Weekly To-Do and Goals #75

My Weekly Goals – To Do Tuesday #75

I’ll be linking up with To-Do Tuesday will is now hosted by Texas Quilt Gal! Thank you Linda for taking this on.

Last week’s list:

1. Add the extra borders to let Your Star Shine #2. Done!

I had just enough left of the floral fabric to make the extra border.

2. Keep working on my scrappy leader/ender project. Some progress.

3. Play with some orphan blocks and HST’s to see what comes of the pile of goodies. No progress.

4. Spend 3 days getting my training for our federal elections 🤔. Done.

5. Keep playing with my EPP project(s). Some progress.

6. Keep the list short due to time constraints (see #4). It wasn’t short enough. 😉

7. Do better at avoiding the squirrels 🐿😉 Success! No squirrels were involved in any of my activities this week! 😄

This week’s goals:

1. Monday – Supervise 5 polling desks in one station from 6:00 am until the count is done. Keep my fingers crossed that all goes well and I can get home before midnight. 🤔

2. Tuesday – Take all of the election supplies, ballots, etc. to the office 2 hours from home.

3. Start a new pattern test. 😄

4. Keep working on my scrappy leader/ender project.

5. Play with some orphan blocks and HST’s to see what comes of the pile of goodies.

6. Keep playing with my EPP project(s).

7. Do better at avoiding the squirrels 🐿😉

Stitchin’ Time

I’m trying for at least 15 minutes a day, but also want to at least spend 15 minutes tidying up and dealing with scraps.

  • Previous time – 247/262
  • This 1 week period– 4/7
  • Year To Date – 251/269

To see how our blogging friends are doing check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

Stash Report:

  • Fabric previous balance: 17.5 Yards
  • Fabric Used: 0 yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash: 17.5 Yards

* my goal is to lessen my stash by 100 yards. 😅

* any fabric used from the scrap bins, was gifted or a prize; doesn’t count as stash

Gail at Quilting Gail created and hosts the PHD in 2021 to keep us finishing those UFOS.

Linking with:

I’m Falling For You September 22

The blog hop started Monday, September 20. It’s being hosted by Joan from MooseStash Quilting

Here is the list of bloggers for Wednesday, September 22:

Wednesday September 22

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Beaquilter

Inflorescence

Selina Quilts

Sew Many Yarns

I’m ready for some more I’m Falling For You inspiration. Aren’t you?

😄Carol

I’m Falling For You September 21

The blog hop started Monday, September 20. It’s being hosted by Joan from MooseStash Quilting

Here is the list of bloggers for Tuesday, September 21:

Tuesday September 21

Just Let Me Quilt

Just Sew Quilter

Days filled with Joy

Kathy’s Kwilts and More

The Morning Latte

I’m ready for some more I’m Falling For You inspiration. Aren’t you?

😄Carol

I’m Falling For You September 20- My Day

The blog hop starts Monday, September 20. It’s being hosted by Joan from MooseStash Quilting.

Here’s the list of today’s participants, including me!

Monday September 20

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Samelias Mum

Quilting Gail

Vroomans Quilts

Quilt Schmilt

When Joan announced the hop and I thought of jumping in, I thought fall, falling, falling for you…..it would be such an easy theme! So many choices to pick from!

The first thing I did was look for fall fabrics in my stash. It’s not hard with our leaves changing colours to find inspiration in colours.

I had pulled these fabrics to do a pattern test but knew that some of them would not work for the test but would for the hop! 😉

Then a squirrel started working on me with an idea that just wouldn’t go away. So a DrEAMI had come to be!

I had been having fun in the past couple of months playing with this pattern:

I had made two different versions of the quilt just because I love stars and this pattern was so much fun.

But then I thought “what if I made it with fall fabrics?”

So here is version #3 of Let Your Star Shine:

Now this was the first part of my DrEAMI project. I wanted a new table topper for my table, but as importantly, I wanted the cutoffs from making the star points to use with the leftover blocks from a recent pattern test. My table topper is in the bin to go to the studio to quilt and I’ll be using it before this month ends.

Since the beginning of the pandemic I’ve made it my goal to work from my stash, use up scraps and only purchase when I absolutely had to.

This has kept me busy making quilts for Victims of the horrific wildfires we have been seeing, quilts for friends who contracted Covid and now a good friend who needs a lap quilt (and I sent the original one I had made to the Quilts for Lytton Drive), since he is now confined to a wheelchair. Our friend is a true Shining Star. He is always helping people and gives generously of his time and money when some one needs it. He loves to say he is always falling for the stories someone tells of a need they have. So this is my I’m Falling For You project using leftover bits and orphan blocks.

It looks as if I made an oops, but I’m putting a pocket on the inside for his phone and wallet so there needs to be a distinct top and bottom so everything doesn’t fall out of the pocket! 😉

This just needs a slim border but I’m checking to see which of my fabric is large enough to back and bind the quilt. Then I will decide on the border and it will be quilted and bound once our elections are over and I can plan a trip to the studio to spend some quality time with my longarm.

I’d like to thank Joan for hosting another great hop, my friend who gave me the inspiration for my project, Sandra Walker for writing such a fun pattern, and you, for spending some time reading my post.

I’ll just remind you that all of the bloggers (including me😉) love to read the comments you post on our blogs and the time you spend checking out other posts. The biggest compliment you can give is to follow the blogs when you enjoy what you see and read! So thanks for stopping by! I do hope you are having fun fondling, cutting and playing with fabric on these lovely fall days! Please accept my apologies for not answering your comments right away, but while you are reading this I am working as a Central Poll Supervisor and am at the polling station from 6:00 am until at least 8:00 pm or whenever the count is finishing for my 5 polling desks. I’ll reply to your comments likely tomorrow after a bit of sleep!

😉 Carol

Seaside Adventure Row Along Week 3

The Seaside Adventure Row Along started on the 6th of September.

Here is the lineup:

September 20

Nancy Myers @ Patchwork Breeze

Elizabeth Coughlin @ E Coughlin Designs

Patti Carey @ Patti’s Patchwork

I Love Thursday #54

I’m joining a group of friends who get together via a linky party on LeeAnna’s blog Not Afraid of Color most weeks to share list of things that bring them joy, inspire them or make them laugh.

As seems to be the story of my life I’m late to the party to share my happy list.

My last 3 days have been spent doing Election Training in. Cute little town just north of where I live. I really enjoy the hours drive to and from New Denver when it’s fall and pretty!

It’s good to see the site of a wildfire 2 years ago, starting to green up again 😁

The town, New Denver, is historically important to the area, having a history founded in mining and the site of an Internment Camp for Japanese immigrants during the war. It has resulted in a population with so many ethnic backgrounds that it’s always fun to walk in to businesses and restaurants. You never know what you’ll find 😉

Yes that is the first snowfall on the mountain ridges. I love seeing the snow, knowing that fall is here early.

I love getting surprise boxes from friends. Just look at the goodies that were dropped off for me while I was in class:

As usual I get to share some new great granddaughter photos since you all know how much I love these two sweet sisters:

I hope you all are enjoying a day as nice as mine!

If not this just make it a bit better 😉

Thank you for stopping in to read my post. I appreciate it when you click on the follow button and enjoy responding to your comments. 😉 Carol

Scrap Happy September

A while back I noticed a fun bunch of people were posting the 15th of the month with write ups about fun scrappy projects they’ve been working on. The only restriction is that the fabrics have to all be scraps; no Yardage included!

Here’s the list of people who sometimes write about their scrappy adventures.

Kate, Gun, Eva, Sue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Tracy, Jill,
Claire, Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Kerry, Claire, Jean, Jon, Dawn, Jule,
Gwen, Bekki, Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue L,
Vera, Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, Bear,
Carol, Preeti, Edith and Debbierose

For me September has me tied up with other things (gotta hate it when life gets in the way of sewing time🤔) but I have a few bits and pieces and projects on the go using scraps and orphan blocks.

This fun quilt top is from the Flat Topped Scrappy Pyramid pattern by Becky at Quilted Twins. I used al lot of scrappy squares and off cut triangles from another project that had been sitting in the scrap bin.

Next I started playing with some off cuts and leftover bits from a couple of other quilts and came up with a quilt top that will be a lap quilt for a friend in a wheel chair.

The bottom was pieced a bit differently since I’m putting pockets on the backing side for wallet, cell phone etc and wanted an easy way to differentiate top and bottom.

Then I pulled some leftover HST’s from cutting off the corners of triangles or Flying Geese and made a quick dog bed for Roxy for when she comes to visit us.

Of course I have an ongoing leader ender project making hundreds of four patches, some with 2” squares and some with 2 1/2” squares.

I’m also playing with other leftover orphan blocks and think I might have come up with a plan for these:

Thank you for stopping by. 😄 Carol

Weekly To-Do and Goals #74

My Weekly Goals – To Do Tuesday #74

I’ll be linking up with To-Do Tuesday will is now hosted by Texas Quilt Gal! Thank you Linda for taking this on.

Last week’s list:

1. Sew the binding on my scrappy log cabin quilt and get a finished photo

2. Finish sewing my Flat Topped Scrappy Pyramid blocks to a flimsy with the fabric from my stash. Done

3. Add the extra borders to let Your Star Shine #2. When finished it will go to Lytton. No progress yet, but I do have a plan! 😉

4. Write my blog post for the pattern test quilt top. Done!

5. Keep working on my scrappy leader/ender project. Ongoing fun!

6. Play with some orphan blocks and HST’s to see what comes of the pile of goodies. Some progress! 😉

7. Keep playing with my EPP project(s). Having some fun!

I’m enjoying this little row of sewn hexies! 😉

8. Do better at avoiding the squirrels 🐿😉

This week’s goals:

1. Add the extra borders to let Your Star Shine #2.

2. Keep working on my scrappy leader/ender project.

3. Play with some orphan blocks and HST’s to see what comes of the pile of goodies.

4. Spend 3 days getting my training for our federal elections 🤔

5. Keep playing with my EPP project(s).

6. Keep the list short due to time constraints (see #4).

7. Do better at avoiding the squirrels 🐿😉

Stitchin’ Time

I’m trying for at least 15 minutes a day, but also want to at least spend 15 minutes tidying up and dealing with scraps.

  • Previous time – 240/255
  • This 1 week period– 7/7
  • Year To Date – 247/262

To see how our blogging friends are doing check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

Stash Report:

  • Fabric previous balance: 20.5 Yards
  • Fabric Used: 3 yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash: 17.5 Yards

* my goal is to lessen my stash by 100 yards. 😅

* any fabric used from the scrap bins, was gifted or a prize; doesn’t count as stash

Gail at Quilting Gail created and hosts the PHD in 2021 to keep us finishing those UFOS.

Linking with:

I’m Falling For You

The blog hop starts Monday, September 20. It’s being hosted by Joan from MooseStash Quilting

Monday September 20

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Samelias Mum

Quilting Gail

Vroomans Quilts

Quilt Schmilt

Tuesday September 21

Just Let Me Quilt

Just Sew Quilter

Days filled with Joy

Kathy’s Kwilts and More

The Morning Latte

Wednesday September 22

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Beaquilter

Inflorescence

Selina Quilts

Sew Many Yarns

 Thursday September 23

Karrins Crazy World

Words and Stitches

Patchouli Moon Studio

Karen’s Korner

That Fabric Feeling

Scrapdash

 Friday September 24

QuiltFabrication

Mrs P Designs USA

Lianne Makes Stuff

Quilted Delights

MooseStashQuilting

I’m ready for some Falling For You inspiration. Aren’t you?

😄Carol

Seaside Adventure Row Along Week 2

The Seaside Adventure Row Along starts on the 6th of September.

Here is the lineup:

September 13

Kris Driessen @ Scrapdash

Althea Gyde @ Blue Heron Quilting

Beatrice Rieske @

I Love Thursday #53

I’m joining a group of friends who get together via a linky party on LeeAnna’s blog Not Afraid of Color most weeks to share list of things that bring them joy, inspire them or make them laugh.

What’s not to love about wonderful fall weather! Clear blue skies, the changing colours of the foliage, having to wear a light sweater in the morning and needing to take it off as the day warms up. I do enjoy every time of the year.

Such a beautiful drive by the lake on a foggy, misty fall morning!

A trip to a favourite quilt shop is alway a favourite thing to do. This week I managed to go in the company of 3 great friends, all double vaxed and with masks on in the car and shop. We had fun helping one of them picking out fabrics for a quilt for her granddaughter’s big girl bed and each succumbed to the allure of fondling fabric and adding to our stash or buying for a new project.

I behaved myself and only added 3 yards to the stash of some background fabric.

Who can resist Grunge fabrics? 😉
Clarke is looking at you and hoping you are having some fun today. 😄

Today I’m off to do some training for the Elections so this post is a short one.

I hope you all are enjoying a day as nice as mine!

Thank you for stopping in to read my post. I appreciate it when you click on the follow button and enjoy responding to your comments. 😉 Carol

Up Coming Blog Hops for the Rest of the Year

Here it is!

Carol from Just Let Me Quilt is hosting the Ghastly Ghouls Blog Hop in October

Ghastly Ghouls challenge is anything Halloween. Can’t you just imagine the spooky sights we’ll be treated to.

Carla from Creatin In The Sticks is hosting the No Ring November mug Rug blog Hop. It’s sure to have some fun ideas for quick gift giving 😉

Then in December we head back to Just Let Me Quilt where Carol is hosting the Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange filled with stories of Christmas traditions, favourite recipes and even some fun quilty projects.

Are you interested in taking part in the hops or ready to hop around for some fun?

I am looking forward to all of these hops 😉 Carol

Weekly To-Do and Goals #73

My Weekly Goals – To Do Tuesday #73

Announcement: To-Do Tuesday will now be hosted by Texas Quilt Gal! Thank you Linda for taking this on.

Last week’s list:

1. Finish the photos and report for my pattern test quilt. Done

2. Sew the binding on my scrappy log cabin quilt and get a finished photo. Almost finished the first side.

3. Finish sewing my Flat Topped Scrappy Pyramid blocks to a flimsy with the fabric from my stash. No progress

4. Finish my DrEAMI project. Finished to flimsy stage. I used Sandra Walker from MMM Quilts pattern Let Your Star Shine to make another 36 1/2” square quilt but have decided to enlarge it by adding another border. The fabrics are on my cutting mat right now.

5. Write my post for the Seaside Adventure Row Along. Posts are written and scheduled 😄

6. Work on my I’m Falling For You Blog Hop project. Done and post is written.

7. Exterminate any squirrels that try to invade my space this week. 🐿🤔. Fail! Thanks to DH volunteering me, I had to recover a golf cart seat for the golf course. I cheated and used a bought cover, but did have to sacrifice a yoga mat for the padding! Now everyone wants to rent this cart 😄. I can see being recruited to do the rest of the rental carts now 😉

This week’s goals:

1. Sew the binding on my scrappy log cabin quilt and get a finished photo

2. Finish sewing my Flat Topped Scrappy Pyramid blocks to a flimsy with the fabric from my stash.

3. Add the extra borders to let Your Star Shine #2. When finished it will go to Lytton.

4. Write my blog post for the pattern test quilt top.

5. Keep working on my scrappy leader/ender project.

6. Play with some orphan blocks and HST’s to see what comes of the pile of goodies.

7. Keep playing with my EPP project(s). Yes the squirrel got me here, too! I started working on another project! 🥴

8. Do better at avoiding the squirrels 🐿😉

Stitchin’ Time

I’m trying for at least 15 minutes a day, but also want to at least spend 15 minutes tidying up and dealing with scraps.

  • Previous time – 233/248
  • This 1 week period– 7/7
  • Year To Date – 240/255

To see how our blogging friends are doing check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

Stash Report:

  • Fabric previous balance: 26.5yards
  • Fabric Used: 6 yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash: 20.5 Yards

* my goal is to lessen my stash by 100 yards. 😅

* any fabric used from the scrap bins, was gifted or a prize; doesn’t count as stash

Gail at Quilting Gail created and hosts the PHD in 2021 to keep us finishing those UFOS.

Linking with:

Seaside Adventure Row Along Starts Tomorrow

The Seaside Adventure Row Along starts on the 6th of September.

Here is the lineup for the first week:

September 6

Marlene Oddie @ Kissed Quilts

Mary Hertel @ Made By Marley

Becky Smith @ Bobbinin Quilts

Quilts For Lytton Update

Last night while on a Zoom class by Silly Moon Quilting I met a woman who’s got family in Lytton who lost everything in the fires. She told us that they have now collected and distributed over 2000 quilts. Isn’t it incredible how our community steps up to help?

Apparently they are now trying to restock their supply of baby supplies which was destroyed in the fire. I’ve emailed for more information as to what they are needing.

I do love our quilting world. Can you think of a more generous, caring group of people?

😉 Carol

A Fun Box of Treasures

Today I went to grab the mail because I had been emailed that I had a parcel from Denise B. She knew that I collect quilt tops, fabric and blocks to make charity quilts.

This is the photo of the piles of goodies in the box:

Incredible quilt tops, backing fabric, blocks and scraps.

I had to look at the quilt tops. They are pieced so well that it is going to be a joy to put them on the frame and finish them up. I’ll measure them before I load them on the frame and check to see if they need borders added to bring them to size for the Charities I donate to.

The photos don’t really do justice to the beautiful fabrics. Kaffee Fassett, batiks, novelty prints and who doesn’t love black &white & bright happy green 😉

I have to thank Jo Kramer from Jo’s Country Junction for adding me to her list for help with charity projects. That was how Denise found me.

My family all have quilts and don’t need any more. By being able to quilt for charity I can continue doing something I love and receiving a gift like this helps with the costs. Being on Pension doesn’t allow for a lot of extras so this gift really helped. I’m resisting the need to dig into these scraps since I do have several commitments that I need to fulfill, but there are squirrels running around my sewing table. I’m just trying not to catch one! 😉

If I can sneak away to the studio this month I will be happy to get some of these quilts finished and delivered, but I have some upcoming deadlines and a Federal Election to work for.

Perhaps this box filled with quilty goodness will motivate me to get some of my deadlines met early?

So glad you had some time to read my post. I do enjoy your comments and writing responses. 😉 Carol

The Squirrels Got Me

This has been a fun week so far.

I have a couple of finished projects!

I had won a gift certificate from Mad About Patchwork from Sandra Walker at MMM Quilts in her Follow Your Own Path QAL.

I knew I had the perfect floral fabric and the “right” green, but needed the solid colours to coordinate with the floral. I checked with Mad About Patchwork and of course, found exactly what I needed for my squirrel project. Aren’t those Northcott fabrics perfect?

Isn’t it just a nice bright palette.

The pattern was one I loved from Sandra at MMM Quilts called Let Your Star Shine (the link takes you to the pattern) which I had already made once. It finishes at 36 1/2” square. This is my second version of this quilt. I’m thinking that I might want to make it just a little larger so I’m determining how to add another border. Should I continue the mitered effect on opposite corners?

This was my first version of Let Your Star Shine:

My next finish should give you all a good chuckle. My DH is on the Board of Directors for the golf course where we live. He enjoys volunteering me to do little projects for the Course. Today he volunteered me to install new seat covers on a cart.

You can no longer see the duct tape repairs on the seat and I added a foam padding so it’s got some Cush now! 😉. I’m thinking that the Board might decide that I should do the other 6 carts now 🤔

As I was reading emails and blogs just before I started to write this post, I saw that I was featured on Denise’s blog, For The Love of Geese on her weekly linky party Put Your Foot Down 114. She thought my Phoenix Rising was pretty fiery! What a great compliment from another designer I admire. Did you see she entered some quilts in a virtual quilt show? You should pop over to her blog to click on the link and vote for her quilts, either the Tree of Life or the Looking in Wallhanging. You could also get the latest info on her new SAL which just started.😉

Thank you for stopping by to read my post. It’s always fun to read your comments. 😄 Carol

Linking with:

For The Love of Geese @ Put Your Foot Down 114

My Quilt Infatuation @ NTT

I Love Thursday #52

I’m joining a group of friends who get together via a linky party on LeeAnna’s blog Not Afraid of Color most weeks to share list of things that bring them joy, inspire them or make them laugh.

These past couple of months I have been paying attention to my diet and try to get some of the Covid/3 surgery weight off. It seems I have developed an addiction to bean salsa since I made the decision. Add some garden cucumbers and carrots and it does make a perfect dinner! Last night I had just enough left to add to a rice bowl with a sesame dressing since I had made Porkchops, steamed broccoli and rice for DH. With his very fussy appetite (doesn’t like most veggies and allergic to onions and garlic) I often wind up making 2 meals.

I do love making quilts, but most of my family and friends are well supplied. About the only times I do quilts now for family are for new additions or memory quilts. I’ve changed my focus to do more Charity quilting so I can continue to feed my addiction to fabric.

When I last checked my mail I had received a lovely box of donations from Denise B. It contained quilt tops, blocks, backing fabric and scraps to help with keeping the need to quilt ongoing. These quilt tops will be finished and donated to Wildfire victims. So many here in British Columbia have lost their homes that it is heartbreaking.

I’m also starting on more quilts for Victoria’s Quilts Canada for Cancer Patients. I really love quilting so it’s nice to have a reason to keep doing it! 😉

As you know our summer (hah) has been overwhelming with a heat dome, extreme drought, wildfires and so much smoke. I love getting rain, seeing the yellow leaves on the side of the road and in the bush, being able to go for walks, wearing a light jacket and seeing the golf course get green again. It does seem as if we might get early fall and possibly winter this year. I’m so ready for it.

I enjoy reading and just finished re-reading the Outlander series of books. I have found that I am listening to audiobooks more now as well. I have some wonderful earbuds that work well to drown out the 6-10 hours of news DH watches. Instead I get to listen to stories or autobiographies while I’m sewing by machine or by hand.

This was an interesting listen if you enjoy autobiographies.

Thank you for stopping in to read my post. I appreciate it when you click on the follow button and enjoy responding to your comments. 😉 Carol

September OMG

September already? This year has just disappeared in the blink of an eye!

On a personal note I’ll be busy this month with working for Federal Elections. The 12 – 14 hour days at the polling station, and days of travelling and training, will mean my time with my machines and fabric will be a bit more limited.

I do have a few little things to get finished up:

1. Replace the background fabric that didn’t work for me on the Flat Topped Scrappy Pyramid quilt

2. Finish my blog post for the:

3. Finish my project for the;

4. Indulge the squirrel that is driving me crazy with a DrEAMI project using these fabrics;

5. Try to get away to my studio after working the Federal Election to finish some more charity quilts on my long arm (and of my UFO/PHD List);

6. Research to find a good pattern using leftover 1 1/2” – 3” strip pieces. I have 2 bins of strips this size that need to be gone. If you have any suggestions or recommendations, please leave me a comment. 🤔

Thank you for checking out my post. I do appreciate reading and replying to any comments. 😉 Carol

Linking with;

Elm Street Quilts @ September OMG

I’m Falling For You Blog Hop

Joan from MooseStash Quilting is hosting this fun blog this month. Here’s the lineup of creative participants:

Monday September 20

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Samelias Mum

Quilting Gail

Vroomans Quilts

Quilt Schmilt

 

Tuesday September 21

Just Let Me Quilt

Just Sew Quilter

Days filled with Joy

Kathy’s Kwilts and More

 

Wednesday September 22

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Beaquilter

Inflorescence

Selina Quilts

 

Thursday September 23

Karrins Crazy World

Words and Stitches

Patchouli Moon Studio

Karen’s Korner

 

Friday September 24

QuiltFabrication

Mrs P Designs USA

Lianne Makes Stuff

MooseStashQuilting

If you would like to participate Joan might still be able to fit you in the schedule 😉

 

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