Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Reflections about the Past Year

I've been retired for over a year and it has been a learning experience. I over-committed my time so that I now crave time at home to just sew. I also learned how I need to choose where I volunteer. I am a systems thinker, too a fault. I mean....I'm annoying like that.  I've been in a few situations where I feel we are chasing our tails and repeatedly redo the same work. I'm certainly not at my best in these situations (that is polite for I'm not very nice) so I have learned I need to be more careful when choosing where and how I will be volunteering.

I am in a very active quilting bee with a subgroup that does charity sewing. The women are so nice and fun to be around. Lots of quilts go to needy groups. This quilt is going to Camp Hope which serves veterans with PTSD. It is going to be auctioned at their fundraiser in a couple of months.


My favorite new way to volunteer is to transport rescue dogs from the city shelter to Red Collar Rescue's vet. It's the dog's "Freedom Ride." They were on the kill list at the shelter and made it out. I get to be the one who takes them from the bad situation to the start of their new, safe life. I love it. My husband likes it because I'm not bringing them home.

I'm thinking ahead to Christmas. I found a new blog- Made by ChrissieD. Below is a link to her fabric card tutorial. It very detailed and looks like fun. The selvedge cards really look like fun.

On the blog 12 Squared, Emily shows how to make a houndstooth quilt from charm squares. I have some Christmas charm squares that need to be used. This looks quick. (Famous last words!)

That's a quick update to get me back in the habit of blogging. I've noticed that folks are putting their Instagram posts for the week on their blogs. That's a good plan.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Fall Fabric Finds

Today was a fun day with the Jo Morton group. Our leader starts with a little civil war history. She always brings something interesting and thoughtful.

I made some purchases for this month's pattern. I threw in some of my scraps to see how everyone will play together. We'll see who makes the team.

Tonight is quilt guild with Mary Lou Weldman. I'm really looking forward to her lecture.

Have a great evening.


Monday, September 14, 2015

53....It's My Year!

This is my year! Today is my birthday and a day of renewal for me. I've retired and am learning how to slow down. Well, slow my mind...or quiet my mind. 

I'd like my blog to be an account of my days. It was for a while but I let busyness get in the way. I admire people who post whatever is going on that day. That's my goal.

Yesterday we went to Round Top. It's a small town about 1.5 hours away. They have a lovely artisan gallery, The Copper Shade Tree. I got the gourd, below, for my birthday. 

My hubby got me this cute clock for my sewing room. Sorry for the sideways picture. I fiddled for a while but then gave up on getting it to rotate.

 And here is my current project. Or one of the many. It's a Kim Diehl pattern. I'm in a Jo Morton Little Women's Club. I think that is what it is called. Anyway, the month's pattern was this Kim Diehl pattern. A little confusing to me, but I love both Kim Diehl and Jo Morton patterns so it's all good. I chose fabrics that I thought were fall-like. I've been hankering to use some lavender.

It's going to be a great day. I get to have lunch with my best friend and dinner with my hubby. I think I'll shop a little in between.

Have a great Monday!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Retirement Day 1

Today was day one of the next chapter in my life. I can't believe this day has come, but I'm so very grateful.  Slept all the way to 6:30, which is at least and hour later than usual. I had coffee, watched GMA, and sewed some. But I was restless, feeling like I needed to get it all done today.

Then I went to a Hatha yoga class. Aaaaaaah. Relaxed, calm, and with proper perspective now.

The quilt is Summer Star by Sheri McConnel. Her blog is A Quilting Life. It is a fun little mini to sew. Sheri is hosting a mini sew along. Usually, she does Schnibbles but I think we are running out. 

Feeling blessed.


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Ooops.....I did it again!

I signed up for another block of the month. I didn't do the two I signed up for last year. And this is my second for 2015. It is only $15 a month, though. And it is Minick and Simpson. And it is based on a Texas estate quilt.

This is Austin Bluebird Sampler available from Homestead Hearth for a very reasonable price. They have the best BOMs and are so easy to work with and friendly on the phone.

And on that note, what should my word for 2015 be? Pat Sloan has picked Finish. I thought I was going to steal that one. Then I came to Do It Now. I plan and then whittle the time away. So, I just need to do it. Do It Now is my nice way of telling myself to get off my butt and just do it. So, my words are Do It Now. With that in mind and the BOMs I have signed up for, this blog will be smokin'. I will be finishing so much...just you wait!

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So, I will use my time and Act.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year's Refocus

This orchid cactus bloom has been promising to arrive for quite a while. This picture isn't good. It is actually a large almost bloom. I was hoping it would emerge on New Year's day because it reminds me of the promise of new things. New year, new experiences, new hopes/wishes.  

I succumbed to a sew along. Aiming for Accuracy is having a sew along. I was wondering what to do with a couple of Fig Tree jellyrolls so I jumped in last night. Lots of four patches. They seem to be my thing lately. Nice, easy, peaceful sewing.

It is rough out in the garden. The two begonias below were almost identical. I thought my husband trimmed one. He sometimes trims things that I would have left alone. (Usually he is right about the needed trim.) Come to find out, he didn't trim the begonia on the right.

 The culprits. Emily and our new puppy, Maggie Magpie. They eat plants and apparently like the one of the right more than the one on the left.
 She seems so sweet. Until she eats all my plants.

Emily is struggling with the concept of abundance and sharing. She manages to stuff her mouth with the bones so no one else can have them.

 Maggie is precious. She was dumped on our street. My husband was a softy and went to get her. She was malnourished and dirty but has grown like a weed.

I'm looking forward to 2015. There is a lot of fun ahead.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Midwinter and Crazy for Reds

I'm changing my blog design so this is really just a test post but I do have a picture of what I'm working on. It started as a churndash of Midwinter Reds. Then I needed a few more blocks but the fabric is gone so now it is a churndash of Midwinter Reds and Crazy for Reds. I want it to drop of the side of the bed so I have some more sewing to do.
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