Word Of The Year 2018

This year’s word rose out of things that happened last year.
My word in 2017 was open. The beginnings of change started in late 2016 and I thought that open meant I needed to keep an open mind. Life doesn’t always change in ways that we would choose for ourselves. Sometimes we just have to do the best we can.
Although the first major change was expected, late last year there was a major shift at work that I had not expected. My stress level went way down and the time I spent at work drastically decreased. Once the dust settled, I realized that open had more to do with my life as a whole and not just my attitude.
So that brings me to my word for 2018, discover. This year I will try new things and do things I have wanted to do for a long time. I have a chance to reinvent parts of my life and I’m going to take it.
I’m already sewing and cooking more. I’m also trying different social activities. It’s quite a novelty to have the time and energy to have a social life, and I feel like this is just the beginning.
I have no idea where discover will take me, but I plan to enjoy the journey.

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Sunday Stash January 14, 2018

No fabric in or out this week. Because I started all new projects at the beginning of the year it will take time to see a finish.
I’m focusing on projects that are part of monthly goal challenges. This week I finished the applique on the bouquet quilt and wanted to start the pieced borders. The block size needed adjusted and I had to find the EQ file.
I planned to do that yesterday afternoon, but I wanted to get the kitchen clean first. Some of my best insights come when I’m cleaning the kitchen. So I’m putting dishes away and realize the border I designed years ago doesn’t work at all. It’s too wide for the quilt. That’s OK, I can make it narrower.
It’s still too wide. I mocked it up and it was also too busy. Then I did some research in a quilt book on borders and in Google images. I saw some ideas that might work and mocked those up. Here’s what I decided to do, still in the audition phase.
bouquet applique doneSometimes simple is better. The goal is to keep moving forward.
How did you do this week?

1. Melissa G
2. maggie f
3. Julie in GA
4. Kate
5. Mary-Kay
6. Meloney
7. melanie
8. Susan T
9. Chrisknits
10. MartiDIY
11. Dar in MO
12. Quilting Gail
13. Patricia
14. michele
15. Lori in South Dakota

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Strolling Along

After a slow start last week I made some progress on January’s embroidery project. I finished the first half-oval piece and filled in all the missing stitches on the largest piece (not shown).
bonnet girl 1 finI’d love to take credit for all the stitching, but I bought the set at auction 75% complete. The second half-oval hasn’t been stitched at all. That one will be all me.
Tomorrow I’m checking out a new-to-me guild to see if we’ll be a good fit for each other. I’m in discovery mode this year and everything is fair game. I’m looking forward to meeting people and learning something new. Perhaps different skills and perspectives will bring renewed energy to my own creative journey.

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Stash Report January 7, 2018

Here we are at the first Sunday Stash of the year. If you would like to link up for the first time, here are the rules.
Everyone makes up their own.
We report the fabric we add and the fabric we use with the hope of using more than we add. Some people report usage when the quilt is finished, others when the fabric is sewn and some when the fabric is cut.
I report adds from anything I buy, win or am gifted, but some only count what they buy. I do not count fabric donated to me for the specific purpose of making charity items because I don’t consider it mine. I store it separate from my fabric so there is no confusion.
You are also welcome to report yarn. I’m not a knitter and I don’t have much of a yarn stash. I do a little crochet here and there, but I rarely buy yarn. I just don’t have anything to report.
You should do whatever works best for you. The goal is to be more conscious of what we add. I know I’ve left fabric on the shelf many times once I thought about how I’d use it and when, if ever.
You do not have to report every week either. Some of us do, but others report monthly or when they have something to report. It’s all about what works best for you.
I had no fabric added or used this week. It was one of those weeks where a lot of effort yielded few results. Every time I touched the applique project I made it worse rather than better. Finally I gave up and did something else.
How did you do this week?

1. Julie in GA
2. Melissa G
3. Melanie
4. Mary-Kay
5. Beth C in MA
6. maggie f
7. Susan T.
8. Chrisknits
9. Quilting Gail
10. Dar in MO
11. MartiDIY
12. michele
13. Lori in South Dakota
14. Patricia
15. Off to a Good Start

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Scrap Attack 2018 January Goal

For the first month of the challenge my project is what I call “the woven technique”.
It’s basically making projects out of strips using rug canvas as the stabilizer. Here’s the book with all the great ideas.
fabric leftoversNot only can I use strips that are too thin for sewing projects, but I can use non-quilting fabric, yarn, trims, etc. This could be a good way to use up a lot of little bits I’ve had for a long time.
You can see what everyone else is working on this month at Confessions Of A Fabric Addict.

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January 2018 Short List

Happy New Year!
I got up long enough to watch the ball drop last night and then went back to bed. We’re not the party crowd here.
I’m excited about January’s list because in December I finished all the old projects that hung around forever. January is mostly a new list.
The Short List includes something old (UFO), something new, a handwork project, a scrap project and Creative Play. I started using this system in November 2014 to keep myself focused. I add and delete categories over time as my interests change.
This month I added the scrap category so I can list my Scrap Attack projects. The scrap category has come and gone a few times.
Something Old – I call this quilt Bouquet Applique. I started it in the summer of 2004. I spaced the flowers wrong and all the pieces wouldn’t fit. Some I left off and others are placed differently. I also had some shadowing of the stems through the yellow flowers. I set it aside because I didn’t know how to fix it.
bouquet appliqueSomething New – An idea I call “pieced shapes”. More on this later.
Handwork – I will continue working on the dresser scarf set. I made decent progress on the embroidery last month.
bonnet girl 1Creative Play – I don’t have a new Surface Design Round Robin piece for this month, so I’m going to play with resists and paint.
Scrap Project – I chose a small project I think of as “the woven technique”, but there is minimal weaving involved. More on this project later.
All my One Monthly Goal (OMG) projects in 2018 will relate to the UFO in process. This way I can keep them moving forward. In January I plan to finish the applique on Bouquet Applique, start piecing the borders and attempt to get the stain out. There is a large rectangular yellow stain on the underside of one end of the piece that shows through to the front. Given what was in the project box, I have no idea how it got there. I’m hoping blue Dawn will work wonders.
I already fixed the stems shadowing through the flowers and prepped the applique pieces.
So there you have the January Short List. I don’t have any time off this month after today, but the bitter cold weather will keep me home when I’m not working. It may all even out.

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Sunday Stash December 31, 2017

Here we are at the last stash report of the year. Thanks to everyone that supported the move to this blog either by linking up or visiting the blogs of those that did. I plan to continue Sunday Stash next year. I have a lot of fabric to use up.
I finished Butterfly Garden yesterday for one last bust this year.
butterfly garden
This quilt has a long history. I put the top together in 2000, just a few years after I started quilting. Then I had no idea what to do with it. The book suggested an all over stipple with monofilament thread. I didn’t have free motion skills and my machine wouldn’t sew with monofilament. I set the top aside for a good ten years.
By then the internet was a whole different place, free motion quilting was common and I’d upgraded to a better machine. I had more skills and pulled the top out again. I worked on it a little and decided how I wanted to quilt parts of it.
Then it sat again for a few years.
This year I pulled it out and knew exactly how I wanted to finish it. I started working on it and ran into problems with the free motion. There are a lot of layers of fabric bits and fusible in 2000 wasn’t what it is now. The quilting kept pulling up the fabric. My thread broke often in spite of foot and needle changes. It just wasn’t working.
I really wanted it done this year, so I modified my quilting plan until I came up with something that did work.
I’ve learned valuable lessons about NOT letting UFOs sit forever and “making it work”. I won’t make a snippet quilt again though. People have come up with much easier techniques since then that give the same effect.
Best wishes to all for a happy and healthy New Year.
Fabric In: 34.125 yards
Fabric out: 37 yards
Net Fabric Used: 2.875 yards
How did you do this week?

1. Melissa G
2. Meloney
3. Julie in GA
4. Kate
5. Quilting Gail
6. Jennifer in Indy
7. Dar in MO
8. MartyDIY
9. Susan in TN

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