Saturday, December 31, 2016

Welcome 2017!

It's time for 2016 to leave and 2017 to unfold. There is the obvious election stuff. The unkind words....uggghhhh! Oh, if we could only have different opinions and be kind. Then there was the me asking to join a quilting bee without knowing that you are elected in and don't invite yourself. Yikes! I'm so naive and very adept at creating a very awkward situation. A very nice woman got reprimanded because I invited myself and she said yes.  Uggghhh and Sigh!

Most importantly, our extended family unexpectedly lost someone. A beautiful soul left us at age 59. It put things in perspective. At the end of our life, elections don't matter and there are more kind, inclusive people than not.

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So, I'm so excited about 2017. I'm going to spend far less time on Facebook and more time blogging.

First off, I'm going to finish- yep I said it- FINISH- the Bonnie Hunter mystery, En Provence.  This is my third year to participate. I gave up on Celtic Solstice. I will eventually finish Alleitare. But this year, I'm on it! I'll finish on time.

Second, I'm going to keep up with BOMs. This is shocking news. I'm doing 3. That is not shocking news. I couldn't pass up the new Quiltmania mystery when I saw Michele Yeo's fabrics. Oh my!!!

Then Fat Quarter Shop offered Kim Diehl's Journey's End. I love Kim Diehl's fabrics and FQS does the best BOMs.

And last, but not least, who could pass up a Fig Tree BOM? I missed out last year so I was on it this year. It's a Christmas quilt with FigTree reds. She writes such easy patterns so the sewing is so much fun.

More quilty goals in my next post. Doesn't 2017 look like fun so far?!?!

Ephesians 2:4     For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

I am thankful for God's mercy and grace. My life is blessed far beyond what I deserve.

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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