"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer 29:11 (NIV)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

New Contest Block and Voting

Voting for this months blocks for the Modern Quilts Unlimited block design contest started and goes through Sunday the 14th.

Votes can be cast by anyone with a Facebook account, you just need to be logged in and then click on the following link "Voting Link" to go directly to the correct page for my block.  Thanks in advance if you choose to vote for me!

Gratitudes:
1. A PT job that will allow me to earn extra money at home has opened up and looks like it will work out for me to work it at least the rest of this year, and maybe into next year - meaning I'll have extra money to help pay off bills!

2. Good weather this weekend allowing me to head to the "big city" of Cheyenne and get some needed shopping done without having to worry about blowing snow and black ice on the interstate.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

January Contest Block in process

I know it seems like an oxymoron to say January block, but it is that because of when the block is announced.   This month's traditional block was the square-in-a-square.   I've got it about half pieced or a little more, with one more large pp'd section to go.  Then 8 small sections to do before I can put it all together.  Hopefully will finish it up tonite and then will upload it tomorrow.


Gratitudes -

1. Meeting at school with club officers went better than it could have, altho not as productive as I'd have liked.

2. Weather is warmer!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Word for this year is.....Intentional

I don't usually follow along with what everyone else is doing, but this year as I read about the words that others were choosing for their year I started to think about what I want this year to be like for myself.   And in doing so, there were many things that I want to happen but without focusing on what I'm doing none of them will be reached.

The word that I have chosen to focus on this year is "Intentional".   When you google it, the basic definition comes down to being done on purpose or deliberately.


Something being planned for rather than as an unplanned reaction.  I liked the synonyms that Google listed with the definition for Intentional and a common element to them seems to me to be centered in "Done on Purpose".   To me that indicates deliberate actions that are taken.

So as I go through this year, I want it to be one of actions that are done with a purpose in mind.  Some of the areas and things that I want to apply this to include:

My Finances and Commissioned Sewing -

I really want to make as much headway on paying off debt as I can over, not only this current school year, but the next year as well.   In order to do accomplish that, I will need to be intentional about using my stash for sewing projects (ok, this is a lot easier to do than it used to be since I live 2+ hrs from the nearest fabric store).  I don't need to buy additional fabric or thread or much of anything for most of my personal projects thanks to the size of my stash and my actions need to reflect that.

In addition, I want to be intentional in growing the custom quilting/sewing business that I have had for several years.  The first step I have taken in doing this is in taking the commission for the t-shirt quilt that I am currently working on.  Once this is done I will actively work to promote this side of my business to help grow the side income.    I also will be intentional in sewing up the commissioned garments that I have here and getting them completed so that I can be paid for them.

One thing that I am also considering is doing a FB page for my business, and will research it to see if it would be a good thing to help the business grow or not.  Other areas of possibility are listing some of the many quilts that I have finished for sale on Etsy or Ebay and then using the funds to help pay down debt or to pay for a vacation this summer.

I'm also pursuing a very PT job possibility as well.   Not necessarily a lot of money from it, but every little bit always helps when paying off debt.  Updating my website will also come into this as well and that is under way at this point.

My Quilt Designing -

I want to continue to grow this aspect of my sewing, not only for what I sew, but also into being able to sell my patterns.  To accomplish this I intend to write up some of my designs and try posting them to Craftsy to sell and see how that goes.  I have one design that I need to get made up so that I can submit it for publication as well.  Still trying to decide what magazine to submit it to as well.   One on-going item is my designing for the Modern Quilts International Block Design Challenge that I have been participating in.

The rest of life -

Being intentional also applies to the rest of my life - work, how I react to people and what they do or don't do, and so on.

It will be an interesting year and I'm looking forward to seeing how things develop and work out.

Have you chosen a word for this year?   If so, drop me a note and tell me what it is.

Gratitudes:
1. My platelet counts are up above the critical level - always a good thing!

2. Second semester has started in school and I've got a new class in robotics - should be an interesting year.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

T-shirt Quilt Underway

I've gotten the commissioned T-Shirt quilt underway this weekend.   Two rows of the back have been completed and I've got 5 more shirts prepped.   Had to stop tho and make more of the sashing so that I can continue to put the back together.   Once I've completed more sashing I'll prep more shirts.  =)  Have 24 WOF strips cut and ready to sew - that'll be enough to do this side and part of the front side.   Will be sewing more sashing in the not-so distant future.

First two rows of blocks and sashing are shown here......quilt is laying the long-wise direction of my queen sized bed and laps over both ends by a couple of inches.  By the time the sides are done it will be about 110 inches long.

Gratitudes:

1. Got a good hematologist in Casper, thankful for that.

2. Had a good drive to and from Casper for my appt - not always true in the winter weather here!


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Finishes, Starts, and Commissions.....





Got a lot done over this past weekend.  Finished off the 5 mug rugs that I had in process.   One of which has been sold and I forgot to get a picture of it finished.   Oops.....oh well, still have a pic of it with just the top done.  All of these started with UFO blocks so that stash is going down bit by bit.   

And actually it has dropped enough that I was able to put it into a smaller tote so that I could use the large one for my fossil fern fabrics stash which had outgrown the original tote I had them in.

Next up was a quilt top that started with a bunch of mottled brown triangles left over from a very long ago project that I found in my scraps as I sorted and put away an over-flowing mess of scraps from my move 3 months ago.   Haven't a clue what the original project was now, but these triangles are now in a lap quilt that will be going to a family who lost most everything in a Tx tornado at Christmas. 

The colors that ended up in the quilt are the brown mottled, a mossy green & cream stripe and tan.  As it happened those were the colors she decorates with.   Hadn't been thinking of that when I pulled the fab's but love it when things just fall into place.

The final project started this past weekend  was the first of 6 pillows made from t-shirts for the same guy who ordered the t-shirt quilt.  Easy and quick to make.   Have also started on what seems like a bazillion strips sets of black and white kona.   Hoping this weekend to start cutting the t-shirts down to size so I can start putting it together.


But reality is also intruding for me - only 1.5 wks left in this semester and it's time to write a final exam for 2 of my classes and tweak those already written for the other 3 classes.   And there are three weekends that i'll be tied up at least part of the time with selling concessions with the club that i'm an advisor for.....such fun....NOT!   lol

Gratitudes:

1. The weather looks good for my trip up to Casper on Friday for my appt with the Hematologist.

2.  Only 1 1/2 wks left in the first semester here in Wyoming.   And for the most part it has been a good one.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Scrappy Green Quilt Top Finished

I finished off the quilt top I was making from all of the HST's I made from the scraps from last year's wedding quilt.   The wedding quilt was paper-pieced so I ended up with big triangles leftover from the greens and cream tonals.  The original quilt can be seen in this post from last year.

I took all of the scraps and made 190 3.5 inch HST's and almost that many 2.5 inch HST's as well.   The 3.5" size were all used in a single
quilt top.   The block patterns are ones that I had been experimenting with and thought looked good together.  

Had posted a pic of the quilt on Facebook before getting the borders put on and as a result it has already been sold to a friend from one of my quilt lists.  Just need to find a backing for it and get it quilted.  =)

Gratitudes:
1. Continuing to feel better with the medications.

2. First semester is only 3 weeks from being over....hard to believe.