Sunday, January 31, 2016

Beautiful January Days!

Last week we had a big (for us) snow in Nashville and very cold temps. Yesterday was sunny, breezy, and temp in the mid-60's. By the middle of this week it will be cold again. What's the weather like where you are?

Sharon and I took full advantage of the beautiful day and drove 70+ miles to a quilt shop in Kentucky called Whittle's. It is a no frills shop in the middle of nowhere. They have name brand fabrics at a fraction of what we would usually pay...Moda for $5 a yard. As I walked in the door, there was another member of my guild. Later, I found that another member had come in the afternoon. It is very popular with my group.

I bought some fabric for my Garden Charm quilt. This is the Craftsy 2016 BOM. Look how well these go with the border fabric I had bought. The 3rd from the bottom is actually a green, but looks kind of tan in the photo. I will see if I can pull a couple of fabrics from my stash, too.

 I needed a background fabric. I didn't have anything I wanted to use in the stash. Lynette Jensen was using a pale cream print, but my border fabric has white and no cream or beige. Last week I was reading Carla's blog at A Few of My Favorite Things. She mentioned using a fabric with honey bees as a background. So, I  stole borrowed was inspired by her idea. I found a beautiful fabric online and ordered it. Isn't  this just perfect? It has a bright white background and tiny turquoise, yellow and black honey bees buzzing around. Thanks, Carla!
I am so excited to get my fabrics for this quilt and get going on the January block. It is still January for a few hours. LOL   Right??? Later I will continue on these little needle turn baskets for some Slow Sunday Stitching.
I miss-cut the reverse applique square in the middle. But, I may leave it. Who will notice it among the 290 other baskets in this quilt?  Actually, the whole basket is pretty wonky. Guess I was tired.

Have a fantastic Sunday!

May all your ups and downs today be with needle and thread.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Made some plans

Before January 2016 is over, I thought I'd set a few goals. I have really been enjoying the Stitchin' Wisdom embroidery blocks. I have finished 2 of them (here and here). They are easy and fun to do. I plan to continue to embroider 2 per month until finished.

Garden Charm             
My Garden Charm border fabric
Of course I will continue to work on my little applique' baskets as time allows. I have those in a tote and can work on those anywhere time allows. No rush.

I have been in awe of the 2016 Craftsy BOM by Lynette Jensen. I have always wanted to do a quilt with a center medallion. Colors for Garden Charm are pulled from the focus fabric for the borders. I ordered this large floral fabric for my borders. I couldn't find a 3 yd. piece in my stash that I wanted to use for the background, so I have ordered some and should be here before the end of the month.

Besides the other quilts that I have started and those I want to start, I want to make at least one small, completed project each month. I find that I really enjoy making something that is not going to take forever to finish. I have several things planned. But, if I don't put it on a monthly agenda, they will never get done. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

The Weather Outside Is Frightful

It was predicted that we would get some snow today...maybe 1-2 inches mid-morning. It rained last night and the early a.m. I looked out about 4 a.m. and it was still raining. I got up about 8:30 a.m. and OMG! Lots of wet, heavy snow! This afternoon there is about 7 inches on the ground.It's still snowing!
It's beautiful, but we are not accustomed to snow and slick streets here in Nashville. Even people coming through from areas that get lots of snow are unable to drive here.
Plus, look how heavy. I'm afraid some of the limbs on my evergreen tree are going to break.

So, what's a girl to do? I finished up another block on my Stitchin' Wisdom quilt. It is just so much fun to stitch with the perle cotton. I'm loving it!
I am now appliqueing some of my little baskets for my "forever" quilt project. With this bad weather, maybe I should call them hand baskets. LOL

May all your ups and downs today be with needle and thread.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Hive A Good Day

Okay, so we are 10 days into the new year. But, I cannot seem to get motivated with all those plans I had in my head. I think I need to get them in black and white (on paper or screen) or nothing will get accomplished this year. Have you gotten started on your 2016 goals?

Today I am going to continue to slow stitch on my 2nd block of the Stitchin' Wisdom quilt. I've made a little progress already. These blocks are so cute and fun to stitch.
Let's hop over to Kathy's blog and see what others are slow stitching today.

May all your ups and downs today be with needle and thread.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year to all my friends, family, and fellow bloggers! I'm sure 2016 is going to be a fabulous year! Maybe it has to do with my word of the year. For several years now my daughter has chosen a word for the year, rather than make resolutions. I've tried that, but no word really meant much to me...until this year. I was thinking about the new year earlier this week and the word came to me. Yes! My word for this year is POSITIVE!
Remember the old song that says, "Accentuate the positive. Eliminate the negative"? That will be my theme song this year.

Many people make a New Year's resolution to lose weight and get healthy. That's good. But, then come the negatives. Don't eat this. Never eat that, etc. With my new positive attitude I will concentrate on what would be healthy choices. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Try new recipes for vegetables or even try a new (to me) vegetable. If I eat a candy bar, I will relish it. I don't have to throw out all the vegetables in the house. 

Have you ever been around someone who would name all the reasons something can not or should not be done? Or, they spend a lot of energy on what they regret in their past? It can be such a downer. I do not want to be that person. What is past is past. We can achieve so much more if we allow ourselves to. I am going to achieve a lot of goals this year, if I don't let negativity creep in. 

Also, that positive attitude alone won't accomplish much without action. I am listing goals for the new year in several aspects of my life.  But, I am also listing the baby steps it will take to accomplish these goals.
Of course those goals include quilts! Looking toward a year of not just making quilts, but enjoying the journey as well. What are your goals for this year?

May all your ups and downs today be with needle and thread.