Monday, December 17, 2018

Day 17 - 31 Day Blogging Challenge

Thanks for the nice congratulations on my milestone post yesterday - I sure appreciate it! 

Today was a pedal to the metal day and I actually got the final quilt top done for my secret sewing projects!  And the backs are ready, so now all I need to do is get them quilted.  I am happy to say that this one came out even better than I thought it would, and it will be a new pattern in the spring.  It's been an idea I had in my head for a long time so it was really satisfying to see it come to life.

When I checked my email this afternoon I noticed that I had a package coming from Island Batik and I was wondering what it was.  Then I got another notice that they had accidentally sent me one of my current trunk show quilts - I'm kind of excited to see it again!  It is my reflections quilt made in the Moroccan Bazaar fabric line:

I'll hold on to it until it's requested for a trunk show, so I'm hoping to get to take it to the next guild meeting, it will be fun to show it. 

Have you ever ordered from Wawak sewing?  If you haven't, then you really should check them out.  So many fun things, they ship cheap and super fast.  It's a great place to get sewing machine needles and stuff like that.  I ordered buttons and loop for my daughters wedding dress!  It's going to be so gorgeous, can't believe I needed 70 buttons.  Oh my, only for her would I sew that many buttons on a dress!

Tomorrow is a half day at the shop, so it's time to get some rest - it's supposed to be stormy tonight, so I hope we don't lose electricity again! 

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Blog Post 1000!

Woohoo!  This is my 1000th published blog post!  

It has taken me quite a while to hit this milestone - just about 13 years, but I am pretty darn impressed with myself for making it this far!  If you would like to read my first post,  I wrote about making a costume using a bear skin - I still can't believe I did that.

I thought it would be fun to do a celebratory giveaway , but since things are a little busy right now, I think I will put that idea on hold till after Christmas, but don't worry I won't forget, I just want to do this right and make it fun.

Today I've been working on a new version of my Tidepools quilt.  I can't show you the fabric I am using for it, but this is the pattern.  Only one more quilt to make, and I'll be finished with my secret stewing for the year and will be able to relax a bit.

I also hemmed a pair of rain pants for my hubby - he's been retired for six years, and just got a part time job helping take care of horses at a local farm.  He is so excited to get to go do something he loves for a couple days a week and get paid for it.  I'm happy for him to be able to do this, he has wanted to do something like this for a long time!  Our lives have sure changed since that first blog post. 

I also finished up a couple projects for other people, so I've cleared those projects off my list.  It feels good to know that my list is definitely getting shorter.  I can hardly believe that Christmas will be here in just a bit over a week!  Hope everyone else is getting projects on their lists crossed off, too! 

Saturday, December 15, 2018

When it rains, it pours...

I'm starting to wonder if the topic of my blog is becoming more home improvement than quilting!  Luckily I did get to do some of the latter today, even if I can't show you my project yet.  I'm halfway done with my secret sewing projects...and am well on the way toward getting the next one together. 

Unfortunately the other part of my day was spent going to the plumbing store to pick up a connector for my dishwasher because I discovered on Thursday that we had a leak under my sink! Luckily it was a one trip project and just involved replacing one.  The ironic thing is that we will be installing a new dishwasher next week - oh well.  Seems like it's been one thing after another around here lately!

I'm pretty impressed that I've made it through 15 consecutive days of blogging!  I'm making this a quick post for today because tomorrow will be a big milestone, and I'm making plans for it to be a good one!  I'll be back tomorrow with the big news!

Friday, December 14, 2018

Big wind, and hot soup.

My Bunco party today was a success, but it was not without some hiccups!  When this morning started out, the weather didn't look too bad, but shortly before all of my guests arrived, the wind started blowing.  It was not long after we started our game that the lights flickered, then were out for the duration.  Luckily we were still able to see to play, but I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to heat up the soup I had ready for lunch.

After checking with the power company I realized that my worst fear was true - our outage was not estimated to be taken care of until 4 or 5 this evening!  Luckily for me, one of my friends was able to take the soup home and heat it up on her gas stove and bring it back, so we all enjoyed hot soup, plus salad and chocolate cake for dessert!

After everyone left I decided to hand wash my dishes since there wasn't too much to do, and there was plenty of hot water available.  That's the one thing I've learned - when the power goes off  the water heater keeps the water nice and hot for a good while!  About the time I got done, the lights came back on.

I kicked my feet up and sat back to relax for a bit!

I worked at quilting a project for Island Batik this afternoon - hopefully I can get them all finished next week so I don't have to be working on them at the last minute after Christmas.  Now, I'm off to see what this week's clue for Bonnie Hunter's Mystery is.  I didn't get to do a single unit for last week, so maybe I can catch up a bit this week?  I hope!

We are almost halfway through the 31 Day Blog writing challenge - and I'm closing in on the 1000 post mark!  I'm planning something special, so stay tuned...

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Merry and bright!

I spent a very satisfying morning decorating my Christmas tree - it was quite pleasant to take my time and enjoy looking at and hanging all the pretty ornaments.  I enjoyed remembering many of them - lots of great Christmas memories.  Here is one of my favorites:

We have a whole set of gold ornaments that my mother in law bought for us in 1999.  She passed away this summer, but is still close in our memories, especially this time of year. 

I baked a cake and made soup tonight, so I guess I am ready for Bunco tomorrow!  Can't wait for the fun, my poor cat will have to go hide because he does not like all the noise we make laughing and carrying on over our game.  It sure is fun to get together with friends, and this is a nice time of year to share my home with them.  Plus it forces me to get the decorations up and the house clean for the holidays! 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Letting go of the stress!

Another half day at the quilt shop for me today.  We got lots of fabric in today!  That's always fun, sometimes so much time has gone by since we put in our order that we have no clue why we ordered it.  Then I have to go ask google what to do with those fabrics.

The Garden Bright line by Sue Penn is beautiful - and we are excited to have someone make a sample of the Sunshine in the Garden quilt to show it off.   And we got more in from M and S fabrics, too:

We are loving the Aborigine inspired fabrics and are getting quite a collection in.  I haven't made anything with them yet, but I'm sure I will soon.

When I got home I finished up that baby quilt so I could mail it out.  So cute!
Then I went out to the post office, bought groceries, and headed home.  The tree needs to be decorated, and I need to do a little more cleaning up, so I'm almost ready for Bunco.  The floor won't be finished by then, but that's all right and it takes some of the pressure off.  I'm looking forward to a fun time with friends, and that's what counts. 

Hope you are having a low-stress holiday season!  Just remember that it's ok to let go of some things in order to let in some peace and joy!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

A good nights sleep makes everything better...

After a good nights rest, I feel a lot better about our flooring project.  It's amazing what a little rest can do for your outlook on things! 

Today was a half day at the quilt shop, it was nice to get out of the house for a bit and play with fabric. 

I wore one of my Island Batik rayon scarves - I love how the yellow matches the print in my top!  I just want to buy all the colors of these!

We got these new ombre batiks in from Anthology fabrics.  So pretty!
When I got home I had to pick out some fabric to match this quilt.  I'm going to add a name to it for my customer who wanted it personalized.  I love how this one looks, it will be perfect for the lettering.  I print out the name in EQ8, then raw edge applique to the border.  This makes a super cute personalized baby quilt.

I basted a quilt, then got started cutting out a jacket that a customer needs for a Christmas gift.  Just a few more deadlines and I can enjoy some free sewing time.  Can't wait!