Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A great new start! And a winner

I'm kind of excited about the new year.  I'm not one for making resolutions.  I find I don't keep them (usually) so why set myself up for failure. Know what I mean?

And I'm not going to set quilting goals, either.  I don't have lots of UFOs;  but even with the ones I have, I'm not in the mood for putting myself on task for something I'm not really interested in doing.  I'll get to them one of these days.

I am going to do Cécile and Béa's log cabin challenge, which is only a couple of months long.  I also want to do that Canadian women one, although I'm not doing it in red and white.  I'm only 18 blocks behind already.  ;-)
Story of my life.  I would like to have a sew-along but I've yet to find a pattern I like.  Keep watching.

We drove home from the cabin yesterday, after days and days of lots of snow.  I thought you'd enjoy this picture taken in front, with our address barely visible.  That's snow on the ground; it's not snow from the plows!  It's just beautiful.  It was very cold, though... barely above 10*.  I went for long walks with a friend just about every day and I miss that already!  Now that I found my Fitbit (and it's charged), I enjoyed having large totals at the end of the day.  Today and yesterday?  Not so much!! ;-((

On the way home, I was able to do another one of the wool appliqué blocks before it got dark!  I found I was missing one flower so it hasn't yet been sewn down.  I like this block.  I have only one more to go!  Then I'll tackle the center and the borders, which will probably require a drive cross country! VBG

After having done 11 blocks, I decided I needed different green threads so I ordered 3 Valdani greens to tackle the rest of the quilt.  Some of the greens that I have look brown!  The center and borders are large and will need lots of greens.

I also was working on the Mountmellick quilt and found others who have done it already.  Susan Rynex was kind enough to offer me extra border fabric that she had.  Bloggers and quilters are just amazing!  What a nice surprise to come home to!  Now to get back to work on that quilt! WHEW!

One thing I am going to try to do is be a more regular blogger.  I feel like I don't always have something quilt related to say (never have been accused of not having something to say about everything, I might add!) so this will be one resolution I'm going to work on.  Maybe if I know that I need to do a blog post, I'll do more sewing!  I expect to travel less this year, now that my dh seems to have decided he's done working (more on THAT in another blog post! Let's just say I'm not necessarily a big fan!).  So I should have more time for sewing.

Happy New Year to everyone.

I forgot to announce that the winner of the giveaway is CARLINE.
Please email me so I can get your snail mail address and send you the book.
I'm going to be doing lots of giveaways this year for sure.  I need to downsize!!!


  1. That red fabric is so pretty! Quilters generally are very generous. I hope your weather in CA is better!

  2. If you need to travel in order to finish your so gorgeous wool applique, you can always drive up to my place. VBG! We have lots of snow too. Happy to hear you are in with Cecile and Bea. Are you doing modern or traditional? ;^)

  3. I thought you must have taken that snow photo from my neighborhood, but I think you got even more than we did. We have somewhere between 1 1/2-2' on the ground right now and it is still snowing. Schools are canceled tomorrow because the roads were slushy or snowpacked today and we will be below zero tonight. It will be icy tomorrow!
    That is a cute wool block.
    The red fabric is luscious!
    Sounds like you have a big life adjustment ahead. : )

  4. Thank you so much to follow our quilt a long. I'm impressed by the amount of snow you have, beautiful to see...only.

  5. This red fabric is so pretty and will dress beautifully your quilt ! And I really love your wool blocks !
    Thank you again for joining us for the QAL !
    Congratulations to Carline !

  6. How pretty is that? Altho' I'm not missing the 10 degrees! LOL Aren't car trips and snowy / rainy weather great for getting hand work done! Thaoe blocks are so cute, can't wait to see the center!!

  7. Cheering you on with Mountmellick too - I have bits and pieces left from all the inner sections so keep us posted if you are on the hunt for anything:-) would be happy to sent them off to you. Sounds like your DH is talking the "r" word? It will definitely be life changing. The surgeon who did all 4 of our knee replacements told my DH to not come back home for lunch - it disrupts the day for the lady of the house.
    That has not worked out real well here....:-)( I wish you luck!!

  8. Ooooh just love that flower 9wool0 block--i need to work more with my scant stash of wools this year--I am wondering if my Accuquilt go can cut wool--will give it a try ..I have a Rose of Sharon Die--that ould be so pretty in woolens...hugs, Julierose

  9. I guess if things always remained the same we would be so bored. Your new year seems to be filled with new challenges and opportunities. Your wool block is perfect.

  10. Can you share a link to the log cabin challenge?