Sunday, January 25, 2015

Focusing on being focused!

I mentioned on my last post that my goal this year was to be more focused, and I think it's working.

Just the other day, I thought I would start a new intensive project.  So I pulled 36 bolts of fabric from Fibre's shelves to use for the construction of the quilt.  There was this little voice in my head saying "seriously, what happened to being focused?" So, I left the bolts on the table, it was the end of the day, and went home to give it more thought. Showed up for work the next morning and returned them all back on the shelf!  Nope, not starting this project right now, maybe later.

Yea for me!

What I have been doing is looking at my list of UFO projects.  Since 2007, I've kept a yearly list of all the projects I start and complete.  You can read about my project tracking here.  Although no list is full of completed projects, there aren't that many UFOs on the list.  The problem is the accumulation of the unfinished!

In the spirit of "focus" I pulled out Pineapple Grove Penny Rug (Threads that Bind), a project from Oct 2012, and started working on it.

Tada!


All Done!  Yea for me! So pleased with the way it turned out!

One off the 2012 list, another added on for 2015!  Guess what I'm working on?


All from scraps! Well except for the background.  I would have never thought I had 35 different reds in my scrap bin! Hum ....

Well, I'm off to finish off this little quilt so I can show you what it actually should look like!  Hum ... maybe I'll have it finished for Valentine Day!

Enjoy your day!  Cheers!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Brrrr ....!

It has been cold in our neck of the woods!  It's been as low at -17F (-27C).  Don't know about you, but when it's cold like that, I crave comfort foods!  That fatty stuff that I really shouldn't be having!  Today we have a sweltering 23F (-5) so it's perfect weather for quilting!

Do any of you make New Year Resolutions?  I sort of do.  I try to keep my list to things I can actually achieve.  This year, I have decided to make myself a priority and set healthy boundaries.  My goal is to stay focused.  For the past few years I've been all over the place with nothing getting fully completed.    I just have a big pile of do do.  Focus is my new mantra!

So, I focused on starting a new project! lol It's a block of the month being offered at Fibre.  It's call Beauty All Around.  I saw it at fall market 2014 and absolutely fell in love with it.  Here is block 1:


The sashing for the quilt is a square in a square block.  Of course, you can make whatever sashing you want but I liked the original one.  It's a perfect opportunity for me to use up my scraps.  I really wanted this quilt to have personal meaning and it will, as the fabrics used are from various projects etc...

Today is trimming day!


Hope you are enjoying your day and keeping warm!  Catch you later! Cheers!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Since I have been blogging, I have met many kind people on Blogland and forged some wonderful friendships.

Every year, during the Christmas Holidays, Debbie of Woolensails sends me a gift.  Debbie is a very talented quilter, her style is folk art, which is one of my favourite.

Allow me to share with you the beautiful gift I received from Debbie this year.

 
Check out the details on this needle punch pillow!  Wow!  I just love it!

Yes, many of Debbie's work graces my tree during the holiday season.  Her work as well as those of others is what makes decorating my tree special.

Thank you again Debbie for your kindness and friendship.

Thanks for stopping by my little corner in cyberspace.  Wishing you and your loved ones a wonder New Year!  Namaste!
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