Weekly Goals and To-Do Tuesday #100

I’ll be linking up with To-Do Tuesday which is being hosted by Linda from Texas Quilt Gal. This is my 100th ToDo post. I started writing them when Roseanne and Sue from Home Sewn By Us was hosting it. I can’t believe my last link up was April 17th. So much has happened since then, but very little was in the quilting department. Instead real life took precedence.

I have been to the studio to spend some time with K and D, but was busy and didn’t have any time with my long arm. I’ll just remind myself that it will be there in a week or so when I hope to get back.

I was crazy busy getting ready for my Guild’s fundraiser. It was a beautiful day, and we managed to raise almost $8,000.00 in 4 hours of seeing smiling happy faces.

I left a few days later after I had recovered from the worst of a nasty cold. With highway closures and road construction and having to take the long way around, I made it to my daughter’s place at 2:30 in the morning.

After 3 hours of sleep, it was time to re-load the car and head to Grand Prairie. It was only 8 1/2 hours drive this time! I had forgotten how flat the northern part of Alberta is.

We had a lovely 2 bedroom apartment to stay in so managed to get a good night’s sleep. The next day was time for Clarke’s Memorial Service which was lovely and so hard at the same time.

After the service we headed to Ryan and April’s place to spend some time together. It was a joy to spend time with 2 of my kids, their spouses and so many of the grandkids and great grandkids.

Then I managed to get a fuzzy photo with my oldest son and my daughter.

All of my immediate family that were present gathered to get a four generations photo. It makes me feel old to have this many progeny around! 😉

Unfortunately one of my granddaughters and her stepsister are missing as they had to do a grocery store run! This crew was hungry and needed to be fed more than what we had ready!

The next day we headed back to my daughter’s place and then I had two days to help her get a few things organized before she has her knee replacement surgery.

Then it was time for the 16 1/2 hour drive back home. Once home, it was so nice to get a hug from DH and sleep in my own bed! 😉

Since I’ve been home I’ve been busy cleaning, rearranging furniture, grocery shopping and then having to go back to town for some of DH’s meds. Still no sewing has happened, but tomorrow is a new day.

Last To-Do list:

1. Keep working on my hand quilting and EPP projects. Made some progress on both projects.

2. Finish my Wonderful World of Color Blog Hop post with better photos now that our weather has cleared up again. Done and published.

3. Start cutting and piecing fabrics for a new pattern test now that I have decided on fabrics. Cutting is done and sewing has commenced.

4. Finish my next Blog Hop project for May being hosted by Carla from Creatin in the Sticks, get some photos and write my post.

5. Check to see if my plan for my project for the Here Comes the Sun Blog Hop being hosted by Carol from Just Let Me Quilt will work.

6. Keep working with the other Board Members of our Guild to have everything in order for our fundraiser on the 24th.

7. Keep working on re-organizing my sewing space to see if I can get a better working arrangement.

So many more tries at rearranging things. I just might finish it up tomorrow so I can start sewing.

8. Do not allow any squirrels to distract me this week. 🐿

This week’s goals:

1. Keep working on my hand quilting and EPP projects.

2. Make the time to get my photos and post written for the Foodie Blog Hop.

3. Pull my fabrics for Here Comes the Sun Blog Hop in June.

4. Start the new pattern test.

5. Get to work on a new commission due in 3 weeks 😳

6. Do not allow Samantha or any other squirrels distract me this week. 🐿😉🐿

Stitchin’ Time

Kate from Kates Life in Pieces hosts a weekly linky party to help us keep to our goals of stitching every day.

I’m trying for at least 30 minutes a day this year, but also want to at least spend 30 minutes a week tidying up and dealing with scraps.

Since my last To-Do List I have managed to keep to my goal of stitching every day and even got to play with my machine this week, and even emptied the 3 units I keep my less than a yard pieces of fabric in to re-fold and re-sort the colour families since they had really gotten messed up lately. I’ve also been busy putting in 4-8 hours most days working at the Guild to be ready for our fundraiser next weekend.

  • January 31/31
  • February 28/28
  • March 26/31
  • April 6/30
  • this week 1/7
  • This month 1/8
  • Total: 92/127
  • Percentage = 73.4 %

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

Stash Report:

I like to link with Donna @ Quilt Paint Create to keep track of fabric in and out of my stash.

  • Fabric previous balance: 76 Yards
  • Fabric Used: 0. yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash to use this year: 76 Yards

* my goal is to lessen my stash by 100 yards this year. I haven’t managed to actually figure out how much fabric I really have in my stash so it just seems to be reasonable to set a goal to continue working from my stash.

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

Quilting Gail is hosting her PHD in 2022 Challenge again this year. 😄

I do enjoy sharing some of your time when you read my posts and reply to each comment. 😄 Carol

Linking with:

Sunday Stash @ quiltpaintcreate

Oh Scrap @ Quilting is more fun than Housework

Frédérique @ Quilting Patchwork Applique

15 Minutes to Stitch @ Life in Pieces

To-Do Tuesday @ Texas Quilt Gal

Wonderful World of Color Blog Hop Day 5

Joan from Moosestash Quilting is hosting this month’s hop. Wasn’t it just the perfect theme for this time of year?

Here is the list of participants on the final day of this month’s hop:

 

Friday April 22

Kathys Kwilts and More

Pieceful Thoughts

Karen’s Korner

Inflorescence

MooseStash Quilting

Again I can’t thank Joan and all of the participants in the hop enough. I’ve added a couple of new projects to my Must Do List, enjoyed seeing all of the colourful projects and best of all, started spending quality time with my machine again. Carol

Wonderful World of Color Blog Hop Day 4

Joan from Moosestash Quilting is hosting this month’s hop. Isn’t it just the perfect theme for spring? Here is the list of bloggers scheduled for Thursday:

 

Thursday April 21

Just Sew Quilter

Days Filled With Joy

Selina Quilts

Karrin’s Crazy World

The Darling Dogwood

Beckys Adventures in Quilting and Travel

Don’t forget to show your appreciation of all their work making their projects for our inspiration by commenting on their posts. Carol

Polar Bear Plunge Prize Package

Just after the Polar Bear Plunge Blog Hop, I received a lovely email from Selina from Selina Quilts letting me know I had won her sweet little hand warmer rice bags.

Aren’t they just the sweetest gift?

They sure work well if you keep them in your pocket and just slide your hands in your pocket to warm them up. I tested them when I was out shovellng some snow a couple of weeks ago.

Wonderful World of Color Blog Hop Day 3

Joan from Moosestash Quilting is hosting this month’s hop. Isn’t it just the perfect theme for spring? After the very long winter and never ending spring we all need Color to get us n the mood for sunshine and summer!

I started off thinking of flowers and sunshine, rainbows and prisms when this blog was announced.

I’ve been playing a lot with bright happy colors this winter which isn’t my normal palette.

I pieced a few quilts from leftovers or my scrap bins:

Instead I thought of Clarke’s little sister, Grace. She is rapidly growing, but not yet ready for a big girl bed, being only 1 year old and a bit of a wanderer.

I thought I would like to have a handy way for her Mom and Dad to record her height as she grows so I pulled out my scrap bins and orphan blocks and got to work.

The idea originated from re-arranging my sewing space and finding a cloth tape measure which had a tear in it. I used some orphan blocks and some scraps to make a bright panel (all colored fabrics I could find were used) which will be hung at the appropriate height. It is complete with a hanging pocket in the back and I have it parcelled up with a new acid free permanent marker to take with me when I go see them at the end of the month.

Our little Grace has become very attached to her babies since her sister passed away and she always has one in hand. I thought a fun little quilt for her babies would also be a great little something for her to play with.

I always enjoy doing Bargello quilts so it was a fun, quick little finish (36” square). It’s quilted and squared up and I’m ready to attach the binding.

Just needs the binding now.

The final project I wanted to share just because of all the pretty colors is this quilt top which I’m working on. It’s made of donated blocks from Denise. The batiks just make me smile every time I look at it. The border fabric I want to use is at the studio so this will be added to my WIP list until I can get to the studio to finish it.

Aren’t these blocks just incredibly colourful and pretty?

This is today’s schedule of bloggers. I’m heading over now to see what they have created to share with all of our inspiration.

Patchouli Moon Studio

Quilting Gail

Quilt Schmilt. You are here!

Words & Stitches

Quilted Delights

Lynn’s Blog

I’d like to thank Carol, Carla and Joan, the fabulous threesome who take turns hosting our monthly hops and keep coming up with such fun themes to challenge us to come up with projects to inspire you to come up with your ideas or versions of our projects.

I’d also like to thank the bloggers who take part in the hop. I try to visit each and every one to show some quilty love and appreciation for their work to inspire us, by commenting on their posts.

Thank you for stopping by. Carol

Wonderful World of Color Blog Hop Day 2

Joan from Moosestash Quilting is hosting this month’s hop. Isn’t it just the perfect theme for spring?

Tuesday April 19

Just Let Me Quilt

BeaQuilter

Songbird Designs

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Purring Cottage 

Stitchin at Home

Have you visited these great blogs to read their posts and show some quilty love by commenting on the projects they’ve made? Carol

Weekly Goals and To-Do Tuesday #99

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

Last To-Do list:

1. Keep working on my hand quilting and EPP projects. Made some progress on both projects.

2. Try to finish my Wonderful World of Color Blog Hop project. Just need to write my blog post.

3. Start pulling and cutting fabrics for a new pattern test. My inner squirrel led me to read post by one of my favourite quilt designers who was talking about an upcoming QAL on her blog and of course Samantha and I decided we needed to offer to test the pattern. So my squirrel convinced me I needed a DrEAMi project to kick start my mojo again. 🐿😉🐿 and then Samantha did it to me again! It’s a twofer DrEAMi month. Not only is the test done, but the project is sandwiched ready for quilting.

This fabric pull worked as well as I thought it would for this pretty project.

4. Start planning my next Blog Hop project for May being hosted by Carla from Creatin in the Sticks. There might still be space if you want to jump in. My project is almost finished.

5. Start planning my project for the Here Comes the Sun Blog Hop being hosted by Carol from Just Let Me Quilt and again, there might be slots available. I have an idea for this one I think.

6. Give Samantha permission to find things to keep me going. 🐿 Samantha convinced me I needed to start on another pattern test, join a QAL, make a fast overnight trip to the studio to help K. and D. with a couple of chores, and be at my Guild a couple of days to start getting things in order for our annual fundraiser.

This week’s goals:

1. Keep working on my hand quilting and EPP projects.

2. Finish my Wonderful World of Color Blog Hop post with better photos now that our weather has cleared up again.

3. Start cutting and piecing fabrics for a new pattern test now that I have decided on fabrics.

4. Finish my next Blog Hop project for May being hosted by Carla from Creatin in the Sticks, get some photos and write my post.

5. Check to see if my plan for my project for the Here Comes the Sun Blog Hop being hosted by Carol from Just Let Me Quilt will work.

6. Keep working with the other Board Members of our Guild to have everything in order for our fundraiser on the 24th.

7. Keep working on re-organizing my sewing space to see if I can get a better working arrangement.

8. Do not allow any squirrels to distract me this week. 🐿

Stitchin’ Time

Kate from Kates Life in Pieces hosts a weekly linky party to help us keep to our goals of stitching every day.

I’m trying for at least 30 minutes a day this year, but also want to at least spend 30 minutes a week tidying up and dealing with scraps.

Since my last To-Do List I have managed to keep to my goal of stitching every day and even got to play with my machine this week, and even emptied the 3 units I keep my less than a yard pieces of fabric in to re-fold and re-sort the colour families since they had really gotten messed up lately. I’ve also been busy putting in 4-8 hours most days working at the Guild to be ready for our fundraiser next weekend.

  • January 31/31
  • February 28/28
  • March 26/31
  • this week 7/7
  • This month 17/17
  • Total: 102/107
  • Percentage = 95 %

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

Stash Report:

I like to link with Donna @ Quilt Paint Create to keep track of fabric in and out of my stash.

  • Fabric previous balance: 89 Yards
  • Fabric Used: 13 yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash to use this year: 76 Yards

* my goal is to lessen my stash by 100 yards this year. I haven’t managed to actually figure out how much fabric I really have in my stash so it just seems to be reasonable to set a goal to continue working from my stash.

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

Quilting Gail is hosting her PHD in 2022 Challenge again this year. 😄

I do enjoy sharing some of your time when you read my posts and reply to each comment. 😄 Carol

Linking with:

Sunday Stash @ quiltpaintcreate

Oh Scrap @ Quilting is More Fun than Housework

Frédérique @ Quilting Patchwork Applique

15 Minutes to Stitch @ Life in Pieces

To-Do Tuesday @ Texas Quilt Gal

Wonderful World of Color Blog Hop Day 1

Joan from Moosestash Quilting is hosting this month’s hop. Isn’t it just the perfect theme for spring? Here’s the lineup for Monday.

Monday April 18

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Ms P Designs USA

Samelia’s Mum

Kathleen McMusing

That Fabric Feeling

Scrapdash

 

Do head on over to check them out. They have some great projects to inspire you.

Carol

Wonderful World of Color Blog Hop is Soon!

Joan from Moosestash Quilting is hosting this month’s hop. Isn’t it just the perfect theme for spring?

Monday April 18

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Ms P Designs USA

Samelia’s Mum

Kathleen McMusing

That Fabric Feeling

Scrapdash

 

Tuesday April 19

Just Let Me Quilt

BeaQuilter

Songbird Designs

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Purring Cottage 

Stitchin at Home

 

Wednesday April 20

Patchouli Moon Studio

Quilting Gail

Quilt Schmilt

Words & Stitches

Quilted Delights

Lynn’s Blog

 

Thursday April 21

Just Sew Quilter

Days Filled With Joy

Selina Quilts

Karrin’s Crazy World

The Darling Dogwood

Beckys Adventures in Quilting and Travel

 

Friday April 22

Kathys Kwilts and More

Pieceful Thoughts

Karen’s Korner

Inflorescence

MooseStash Quilting

Craft Room Overhaul

The timing was perfect to be seeing that Kim (Persimon Dreams) and Kim (Go-Go Kim) are doing a Craft Room Overhaul.

For those of you who know me, it’s no surprise that my craft space is a little corner just inside the entrance to our suite. It’s basically 4’ square with supplies tucked in wherever I can stash them. I’m keeping it real here with actual current photos with several projects out all over, trying to get something done.

My exterior door is immediately to my right. This is what you see on your right hand side when you walk in the door.
The white cupboard is my stash of fabric yardage and backing fabrics. It’s also my display of fridge art from the grandkids or great grandkids. The dark corner is the “pile” where things get put that are UFO’s, WIP’s or stuff that has no other home. The multi drawer contains my stash of buttons, lace, beads, stencils and office supplies.
As you can see my sewing table often has 2 or three projects on the go at a time. My little roller cart always has leader/ender pieces on top, and the other two baskets have upcoming projects, my quilt labels and a tray of Hera markers, fabric markers and odds and ends.
I have a bin here for flimsies and their binding and backing fabrics so if I can get away to the studio, it’s ready to go. The bin often becomes a place to stack WIP’s on!
The outside door is now to my back. The door to the left is the bedroom. These bins contain my stash of fat quarters and less than a yard pieces of fabrics. I did have a squirrel attack on Thursday and emptied the drawers and re-sorted and recorded everything tI see what I have for fabrics for a couple of scrappy projects I might get done soon.
My chair sits right beside my sewing table. My basket of hand quilting and knitting projects sits here. I’m right opposite the teal drawer bins. You can see how close the tv is.
This is my view when I’m standing in front of my chair looking towards the kitchen area. I have a bit of storage under the filing cabinet and freezer for my scrap saver boxes of pre cut squares and strips. The kitchen table often becomes my cutting table or basting station. Just past the little freezer on the left is a desk which was my cutting station, but will hold the Mac my daughter gifted me.

Looking at my little suite I will once again acknowledge that downsizing from a 14’ x 20’ sewing room to this little space was a challenge, but I keep telling myself one day I will have it set up as a perfect working space. At least my machine doesn’t have to be put away before we eat dinner (but yet the pin basted quilt will get moved).

With not doing much sewing this past month and a bit, I have spent a fair amount of time trying to figure out how to make my little space more workable. Then I saw Kim and Kim have a fun new challenge so the timing just works for me to get things organized before I have to travel to my great granddaughter’s memorial service at the end of the month.

Linking with Kim @ Persimmon Dreams and Kim @ Go-Go Kim.

Pop Star QAL with MMMquilts Has Begun!

I’m sure you all know how much I love Sandra from MMMquilts patterns and how much fun her QAL’s are.

She has the Pop Star QAL ready to go and the first post is here with the basic information.

Today Sandra posted the fabric requirements HERE and the pattern is being released today out as well with a discount!

Head on over to Sandra’s Blog and be prepared to jump in to a really fun QAL with a pattern that makes either a baby or throw sized quilt.

I can guarantee it will be fun and Sandra does have some incredible sponsors again this year with some really great prizes.

Thank you for stopping by to read my post. Carol

April One Monthly Goal

It seems like it has been forever since I was able to set a goal or two for myself for the month so April will be a new start for me.

I am setting a goal to make a new quilt for my grandson and his wife. I’m hoping by the end of the month they will be moved in to a new home. I have been looking at patterns and books but can’t seem to find anything that tempts me. Where is my inner squirrel, Samantha, when I need her?

These Island Batik fat quarters from Citified which I won just might be the fabrics of choice.

If you have a suggestion for a fat quarter friendly quilt, I’d love to hear of it. Please, do leave me a comment.

I am also hoping to have a quilt started or even finished for Grace and her new big girl bed but haven’t yet decided on fabrics or a pattern. I am tempted after quilting this beauty for one of my new quilters:

This Lori Holt pattern makes me smile and I can imagine a wee one tracing each animal with those sweet little fingers. I had planned on doing this quilt for Clarke, but perhaps Grace will like it, too?

My granddaughter moved to be closer to her brother and sister-in-law after Clarke passed away. She has decided that she also needs a new quilt for her new home and to celebrate her new job. She had interviewed for 6 jobs before moving and was offered all of them. I’m pretty proud of her. She has photos of my finished flimsies and is making a choice from them. It will be interesting to see what she chooses and if I need to add to the quilt to fit her bed.

So the goal is to make one complete quilt, plan another, and if I can get to the studio, quilt one UFO on the long arm before I head to Alberta for my great granddaughter’s memorial service. I do have several days tied up with helping to prepare for my Guild’s annual fundraiser which we are able to hold finally after the pandemic having shut us down for two years.

I’m sure I can make I quilt since I have such a good reason for getting it done and a deadline.

Thank you for reading my post. I enjoy sharing some of my thoughts and plans with you. Carol

Linking with Patty of Elm Street Quilts on the April One Monthly Goal linkup.

My PHD in 2022 March Update

Gail from Quilting Gail PHD Report is hosting the PHD in 2022 again. I really enjoy keeping track of things and seeing if I can get 12 of my UFOs finished up.

I can claim a finish:

A travel bag for the final PQ challenge.

While I was at the studio I finished a quilt on the longarm:

One of my new quilter’s in my Guild made this for her granddaughter. I wanted the quilting to be understated so just did straight line quilting in a neutral grey Essentials thread. She has now finished the binding and will have the pleasure of delivering it to the little this week.

I also did a repair job (took the whole quilt apart, repaired popped seams, replaced the batting, backing and binding and then duplicated the embroidery I had to remove to get the quilt apart) and it is now being enjoyed by a son who treasures the quilt his Mom made for him 40+ years ago. I didn’t get pictures because I wasn’t quite functioning. I do see the recipient several times a week as he is a golfer and he never hesitates to thank me again.

So here’s where I’m at with the great tracker Gail created:

I did finish another project, but can’t show it yet. 😉

Thank you for reading my post and thank you Gail for the great linky that keeps me on track.. 😉 Carol

Linking with:

PHD in 2022 @ Quilting Gail

Weekly Goals and To-Do Tuesday #98

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

Last To-Do list:

1. Monday take DH to a doctor’s appointment and the go to the Guild for a meeting and work party to clean and organize cupboards and inventory our supplies and equipment. Both done. Our Guild is clean and organized (except for the dye cupboards).

2. Keep working on my hand quilting projects. Some progress on both the EPP and hand quilting the little quilt panel.

3. Work on my idea for my Wonderful World of Color Blog Hop project. Some progress.

4. Take DH to get a biopsy done of a nasty looking mole on Thursday. Done and now we wait for results.

5. Plan my next trip to the studio to help K. and D. Get some things organized when he attends the Cancer Clinic appointments to deal with his diagnosis of Mesothelioma. They will be needing a lot of help and prayers to cope with this news and diagnosis. Trying to get organized but life does get in the way of planning.

6. Do whatever I need to to keep calm. I’m giving Samantha, my inner squirrel permission to distract me as she can to just keep going. Samantha kept trying to tempt me with projects and ideas to no avail until I saw an upcoming QAL that will do the trick I think.

This week’s goals:

1. Keep working on my hand quilting projects.

2. Try to finish my Wonderful World of Color Blog Hop project.

3. Start pulling and cutting fabrics for a new pattern test. My inner squirrel led me to read post by one of my favourite quilt designers who was talking about an upcoming QAL on her blog and of course Samantha and I decided we needed to offer to test the pattern. So my squirrel convinced me I needed a DrEAMi project to kick start my mojo again. 🐿😉🐿 and then Samantha did it to me again! It’s a twofer DrEAMi month.

4. Start planning my next Blog Hop project for May being hosted by Carla from Creatin in the Sticks. There might still be space if you want to jump in.

5. Start planning my project for the Here Comes the Sun Blog Hop being hosted by Carol from Just Let Me Quilt and again, there might be slots available.

6. Give Samantha permission to find things to keep me going. 🐿

Stitchin’ Time

Kate from Kates Life in Pieces hosts a weekly linky party to help us keep to our goals of stitching every day.

I’m trying for at least 30 minutes a day this year, but also want to at least spend 30 minutes a week tidying up and dealing with scraps.

Since my last To-Do List I can say I have still managed to keep up with my 15 minutes a day goal. I have managed to keep to my goal of stitching almost every day since I last reported. It has been hand stitching on EPP blocks and quilting a little quilt panel but I’m content with that.

  • January 31/31
  • February 28/28
  • March 26/31
  • this week 7/7
  • This month 3/3
  • Total: 88/93
  • Percentage = 94.6 %

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

Stash Report:

I like to link with Donna @ Quilt Paint Create to keep track of fabric in and out of my stash.

  • Fabric previous balance: 89 Yards
  • Fabric Used: 0 yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash to use this year: 89 Yards

* my goal is to lessen my stash by 100 yards this year. I haven’t managed to actually figure out how much fabric I really have in my stash so it just seems to be reasonable to set a goal to continue working from my stash.

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

Quilting Gail is hosting her PHD in 2022 Challenge again this year. 😄

I do enjoy sharing some of your time when you read my posts and reply to each comment. 😄 Carol

Linking with:

Kate’s Life in Pieces @ 15 Minutes to Stitch

Sunday Stash @ QuiltPaintCreate

Frédérique @ Quilting Patchwork Applique

To-Do Tuesday @ Texas Quilt Gal

Monday This and That @ Days Filled With Joy

A Month of Happy Mail

I’m not sure if I have written about these fun pieces of mail I received last month so I’m going to do it now.

I was so amazed to get an email from Natasha at Island Batiks letting me know I had won a fat quarter bundle for commenting on Week 2 of the Row by Row Blog Hop.

I picked up my mail on the way to the studio last trip. I opened it just as my daughter was calling me to let me know our Clarke had passed away.

These colours and fabrics are stunning and now I need to find the “perfect pattern” to make a quilt for my grandson and his partner. It seems “right” somehow. Perhaps the pretty colours will bring some comfort to them.

Just after the Polar Bear Plunge Blog Hop ended, Selina from Selina Quilts emailed me to let me know I had won a sweet set of her rice bags. It arrived with the IB prize package and couldn’t have been better timed. When I came home from the studio we got another dump of snow and I had some shovelling to do. I heated my hand warmers and tucked them in my jacket pockets so I could tuck my hand in to get warm. They worked wonderfully! Thank you again Selina!

Aren’t they the happiest colour? and yes, the larger bag has been a blessing with the changing weather bringing on migraines. It helps with the heat on the back of my neck.

The mail also brought several cards with sweet condolence messages and a few more packages of scraps and unloved fabrics to help keep me occupied.

Thank you for reading my post. 😄 Carol

March Block Report

I am enjoying being able to see how everyone is doing this year with Shelly at Prairie Moon Quilts with the 350 Blocks Project.

I was at the studio to get some quality time with my longarm when my daughter called to let me know my great granddaughter had passed away. I have stitched almost every day this month but it has been handwork, hand quilting a little quilt and doing some EPP projects. It seems to soothe my soul.

March:

  • PQ 13.6 Flying Geese -1
  • January Total – 170 Blocks
  • February Total – 113 Blocks
  • March Total – 1 Block

YTD Total: 284 Blocks

Thank you for visiting my blog. 😉. Carol

Linking with:

Shelly @ Prairie Moon Quilts for the 350 Block Project.

Another Box of Treasures

When I picked up my mail a couple of weeks ago, I had received another fun box of treasures from Denise.

Lovely acrylic wool, knitting needles, notions, patterns and more!

There was so much more in this box of fun and inspiration:

Beautifully pieced blocks, panels, fabric, a sandwiched quilt top and black and white scraps!

I’ve been spending my time these past weeks hand quilting this printed panel which Denise had sent me in a prior goodie box:

At the rate I’m going I should have it finished soon.

Thank you Denise for sending me more of your leftovers, scraps and a project which has kept me going after losing my great granddaughter and all of the other drama life has seen fit to send my way. 🤗 Carol

Scrap Fabric Fun Blog Hop

Mel from The Quilting Room With Mel is hosting a fun hop that shows us great new ways or projects to use up our scraps. Any quilter has scraps and using those leftover bits can bring a warmth of the memories of past quilts and projects.

For my project I had a pile of leftover bricks (those pieces of cut in half charm squares) some of which had been gifted to me by Denise, and stones (2 1/2” squares).

The simplest way to use them up was to take the piles of each and sew them together (one of each).

I then started sewing them in sets, alternating the hst’s from one side to the other.

Then those sets were sewn in to blocks of 4 which measured out to 8 1/2” x 7 1/4”.

The blocks were then sewn into 8 strips. I decided on using some leftover yardage from another project to make 2 1/2” sashing strips and an outside border.

“Two Sided Zippers”68” x 74” finished size.

This was one of those mindless sewing/leader-ender projects that was a finished flimsy before I knew it. Once it was together I thought of those lovely two sided zippers that you use for parkas.

Once again, however, this flimsy along with backing and a scrappy binding are folded up and stored in a TBQ bin patiently waiting it’s turn to be finished on the longarm. After having one of my great granddaughter pass away at the age of 2 unexpectedly, I’m not up to doing any quilting right now. Instead this top will be donated to Quilts For Survivors as part of my H2H donations.

Thank you Mel for hosting such a fun, inspiring hop and thank you for stopping by to read my post. Hope this tutorial helps you clean up some of your scrap abundance. 😉 Carol

Linking with:

H2H Easy Patterns Party @ The Academic Quilter

PQ 13.6 Flying Geese

This was the prompt we received for the sixth and final challenge this week from Trish (aka Quilt Chicken):

“We have not truly done a block challenge this year yet, so today’s the day. This time, I want you to incorporate some pieced flying goose elements into your project. I don’t care how many you use – but I am setting a bare minimum at 5.”

I can’t believe we are at the last challenge but it is mid March so it is that time.

In spite of life interfering with my quilting mojo, it did give me the idea for my project. I was thinking of the trip to attend Clarke’s Memorial Service and realized I needed a new toiletries bag that is tall enough to hold my toothbrush. It’s been so long since I travelled other than going to the studio, I needed to start thinking of what all I would need to take with me.

So I pulled out my scrap bin and got to work needing the variety of scraps, polka dots, patterns, florals and a rainbow of colours.

I made 6 larger flying geese with polka dot bodies and different coloured wings on each goose, added floral fabric borders for the top and bottom portions of my bag to get it to the exact size I needed. My geese are flying around my bag. I had the right sized zipper in my stash so it was easy to make the bag outer layer, the lining and get the sandwiching done with some fusible fleece.

I really had fun playing with the quilting, doing some STD, and matchstick quilting. Before I finished the side seams I added an electric loop to hold my toothbrush case upright and inserted a pocket on one side to hold the charger. The other side has a pocket as well to hold any smaller items to keep everything neat. The case folds flat and is tucked in my suitcase now just waiting until it is time to travel.

Once again I need to thank Trish (aka QUILTchicken) and Kim of Persimmon Dreams for keeping us on our toes with such fun challenges to make a quilt/project in a week! This year I managed to finish 5 of the 6 challenges. Next year I might even get all of them unless real life gets in the way again.

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

Linking with Kim and Trish from Project Quilting 2022.

The Time in a Bottle Blog Hop Participants

This month’s Blog Hop was hosted by Carol from Just Let Me Quilt and here’s the list of bloggers who have jumped on the wagon to provide us some inspiration and eye candy on this final day. I’m so looking forward to visiting and letting them know how much I enjoy their efforts to entertain and inspire us. 😉

 

March 18

Just Let Me Quilt

Bumbleberry Stitches

Karrin’s Crazy World

Lianne Makes Stuff

Crazy’boutquilts

Songbird Designs

Thank you Carol for another fun, inspiring blog hop. I’m off to read some blogs now and show my appreciation of everyone’s effort to inspire us by leaving a comment. 😉 Carol

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