Sunday, January 8, 2012

Bits of Time


I had a delightful 'visiting time' this weekend. On Saturday my daughter and the grandbabies came out to spend some time. As well as my oldest boy (mom's laundry room got a work out). And Sunday my youngest son stopped in to spend some time - my fridge got cleaned out (by his eating). So I had to spend bits of time for sewing. AND a visit from one of my followers - hi Denise - who spent some time in our shop.


The finished flimsy for Marcia's Scrap Challenge. I know she is offer ing a free quilting with her challenge winner, but I think I will use this as one of my projects for the FMQ Challenge and do this up myself.


Some minutes here and there and these little houses got built. I see in reading some blogs (and being personally e-mailed) that people are having trouble with this pattern. Tiny sometimes doesn't suit people - but the pdf offered is not true to size. It is a smidge too small and the seam allowances are only an 1/8". You can try to re-size, I just leave over-lap of fabric and trim to the needed size and they are coming out fine. Also, I hear a problem with getting them 'flat' - a damp pressing cloth and hot iron will smoosh those babies down!


A little time stolen to do up this cross stitch ornie. These are only 3.5" squares, so the stitch space is small making those work up fast. Soon I will have enough to do a bunch up into the final ornament with stuffing, backing, and hanger. I prefer to use my time to assembly line that task.


I love my early mornings - time for that first cup of coffee and the sun rising to the new day. It gets the juices going to spend some real quality time on a project. So I used it to assemble all those blocks into the flimsy for the Scrap Along Challenge. I'm thinking at least two borders for this, and then it's ready for quilting. **Linking up with Judy's Monday 'Wall'.


And these two made me change my time use plans. Moe camped out on one mini quilt and Bella is on the other - that's when I stitched the ornament. Then some paperwork and then to bed myself.


The 12 Days of Christmas Sampler done in the Blueberry Crumb Cake left over charms. I only 'out-of-order' assembled and a muslin skinny border, but I have time to change my mind because.......


I love the sashed look done with the bright sampler. How different the look between the two!

TRAVELING STASH

Box #1 - is moving on to Karen's Sewing Room

Box #2 - Ali should announce this week for comments. She also is hosting the Tangerine Tango Challenge (button on side bar)

Box #3 - Miki has comments open to end of the 10th - so hurry and pop over for a chance. She also has a cool blog!

I have to remember to make some time to post some of my Water Dragon New Year luck with you all - a lot of winnings and surprises already for 2012. And my 200th post is coming up soon - so you all know that means a give away is in the making.

CLOSING THOUGHT

I get a lot of comments about how do I manage to get so much done. I usually only have my furry friends to interfer with my time. BUT, time is a choice - use bits of time to acheive those big goals.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

21 comments:

  1. With all that company and you still got more done than me. Plus is all looks great.

    I just posted my latest and of course now I see some twisted blocks....LOL.

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  2. Gee Sharon you are amazing,well done with all your projects.xx

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  3. I need to learn how to USE bits of time instead of them wasting away. I tend to not start sewing unless I think I have a "block" of time to concentrate. Then, I piddle the time away. =(

    YOU inspire with all that you do. I really like the TWO quilts - 12 days...it's amazing how different the outcome can be!

    I'm trying not to add too many commitments, unless it will further the progress on "stuff" in my stash. =)

    hugz,
    annie

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  4. I need to take a nap after reading all you have done. Makes me feel so lazy. You do accomplish alot

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  5. Thank you for the suggestions about the little houses...I may go back to them again! And I love your mini samplers...both are beautiful and the second one is so fresh...it just jumps off the page! Enjoy the day sewing!

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  6. You choose to use your time well. The results are beautiful.

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  7. You are always so busy creating so many wonderful items! Thanks for keeping us up to date on where the Traveling Stashes have gone :)

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  8. Wonderful progress on all your projects. I always enjoy the variety of projects you finish. Happy quilting. Judy C

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  9. Sharon, you made my day! It was so great seeing you and your mother and all your wonderful quilts yesterday. I felt like a kid in a candy shop.

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  10. Thank you for your link to my blog. Several people have come over to sign up for the stash. I appreciate your generosity.

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  11. Lots of company and lots of sewing done..well done!

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  12. I really love the quilt you made for the Scrap Along Challenge! Great colors!!

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  13. lovely work. i see that little girl peeking out the window. :)
    sounds like a beaut weekend!

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  14. There's always such fun stuff going on, on your blog!! You stay SO busy!! Love the little cross stitchery. And thanks for helping me keep track of the traveling stash!!! :)

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  15. Oh those two quilts are soooo different. I love the sashed look the best (for me) but whatever you choose will be right for you! :)

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  16. We talked about bits of time in my Bible study tonight Sharon - small bits of time are all you need if you put them all together over time! blessings, marlene

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  17. Truly impressed with the sashed 12 Days sampler. The black corner squares pop. Made a huge difference. Must try that.
    Picnic scrap challenge very nice! I like the note ornament. Looking forward to a picture of the completed collection on your tree this Christmas.

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  18. You always use the best colors. The Blueberry is so wonderful and I love the little mini quilt. The scrappy for Marcia's challenge is good too. Have you started your FMQ Challenge yet? I've watched it a bit on FB.

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  19. I love your scrappy one the best! Really good advice for all of us to use those little bits of time....I've been trying to do that lately, and I have gotten more done! Yay!

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