Mystery QAL DONE

Baby Quilt DONE

Blocks 1 and 2 in progress

Girls Getaway - Block 2 in progress/daily

Scrap Vortex in progress/on-going/daily (leader-ender)

Doll Quilt  in progress

Doll Gowns in progress

One Christmas Gift
January in progress/Monday goal

So that's the list for the last week of the month.

I will be updating as I get things done :)

Thanks for stopping by,

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

Give us today our daily bread.

Matt. 6:11 NIVUK

March Goals

March Goals:

#4 - Color Challenge QAL DONE


Front and back of the quilt.
Absolutely thrilled with this project.

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12 Things
#4 - Santa Claus is Coming wall hanging 

#3 - Sunflower Doll DONE !!!


She didn't quite turn out as I had hoped. I did her face before sewing her together, based on the pattern. I wish I would have waited. Her features are too high on the face.
Her hair didn't turn out quite as I had hoped. A little straw hat will help with that and I'll get one the next time I'm at the local craft store.

Her bloomers match her shirt :)

A pretty bow for the back.

I love the combination of the floral print and gingham check. Over all, I'm pleased with the project.

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Charitable projects 

- one baby quilt DONE
This project was in conjunction with Tracy's Mystery QAL. Reveal is at the end of the week.

-one doll quilt
- one doll gown

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Tracy's Mystery QAL DONE
I'm posting on this at the end of the week.

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Girl's Getaway (Crabapple Hill)

In progress - drawn off, colored, stitching begun. All the trees on the right side are all stitched, the clouds are done and I've begun those on the left side. All that will be left will be the center of the drawing.

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One Christmas Gift/Month in progress

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"Believe" BOM (Shabby Fabrics)
Blocks 1 & 2

In progress - all the pieces are ironed in place.

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15 minute stitch challenge

100% for the week :)

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

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Psalm 19:14 NIVUK

Playing Catch Up

These days, it seems I'm always playing catch up with my blog.

It's not that blogging has lost it's appeal. I still enjoy posting and sharing what I've been up to and creating, but I find that I get so involved with it that I don't give myself the time to sit and write a post.

Consequently, I'm playing catch up.

I finished a couple of baby quilts for 
Hands 2 Help. Excited by the projects, but especially excited to share these with a worthwhile cause. I think those make four completed. They should be mailed by the end of May, so I still have plenty of time to get a few more done.

This is not a great photo, but I got February's UFO sandwiched and basted and ready for quilting.

I worked on my scrap vortex and made a huge dent in the box of scraps I received recently.

I'm working on my first Christmas gift of the year and only embellishments need to be added to complete

I'm also continuing with my 15 minutes of stitching daily with some kind of hand work (lots of binding this week) or working on Girl's Getaway. This is a really big block (18 x 36 inches). So there's lots of stitching to be done.

Hope you had a productive week.

Thanks for stopping by,

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

Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

Deut. 6:5 NIVUK

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