Category Archives: Motivation

June OMG 2017 Goal

Judy, at Patchwork Times, announced #7 as the UFO goal for June.  It is fun to link up and see what other’s are doing!  It is also encouraging!

My UFO/OMG #7 is an old birdhouse project.  You can see how excited I was to finish it.  Ha, ha!

One Monthly Goal - Bird House

I don’t have a lot of time to sew this month, since I do have a trip planned. I also want to be outside in the garden.

I will be happy to just come up with a plan and get something going.  Once I start, I will get motivated to keep going.

I think.

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG).  Head on over to see what everyone else is doing!

Slow Sunday Stitching

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

Confucius

I am staying focused on my Slow Sunday Stitching project. 

I finished Block 14 of Aunt Bea’s Parlor.

Aunt Bea's Parlor - Block 14

On to Block 15.

Aunt Bea's Parlor - Block 15

Slow and steady; I’m getting there.

I will be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching.

May OMG 2017 Update

My OMG/UFO goal for May was to work on project number 11, drawn by Patchwork Times.

My number 11 is a Hunter’s Star quilt.

I wanted to get the backing sewn and the quilt top pin-basted.

Hunter's Star

Hunter's Star

Hunter's Star

Done! I made the binding, too.

I also wanted to get the top quilted.

Hunter's Star

I stitched in the ditch to stabilize the quilt layers (but mostly to procrastinate while I thought about how to quilt this thing).

Hunter's Star

Hunter's Star

Hunter's Star

Hunter's Star

Not done; but I have made good progress.  I have a few more days left this month, so I  will work on it as I can.

Work hours increased, and I actually had some days of golden sunshine.  I could not stay indoors!

I also took time out to make luggage tags for an upcoming trip.

Luggage Tag

Luggage Tag

I found a few more kaleidoscope stars that I haven’t pieced. 

All of the stars are cut from the same cloth (I wish I could tell you what company the fabric is from, or even what year, but I can’t.  I don’t know).

Hunter's Star

Hunter's Star

Looks like another UFO is born!

I am linking up with OMG at Elm Street Quilts and Patchwork Times.

Slow Sunday Stitching

“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”
― Washington Irving

Crown Imperial

“Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.”
– Stevie Wonder

Bleeding Hearts

“I don’t know what it is about food your mother makes for you, especially when it’s something that anyone can make – pancakes, meat loaf, tuna salad – but it carries a certain taste of memory.”
― Mitch Albom

Crabapple

I am blessed to have a fabulous Mom!  She loves life and is a great example for me. 

And yes, there is a dish that is a must have when I visit her.  I must have her homemade macaroni and cheese!  It takes me back to childhood and warm memories.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!  Thank you so much!

Since this is a slow stitching Sunday, here’s what I am up to:

Aunt Bea's Parlor - Block 13

Block 13 of Aunt Bea’s Parlor is finished.

Onto Block 14!

Aunt Bea's Parlor - Block 14

I will be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching.

Slow Sunday Stitching

Kate has sown candy-tuft, lupins and peas,
Carnations, forget-me-not and heart’s-ease;
Jack has sown cherry-pie, marigold,
Love-that-lies-bleeding and snap-dragons bold;
But who knows
What the wind sows?

-T Sturge Moore “Winds Work”

Candytuft

Why am I “Candytuft”?
That I don’t know!
Maybe the fairies
First called me so;
Maybe the children,
Just for a joke;
(I’m in the gardens
Of most little folk).

Look at my clusters!
See how they grow:
Some pink or purple,
Some white as snow;
Petals uneven,
Big ones and small;
Not very tufty 
No candy at all!

-Cicely Mary Barker 

The candytuft in my garden is showing off, and I love it!  Spring is such a glorious season of freshness and renewal!

And baseball, too. 

So I continue to work on my Slow Sunday Stitching embroidery while watching baseball.

I finished Block 11 of the Aunt Bea’s Parlor project.

Aunt Bea's Parlor Block 11

And Block 12.

Aunt Bea's Parlor Block 12

Next comes Block 13.

Aunt Bea's Parlor Block 13

Here is a slide show of 12 finished blocks.

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I am linking up with the other slow stitchers at Kathy’s Quilts.

May OMG 2017 Goal

Judy, at Patchwork Times, announced #11 as the UFO goal for May.

My number 11 is a Hunter’s Star quilt.

Hunter's Star Quilt Top

This quilt was begun as an Inklingo project in 2013.

You can see close-ups of the kaleidoscope stars in a blog post about this quilt here.

My goal for May is to get this Hunter’s Star quilt top pin-basted and quilted. But first, I have to find it somewhere in the sewing studio.

I am linking up with OMG at Elm Street Quilts and Patchwork Times. While there, I will see what others are up to for May.

April OMG 2017 Update

My goal for April was to make eco-friendly shopping bags.

I thought it would be fun to incorporate some orphan blocks into the project.

Shopping Bags

I used scrap denim and some quilting blocks for the above shopping bags.  I wish I would have thought to take the time to quilt the blocks, but I like the bags anyway. 

Shopping Bag

I may have to give this bag to someone with a small child.  At least I remembered to add some quilting to the bag.  Ha, ha!

Shopping Bag

The last bag features a hand-painted orphan block.  It was a fun little sample to learn some fabric painting techniques, and I am happy to have found a way to use the block!

These bags are durable, can be washed, and used over and over.  They are eco-friendly and more fun to use than plastic grocery sacks!

I am linking up with OMG at Elm Street Quilts and Patchwork Times.