Sunday, December 31, 2017

Another New Year - 2018

Happy New Year!

2017 passed by in a blur, and tomorrow is the beginning of 2018!  I must admit that I got off track a little in 2017.  The amazing thing about life is that we can change directions at any time.  I am going to make 2018 AMAZING!  I going to restart my blog, and I hope to share my quilting journey with you.  I hope you will join me in finishing more projects, and enjoying life.

A New Planner
I am starting 2018 with a new planner.   There are many wonderful planners available today.  I fell in love with the Happy Planner.  It's a disc bound planner, which lets me customize the planner, and add pages, photos, quilt guild information, swap guidelines, and anything else I may want to keep in one place.  This is my planner:

I love the weekly pages, which are divided into three sections.  I use them to track my quilting projects, my home projects, and my personal to do list.  I did not want a planner which was divided into hours for each day, since I keep my work calendar separate from my personal calendar.

Price was definitely a factor in my choice.  I purchased the planner for 60% off at Michaels, so the cost was less than $15.   I used a coupon to purchase the hole punch for the planner, and I added free printable pages to track my quilting projects from From Pixels to Patchwork, and Hello Melly Designs.  I will be sharing them with you soon.

Now that I have a planner, I need to create a plan! 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Will Work for Fabric

It is almost spring!  If you live in central Ohio, that means that it is time for the annual sewing day to make quilts for patients at the James Cancer Hospital.  In addition to the upcoming sewing day, spring means that I need to finish the project kits that I picked up at last year's event.

Wonderful people volunteer to put together hundreds of kits for the annual event.  Here are a few that I took home:

The patterns are very easy, and it takes little time to make up these lap quilts.

The kits come with backing fabric too!  We are asked to piece together the backing for the quilters that volunteer to quilt them.    Once the tops and backings are finished, they fit back into their ziplock bags.  Last year, tote bags were even provided to hold the kits!
Charity quilting is a great way to practice your quilting skills, and give back to the community.  

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Here's to a Productive 2017

I am not been very good at posting on this blog.  I will try to do better in 2017.

I have dedicated 2017 to finishing several of my works in progress.  While there are many online tools to choose from  online, I am using a very simple project list.  Unfortunately, my projects are like tribbles, and they've multiplied within my cabinets and closets.  Every time I organize my quilting space, piles of projects somehow appear the very next day.

What have I finished so far?  

I really enjoy quilting small quilts, and during those Black Friday sales, I had purchased flannel to make the 2-fabric self binding quilts that are very popular.  I followed the tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company.  These were the baby quilts that I finished in January:

Just in time for Valentine's Day, I finished this reverse appliqué quilt:

The pattern is by Teri Henderson Tope, who is a local quilt artist and a very talented teacher.

What am I working on now?

I am quilting a quilt for my daughter on George, and I hope to share it with you soon.  While going through my stash, I found a few baby panels, and I am using them to practice my free motion quilting on my Bernina. This photo is my early morning quilting while watching Hart to Hart.

 My wonderful dog GG is telling me she needs some attention.

Happy Quilting!