Sunday, January 10, 2010

Good News...A Giveaway -- Bad News... Sorry Patriots!

I spent today working on my Irish Chain "cocoa" quilt, a little at a time.  I have all 63 blocks done and have 5 rows stitched together.  It's really coming along.  I haven't had much to say the past few days; hubby was nice enough to take the girls out for most of the day yesterday so I could sew. 

Today, I returned the favor and he went to the Patriots game.  Froze his butt off I'm sure!  And the Bad News?  Pats are out for the season.  Maybe next year guys!

But here's the Good News....I was wondering what to post when Heidi at Crafty Vegas Mom solved that for me!  She is having an awesome giveaway to celebrate her 99th post.  Here's a look:

Love those corduroy bags she makes!  Go on over and check it out......

Until next time...

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Nominees to Select and a Sew-In!

I wasn't sure what to post about today.  I am trying to post on at least one of my blogs each day.  Well, Amy at Park City Girl fixed it for me.  She has invited everyone to nominate your favorite quilt/quilt story from the Fall 2009 Blogger's Quilt Festival.  Read her post about it here.

It has been a while since I was over there checking out the entries from the festival; I think I had left off at four hundred something and there are 683 entries!  So I have been getting caught up and re-reading to try to nominate a favorite.  Hard to do as there are so many great quilts and stories!  While I was neglecting the laundry looking at these quilts, I came across Heidi's blog and her Friday Night Sew-In and giveaway.  Love the idea.  Click on the button in my sidebar to check it out.  But, oops!  The 15th is hubby's birthday so probably no sewing for me that night!  Maybe I can get some sewing done earlier that day.

I am devoting what little sewing time I have to working on my "cocoa" quilt that I talked about here.  I have done very well this week sticking to my 15 minutes at a time experiment and am pleased with how far I've progressed.  There will be 63 ten inch blocks in all and I have 48 of them completed.  Not bad considering I only had 10 or so done when I pulled it out of the project pile last weekend.

Hubby is itching to re-paint the bedroom to match this quilt.  The blue that's in there now won't do.  He keeps asking when he can get started.  I keep telling him this won't be done for a while yet.... but who am I to keep him from a home improvement project?

Have you ever re-done a room to match one of your quilts?  I'd love to hear about it :-)

Until next time,

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

My "One Little Word"

A couple of days ago I was catching up on my blog list with my coffee.  Dottie Jane's post that day talked about "One Little Word" for 2010.  That brought me to Pat Sloan's post, which brought me to Ali Edward's post.  All three posts gave me something to think about so I have come up with my "One Little Word".  That word is "Now".  As in "being present in the moment for this moment is all we really have"

I've been reading books written by Eckart Tolle, a best-selling spiritual author and teacher, and they have changed my way of thinking overall.  By focusing on the now, I find I am calmer, have more patience and have greatly slowed down the incessant chatter in my brain, which leaves room for my creative side.  I am learning to accept and embrace "the now" instead of letting my mind/ego turn it into more than "what it is".  It's a little hard to explain in a nutshell here, if you want to know more about Eckart Tolle and "The Power of Now" you can visit his website here.

Thanks Dad, for introducing me to "Now"  (hugs)

Until Next Time,

Saturday, January 2, 2010

I've Started Another Blog!

Maybe I've lost my mind.  I'm not exactly burning up the keyboard with stuff to say on this blog, but I invite you to check out my new blog, just launched today.  Its topic will be mostly machine embroidery, so if you or any of your friends have a home embroidery machine, by all means, stop in for a visit.  I hope to fill it with lots of tips, links, and inspiration.

Until Next Time,

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year Thoughts, WIP's and 15 Minutes to Feed Your Soul

Yes, I'm still here!  I've had a bit of blogger's block lately.  Just don't know what to write!  Combined with a very busy holiday season there just didn't seem to be enough time.  I have been keeping up with reading my favorite blogs though, which got me thinking this morning about our new year and what we look at as accomplished.  I am thinking specifically of our craft projects.  Thanks to the fabric and pattern designers out there who are constantly tempting us with new inspiration (thank goodness!), our "to do" projects and ideas are never ending.  We sometimes can't help ourselves in starting a new project, either because we love the new fabric line and we just "have to have it" or a new gift occasion comes up in which we love to wow the recipients with our handiwork.

What we (or at least I) sometimes forget though, is why we do this, the sewing, the quilting, the crafting.  It really does feed our souls doesn't it?  It can get overwhelming, if we let it, to see the pile of unfinished projects, or WIPs calling to us.  It feels great to get them done, but I don't want to lose focus on why I sew and only see each project as a means to an end.  One of my resolutions is to enjoy each moment, every stitch, every step of the process, not how long it takes me to finish so I can start another.

Sometimes days go by where I let everything else come first and don't have time to sew.  Sure that's going to happen, but I am going to make it a point to work on something for just 15 minutes every day if that's all I have.  I deserve that and so do you. 15 minutes doesn't seem like a lot of time to work on a project, but over a week that's 1 hour and 45 minutes which some weeks is more time than I've spent sewing.

Whose with me?  I'm thinking of starting a "Little at a Time" weekly project show off so we can encourage, support, and watch each other progress. 

I'll start.  This will be the largest quilt I've made yet.  I am machine piecing but plan to hand quilt it.  I've had it put away for the last several months because I don't "have time to work on it" but I am going to work on it a little bit each day.  Even five minutes if that's all I have.

This one is for me.  I think I've only made one other quilt that is just for me.  I've been wanting to do an Irish Chain, and seeing some browns I liked on a trip to Keepsake Quilting last year, decided to make a quilt that remindes me of a "cozy cup of hot cocoa".  So far 25 blocks done; 38 to go.

Are you in?

BTW, 15 Minutes at a Time is not my original idea.  Check out Flylady's website to see what you can accomplish in 15 minutes!

A Little at A Time.....