Thursday, December 8, 2016

UFO Sighting

I’ve decided to take a firm approach with my UnFinished Objects and try to get them done. I usually have so many projects going at once that things get lost in the shuffle, but I am going to try to make a concerted effort to clear out the UFOs and get them ready to quilt. First up is HocusPocusVille…

I finished the embroidered blocks back in February, and I picked up some Civil War reproduction fabrics to use for the pieced blocks way back then. Since then it has sat in its project box quietly. So, yesterday and today I pulled out the fabric and started cutting away at it. I’ve cut all the pieces for the 9 Patch blocks…

I will try to get them pieced this afternoon. I plan on doing the 365 Challenge for 2017 and I wanted to use the reproduction fabrics, so I needed to get these pieces cut so I can use the leftovers for that project. I still need to cut some light and dark squares and triangles for the rest of HPV, so maybe I will get those done later today or tomorrow. The remaining fabric will be available for 365C.

I’ve already run my errands this morning…I dropped off some quilts for donation to the victims of the fires in Sevier County and I stopped and picked up a Christmas gift…so this afternoon is all mine (other than laundry, which seems to be never-ending!) I will work on these 9 patches, then tomorrow afternoon I hope to get back to the Campers quilt top. For now, I will be linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation. I hope you stop by to see the wonderful projects, and have a great day!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Woman at Work

I have one Work in Progress for this week and that is the camping quilt. Today I finished cutting out the trailers and their “swooshes”…

These are all ready to fuse, so Wednesday I plan on completing at least one block.

I also have a plan for scraps for December. I want to go through my scraps and my smaller pieces of fabric and cut 6-1/2” squares. These will be used for Kennel Quilts. I have been meaning to get some made for months, but have yet to sit and do them. Maybe having some squares pre-cut will help my motivation 😊

That’s about it for today. I will be linking up with:
Esther’s Blog for WOW – WiPs on Wednesday
Freemotion by the River for Linky Tuesday

Monday, December 5, 2016

The First Full Week of December

It appears winter will finally settle in here in the Tennessee Valley. Brrr. This week is starting out wet and cold, and by the end of the week we are looking at snow flurries (about a month late!) This coming weekend should be dry and very cold. Perfect weather to hang out inside and sew…and consider hibernation for the winter.

This week’s agenda looks pretty much the same as my monthly goals. I need to continue working on the last Christmas gift I need to make…

Today I hope to get some of the appliqué pieces cut out and ready to press onto these background pieces. It would be great to get that done in the next couple of days.

This week I also would like to complete the block for the outgoing president of our quilt guild. I have the fabrics and an idea, so once I sit down to work on it I should be able to stitch it up quickly. I hope to get this block done by next Tuesday when I can give it to the president at Bee.

The remainder of my time (aside from the “normal” stuff I do around here) will be spent continuing the re-organizing and clearing out of my sewing room. I have my fabric and books (and a few other things) set up on my shelf units…

I still have about 3 boxes of “stuff” to go through, along with a couple of stacking bins. I’m also hoping to go through my stacks of collected patterns and magazines. Then I have the computer desk to clean up…which is a whole other project! I’m also going through all of my daughter’s beads that she left here when she went off to college way back when. She doesn’t want them anymore, so I am going through those and putting them into storage containers that are more manageable for me. I really didn’t like the containers she had them in; they just didn’t work for me. I have a bit more to go, then I will need to find a place for them in my sewing room.

I do have a couple of crochet projects I’m working on right now, so I can work on those in the evenings, along with my current embroidery project. But those won’t be my priorities for this week.

For now, I will be linking up at Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making and at Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday. I hope you all have a wonderful (and warm) week ahead!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday Finishes

I only had one teeny tiny finish for this week. Yesterday I took out this turkey panel that I picked up off the free table at a quilt guild meeting…

...and I folded it in half, stitched up two sides, then stitched a hem around the end. I turned it right side out, and now it looks like this…

I’m going to use this to store my fall, Thanksgiving, and Halloween themed table runners, wall hangings, and quilts. I picked up the panel thinking I could use it as FMQ practice, but it has sat on my shelf for about a year now. It is now serving a practical purpose! Now I can put all of those fabric decorations away with the holiday décor. Yay!

Along with still working on clearing out my sewing room, I took some time at lunch yesterday to make some whole wheat chocolate chip cookies.

 Yum yum! You can find the recipe at 100 Days of Real Food.

Also, it looks like Santa came a little early…

I guess it’s time I put up the Christmas tree! Hopefully we’ll get to that this weekend.  For now, I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! Go check out all of the great Friday Finishes…and have a wonderful weekend!