Category Archives: Motivation

June OMG 2018

“In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.
I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people’s feet
Still going past me in the street.
And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?”
–  Robert Louis Stevenson, Bed in Summer 

 

I feel a bit like the child in the above poem.  I go to bed by daylight instead of staying up to play and enjoy these long summer days.

Retirement.  Wherefore art thou, Retirement?

Nevertheless, I am making the best of it.  Or trying to.  I love these beautiful days when every day the earth shares new fragrant blooms amidst warm sunshine rays and refreshing rain showers!

It is a new month and time to set new goals (or bring the old ones forward).

Remember these two quilts?:

Alyssa's Quilt

Hannah's Quilt

I want to piece fat quarters together to make quilt backings for them.

I also want to piece a binding together for the Friendship Row by Row.

Friendship Row by Row

I will be piecing three blocks for the Squared Away Sampler project.  Teal and turquoise are the colors for the month, but the block hasn’t been announced yet.

And, of course, take time to walk in the garden.

Rose

Peony

Peony

Peony

Peony

I am linking up with OMG (One Monthly Goal) at Elm Street Quilts. Click on the link and check out the other goals for June. I find it inspiring and motivating; perhaps you will too!

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May OMG 2018 Update

My Mom put in a couple of sewing requests, so I chose those for my May OMG (One Monthly Goal) goals.

Her first request was to replace the worn elastic on the wrists of her light jacket.  She has very small hands and wrists, and I think that I stretched the new elastic too much while stitching it to the jacket sleeves.  I hope that the sleeves fit, and are not too large!

Mom's Jacket

Her second request was to make a couple of purple bowl cozies. This was a much easier request to fulfill!

Bowl Cozy

Bowl Cozy

Mom also had an unfinished potholder in her bag.

Mom's Potholder

I don’t think it was a hint, but I did finish it for her.

Mom's Potholder

Love you, Mom!

I also completed three rose/pink blocks for the Squared Away sampler from RSC18.  You can see that in a blog post here.

RSC18 May

This blog post shares the quick and easy fabric trays that I made this month.

Fabric Tray

Some gardening took place, too, so I am claiming this month as a productive month for me!

Veronica Waterperry and Candytuft

Peony

Iris

Marguerite Daisy

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG). Click on the link and see what other goals were completed for May. I find it inspiring and motivating!

May OMG 2018

When you incline to have new clothes, look first well over the old ones, and see if you cannot shift with them another year, either by scouring, mending, or even patching if necessary. Remember, a patch on your coat, and money in your pocket, is better and more creditable, than a writ on your back, and no money to take it off.

Benjamin Franklin

Personally, I don’t like to mend clothes, but I’ve done a bit of mending over the years.  And when it is one’s Mom asking for the mending, well…how can one refuse?

So, my goal for May will be to mend the worn elastic in the hem of Mom’s jacket sleeves.

Mom's Jacket

She has also asked me to make purple bowl cozies, similar to those that I showed in a blog post here.

I will be taking advantage of spring days, too, and working in the garden when I can.  The spring blossoms and warm sunshine are irresistible!

Tulips

Tulips

I am linking up with OMG (One Monthly Goal) at Elm Street Quilts. Click on the link and see what other goals are set for April. I find it inspiring and motivating; perhaps you will too!

April OMG 2018 Update

How did April fly by so fast?  It is already time to share how I did with  my goals for April.

My first goal was to sew a flimsy.  I already had the pieces cut, and I am happy to say that I was able to sew this together:

Hannah's Quilt

It still needs borders, and some applique, but I reached the goal for the month.

If you would like to see the pattern (Butterfly Garden) click on the link above.  It will take you to my April goals where I share where to find the pattern.

My next goal for April was to find a pattern and cut the fabric for a new peg (clothespin) bag.  I went down the rabbit hole (Pinterest) for ideas and I have the fabric cut.  I have a photo, but it isn’t much to look at, since I haven’t finished the bag.

Clothesline Peg Bag

The hanger is child-size, and is lying underneath what will be the top of the bag.  The fabric under the hanger is the lining for the bag, and you are looking at the wrong side of it.

I am not sharing a pattern, since, after looking at several on Pinterest, I am going with my own thing.  We will see how it turns out.

Goal 3 was to sew my three blocks for the RSC18 Squared Away Scrap Sampler.  I finished the blocks and posted about them here.

RSC18 April

I am happy, happy, happy with Goal #4!  I not only made progress with quilting the Friendship Row by Row quilt, but I finished the quilting!  Woohoo!

Friendship Row by Row

I don’t have close-up photos of the quilting, but, believe me, you don’t want to see them.  This is the very first time that I have machine quilted with a frame.  Let’s just say that it was a huge learning experience!

Friendship Row by Row

The back:

Friendship Row by Row

It still needs binding.  Maybe that will be next month’s goal.

If you’d like to read the brief history of this quilt, I blogged about it here. That was a year ago!  Time flies!

Between sewing and the job, I am also gardening.  I haven’t accomplished as much outside as I would have liked, but it has been glorious enjoying the sunshine and seeing the promise of spring blooming.

Daffodils

Daffodils

Daffodils

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG). Click on the link and see what other goals were accomplished for April. I find it inspiring and motivating!

April OMG 2018

April brings new goals (or old ones brought forward) for the OMG challenge at Elm Street Quilts.

I am starting a new quilt this month.  I found a free pattern on Craftsy called Butterfly Garden by the Red Boot Quilt Company.  I am using the same fabrics that I used when I made the Sugar Town pattern.  This quilt will also be for a certain little girl, who just happens to be the cousin of the certain little girl that I am giving Sugar Town to.

Butterfly Garden

*The above photo is courtesy of the Red Boot Quilt Company on Craftsy.

I have most of the pieces cut, so I am hoping for some serious sit-down time with the sewing machine.  I want to have the interior of the flimsy finished by the end of the month.  At this time, I am undecided about the borders and the applique (although the applique drew me to the pattern in the first place).

Butterfly Garden

I follow Jenny’s blog over at Elefantz…she nourishes my soul.  She helps keep me centered.  In my perfect world, I would be a full-time homemaker.  Maybe someday….

Anyhoooo…I was inspired by Jenny’s post (and the fact that my sweet Hubby is repainting the laundry room) to create a new peg bag.  My bag is over 30 years old.  There is nothing wrong with it, but I think it would be fun to make one to decorate the laundry room and be useful at the same time.

Clothesline Peg Bag

My next goal for the month is to come up with a pattern and get the fabric cut and ready to sew.  I may spend a lot of time down the rabbit hole (also known as Pinterest).

I will also be working on the RSC18 Squared Away Sampler.  I need to make three blocks in yellow and gold (the colors announced for April).

I would like to make more progress on quilting the friendship row by row, too.

Friendship Row by Row

Spring is here, and I hope to be outside more, so we’ll see how much I can accomplish with this month’s goals.

I am linking up with OMG (One Monthly Goal) at Elm Street Quilts. Click on the link and see what other goals are set for April. I find it inspiring and motivating; perhaps you will too!

March OMG 2018 Update

My OMG (One monthly goal) for March was to continue to work on the Laundry Day Tee.

I had already finished one tunic. 

Laundry Day Tee

I was hoping to sew five more!

And I am happy to say that I accomplished the goal!

Laundry Day Tee

I learned that I do not enjoy using Jack the Ripper on stretch knit seams!  I suggest getting it right the first time.

Having said that, these tunics are made from a beginner’s pattern…easy to sew…so long as one pins this slippery fabric well, and doesn’t get too confident by the time one is sewing her sixth tunic!

I now have six simple tunics that I can wear with pajamas or jeans.  Versatile and comfortable.  Just the way I like it!

Laundry Day Tee

I also wanted to complete 3 blocks for the Squared Away Sampler sponsored by So Scrappy and The Academic Quilter.  You can see the blocks that I made by clicking here.

The last goal for March was to make progress on quilting my friendship row by row.  Not much to see here, but I have worked on it a little bit.

Friendship Row by Row

Overall, I am pleased with my productiveness this month.  

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG). Click on the link and see what other goals were accomplished for March. I find it inspiring and motivating!

March OMG 2018

My OMG (One monthly goal) for March is to continue to work on the Laundry Day Tee.  

I bought enough fabric to make six tunics.

Laundry Day Tee

I have finished one.

Laundry Day Tee

I have one more cut out and ready to sew, and I hope to work on it on Sunday.  So I should be able to finish one for sure.

There is a bonus Sunday for me this month, so I’ll be brave and set a goal of finishing all five remaining tunics.

Since I am participating in the RSC18 Squared Away Sampler, I need to complete three light/bright green blocks this month.

Maybe I can even make some progress on my friendship row by row!

Friendship Row by Row

Maybe.

I am linking up with OMG at Elm Street Quilts.  Click on the link and see what other goals are set for March. I find it inspiring and motivating!