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5 Years and a Big Sigh

So, yesterday was a day I have been looking at on a calendar for several months…  Oh gosh, that day is coming up.  I have panicked, I have cried, I have been excited, I have been all those things at once.  Now that it’s over, I have been humbled.  My church is doing something big.  We are trying something, that I don’t know is being done in many other places.  We have a Food Program, not a Food Pantry, and I find myself as the coordinator somehow. :)  Well I thought that it might be a good idea to host a program that included a dinner last night.  When we firs planned on having it in like, October, it seemed like no big deal, I had plenty of time.  I had lots of ideas…  As the day came closer and I realized that there was more to go into it, I freaked out.  I tried to plan, I felt like I couldn’t plan, no one was coming, my helper dropped out, it was turning into a hot mess.

I could feel that this was a test.  This was a growth experience…  This was one of those steps that I needed to take and knew I was taking it.  I had to trust that this was going to be what it was, I also had to trust that God was going to make this work in the way it was supposed to work.  I knew that my trust, faith, patience, and resolve were being tested, and they were going to be stretched though this experience.  And all those things happened, but I decided to let it go, to trust that what was supposed to happen would, and it turned out better than I ever imagined it could.  So yes, it was worth it.  Hard, but worth it.

On a completely different note, today marks our little Pixel’s 5 year Adoptiversary.

She has been sleeping on the furniture since day 1, and we have the photo proof for it.  Pixel came into our lives two months after our first fur baby, Po passed away suddenly at only 2 1/2.  We were nervous about getting another dog, afraid she might be sick like our first one, but we needed to fill that hole in our home.  We were also passionate about rescuing.  Now that we’ve done it twice, we are COMPLETELY passionate about it.  We will always rescue from now on.  We are also sold on our Pibbles.  It was a great decision our little girl made 5 years ago to adopt us, I’m glad she found us.

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It’s Slipping Away…

So I promised that I would get a post up recapping my 2015 goals and setting my goals for 2016, and I said as long as I got it up by my Birthday, I would be fine…  Well, my birthday is tomorrow, and not only have I not set goals for 2016, but I just BARELY looked at my 2015 goals…  UGH UGH UGH.  Time is going so fast this year already.  I keep moving from one thing to the next, but it seems like time passes far quicker that way!  So anyway…

Ok, let’s pull up those 2015 goals yet again, shall we?

1.  I want to teach at least one class this year, I’m not sure where or how, but I want to get that in somehow.  This didn’t end up happening, I was in the process of putting together a group of ladies to form a guild (see Goal #2) and teaching group, but it turned out to be more work than the other lady I was talking to could handle, understandably.

2.  I need to find a new guild.  Mine is in the process of dissolving, and I am not going to be attending this year.  Also didn’t happen, (see Goal #1).

3.  Make a quilt for my Aunt.  She always gets me something great for Christmas and I never expect that she is going to do it.  This year she sent me a beautiful flower arrangement.  I not only have to send her a Thank You note, but next year I am going to be ready with something really nice!  :)  Now trending, “This didn’t happen either”, however, it is because I made a quilt for my Uncle, her husband, when he was going through chemo and radiation.  He keeps it on the end of his bed.  That’s kinda cute.

4.  Make at least 2 quilts for charity.  I made 5 this year, 4 went to the Visiting Nurses, and 1 for an adopted family.  I also actually sent 2 to a family whose house burned down.  So from 7 to 2 seems like a bit of a let-down, but 2 were already finished and 2 were from fabric kits from my guild.  Did it happen, I mean, technically, no.  I did completely finish one and I have 4-5 tops that need to be quilted.

5.  Spend more time in my studio sewing and designing.  I spend time in there paying bills, wrapping gifts, watching Netflix, etc, but I want all of that to be out of my studio activities.  Since my husband went all out and got me a new laptop (blogging from it now), and EQ7 for Christmas, I really want to get the most use out of them.  I have a few ideas of quilts that I want to design, and I have figured out the basics of EQ7, so here I go…  This I actually have done for most of the year, that is until I took my volunteer position at church, but now that it is slowing a bit, I can start to focus on a little more life balance.  I had been down to just Etsy work and volunteering, I can add a little bit of fun quilting and design.  I also made an effort to make my studio more streamlined for creativity, and not outside work with organizing my office stuff into drawers, etc.  Soon, my husband will be moving to his man-cave downstairs and we will be making his current office into a guestroom/office, so I will be moving ALL of the office-y things out of my studio and into the office (YAY!), so it should be even easier to keep my studio just a studio.

6.  Make an apple core quilt.  Maybe it will be one of my charity quilts, and it will probably be scrappy, but I got the apple core die for my Go Baby! last year, and I am itching to use it!    So I did start this.  I cut a bunch of Apple Cores with my Go Baby! from scraps, and I got about 2 rows sewn.  I also kinda realized how much I hated sewing curves, but now that I’m doing Leaders and Enders, I should probably dig those cut cores back out and throw them in my L&E basket.

7.  Finish Plain and Fancy.  This I am happy to say that I have finished, topping at least, I am still thinking on whether I should send it out to be quilted or try to quilt it myself.  I’m leaning toward the former, but have made no solid decisions as of yet.

8.  Moda Modern Building Blocks, I just want to figure out how I can do it from my stash.  :) Well, I only had to add a little bit of fabric to what was already in my stash, and I have actually started work on it.  However, I JUST started work on it, and I only have 2 blocks done.  I am doing it with all Fig Tree fabrics from a couple of different coordinating lines.  I am psyched with the fabric choices thus far, and I think the quilt is going to turn out beautifully when it is done…  Now to quit blogging and actually sew…  ;)

9.  Buy less fabric, and not be afraid to cut the fabric that I do have.  I have a ton of fabric that I LOVE, so I need to just use it!  So by and large, I did not add too much to my stash that wasn’t for a specific project.  I did buy a few kits that were on super clearance right before Christmas, I gave 1 to my mom as a Christmas gift and kept the rest, but I those will eventually be gifts.  I do have two bundles of some killer stuff that I want to work into a quilt.  I just need to figure out some patterns!  I also have got to start buying smaller scale prints! :)  I always buy the large scale prints, and then I’m stuck with all large scale prints, so I can’t work solely out of my stash unless I do some big chunky simple patterns!

So seeing as I actually finished very few of my goals this year, what did I do, and what does that mean?  Well, for starters, I finished a quilt for a 3-year old, one for my Uncle, sold around 15 quilts, totally rearranged and revamped my studio and reorganized everything (which I am actually in the process of doing again), survived a snowpocalyptic winter, made a gift for my husband, and for a wedding, went to the World Series, and at least 3 distinct vacations.  Yeah, I guess I did accomplish a few things.

Next time, Goals for 2016.  I learned from 2015 that I need to make fewer of them!  More manageable! :)

Until then, Piece!

Sweet ’16

We are almost 2 weeks deep into the New Year now.  The end of 2015 was very busy for me. We spent Christmas and the week after in the Midwest with my family.  We got to spend a lot of time with our nephews.  Pretty great little guys!  We had a ton of fun with them.  We got to spend a lot of time with my parents, too, which is always nice.  The drive there and back was long and tedious, so there is that, but we were happy to make it home and get back together with both of the dogs.

I made two quilts before I left, and I got an order while I was out there, which I haven’t started yet…  But besides that, between the whirl-wind of travel and having Food Pantry the day after we got home, I am just now getting back on my feet…  A week later. I have to get back to quilting, and I haven’t even been able to look at my goals from last year, and I have to set my goals for this year.  One week at a time…  As long as it’s done by my birthday (next week), I’m ok with that.

So, I promise I will have more next time!  Until then,

Piece!

Quilter’s Block

It will probably not surprise you to know that I’m not much of a writer.  At one time in my life, I entertained the thought, but that was just while I was thinking that there was no way I would be able to succeed as a Music Education major.  Well, I did succeed and I graduation with that BA in Music Ed, but only used it for a brief part of my life.  Since then, I have held a mishmash of jobs that seemingly made no sense until I look back and realize they were perfect training to be where I am right now, quilting and Coordinating a Food Program.

Anyway, I have been spending much of my time as of late coordinating, or at least trying to figure out how to coordinate.  but with Christmas barreling down on us and my last distribution of the year draws neigh, I am able to turn my thoughts back to quilting for a bit.  Which has been precious little time, as I explained yesterday.

But right now, as I have the lion’s share of an afternoon to quilt, I have Quilter’s Block.  I don’t know where to start.  So frustrating…  What I really should do is go to the store and shop the quilt I have on order…  I guess that is the best play here.

Thanks for giving me a space to think it out! :)

Piece!

Hibernation

Hello all…

I actually have not been in hibernation, but it seems like it.  I have pared down my sewing lately to JUST Etsy sales because I have taken on a huge “life project”  I have accepted the coordinator position for my church’s Food Program.  We are in a revamping phase and it’s been some stress and a LOT of work, but so rewarding.  I am about to break-through the other side with getting organized and getting systems in place. I hope, anyway.  It seems the deeper I dive the more there is to tweak, but we are getting there.

That’s kind of the way of things, though, isn’t it?  One thing always leads to another.  I sold a larger quilt just this week, I am going to get it cranked out before we start our holiday travels.  We are spending Christmas with my family this year, which means a trip over the river, through the woods, and a LOT more than that, but I am happy that we are able to make it, and I’m happy that we will be celebrating with lots and lots of family.

I hope that before I get to traveling, I can post my year-end wrap-up and goal review.

Until then, Piece!

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Another Mario, Another Season

Well, baseball season is over and our beloved Mets were defeated in the World Series.  Can’t lie, it hurt, but soon we will be remembering the good times, and how the most unlikely team made it that far.  Plus, my husband and I WENT TO A WORLD SERIES GAME…  How cool is that?  It was game 4, the Mets lost, but let’s not talk about that.  We saw 8 innings of amazingly fun baseball, and then an epic melt down, blurgh.

As for the quilting front, another Mario went out yesterday.  Leaving only 2 more quilts in the queue for the Etsy shop, and 1 more that I volunteered to make over the summer for a benefit, and eek, the benefit is in like 2 weeks.  WTH?!?  How did that sneak up so fast?!

Well, I should be off, I have to get some more cleaning done, my studio has been neglected as I have been doing just sewing and so much travel.  I haven’t been cleaning it up between sewing sessions, and I now have to pay the piper.  It looks like a bomb went off in here!

Wish me luck, and Piece!

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Meet the Mets and A Cavalcade of Quilts

IMG_3108Well, I have been working my behind off lately.  I have made and sent out 6 quilts since my Uncle’s Chemo quilt, and yesterday I shopped borders and finished the top of my donation quilt for Family Promise.  The main body, center of patchwork I did using two charm packs as leaders and enders.  The Moda Mill Book Circa 1852 collection and Kona Snow.  So I’m a busy beaver right now.  IMG_3095Add on top of that my husband being a die-hard New York Mets fan (who advanced to the World Series for t
he first time in 15 years earlier this week), between making a trip to New York (a 4 1/2 hour trip one-way), watching games on TV, and trying to keep up on the TV that we actually watch outside of baseball, it’s kept nights fairly full.

Days have obviously been spent quilting.  Oh, and then there’s those two Pibbles of mine.  They have been enjoying the cooler fall air in the back yard, and they had birthdays.  Pixel turned 5 at the end of September, and since we don’t know Taco’s age, we celebrated 2 years of having him in our family in the first week of October.  They both scarfed down a Wendy’s Cheesy-Cheddar burger on Pixel’s birthday to celebrate.  Like, scarfed, like, I didn’t have time to take a picture before they were gone.  Like HAPPY puppies (with HORRIBLE gas after that).  With the cooler weather, it is also the start of snuggle season.

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October is also Pit Bull Awareness month, so I have been doing what I can to
share some educational information on Facebook and to anyone who asks (oh yeah, I had a “I’ve heard they can turn on their owners…” this month), luckily I have some good talking points when stuff like that comes up.  Thank goodness I do my research.

My other six quilts for work were two sets of Mario and Luigi twin quilts (I have had those in my shop for 4 years, and not sold one, and this year, I’ve sold 4 sets, crazy!), a Princess Peach, and a Kirby (all of which are in my shop, feel free to check them out if you so desire).  I also have two more Mario quilts on order, to get out within the next 2 weeks.

My husband picked out curtains for his man-cave when I dragged him to a quilt shop on our way back from New York on Monday.  IMG_3109Also, yesterday my Moda Frovol, #3 arrived!  YAY!  This one contains fabric for a whole top (28″ x 32″), as well as a small notepad, a pattern for the top, and a bonus quote card with a block pattern on the back (as per us).  The fabric is very Civil War repro-y, which isn’t totally my thing, but I think that it would make a great gift.

So, that is my Cavalcade of Quilting news, I will be trying to keep up a little better now, but who knows, it’s hard for me to set aside time to do all of the necessary jazz to blog, and my photography set-up right now, not optimal, but I will do my best going forward.