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Snow, Sew & Christmas!

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And see what we woke up to this morning in the NC Piedmont! It wasn’t a surprise as we’ve been hearing the predictions for several days now. I don’t want it to happen often, but I do love when it snows here because we go nowhere. To me, that means a day of sewing. I don’t even have to cook – I took a large container of a very yummy soup out of the freezer.

Being homebound also helps me to enjoy our Christmas decorations and to reminisce about Christmases when our children were little.

Our “big” tree is in the living room and the little tree (no ornaments, just lights) in the dining room. The stockings that adorn our fireplace were made by our next door neighbor over 20 years ago! They no longer live here but are warmly remembered. . There are  several of my son’s carved ornaments on the tree. Our “big” tree also has ornaments made by our children when they were little – my favorites!

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And here are more of our son’s carved Santas that he did when he was 16 years old. Each year it’s so fun getting them all out and displaying them together. They do have a place year round in our home, but at Christmas they are front and center!

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One of my most precious decorations is this Nativity that was crafted in clay by our daughter when she was ten years old. It sets in our dining room years round. Baby Jesus looks like a pea in a pod.

And my sewing today? It’s been challenging. I’ll save those pics and the story for another day. How’s the weather where you are? Whatever it is – enjoy!!

 

 

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More Great Creations

Fall 2018 retreat was a new challenge for me – instead of 20 attendees, there were 30! So glad too – every one was so talented. I already shared the show and tell. However, a few were left out! Someone had graciously taken pics for me and I completely missed one of the emails with attached pics. Quilters – please forgive.  I love your quilts.

Here’s a great “self portrait” by a very classy lady.  It is just so fun and creative!

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and a few more I missed posting…

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I never tire of seeing other quilters’ creations. Thank you for sharing ladies!

Amazing Talents!

Fall Quilt & Sew-In Show & Tell

The Quilt & Sew-Ins are always so packed full of talent. Show and tell is a great time to see all that these quilters have either accomplished outside of the retreat or during the retreat. Many thanks to Sandra R for helping with the photography. It can be a daunting task!

Please enjoy this feast of color, & creativity. This makes me very excited about the Spring retreat – more inspirtation and talent!

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The Fabric Made Me Do It – Again!

Keep Calm Squirrel[1]Remember my rant about reducing my WIPs? Huh – guess I lied! How weak am I when I begin to look through my fabrics. Maybe I can justify this one, though – it’s a leader ender to have on hand at upcoming retreats.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! This also puts me as a member in good standing in the Squirrel Club!

I was going through my scrap bin of Kaffe fabrics which was filled to the brim with beautiful, colorful prints. I saw a quilt online recently that’s done with all half square triangles AND I have the perfect gray and white “splotchy” fabric to use as the neutral. Leaders and enders – a good way to double sewing production, so I began to cut triangles on the Big Kick and voila! Another WIP!

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Now, do I really want to wait for retreat in a few weeks? No, I really want to begin it now, so I quickly packed the project away with all the other retreat goodness. I can still hear it calling me, but hopefully it will die down soon!

And here it all is – snuggled in a project box waiting for retreat.

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Do tell, I’m sure I’m not the only one who breaks quilting and sewing promises to oneself!

Great Batik Hospice Quilt

The community of quilters is just so awesome! Jo Kramer, of Jo’s Country Junction, receives amazing mailings from her readers which include fabric, blocks, patterns and quilt tops. She recently shared some of her bounty with me, knowing these quilts go to a great cause – Hospice. It was a thrill to receive not only this beautiful quilt top, but the backing and prepared binding too! The colors are so rich. We’ve had a lot of rain, so the pic was taken indoors and really does not do the colors justice.

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It was such a quick finish – one of my favorite kinds! I do need to add the label and then it will be added to the stack of Hospice quilt goodness that is piling up in my one guest room. All the Hospice quilts will be dedicated at church soon and then brought to the local Hospice office. They in turn will give them to patients and sometimes to a young person who has lost a parent.

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A Great Big Thank you to the so many who contribute to this cause and again to Jo Kramer for sharing!

Paper Piecing Fun

An Island Batik Adventure

Needle, Paper, Scissors (Large)Paper Piecing – I have done quite a bit of it, enjoy it, but was not up for a big project for the Island Batik October project.  My answer? A pin cushion! The pattern: Turning Points by Hunter’s Design Studio. I chose to do the mug rug size rather than the actual pin cushion size. That was just a little too teenie for me!

 

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A deep green was chosen for the base and picking out pretty colors for the little flying geese was fun! See them colorfully flying in a circle?!

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I would sew a couple of sections, then take a break and do some handwork. I really love the end result and I am keeping it for myself! Who couldn’t use another pin cushion?!

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And yes, I do already have a few.

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My thanks to Island Batik for the beautiful fabrics and Aurifil thread used for putting this fun project together.

Falling into Fall

My goal for 2018 has been to reduce my Works in Progress (projects that have been started.)  These do not include Hospice quilts.  I had about 25 in January and now I have exactly 11 in project boxes.  In addition, there are  2 quilt tops that need a border, another that needs stitching around the appliques and one quilt top that I will quilt. One quilt top is on the way to the longarm this week and another that I am hand stitching the binding.

Then there are the projects – yummy fabrics and a pattern or sketch in a box that hasn’t been started. There are 8 of those. I could easily add about a dozen more, but am tying myself down! Chasing less squirrels!!

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Something fairly simple and fun planned for these great prints!

There are labels to be added to several Hospice quilts and bindings on a few that are being quilted by other volunteers. I love looking at the pile of quilts being donated this year. It warms my heart knowing they will be giving comfort to those in need.

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Oh the fabulous colors of Blueberry Park – can’t wait to dive into these!

Three of my WIPs are going to retreat with me in a few weeks. It’s a four day retreat so I’m hoping to get lots done!

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A fun kit waiting patiently for its turn.

All in all, I’m quite pleased with the progress. I’ve committed next year to more finishing. I want to get the WIPs down to four before I begin one of the projects waiting in the wings. (I can hear my quilty besties laughing wildly). I will be opting out of some obligations which will give me the time to enjoy my projects more. The tendency to over commit is crazy and I know I’m not alone! I am also looking forward to more travel, 5 or 6 retreats (2 are my Quilt & Sew-Ins) and day trips with Hubby.

Do you have or make goals in your creative life?

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I hope you’ll continue to join me on this journey. I really appreciate all my readers and love all the comments – thank you! Your support means so much to me.