My PHD in November

Gail from Quilting Gail introduced me to her PHD Challenge and Tracker.

I love being held accountable and keeping track of my projects and Gail’s tracker sure helps.

I have managed to get my PHD for 2021, but would be happier if I can get some more UFOs finished so I won’t be starting 2022 with such an overwhelming list. The good news is that a lot of my new starts were completed this year so the unfinished ones are almost all in the To Be Quilted pile. I still might get to the studio for a few days before this year ends. 🤔

Thanks for stopping by and reading my post. It’s nice reading and responding to your comments. 😄 Carol

Linking with:

Quilting Gail @ PHD in 2021

November Block Report

November was not another great month. My sewjo kind of disappeared back in October. It is slowly starting to return but watching the crazy flooding, highway closures, mudslides here in my Province, and a new Covid variant is taking its toll on my creativity.

I made 36 items to donate to the organization that makes Christmas Hampers for low income families and seniors, finished bindings on quilts, finished a blog hop project and with 3 amazing women finished insulating, installing vapour barriers, walls and shelves in the new shed at our wonderful Guild property.

Previous YTD Count: 779 blocks

November Blocks: 51

  • Pattern test 4 blocks
  • Items to donate to the Christmas Hampers – 36 blocks
  • Blog Hop Project – 2 blocks
  • Peacock Quilt – 9 blocks

January 18

February 61

March 54

April 77

May 30

June 41

July 59

August 155

September 96

October 188

November 51

YTD Total: 830 Blocks

Now it’s on to December, the last month of the year to see if I can get closer to the 1000 mark. Thank you for visiting my blog. 😉. Carol

I Love Thursday #59

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

My list is short this week.

Our beautiful snow is all gone because of the incessant rain. Today however I am enjoying blue skies.

You can’t see them but there are people out there playing golf today?!?

As I’m writing this I’m happy to say my daughter is on her way to look after my great grands and I’ll have plenty of photos of Levi, Clarke and Grace to share soon.

I was hoping to be enroute to the studio today to get some quilts finished on the longarm. We have a window between storm systems so it would have been a good day to travel. Life got in the way again so I can look forward to travelling and my little ferry trip another day.

Instead I am going to spend some time getting some quilting projects organized to work on this month, organizing my scraps and perhaps start a new knitting project.

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

Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop

Carol of Just Let Me Quilt is once again hosting a fun hop. The first Virtual Cookie Exchange was in 2013. Quite a few of the participants have been posting since the beginning. Are you ready for 4 days of inspiration and fabulous recipes? Mark your calendars. The fun begins on December 6!

December 6

December 7


December 8

December 9

Weekly Goals and To-Do Tuesday #84

I’ll be linking up with To-Do Tuesday which is now hosted by Linda from Texas Quilt Gal! I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else is working on or have finished.

Last To-Do list:

1. Continue with my scrappy leader/ender project. Some progress.

2. Keep sewing my pieces for my EPP projects. No Progress.

3. Get the interfacing on the tshirt pieces and start making the blocks for the memory quilt. No progress.

4. Finish my project and blog post for the next blog hop. Almost finished my project and I’ve even done some baking! 😉

5. Concentrate on designing some quilts for the people who have lost their homes to the horrific floods and mudslides our Province is now experiencing with the atmospheric river dumping so much rain on some areas that had been affected by the wildfires earlier this year. Some ideas are coming together. 🤔

6. Try to get away to the studio for a few days to get some quilts finished on my longarm. Perhaps this week.

7. Do not let Sam or any other squirrels distract me this week. 🐿 Success! I wasn’t sidetracked by any squirrels. 😉

This week’s goals:

Here is my updated list of goals for this week:

1. Continue with my scrappy leader/ender project.

2. Keep sewing my pieces for my EPP projects.

3. Get the interfacing on the tshirt pieces and start making the blocks for Shawn’s memory quilt(s). Apparently I have another box of tshirts coming in the mail this week.

4. Finish my project and blog post for the next blog hop.

5. Start putting together some quilts for the flood victims. As of Sunday the next atmospheric river has already caused more flooding and even a road closure with heavy rain forecast for all night, a brief respite and then the next storm rolls in with snow melt adding to the problem.

6. Try to get away to the studio for a few days to get some quilts finished on my longarm.

7. Start planning my next blog hop project for:

Joan from Moosestash Quilting is hosting this fun hop. I did read there might be a few openings for people to join in 😉

8. Do not let Sam or any other squirrels distract me this week. 🐿😳🐿

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 – 303/332
  • This 2 week period– 7/7
  • Year To Date – 310/339

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

Stash Report:

  • Fabric previous balance: 12 Yards
  • Fabric Used: 4 yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash: 8 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:

Sunday Stash @ quiltpaintcreate

Oh Scrap @ Quilting is More Fun than Housework

15 minutes to Stitch @ Life in Pieces

Frédérique @ Quilting Patchwork Applique

Design Wall Monday @ Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

To-Do Tuesday @ Texas Quilt Gal

November OMG

It’s that time again: time to see how we all did with our goals for the month of November and link up with Patty at Elm Street Quilt

My goal for this month was to continue using my orphan blocks and leftover bits to make gifts to donate to the local organization for inclusion in their Christmas hampers.

In all I finished 3 dozen projects so far; quilts, placemats, tree skirts, mug rugs, covered journals, knitted/felted slippers, knitted and felted hats,

Here’s a sample of my little pile of donations:

Other than that my other goal was to get to the studio and try to get a few more quilts finished on my longarm. There are only 2 tubs of quilt tops to get done to clear off my UFO list of To Be Quilted items (no I still haven’t properly counted the tops in those bins). 😳. That didn’t happen yet but I’m hoping for next week.

Thank you for stopping by to read my post. 🎃 Carol

Linking with:

November One Monthly Goal @ Elm Street Quilts.

I Love Thursday #58

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

I’ll start by wishing all of my American friends and family a Happy Thanksgiving. Here in Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving in October. 🍗🫕

This is my biggest source of happiness this week:

More snow! It started yesterday as soon as I was on my way home from town. So much nicer than the rain 😄

I had to do a town trip this week to try to get DH’s scripts refilled. With the highway closures there have been issues get our stores restocked. I was pleased that they were able to fill 2 out of 3 prescriptions. While I was in town I decided to do my big grocery restock instead of travelling back to town tomorrow. There were lots of empty spaces on the shelves but I was able to get everything on my list except fresh broccoli. There wasn’t even any frozen this time. The good news is the hoarders must be fully stocked up because there was even toilet paper on the shelves. 😉 Now I am tucked in at home with grocery shopping done. I can always pick up fresh produce and milk at my gas station when I go get the mail.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned that my sewjo is just gone right now. The fun thing is I’ve gotten back in to knitting. I think everyone is getting new winter hats, slippers or scarves this year. I do have plans to tackle some more socks, but that might have to wait until next month 😳

I really enjoy this time of year, snuggling in with my winter leggings (they are fuzzy inside) and being able to sit while DH has his football games on with my earbuds in listening to a book while I’m knitting. One of the other Board members from my Guild recommended a book to me that she knew was available. I am intrigued with the story line but thinking this book might have a horrific turn to it as the story behind Willow being on the streets with her baby comes to light. This is what I’m listening to right now:

I don’t have any new photos of Clarke and Grace to share, but my daughter is going to spend a couple of months with her grandchildren so I should be getting some fun new ones to share. I’m so happy my daughter is able to go help her son and DIL and that she will even get to spend time with Levi, who we don’t often get to see. It’ll be fun seeing him interact with his stepsisters. 😄

I am also very happy to report that the 4 old ladies completed the shelves in our new shed and we are happily filling them with extra spinning wheels, boxes of priced goods for our annual fundraiser in April and Val is making curtains for the window. 😉

I’m off to see what everyone else is sharing this week over on LeeAnna’s blog Not Afraid of Color.

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

Weekly Goals and To-Do Tuesday #83

I’ll be linking up with To-Do Tuesday which is now hosted by Linda from Texas Quilt Gal! I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else is working on or have finished.

This week was another of daily power outages, rain and grey, gloomy skies and then for 2 glorious days; snow! It really lifted my spirits to see how bright, clean and pretty everything looked. I was also busy with projects and Quilting Days at my Guild.

Here in our Province, highways are still closed, towns are still evacuated and so many homes are still flooded from the “once in 500 year rainfall and flooding.” The recovery of the people, vehicles and bodies in the mudslides has been completed with one person still unaccounted for. Heartbreakingly 4 people died when their vehicles were swept off the road by the mudslides. It could have been so much worse with over 300 people being stranded, but Search and Rescue responded so quickly, and then our Armed Forces Personnel were called in to assist with search and recovery actions.

Last To-Do list:

1. Continue with my scrappy leader/ender project. Some progress.

2. Keep sewing my pieces for my EPP projects. No Progress.

3. Get the interfacing on the tshirt pieces and start making the blocks for the memory quilt. No progress.

4. Try to get another batch of goodies made to donate to the Christmas Hamper bin. 27 down, at least nine more to go. Finished my 36th project; knitted slippers that were then felted in the washing machine.

5. Spend some time 2 days this week sorting through the donations my Guild received for our annual fundraiser. 2 days done. 20 more (at least) to go before our fundraiser in April.

6. Get together with Lori, Brenda and Barbara to build and install the new shelves in our new storage shed. Done and boxes of priced goodies for our fundraiser are starting to fill the shelves. 😄

7. Host my quilting group at the Guild. With our Covid Protocols we are now in 2 groups, Thursday and Saturday. Done and so much fun!

8. Start preparing for another trip to the studio to spend some quality time with my longarm. Everything is organized; now I just need to sort out when I can go. 🤔

9. Do not let Sam or any other squirrels distract me this week. 🐿 Success! I wasn’t sidetracked by any squirrels. 😉

This week’s goals:

Here is my updated list of goals for this week:

1. Continue with my scrappy leader/ender project.

2. Keep sewing my pieces for my EPP projects.

3. Get the interfacing on the tshirt pieces and start making the blocks for Shawn’s memory quilt(s). Apparently I have another box of tshirts coming in the mail this week.

4. Finish my project and blog post for the next blog hop.

5. Concentrate on designing some quilts for the people who have lost their homes to the horrific floods and mudslides our Province is now experiencing with the atmospheric river dumping so much rain on some areas that had been affected by the wildfires earlier this year.

6. Try to get away to the studio for a few days to get some quilts finished on my longarm.

7. Do not let Sam or any other squirrels distract me this week. 🐿😳🐿

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 – 296/325
  • This 2 week period– 7/7
  • Year To Date – 303/332

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

Stash Report:

  • Fabric previous balance: 12 Yards
  • Fabric Used: 0 yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash: 12 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:

Sunday Stash @ Quilt Paint Create

Oh Scrap @ Quilting is More Fun than Housework

15 minutes to Stitch @ Life in Pieces

Frédérique @ Quilting Patchwork Applique

Design Wall Monday @ Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

To-Do Tuesday @ Texas Quilt Gal

I Love Thursday #57

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

Another busy week to share. I’ve been at my Guild every day this week working on sorting donations for the Guild’s annual spring fundraiser, having a sewing day with some beginner sewers learning to sew clothing and today our quilters are meeting to work on our projects.

My focus is on gifts for the Christmas hampers for the annual meals and gifts for low income families and seniors and getting ready to make quilts for the people in our Province who have lost their homes to the horrific floods and mud slides which are crippling parts of our Province.

So my post is short today as I’m off to the Guild to get ready for my quilting group and meet with the ladies who are going to help me building the shelves for our pretty new shed.

Here’s our Guild, an old one room schoolhouse which we own, showing our new shed;

One of my quilters actually went to school here when it was a functioning schoolhouse! 😉

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

Weekly Goals and To-Do Tuesday #82

I’ll be linking up with To-Do Tuesday which is now hosted by Linda from Texas Quilt Gal! I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else is working on or have finished.

This week was another of daily (up to 12) power outages, constant rain and grey, gloomy skies. It really cut in to my sewing time and a couple of days my time was just 15 minutes.

Im watching the weather forecast and road closures with the crazy winter flooding and rock/mud slides which have trapped over 275 people in their cars, and caused severe flooding to shut down a sewage treatment plant in Merritt forcing the whole town to be evacuated. From the photos and news, I can tell there will be a lot of homes lost. It’ll be another need to make quilts for these poor souls. At least there have been no reported loss of lives so far.

Last To-Do list:

1. Continue with my scrappy leader/ender project. Some progress.

2. Keep sewing my pieces for my EPP projects. Some Progress.

3. Get the interfacing on the tshirt pieces and start making the blocks for the memory quilt. No progress.

4. Finish the hand sewing the binding on the other quilt. Done!

5. Finish the second pattern test by hand stitching the binding. Done

6. Finish my project and post for theNo Ring November Mug Rug Blog Hop. Done and post is written ready to publish.

7. Keep working on Samantha’s newest project: the goodies for the Christmas Hampers. 27 items ready to go in the donation bin.

8. Do not let Sam or any other squirrels distract me this week. 🐿😳🐿 Success! No new distractions this week.

This week’s goals:

Here is my updated list of goals for this week:

1. Continue with my scrappy leader/ender project.

2. Keep sewing my pieces for my EPP projects.

3. Get the interfacing on the tshirt pieces and start making the blocks for the memory quilt.

4. Try to get another batch of goodies made to donate to the Christmas Hamper bin. 27 down, at least nine more to go.

5. Spend some time 2 days this week sorting through the donations my Guild received for our annual fundraiser.

6. Get together with Lori, Brenda and Barbara to build and install the new shelves in our new storage shed.

7. Host my quilting group at the Guild. With our Covid Protocols we are now in 2 groups, Thursday and Saturday.

8. Start preparing for another trip to the studio to spend some quality time with my longarm.

8. Do not let Sam or any other squirrels distract me this week. 🐿😳🐿

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 – 289/318
  • This 2 week period– 7/7
  • Year To Date – 296/325

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

Stash Report:

  • Fabric previous balance: 12 Yards
  • Fabric Used: 0 yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash: 12 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:

My Day on the No Ring November Blog Hop

I’d like to thank Carla from Creatin in the Sticks for hosting this month’s blog hop. The theme is mug rugs or projects to protect our tables. As Carla says a hop is “like a “show and tell” online. Our blog hops feature sewing and quilting and are like joining a quilt guild without leaving home. Once the theme (challenge) is presented we set to work sewing. We inspire each other with projects, tutorials, or patterns.” I’m sure everyone has been busy with their fabric and machines creating some pretty projects for our enjoyment.

I’ve been continuing to stick to my fabric fasting this year. It means I am trying to make projects from my stash or my scrap bins.

For this Hop I decided to try to take it one step further and use some of my leftover blocks and bits.

I had this leftover piece of fabric that I had used as a border on a quilt. It was too nice to cut in to 2” or 2 1/2” squares so I had kept it, knowing that one day I would figure out a way to use it.

I pressed it, squared off the edges and then inspiration hit. I folded the two lower red snowflake stripes together and made a pocket. Then I layered fabric, batting and backing, trimmed it to 7 1/2” square, and sewed around the edge on 3 sides, leaving an opening for turning.

Once I turned it right side out and pressed it, I changed up the thread in my machine to a sparkly, metallic thread and stitched around the outer edge (after pressing the open edge to make a nice seam) and did some outlining around a couple of the reindeer.

Once that one was finished I turned to the scraps of Christmas fabrics that were odd shapes. I did a stitch and flip method on top of some batting and added a backing piece once I had the top pieced and squared up.

Then there were the cute leftover blocks and bits that just needed to be made into mug rugs. Some were done with a single fold binding.

Of course, every quilter has orphan blocks or bits to make blocks, so why not make a set of coasters. They are already color coordinated and partially constructed so let’s use them up. 🤔

Every year several members of my Guild make items to donate to the organization that does the Christmas Hampers. Before Covid they would have a Christmas dinner where the kids could go in the back room with staff, pick out a gift for their parent(s) and staff would help them wrap it. With the dinner not able to happen, we try to include 2 or 3 items in each hamper. My goal is to make 3 dozen items to donate (mug rugs, coaster sets, lap quilts and if time allows some covered journals or fabric baskets).

Here’s other blogs that are posting today for you to hop around:

Tuesday, November 16th

I’m so happy you stopped by to read my post. Hopefully some of these might inspire you to use up some of those bits and scraps. They do make cute hostess gifts and the holiday season is coming. If you enjoyed my post, feel free to wander around a few other posts and if you like what you see, follow my blog or leave me a comment. I enjoy reading your notes and always enjoy responding to them. 😄 Carol

No Ring November Blog Hop


The Challenge:
Create something to protect those surfaces.A mug rug, coaster, small placemat, anything to prevent those pesky rings on a table.November is a busy month, so this should be a quick project.Take a sip of a drink and make something to set it on.

The Hop starts Monday, November 15th and here’s the lineup:

Here is the schedule:

Monday, November 15th

Tuesday, November 16th

Wednesday, November 17th

Thursday, November 18th

I’m so ready for some fun eye candy and ideas for some quick, new projects, aren’t you? 😉🐿 Carol

I Love Thursday #56

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

This was my view this morning when it got light enough to get a photo:

The first snowfall down in the valley. It always make me happy to see the white. It’s such a pretty change from the grey, rainy days of fall. 😄

Some weeks are just so much fun with lots to share. I’ve been crazy busy with being at my Guild almost every day to work on some projects. one day we did this:

Now we just need to have a work day to get our shelves built! 😄

We also had a sew day to help a novice learn to use a pattern while the rest of us worked on various projects, sandwiching quilts, making story boards, creating bench cushions and working on items for the Christmas Hamper drive.

On my daily walks I found some more pretty fungi to share:

No Thursday posts are complete with out sharing some new photos of my youngest great granddaughters, Clarke and Grace in their new hometown and home:

Today is a day for me to remember my father and other family members who served and are serving in the Canadian Armed Forces. For all who are spending Remembrance Day/Veterans Day with your memories or enlisted members I’m sending out my thanks and prayers your safety and good health.

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

Weekly Goals and To-Do Tuesday #81

I’ll be linking up with To-Do Tuesday which is now hosted by Linda from Texas Quilt Gal! I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else is working on or have finished.

Last To-Do list:

First off, let me tell you it’s been a week. Power outages, broken plumbing fixtures, having to be at the Guild to deal with a huge donation for our annual fundraiser (35 large bins and 27 moving boxes full) with 3 more donations coming in over the weekend and more next week.

On top of that, this happened:

My 15 year old sewing machine gave up the ghost. My tech says it can not be fixed (parts are no longer available and he had to crazy glue parts last time to make her last a wee bit longer).

Luckily I do have backup, my class machine:

1. Continue with my scrappy leader/ender project. Some progress.

2. Keep sewing my pieces for my EPP projects. Some Progress.

3. Get the interfacing on the tshirt pieces and start making the blocks for the memory quilt. No progress.

4. Finish hand stitching the bindings on these two quilts. One Done and donated. 😄

5. Finish the second pattern test by sandwiching, quilting and binding it. Just need to finish sewing the binding and here’s a sneak peek at the fabrics:

6. Finish 2 more Blog hop projects. One is finished and post is written. The second is well under way.

7. Do better at avoiding the squirrels for at least a couple of weeks. 🐿 Didn’t happen. Samantha reminded me it’s time to get some goodies made to donate to the organization that does the Christmas hampers for low income families and seniors.

This week’s goals:

Here is my updated list of goals for this week:

1. Continue with my scrappy leader/ender project.

2. Keep sewing my pieces for my EPP projects.

3. Get the interfacing on the tshirt pieces and start making the blocks for the memory quilt.

4. Finish the hand sewing the binding on the other quilt.

5. Finish the second pattern test by hand sewing the binding.

6. Finish my project and post for the:

7. Keep working on Samantha’s newest project: the goodies for the Christmas Hampers.

8. Do not let Sam or any other squirrels distract me this week. 🐿😳🐿

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 – 278/311
  • This 2 week period– 7/7
  • Year To Date – 289/318

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

Stash Report:

  • Fabric previous balance: 12 Yards
  • Fabric Used: 0 yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash: 12 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:

Slow Sunday Stitching

Today was my day to spend some quality time with my feet up indulging in some hand sewing.

Bindings for the win:

One finished!

The next one begins:

The race is on; how far can I get tonight?

No Ring November Blog Hop

We only have a week before Carla from Creatin in the Sticks is hosting this month’s blog hop. I’m sure everyone has been busy with their fabric and machines.

Here’s the lineup for the blogs to hop around:

Monday, November 15th

Tuesday, November 16th

Wednesday, November 17th

Thursday, November 18th

I’m getting curious to see what goodies are in store for this month’s fun. 😄 Carol

November OMG

It’s that time again: time to set a goal for the month of November and link up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts.

My goal for this month is to continue using my orphan blocks and leftover bits to make gifts to donate to the local organization for inclusion in their Christmas hampers.

I’ve settled on making a few lap quilts, Covered journals, mug rugs, coaster sets and some zippered bags. In total I would like to be able to donate 30-35 items this year as the need for hampers has doubled since the Pandemic began. The organization used to have a Christmas dinner where the kids could go in the back room with volunteers and pick out and wrap gifts for their parents. Since the dinner is not being held the goal is to provide The ingredients for a Christmas dinner for each household, whether it be families or seniors who live on their own. So my Guild Members are trying to make items (sewn, knit or crochet) to have a little gift for every member of each household.

Here’s the start of my little pile of donations:

Other than that my other goal is to get to the studio and try to get a few more quilts finished on my longarm. There are only 2 tubs of quilt tops to get done to clear off my UFO list of To Be Quilted items (no I still haven’t properly counted the tops in those bins). 😳

Thank you for stopping by to read my post. 🎃 Carol

Linking with:

November One Monthly Goal @ Elm Street Quilts.

I Love Thursday #55

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

It’s been forever since I had a chance to write my list of likes/loves. Life and emotional upheaval has been causing some issues, but it can only get better, right?!? 😉

Our weather here has been wet, drizzly, and wet by turns. The good thing about that is the wildfires are out and our creeks and rivers are running high. We still have some pretty coloured foliage to enjoy and our sunrises and sunsets have been pretty, especially when we get some peeks at pretty, blue sky.

I always enjoy seeing projects of items being repurposed, but this has to be one of the best ever:

The young man who built this has put in everything from solar to a Walter filtration system so he can be totally self sufficient when he is travelling the back country.

I have been enjoying getting out for daily walks along our trail system and have been enjoying seeing the fall growth including these fungi:

It’s the time of year I enjoy, creating little projects to donate to our annual Christmas hampers. I’ve been having fun, pulling out scraps and leftover bits of Christmas fabrics and seeing what ideas I can come up with to create a few things to bring some joy to the families and seniors that are the recipients of the hampers. I miss the preCovid days when the kids at the annual dinner would go in the back room with volunteers to pick out gifts that they would then wrap for their parents. Now we try to make a variety of quilted, sewn, knitted or crocheted projects for volunteers to pop in the hamper with all of the goodies to make a family Christmas dinner.

My goal is to get 36 little gifts made by the December 10th deadline. 😄

Last week my Guild sponsored a Meet and Greet with Sylvia Olsen via Zoom. On her last cross country tour she had stopped at our Guild and taught a workshop on Salish Knitting. I had missed the workshop, but really enjoyed meeting her via Zoom and was thrilled to win a copy of her newest book. It was m birthday present from Sylvia since my birthday was the closest to her Zoom Date with all of us! How much fun is that? I’m hoping this book has her pattern for the Maple Leaves, but was so excited that I forgot to ask. 🤔 It’s in the mail so I should be receiving it any day now.

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

Weekly Goals and To-Do Tuesday #80

I’ll be linking up with To-Do Tuesday which is now hosted by Linda from Texas Quilt Gal! I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else is working on or have finished.

I was teaching again one day at the Guild. It’s so nice to be able to be at the Guild and see happy, masked faces busy with their fabric and machines.

Last To-Do list:

1. Continue with my scrappy leader/ender project. Some progress.

2. Keep sewing my pieces for my EPP projects. Some Progress.

3. Finish sewing one more block to use the orphan blocks in 2 quilt tops. Both flimsies are finished.

4. Get the interfacing on the tshirt pieces and start making the blocks for the memory quilt. No progress.

5. Sew the binding on the two quilts and finish hand stitching the binding down. Binding is on and hand stitching has begun.

6. Finish the second pattern test. Flimsy is done. Just need to sandwich and quilt it. 😄

This week’s goals:

7. Finish 3 more Blog hop projects. 1st is done and posted and the next 2 are in progress.

8. Do better at avoiding the squirrels for at least a couple of weeks. 🐿 I’m trying but my inner squirrel, Samantha, is trying hard to tempt me with so many new projects. 🤔🐿

Here is my updated list of goals for this week:

1. Continue with my scrappy leader/ender project.

2. Keep sewing my pieces for my EPP projects.

3. Get the interfacing on the tshirt pieces and start making the blocks for the memory quilt.

4. Finish hand stitching the bindings on these two quilts.

5. Finish the second pattern test by sandwiching, quilting and binding it.

6. Finish 2 more Blog hop projects.

7. Do better at avoiding the squirrels for at least a couple of weeks. 🐿

Now isn’t that a bit more reasonable list this week? 😉

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 – 271/304
  • This 2 week period– 7/7
  • Year To Date – 278/311

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

Stash Report:

  • Fabric previous balance: 12 Yards
  • Fabric Used: 0 yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash: 12 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.

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October Block Report

October was another great month. I even had a few days at the studio and did some playing on my longarm. 3 quilts finished in 3 1/2 days. Mainly Stitch in the Ditch work since the fabrics and pattern in the quilts were so great. They didn’t need any embellishing.

Previous YTD Count: 591 blocks

October Blocks:

  • Copy orphan blocks to make 2 quilts 12
  • Pattern test – In The Woods 35
  • Ghastly Ghouls projects 4
  • Checkerboard and Snowball Blocks 100
  • Squirrel Party 25
  • Baby Squirrel 12

January 18

February 61

March 54

April 77

May 30

June 41

July 59

August 155

September 96

October 188

YTD Total: 779 Blocks

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