The Sew Down – 2022 Aurifil Thread Challenge

The Sew Down – 2022 Aurifil Thread Challenge was in a blog post I read at the The Jolly Jabber blog for the Fat Quarter Shop.

It looks like a fun way to see just how much thread we use over a few months.

Swing your bobbin round and round,

It’s time to get your spool unwound.

With miles and miles of seams to sew,

Aurifil thread is good to go!

How many quilt tops can you piece

From just one spool or cone? Let’s see!

From the Jolly Jabber Blog Post

Participate and Share to Win with #FQSSewDown

You can sew to win! On April 1, they will choose four participants who have posted photos of their progress on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #FQSSewDown to receive a $50 Fat Quarter Shop Gift Certificate. Make sure your profile is public and tag @fatquartershop and @aurifilthread so they can see your post!

I’m off to town tomorrow (weather permitting) and am going to pick up my cone of Aurifil.

Weekly Goals and To-Do Tuesday #88

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. 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 my projects and blog posts for the next two blog hops. Some Progress

5. Try to get away to the studio for a few days to get some quilts finished on my longarm. I’ve been back and forth and just getting ready to head out again but haven’t been able to get anything on the longarm yet.

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

This week’s goals:

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 quilting and binding my project and blog post for the next blog hop.

5. Finish my project and blog post for the Scrapbusting Blog Hop.

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

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.

  • January 1-2 – 2 / 2
  • Total: 2 / 2
  • Percentage =100%

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: 100 Yards
  • Fabric Used: 0 yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash to use this year: 100 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 @ Quilt Paint Create

Frédérique @ Quilting Patchwork Applique

To-Do Tuesday @ Texas Quilt Gal

The Scrappy Quilter is Doing it Again!

Joy @ The Joyful Quilter has posted about the Winter 2022 UFO Clb on Ravelry.

Just click on her blog name to go to the post. Here are the rules.

“The WINTER 2022 UFO Club is now OPEN for sign-ups!! Participants MUST list (at least) FIVE projects. Photos should accompany the list. Sign-ups end at midnight EDT on Friday, January 7, 2022. (In the Quilters Knitting group on Ravelry.)

NOTE: All qualifying finishes must be posted BEFORE midnight EST on March 31, 2022!!!”

For my list I first have 3 projects which I can’t share photos of because they are for upcoming Blog Hops.

My next 5 projects are quilt tops from my UFO list that need to be put on the longarm to be quilted and then bound:

Small Change which will be given a name when I make the label. It is destined to be a quilt for D!
Wunderbar will be for my oldest great grandson, Mason on his 8th birthday.
Every Which Way But Loose really needs to be finished.
Phoenix Rising has to be finished before spring and the possibility of another crazy Wildfire Season.
My 2021 SAHRR quilt top needs to be finished now that the 2022 SAHRR is beginning.

If I get these done I will be happy but then there are the two new scrappy projects I’ve started to use up some leftover bits and some strips and squares from my scrap bins which will likely be finished quilt tops in the next week or so. 😉

If I can get these 8 quilts finished I will have a really good start to my PHD for 2022 as well as The Winter UFO Club. 😄

I do hope your year is starting with some organized planned projects perhaps including some of your UFO’s.

In case you hadn’t guessed winter has returned to my corner of the world. We received almost 3’ of snow overnight. 😳

This is our driveway this morning before the grader arrived to plow us out!

Thank you for taking some time to read my post. Your comments make my day and I reply to everyone and appreciate each and everyone of you who have chosen to follow my blog. 😄 Carol

December Block Report

December was not a great month for sewing with so much time spent travelling back and forth to help my friends and taking care to get my DH to medical appointments and of course getting our boosters and having a reaction. I did manage 28 more blocks which brings me to a yearly total of 858 blocks.

Previous YTD Count: 830 blocks

December Blocks: 28

January 18

February 61

March 54

April 77

May 30

June 41

July 59

August 155

September 96

October 188

November 51

YTD Total: 858 Blocks

I’m wondering how everyone else did and hope to increase that total next year with the projects I’m planning!

Thank you for visiting my blog. 😉. Carol

Wishing You All a Happy New Year

I’m sure we’ve all had a year in 2021 filled with adventures, experiences and a combination of happy and sad memories.

While I’m sure that life won’t miraculously be “normal” on January 1, 2022, I can hope we all continue adjusting to whatever new normals life brings us.

Wishing you all a safe, prosperous and healthy New Year. 🎉 Thank you for visiting my blog. 🥂 Carol

I Love Thursday #63

While most of us found 2021 to be a trying year there were some incredible highs and lows. Personally I experienced being on Wildfire Evacuation Alert which had me sewing almost non stop and taking a break to go outside to watch the helicopters picking up water from the river in front of our home and dumping just over the ridge (or on top of it) just behind us. I had a new great granddaughter arrive, but have still not met the 3 youngest great grandchildren. I managed to get my new longarm set up at the studio 5 hours away from home and have been enjoying the whole process from loading quilts to figuring out how to do pantos, rulerwork and even FMQ on it. Vaccines, boosters and masks became a contentious issue within family. Friends contracted (and recovered from) Covid. Cancer reared it’s ugly head in a dear friend’s life. Through it all I sewed because sewing and quilting kept me sane and relatively calm. I will be happy to ring in the new year but do have some great memories from this past year and made several new on line friends.

My favourite quilt of the year was this one:

The Eagle has Landed – A quilt for a good friend delivered on the day he was discharged from hospital. You can read about it making it here

I enjoyed making that quilt so much I reused the pattern with some modifications to make another quilt from bright batiks for a blog hop project for the Orange You Glad Blog Hop. It was inspired by the wildfires here in British Columbia and the experience of being put on Evacuation Alert. Just click on the photo below of Phoenix Rising to get the details!

The helicopters with their water buckets just dropped below the trees to the river to fill the buckets. Truly amazing to watch them work. 😳

In 2021 I had set a goal of finishing UFO’s and trying to complete every new project I started. 95% of my UFO’s are finished tops that need to be quilted. One of the quilt tops in those bins that haunt me is the quilt I made for the Winter Blues Blog Hop in 2019, hosted by Carla from Creatin in the Sticks

Glacier Ice is one of my favourite quilts and I’m so happy to get it finished finally. You can read the story behind the quilt here and the finishing story here.

Over the year I took part in several Blog Hops and had so much fun coming up with projects that fit the theme. My highest viewed post was my post for the Seaside Adventure Row Along which is linked to here and was one of my best posts for a block pattern being downloaded.

I was fortunate to be able to do some pattern testing for various designers that I admire.

Sandra Walker of MMM Quilts is a Canadian designer that I really enjoy. Her patterns are always well written and over the year I tested one pattern Follow Your Own Path (linked to my post) and then joined in her QAL with a larger version. It’s still in the To Be Quilted pile but will be finished and blogged about soon. 😉

Every Which Way is my version of Follow Your Own Path

I also had tested another of Sandra’s patterns Waltzing With Bears but hadn’t finished it until my granddaughter decided that she wanted for a quilt for her best friend and how it needed to be added to.

Then Sandra had me with this sweet quilt;

I enjoyed it so much that I had to make it two more times:

One of my favourite quilting adventures is to take part in the Project Quilting Challenges (which will be starting January 2) and who can resist Cheryl from Meadow Mist’s Mysteries (I read on her recent blog post that she has already determined the pattern). I did manage to cut my fabrics for the Macaron Mystery but must confess to being at the start up stage of this project still life interfered with my plans this year but at least I have this project to look forward to so far.

While quilting makes me happy and has kept me sane this year, my family brings me the greatest joy. This week my oldest great granddaughter, Nova-Lee turns 4 and it was fun to see photos of the great grands together on Boxing Day.

I enjoy challenging myself to get things done but find having some accountability helps. Of course we do have One Monthly Goal @ Elm Street Quilts , To-Do Tuesdays @ Texas Quilt Gal and the PHD Report @ Quilting Gail to help ourselves, set goals, be accountable and finish projects. If you follow my blog you can see how these linky parties keep me moving projects along.

Each week I try to link up with LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color for our weekly I Like Thursday posts. I really like taking the time to find things that I am grateful for. It’s always fun to see the things that spark joy or provide inspiration in so many people from around the world.

Thank you for stopping by to read my post. I do reply to every comment and appreciate it if you hit the follow me button on my home page. 😉 Carol

Weekly Goals and To-Do Tuesday #87

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. Some progress. 😄

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

4. Finish my projects and blog posts for the next two blog hops. Some Progress

5. Try to get away to the studio for a few days to get some quilts finished on my longarm. I’ve been back and forth and just getting ready to head out again.

6. Do not let Sam or any other squirrels distract me this week. 🐿 No luck! Sam and I were very busy helping my friend with their holiday decorating. I forgot to count to see if we got all 27 trees up 😉

It was too cold to take pictures of the outdoor decorations when we finished. ⛄️

This week’s goals:

For the rest of this month my goals are very slim. I plan on enjoying the decorations at the studio and enjoy the scenery while travelling between studio and home. In between I’d like to finalize my pattern with these pretty 2 colour blocks from leftovers and get the pattern written. I have added a few more blocks to the piles so it should work out. 😉

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 – 320/353
  • This 1 week period– 4/7
  • Year To Date – 324/360

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

Stash Report:

  • Fabric previous balance: 8 Yards
  • Fabric Used: 0 yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash to use this year: 8 Yards

* my goal is to lessen my stash by 100 yards. 😅 Didn’t quite make it, but there’s always next year 😉

* 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.

This is my last ToDo Tuesday post for the year. I did have a year filled with creating, adventures, misadventures and some new experiences. These past two years of not seeing my family except on line hit me hard. I found myself feeling very low by October and it has taken me until recently to feel like my feet are back under me. I ended my year spending time with my DH and my best friends of over 30 years in turn and can only say that I’m so happy to have some time with people I love.

I do enjoy sharing some of your time when you read my posts and reply to each comment. Sending you all my best wishes for a Happy, Healthy New Year. May 2022 be a year where we can finally get a grasp on this pandemic and have a year of prosperity and finding our new normal lives filled with happy times with family and friends. 🎄⛄️😉 Carol

Linking with:

Kate’s Life in Pieces15 Minutes to Stitch

Sunday Stash @ Quilt Paint Create

Frédérique @ Quilting Patchwork Applique

To-Do Tuesday @ Texas Quilt Gal

My PHD in 2022 – I’m In!

This year I will be joining Quilting Gail in the quest to clean up those UFO’s and attempt to finish every new start to completion.

Here are the rules:

  • Select 12 UFOs (or more) that you want to finish in 2022
  • Join, with the linky party and tell us about your UFOs
  • Grab a tally sheet (or make your own) to keep track of your UFOs
  • Plan to FINISH every single quilty project that you start in 2022. And keep track of them. This keeps your UFO list from increasing!
  • You have until January 15, 2022 to officially join in!

I started going through my blog posts, bins and notebooks to make sure I knew exactly what I am starting with. I assumed my lists would be fairly long but wasn’t sure how long. 😳

The good news is my starts in 2022 are planned ongoing projects which I’m carrying forward from 2021. Of the 27 UFO’s on my list only 2 need me to make up my mind if I am adding the borders or not. All 27 need to be quilted and bound in order to be finished. They are stored in bins with the bindings, backings and extra fabric if I do decide to enlarge them. I confess to paring down my list a bit to get a few quilt tops off to Victoria’s Quilts Canada. The group I work with in Ontario prefer to get the unfinished tops with an extra block in order for them to make a presentation bag. I can tell this is going to be a year of travelling to the studio to help my friends and get some longarm time in. 😉. That makes it a win/win situation, right?!?

Don’t forget to head over to Gail’s blog to get your copy of the great tracker and join in on the fun of getting those UFO’s finished. 😉

December OMG Finish

Here it is the last month of the year 2021 and it’s time to see if we met our goals for the month to be able to link up with Elm Street Quilts.

I’m working on a new pattern or two to help me use up the contents of my pre cut scrap bins. My goal was to get a couple of quilt tops finished and patterns written. I have the blocks for one top made and great notes to write my pattern.

For those of you who read my blog, you already know my month got completely sideswiped when one of my best friends collapsed at work. His wife had been left incapacitated after a heart attack a while back so after work he comes home to cook meals and do housework. My longarm is set up at their place so I try to get there as much as possible to help with housework, meal prep and take some time to play on the longarm. This month my time has been split between home; taking care of my DH, getting him to medical appointments, getting our boosters (and having a reaction), and my friends place; helping with household chores, getting K. back and forth to tests, hospital stays and appointments to deal with his diagnosis and helping my best friend D. stay calm. Add to that trying to celebrate Christmas, travel time and frigid temperatures there hasn’t been much time for sewing or longarming.

While I was at the studio I did manage to do a proper list of all of the quilt tops in my bins so I really know how many need to be finished.

So this month I did manage to get a few more hexies hand sewn. I almost have enough done to start actually putting my piece together.

I also do have the blocks completed to start putting a quilt top together from the some of the leftover scraps.

This is a WIP with clear notes to allow me to write another scrap quilt pattern when I get these blocks assembled and decide on the borders. I have a couple of ideas brewing. 🤔

In closing I’d like to wish you all;

I appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog, reply to all of your comments and appreciate you taking the time to switch to my home page and follow my blog. 😉 Carol

I’m linking up with:

Patty’s One Monthly Goal Finish Linkup @ Elm Street Quilts

So Many Fun Things to Share

I’m sure you all know Kim Lapacek from Persimmon Dreams.

She has a Mystery QAL which started with a fabric pull on the 22nd. The first couple of clues are already out but we can catch up, right 😉

Then on January 2nd Project Quilting Season 13 begins.

This is the info from Kim’s site:

“Season 13 of Project QUILTING starts in just two Sunday’s – January 2nd at Noon, Wisconsin (aka Central) time. It’s bound to be another amazing season after last years record breaking season of 1,249 quilts made throughout the six, single week challenges.”

If that’s not enough fun a great group of designers and quilters are once again doing the Stay at Home Round Robin, hosted by Quilting Gail. I had so much fun quilting along last year.

On Boxing Day another Mystery QAL is starting, hosted by Quilting Gail. It’s sure to be a lot of fun!

If you want a great way to keep on track to get your UFO’s organized and finished up, you should consider joining in on Gail’s PHD in 2022.

“Here’s what you have to do:

  • Select 12 UFOs (or more) that you want to finish in 2022
  • Join, with the linky party and tell us about your UFOs
  • Grab a tally sheet (or make your own) to keep track of your UFOs
  • Plan to FINISH every single quilty project that you start in 2022. And keep track of them. This keeps your UFO list from increasing!
  • You have until January 15, 2022 to officially join in!”

Gail also has the best tally sheet available for download. Just click on the logo to be taken to her site.

Have you got scraps and need to use them up? Joy from The Joyful Quilter is once again hosting her Table Scrap Challenge. The challenge for January is up on the site now.

Another fun BOW starts Boxing Day. Jessica Dayon has some great ideas to share for settings up on the blog already.

In all of these fun projects can you find something to jump in on? I have some ideas and have been playing with fabrics to see what will play together.

I’m happy you stopped by to read my post today. Hope you find something that inspires you to fondle fabric. ⛄️ Carol

Merry Christmas to You!

Wishing you all the merriest of Christmases this year. I hope your day is filling with family, laughter, love and plenty of good food.

I’ll leave you with an old favourite of mine:

A Quilter’s Night Before Christmas(author unknown)
‘Twas the night before Christmas,

And the quilts were not made.

The threads were all tangled, the cookies delayed.

The stocking weren’t hung, the pantry was bare.

The poor weary Quilter, was tearing her hair.

Stacks of fat quarters, tipped over in streams.

Visions of Log Cabins, had turned into dreams.

When what to her wondering eyes should appear,

But a bus full of quilters with all of their gear.

They went straight to work with just a few mutters,

Sorting and stitching and brandishing cutters.

The patterns emerged from all of the clutter,

Like magic the fabrics arranged in a flutter.

Log Cabins, Lone Stars, Flying Geese & Bear Tracks

Each quilt was a beauty-even the backs.

Her house how it twinkled, her quilts how they glowed.

The cookies were baking, the stockings were sewed.

Their work was all done, so they folded their frames,

And packed up their needles, without giving their names.

They boarded the bus, and checked the next address.

More quilts to be made, another quilter in distress.

She heard one voice echo, as they drove out of sight,

Happy quilting to all and to all a good night!

🎄Carol

I Love Thursday #62

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

Last evening I was out and about for a walk and was able to enjoy this view:

I actually spent some time selecting fabrics for some upcoming projects which always brings me joy when I find some inspiration for a new project.

I also pulled a bag of scraps and leftover bits to see if I can think of a fun project to do:

The extent of my sewing time lately has been all about hand sewing my hexies for an EPP project:

I happy to say, I think I’ll be starting to put these together before this year ends 😉

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas. Enjoy your day if you are staying home and safe or off visiting family. Enjoy some laughter and great food either way. ⛄️

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 #87

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. No Progress

2. Keep sewing my pieces for my EPP projects. Some progress. 😄

I have almost 1/2 of the 1” hexies completed for one project. By New Year’s I should be close to being done this part and might get to start piecing the project. 😉

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

4. Finish my projects and blog posts for the next two blog hops. No Progress

5. Start putting together some quilts for the flood victims. I haven’t heard of anyone collecting quilts yet so I’ll have some time to put something together. No Progress

6. Try to get away to the studio for a few days to get some quilts finished on my longarm. I am back home and still dealing with after effects from the booster but should be heading back before K sees the specialist on Wednesday.

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

This week’s goals:

For the rest of this month my goals are very limited. Finishing putting up the decorations with D is a priority and dealing with whatever comes next. I also plan on enjoying my time whether I am home, travelling or at the studio. Being with people you love is the best part of the holidays. I saw the following on Melva Loves Scraps blog recently and with her permission am sharing it here. This year especially it seems appropriate.

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 – 317/346
  • This 1 week period– 3/7
  • Year To Date – 320/353

Some how I think I miscalculated my days, but considering the year we have had I’m doing a happy dance! Next year can only get better! 🤞🏻

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

Stash Report:

  • Fabric previous balance: 8 Yards
  • Fabric Used: 0 yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash to use this year: 8 Yards

* my goal is to lessen my stash by 100 yards. 😅 Didn’t quite make it, but there’s always next year 😉

* 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.
I do have 6 2021 projects that I am carrying in to 2022 but since they are planned WIP’s I’m happy. Of the 29 UFO’s that are going into 2022 only 4 still need piecing or for me to decide if I want them larger by adding borders. All of them will need to be quilted in the New Year 😢

This will possibly be my last ToDo Tuesday post for the year. I for one am not sad to see this year end. I can only hope you all have a wonderful Christmas filled with love, laughter, family time and good food. May 2022 bring you all the gifts of good health, happiness and prosperity. I do enjoy sharing some of your time when you read my posts and reply to each comment. 🎄⛄️😉 Carol

Linking with:

Quilting is More Fun Than HouseworkOh Scrap

Kate’s Life in Pieces15 Minutes To Stitch 2021

Sunday Stash @ Quilt Paint Create

15 minutes to Stitch @ Life in Pieces

Frédérique @ Quilting Patchwork Applique

To-Do Tuesday @ Texas Quilt Gal

Another Fun Blog Hop Coming in February

This one is being hosted by Carla from Creatin’ in the Sticks.

The Challenge:
Create something with the color pink in it somewhere.It’s all about pink or being tickled (if you want) LOLIt’s the month of love so really anything will do that tickle’s us pink.The theme is really your own interpretation, surprise us!

Sign ups are open now. Just click here to go to Carla’s site for more information or to signup.

Just to keep you in the loop, here is the list of planned Blog Hops for 2022 by Carla, Joan and Carol.

#2022 Planning Party and Favourite Finish

It’s time for Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl’s annual link up to help with setting goals and plans for the new year.

My goals for last year were twofold:

1. Learn to use my new toy once it was set up.

It was so much fun to learn how to put quilts on the frame and I played with pantos, ruler work and FMQ. So much fun!

2. See the totes in the next photo? They were filled with my unquilted tops, complete with backing, binding and extra fabric in case I decided to make any of the quilts larger.

I did get some UFO’s finished but still have 2 more bins to go. In my defence the studio is a five hour drive away so I only get there once in a while for a few days. 😢

I did finish several quilts even got the binding on and most are already donated or gifted:

My goal for 2022 is to finish the quilts that are in those bins, and complete each and every new project I start in the upcoming year. I’m hoping to be able to continue doing some pattern testing for all of the wonderful designers I have been assisting. I would also be happy to continue with the charity quilting I have been doing.

Thank you for stopping by to read my post.

Happy New Year to you all 🥳 Carol

Linking with:

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl

Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs @ Best of 2021 Linky Party

I Love Thursday #61

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

This morning I was out and about for my walk bright and early to see this view:

Then we were off to the Community Center to get our booster shots. This time we were given a choice between Pfizer and Moderna. Our doctor had recommended that we get Moderna for this one. She says the most recent information she has found shows that mixing the vaccines does have a higher efficacy especially since we have 5 months between the second shot and the booster. DH has been given the full dose because of his autoimmune issues. Even with my underlying issues I only needed the half dose booster. I am feeling chilled, tired and a bit headachy but I can live with that! It’s a good excuse to cuddle up with a quilt and do some hand sewing. I’m just glad it’s done 😉

I stopped at the Post Office on our way home. It was fun to get another box of goodies from Denise. Everything from unfinished quilt tops to yardage, scraps and bricks to yardage. It’s always a happy time when I get a care package from another quilters purging! Now I just need to get myself back in to the headspace to get some quality machine time in, both with my longarm and my dsm. I do have a few ideas starting to come together so this is a very good thing since inspiration has been in short supply these past couple of months 😉

These last weeks have been crazy emotional times with being in a position to travel to help my friends and still be home to take care of my DH. All of you who have left comments or sent emails and prayers mean the world to us. So far they have drained 5 litres of fluid from K’s chest and run countless tests. We are still waiting for results and next steps.

I can’t believe we haven’t been getting the decorations up at D and K’s place. Normally it’s done by the end of the first weekend in December. We have been happy sitting, talking and watching the Christmas movies that DH dislikes. The bonus is watching closely to see who can be the finstead to spot K’s granddaughter who is often an extra on the older movies and this year has even had a few bit parts. It’s usually easy to spot the cute little redhead in movies and shows filmed in Vancouver, BC 😄

When I opened the mail I received my Christmas card from my Son and DIL which had new photos of my youngest granddaughters

I love the littles in my family but the great granddaughters always make me smile. Clarke turned 2 this week.

My youngest son is home in Mexico after his last stint in Saudi. As usual I’m happy to say he made it home before his wife’s birthday and was greeted by these smiling happy faces:

Thank you for stopping in to read my post. You all are one of the best sources of joy and happiness in my life. I appreciate it when you click on the follow button and enjoy responding to your comments. 😉 Carol

Weekly Goals and To-Do Tuesday #86

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. No 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 projects and blog posts for the next two blog hops. No Progress

5. Start putting together some quilts for the flood victims. I haven’t heard of anyone collecting quilts yet so I’ll have some time to put something together. No Progress

6. Try to get away to the studio for a few days to get some quilts finished on my longarm. I am at the studio but do not have any quilting time right now.

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

This week’s goals:

For the rest of this month my goals are very limited. As I mentioned in a previous post my best friends of 30 years have some issues. D. Had a heart attack a couple of years ago and has been left with limitations. When I travel to the studio I spend some time cleaning and doing meal prep for them. K still is a working man and now does 90% of the household chores and cooking when he gets home from work. He collapsed last week at work and after testing, X-rays and cat scans has been diagnosed with lung cancer. He is going in to the hospital Monday to have the fluid drained and more tests. Due to Covid we can not go in to the hospital again so it is going to be a difficult time for all of us. Right now I’m splitting my time between being there to help my friends while we are waiting for the prognosis and treatment plan to be set up and being home for my DH to take him to doctors appointments. We also are scheduled for our booster shots on Thursday. It feels as if I’m spending half my time in the car travelling back and forth, but DH is more comfortable at home. Being with my friends is not an option for him. He lost his first wife to cancer and is finding this situation to be traumatic. In the meantime, D and I are keeping busy, cleaning, putting up Christmas decorations (there are 27 trees in the bins and boxes 😳), baking and trying to get things ready for their Christmas whatever comes when K comes home from the hospital.

So my Christmas budget is being spent on gas, travelling back and forth. I’m so glad I finished the littles gifts and got them in the mail early this year. My DIL let me know their parcel has arrived. Now I just need to hear if the other 3 households have received theirs yet. 🤔

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 – 317/346
  • This 1 week period– 0/0
  • Year To Date – 317/346

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

Stash Report:

  • Fabric previous balance: 8 Yards
  • Fabric Used: 0 yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash to use this year: 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 @ Quilt Paint Create

15 minutes to Stitch @ Life in Pieces

Frédérique @ Quilting Patchwork Applique

To-Do Tuesday @ Texas Quilt Gal

Another Blog Hop Coming in the New Year

Do you have fabric scraps that you need some projects to make use of them? I know…….silly question to ask a quilter 😉

This Blog Hop just might be the answer to provide some inspiration to help with that. Hosted by Melissa Shields of Quilting Room With Mel.

If you are interested in joining up just click on the above link to find out more information.

😉 Carol

I Love Thursday #60

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

My first bit of joy that I’d like to share is this:

Winter has returned to my part of the world and walks in the snow are so much nicer than walks in the rain! 😉

It’s wonderful to be able to go for walks now in the snow rather than rain!

Another thing that makes me happy and grateful is our wonderful online community of quilters. I can always find something to make me smile when I read the blogs I follow and the hops I take part in. This week has been so much fun with a Blog Hop that is hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt.

I’ve collected so many new recipes and ideas for next year’s Christmas projects. You can read about my post here and see the reading pillows I made for my two youngest granddaughters.

I really enjoy being a part of my Guild. Normally at the start of December we would have a pot luck luncheon and sharing but of course that isn’t a part of our new normal. At our Board meeting we decided we needed to have an in person meeting and sorted out a plan to do just that!

We held what might be our first annual bonfire, complete with hot cider, sharing and gathering all of the wonderful donations for the Christmas Hampers. 🎄

I’m extra grateful today for the healthcare we have here in Canada. On Tuesday my closest friend’s husband collapsed at work. He was in the doctor’s office that day and the hospital for X-rays that afternoon. Yesterday he had a cat scan and tomorrow he is back to the doctors to get his diagnosis and formulate his treatment plan to take care of the mass around his lungs. These are my dear friends that I go to help after her heart attack so I’m so very grateful that I am in a position to help and that our health care system will be acting so quickly to care for a very sweet, caring, generous man who always is the first to volunteer to help others.

I’m also grateful to know my daughter is able to help her children. She is now staying with my grandson and his wonderful partner helping with looking after Clarke and Grace and spending time with Levi while they all adjust to moving and settling in to a new home and community.

At this time of year it’s wonderful to be able to spend time with family and friends. Being able to help in any way is one of the biggest blessings we have.

Thank you for stopping in to read my post. You all are one of the best sources of joy and happiness in my life. 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 began on December 6 and here is the list for the final day December 9th.

December 9

Sending a big thank you to Carol and all of the participants for the great new recipes and all of the memories shared and fun new ideas.

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