Monday, January 27, 2020

One Monthly Goal for January

One Monthly Goal for January

My notes, which I'm not very good at keeping for my projects, tell me that I began this project in 2016. I remember the start very clearly, not so much the dates. 

I had been out with a friend and we went to Hobby Lobby. As was our bent, we always shopped the clearance because you never know what you might find. 

This sweet little embroidery, pre-printed, six blocks to a package was on the clearance wall. I want to remember the price being less than $10, even less than $5, but I couldn't swear to that. There were three packages, we each took one.

When I got home, I pulled out the pattern for these scrappy hearts. I found it on Pinterest. The wheels started turning.

The next day, I went back to Hobby Lobby and got the other package. I wanted a queen size quilt and wanted to make sure I had enough blocks to make it the right size. If I didn't need them, I didn't really lose much. I was excited and called the friend and let her know that I would be sharing half of the third package with her.

The friend finished her's last year about this time last year. She didn't make the hearts, but she did make her's using scrappy strips.

I added sashing and continued the scrappiness in the final border making strip combinations and cutting them to length.

I used the first six of the kissing sheep blocks and six of the scrappy hearts. I LOVE the way my quilt turned out. I have spent the month, every spare moment I could use to quilt it. As I am learning to quilt on my machine, I'm getting more detailed and adventuresome. In my opinion it just adds so much to the quilt than just straight stitching.

I used the black polka dot/heart print for the backing and binding. And since I didn't have enough, I pieced it with the red scroll print and one of the red tonals.

I ended up not needing the extra three for the quilt.
That doesn't mean they went to waste . . . 

First, I made a couple of pillow cases to match the quilt.

I had one more block and plenty of the strips left.

Doesn't it make an adorable baby quilt? I added applique hearts where I used them to quilting lines on the quilt and I cut them off for the pillow cases. I added nine patches to make up addition rows to bring the baby quilt up to a 36 inch square.

And there were still more strips left !!!

Enough to make three doll quilts.

I made a fourth doll quilt from scraps.

The scraps came from this baby quilt.

They both still need sandwiched and quilted. I need batting and hope to have them done yet this month.


I finally finished the rest of the stitcheries I was working on in December. They will go into my "gift" box to use when I need something small.

January has been very good to me !!

Thanks for stopping by.

My command is this: love each other as I have loved you.

John 15:12 NIVUK

Monday, January 20, 2020

January Catch Up

It is January 20, 2020 

I haven't fallen off of the face of the earth, although you may think so since I have been absent for quite some time. 

It wasn't my intention to be gone this long, there just a lot going on right now that requires my attention away from the internet. 

I've actually kind of liked not being tied to the computer.

I'm here now. And this is the fun stuff that's been keeping my busy :)

Snow started coming in late Friday. It started melting by the time we got up Saturday morning and raining.

Five o'clock Monday morning. We got more snow Sunday and overnight Monday. And it got really cold. 



Rocky walking in the tire tracks in the driveway. It's hard to see, but the snow is as deep as he is tall.

And since it was so cold and no school due to MLK day, I did stay in and sew.

I finished my UFO goal for January over the weekend. I'll write a seperate post on that later. I want to make pillow cases to match my quilts, so that's what I'm working on at the moment and I'll post that with it.

I have another one that I wanted to match up.
So I made a pair to go with the Lace Cabin Quilt.

I used leftover fabric from the quilt to accomplish that.

I love how it turned out and completes the ensemble.

The sweet snowman was a gift from my aunt to my mom and mom gifted to me. I made the pillow a while ago. Some snowmen are just too cute not to accessorize with.

A new block of the month for me this year, one of two. This one is for one of the Facebook groups I belong to. I'm very pleased with the results.

This catches me up for the moment. I have goals yet to finish for the month and will work on those as the week goes on. 

Thanks for stopping by.

‘Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.

John 5:24 NIVUK

Saturday, January 4, 2020

2020 - Happy New Year and Goals

Happy Hew Year ! ! ! 

As we close the books on 2019 and open a new page to 2020, it's time for reflection and new goals.

It was a quiet new year's eve. I spent the day with my guys. They played video games and I got to sew. Not even much cooking. we all did what we enjoyed and everyone home and safe.

And . . . 


we even got some snow !!!

As for goals,
I'm making two lists, the first one is for UFOs that I want to work on. Not necessarily finish, although that would be ideal, I would like to make significant progress. I'm linking up to Dreamworthy Quilts for this challenge.

1. Sweet Land of Liberty - needs first section completed
2. Holly Cottage - assemble top, quilt, binding

3. Farm Girl Vintage - needs quilted, binding

4. I Love Home

5. Suburbs - needs assembled

6. Believe - needs assembled

7. Girls Getaway - needs assembled

8. Vintage Kitchen - sandwich, quilt, bind

9. Gingerbread Village - needs assembled, quilted, bind

10. Sheep quilt - needs quilted, binding

11. Fall into a Quilt - needs assembled

12. Pins & Needles BOM - needs assembled

* * * * * *

My second list consists of projects that I would like to work on.

1.  Crazy Quilt blocks

2. Bandana Quilt

3. Susan's BOM

4. Betsy's Closet

5. Sara's baby projects

6. Psalm 23 - Jenny of Elefantz

7. Garden BOM - Jenny of Elefantz

8. Tilda Quilt

9. Busy Bee

10.Birdsong wool BOM

11. Scriptures of the month - Jenny of Elefantz

12. Ombre BOM - Facebook group

There's plenty to keep me busy or the next 12 months :)

Seek joy in the simple things.

Thanks for stopping by.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10:24-25 NIVUK

2019 - Finishes

My finishes for 2019 actually began New Year's weekend, December 2018.

All the Baby Quilts were donated to:
Jack's Basket.

All the Doll Quilts and Gowns were donated to A Doll Like Me.

December, 2018

Baby Blue Quilt - Hands 2 Help donation

January, 2019

Penguins for Christmas


Bookmarks offered by Jenny of Elefantz

Thi Baby quilt was a participation in
Susan's Mystery Quilt Along.

Sugar's new bed


UFO #1 - Color Bear Challenge - 2018
Hosted by Clever Chameleon


Crosstitch I did years ago, finally framed.

Valentine Wall Hanging and a second one for a gift.

This one is embellished with buttons and beads.



Doll quilts and gowns for made charity.


UFO #2 - Color Block Challenge 2018


Tracy's Mystery QAL - charitable donations for Hands 2 Help.

12 Things - #7



Two UFO Christmas wall hangings.



Baby quilt front and back. The front was a donated piece of Care Bears panel. The back were leftover and donated pieces of flannel. Made for a really cute quilt.


Doll gown and quilt.





Baby quilt 


Doll quilt and gown

Halloween mini



Flannel quilt for 13 year old great nephew.


Flannel Dinosaur quilt for 5 year old great nephew - getting his first "big boy" bed.


Front and back of baby quilt.

Doll quilt

Doll gown

Fallen pillow cases (2)


All my projects carried over to October.



JoAnn 1997 

Wall Hanging I made for Susan's visit.


 Bowl cozies

Scissor cases

forgot to take photos :(

36" x 60" scrap flannel quilt.
" Renesme' "



Doll quilts

Doll gowns

Two pairs of pajama pants for Newton.
I also made two others that I forgot to photograph.


Patriotic pillows


Patriotic pillow cases, a pair of each


Gnome projects for a swap

Total Baby Quilts donated to Jack's Basket:
6 shipped in May
3 shipped in December
Baby Quilts total:  9

Total Doll Gowns: 21
Total Doll Quilts: 21
Both donated to A Doll Like Me.

It's been a very productive year, not just for me, but for some worthy organizations.

One more total. I read this on another blog and decided to give it a shot.
How many spools of thread did I empty?


Some are big and full, some were partials, some were small, even tiny. All of them were emptied in 2019.

Thanks for stopping by,

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

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:16 NIVUK