Focus

I recently joined an internet group called the Stashbusters.  I have been lurking and enjoying all of the hustle and bustle of this very active group.  For several years now, the internet is the only social life that I have had with like minded hobbyists.

They are in the midst of finishing up projects for 2019 and making lists for 2020.

They are extremely prolific, and I am overwhelmed.  It is all a bit much for a girl who works a complicated schedule at her day job.  For simplicity, I will say that I generally work split shifts six days a week.

Not very friendly for planning any kind of activities, let alone hobby projects.

I do think making a list will help me focus, so I have adapted Donna’s idea for myself.  I will update the list as I complete the projects that I have on it.  There will be ‘squirrel projects’, and that is okay.

I am keeping it simple; it is what I need.  The list will be pinned to the bulletin board in my sewing studio.  I want it where I will see it (otherwise there is no point)!

Focus

Something Old….I don’t have a photo of the Lone Star project.  I began it a million years ago (maybe not that long, but a long time ago…in the 90’s).  I will find it after I work on the Floral Reflections UFO.  I do have photos of that project.

Floral Reflections

Floral Reflections

The pattern is out of print.  I believe I also began this project sometime in the 1990’s.  I have all twelve blocks fused.   My next step is to machine applique the blocks.

Something new…I am currently working on the Vintage Ornaments quilt:

Vintage Ornaments

Creative play…Begun in January of this year, I bet those who have seen this project on the blog think I may have forgotten about the Candace project.  Not so.  She is waiting to be thread painted.

Candace

Handwork project…Drunkard’s Path…no photos…but I do have quite a few hand pieced blocks made.

Leader/Ender…Begun in 2018, I haven’t updated this project on the blog, but I have made lots of bow tie blocks, many more than this photo shows.

Bow Tie Leader/Enders

Scrap Project…RSC18. I made the Squared Away Sampler and it is waiting to be quilted.

RSC18 Squared Away Sampler

This list will carry me into 2020.  Maybe far, far into 2020.  I am slow, but I do finish eventually.  All that matters is to enjoy the journey.

Vintage Ornaments

Rather than work on UFO’s, or current projects, I have started a new project. 

I know…there are some of you who finish a project before beginning a new one, but I am not you (sometimes I wish I were)!

Back in 2017, I came across the Vintage Ornaments Quilt by Cherry Guidry.  For one reason, or another, I didn’t do the quilt along, but I had saved the information.  The desire to make this quilt never left, so I decided it is now or never.  One simply has to make the time to do whatever it is that one wants to do, or it won’t get done.

Making the blocks has been an easy and enjoyable experience.  Squaring them up will be my next task.

Vintage Ornaments

I machine appliqued with a small buttonhole stitch using Wonderfil’s shiny rayon and metallic threads.

Vintage Ornaments

I may have used Superior’s Bottom Line in the bobbin, but I am not positive.  I used a bobbin that had been wound for a long time, and it wasn’t with the spool that I had wound it with.  Whatever it was, it worked well.

Button Letters

I finished sorting all of these buttons.  

Button Sorting

By the way, thank you to those who took the time to comment on my little post!  I learned about sorting by content and type instead of color; and I learned ways to store the buttons, too.  Fun!

Now that I have sorted, and can see what I have, it is time to use them!

I have a letter to represent the first name of each grandchild.  I spent this week glueing old and new buttons to each letter.

Button Letter

Button Letter

Button Letter

Button Letter

Button Letter

This was a fun little project!

Button Letter

 

More This and That

I have completed the stitch reference book.  That is…it is finished for now.  I have a half page of stitches to add to it, but since I am fusing pages together, I will wait until I have more examples that I want to stitch out before adding to the book.

Janome 6500 Stitch Reference

I know the background that I chose is difficult for the camera, but in real life, I can see the stitches and my noted settings quite well.

And I like the color!

Janome 6500 Stitch Reference

I have moved on to sorting buttons.

Buttons are everywhere in my sewing studio, and I want to make use of them.  But it is hard to make use of them when I don’t see what I have.

So I am taking the time to sort buttons by color into clear jars.

Button Sorting

Then I will have to figure out how I am going to store these jars.  I want them out where I can see them…that is the whole point of sorting.  Otherwise, out of sight…out of mind.

How do you store your buttons?  Are they hiding in Great-Grandma’s band-aid box?

This and That

I haven’t spent time in the sewing studio…not a lot anyway.  So I do not have a lot to share.

I have pieced a backing for the Lets Sew Quilt Along quilt.  I don’t have a photo of the backing, but here is a reminder of the flimsy:

Lets Sew Quilt Along

I have added borders to the Squared Away Sampler from RSC18:

RSC18 Squared Away Sampler

Many moons ago (many, many, many), I created a stitch reference book for my Bernina 1530.  The book became a very useful too, and I used it quite often.

When I got the Janome 6500, I thought to do the same.  However, I only thought about it and never got around to actually doing it.

I finally decided to make the time to create the book.  I am learning about the machine’s capabilities, and becoming much more familiar and comfortable with the machine. 

Not all stitches resemble what is shown in the manual!  For this reason alone, it is worth the effort!

Why didn’t I take the time to do this sooner?!

Janome 6500 Stitch Reference

I have eight pages stitched out.  I have yet to stitch the buttonholes and letters.

When I am finished, I will create a book with the pages and keep it close to the sewing machine.

Janome 6500 Stitch Reference

Have you created a stitch reference book for your sewing machine(s)?

Yellowstone National Park 8

To see the previous posts click on the following links:

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park 2

Yellowstone National Park 3

Yellowstone National Park 4

Yellowstone National Park 5

Yellowstone National Park 6

Yellowstone National Park 7

With the exception of the last photo, all of the following were taken on Geyser Hill in the Upper Geyser Basin.

*Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look!

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Yellowstone National Park

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Yellowstone National Park

Firehole River:

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Yellowstone National Park Elk

This concludes my photo series on Yellowstone National Park.  For those of you who are able to travel, I hope you put this magical place on your list of places to visit; there is so much more than I could share!  For those who cannot travel, I hope this series of photos brought a new place home to you.  May all of the creators be inspired in your future projects by the colors and beauty of the world that surrounds you!

Yellowstone National Park 7

To see the previous posts click on the following links:

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park 2

Yellowstone National Park 3

Yellowstone National Park 4

Yellowstone National Park 5

Yellowstone National Park 6

The following are all geysers and pools found in the Upper Geyser Basin.

*Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look!

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

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Yellowstone National Park

To be continued.