"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)

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Stay at home retreat sewing, day 1 & 2

This is UFO weekend on one of my lists, and I've made it into a stay at home retreat weekend.  Started Friday and I've worked on several projects -

 These 14 string blocks were made on Friday.   I'm now through 4 colors of my batik strings in this slow moving UFO project.


















I got the label made for the back of this quilt.   Yes it is big and in an unusual spot, but the backing didn't cooperate with me when I quilted it at Christmas so I had a long pucker to cover up.  =)



 The label went onto this quilt and with that this UFO is officially finished and ready to be listed for sale.


















I finished the final Christmas for last year.  A little cross-body purse made for a niece.   All gifts for that family will now go out in the mail early next week - woohoo.  Fabric chosen was in the Vera Bradley general style because that's what she likes.


And the last project worked on was to make one more snail block for my quilt.  Made with orphan block parts from my friend Susan and scraps from my stash.  Block finished at 27" wide and 18" tall. 

Now onto finishing the London TTQ and another UFO!


Gratitudes:

1. If the worst side effects I'm dealing with are a sense of taste that is off, no appetite and occasional leg pain from the meds then I can deal with it, things could be a whole lot worse.

2. Thankful for no symptoms of how low my counts have been.........also a cause for concern because I don't have warning of what is happening.  Mixed blessing here.

Friday, January 18, 2019

A quilt for me

I've been collecting snail print fabrics for a while now to use in a quilt for myself.    I've a small stack (ok, small for me) of about 25 or so different novelty prints with snails on them that I've been planning to use - the right side of the small tote shown here.

The task now will be to make blocks with these fabrics that will






This is the completed block that will be the first one in the eventual finished quilt.    Finished size of this block is 27" wide by 18" tall.   Made with scraps.

Gratitudes:

1. I didn't end up in the hospital again......

2. Once showing no signs of how low my platelets truly are.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Distractions

Those who know me, know that I like working with what a lot of people throw out - that is scraps.  I like making something from what often is considered worthless, much like what God has done with me.

Well yesterday I received a box of of goodies from a dear friend of mine.  In it were several yummy tone-on-tone FQ's, a piece of yardage (not sure what I'll do with that tho, hmmm maybe the large commission), and oodles of scrap triangles, completed HST's and other completed block segments.

Part of what was in the box were a large stack of completed 3.5" red and blue HST's.  I pulled the HST's and the gold print (was a fat-eighth) along with a muslin remnant that I had and made the final HST's that I needed to make my design.  Two more rows to sew together and this block will be done.

Any guesses as to what this block will be when done?  ;-)

It will eventually end up in a quilt for myself......sometime..........lol.

Gratitudes:

1.  Wonderfully warm weather today and even warmer tomorrow before cold weather comes back over the weekend.

2. For reaching the total-out-of-pocket for insurance because that means I'll be able to get somethings done that I couldn't afford otherwise.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Scrap Happy January 2019


First scrappy thing done this month was to get the binding onto this scrappy quilt.   It was quilted while I was on vacation over Christmas in Arizona.   Still need to put a label on it but I need to decide what to do for that.  Once the label is on the quilt I'll be listing it for sale.













Last month I made these 9 blocks with my batik strings.
The the 9 original orange blocks I've added 7 yellow blocks and 3 red ones.   Those colors are now gone from the strings.

And I added 6 more orange blocks from additional orange strings that I found while doing some cleaning.  That makes a total of 25 blocks finished so far. 

Still to come blues, pinks, greens and purples.






Check out what the others have done with their scraps this month -
KateGun, TittiHelĂ©neEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda, Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren, Moira ( me),  SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJeanJohanna,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen and Connie


Gratitudes:
1. For the new commission that I've received and all the work that it will bring to me.

2. For my counts being up, albeit now too high!

First Commission for 2019

This past Saturday I met up with the gal who had been my realtor when I bought my house for breakfast and to talk about some commissioned work that she wanted me to do for her.  All of which will be from clothing from an uncle of hers that passed away a year ago.

As it turns out I'll be making a number of pillows from some of the t-shirts.   Other items that are looking likely are Christmas stockings (20-30 at this point) and maybe some totes.   And yes, the items of clothing that I have fill this large tote that I had just emptied last week. 

thankfully there is no rush on when things are due because I've got several items that I need to get done this month.  Two of the three I've made progress on, but need all three done before the end of the month...lol.

Gratitudes:

1. For the paying work.

2. For unexpected holiday this coming Monday at work.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Christmas 2019 Projects

Two of the after Christmas goodies that I bought were these two felt stocking kits.   Normally for kids, I thought they'd make cute "gift wrapping" for little goodies that I'll purchase over the year for a swap that I'm in.

The kits were designed for kids to glue them together but I did a simple straight stitch on them.


First up was Santa.  I substituted buttons for the snowflakes, eyes and nose. 
Then came the snowman.  I didn't like the string of lights at the top so left it off.   Then again substituted teeny buttons for the 1/4" felt circles used for the snowflakes, eyes and buttons on the snowman.

These will now go into my quilting tote where they will be ready for me to put my shoebox together in November of this year.  I'm happy to say that these won't end up in never-never land where all my other kits are.


Gratitudes:
1. Platelets are up, albeit way too high now.  Time will tell how long they take to settle down.

2. Meeting with a friend (my realtor) tomorrow about the first commission of the year.