Sunday, November 6, 2011
I am so glad that most of my clocks auto-change so I don't have to worry about them. Just my battery clock in the kitchen and I'll be honest - I only touch that when it needs a new battery. So it will be the correct time again. I drive people nuts with it - I never use it as a time piece, it's just there.
I feel some of my quilting and crafting needs a change. I'm not waiting to make New Year's resolutions (you never keep them), so making changes now. I want to work more on my cross stitch - a little every day. So come 9pm the sewing machines get turned off and the rest of the night is anything hand work - cross stitch, finishings, embroidery, etc. And I really thinned out my UFO quilt tops - either done or donated. Only the newest projects remain. I have decided that 2012 will be the year of small projects. Something that can be done in a week, month, or couple of months. Not just for the need of that 'completed fix', but so I don't have another 'clock' that is off-time.
This is something I have to get better at. I love swaps, but do limit myself. I like to do them as soon as I get my partner info and confirmation. But I don't show a lot that I send because I don't want to spoil surprises and then forget to show them after they are received. AND I tend to forget to show all the goodies I get. This box of Sunshine is from the Once Upon a Season swap (I deleted my partner info once I know my package was received). Lovely Sandra Pipitone sent this (I think she waited till our flooding and recovery was better) it is the Spring swap. That beautiful bag was stuffed! Cute Rabbit table topper ready for spring, spring green ribbon, scented candle in a bag, knitted dishclothe (never had one - my first), bright yellow dish towel, plant poke with the cutest little pot with seed starter for 'forget-me-nots', to-do note pad for fridge, and cute ceramic ornament that says "Take Life One Square at a Time". Thank you Sandra!
Several eye glass cases - all from my scrap drawer (bigger, prettier pieces not ready for the scrap tote)and scrap batt. These are for a Senior Home - small gift project for 'Make a Christmas'. The home likes to have a few small gifts for the seniors' breakfast tray on Christmas morning as many cannot see family and family does not visit that day. I need to make some 'manly' ones now. I worked up a tutorial for these and will be adding to one of my posts down the line.
And two more blocks for the 'Sew Happy Sew-Along' project. I know I am behind - but I am enjoying the journey - and they won't be needed until Dec 1st. I have the other three prepped and drawn - ready to stitch during my ME time.
I worked two more blocks for my quilt guild challenge - 2-color quilt. Remember I am doing all blocks with 'bird' names. Because someone asked:
Crows Foot, Swallows Crossing, Bird of Paradise, Wild Duck, Fox and Geese, 4-Patch Fox and Goose, Hovering Hawks, and Circling Dove done so far. Linking this project up with Judy at PatchworkTimes.
Block tutorials all November starts today at Sew We Quilt's Block Party. I will be doing a tute one of those days.
Market Tote at Clover & Violets on Tuesday.
FQ Stars Quilt Along at Moose on the Porch will have a new block on Tuesday.
Thanksgiving Dinner Challenge - here - lots of pot holder/pad tuts listed as well as you can try TipNut and put in 'potholders' in their search engine - LOTS of tutorials and patterns there for potholders, hot pads, etc... A quick project and great hostess gift done if you are going out to dinner.
Box #1 - sent off to Shannon of NuNusQuiltWorld
Box #2 - sent off to Staci of The Confused Quilter
"If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it." ~Mary Engelbreit
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