Monday, December 30, 2013

Make-A-List Monday - Plenty of Time for Sewing!

Hi, all!

Can I tell you how much I love high speed internet?  We're at the beach this week and the high speed internet in our cottage is so much faster than ours at home!  But I'm really grateful for what we have at home - because it's much faster than dial-up!  So I'm going to enjoy this here while I have it.  It's the little things!!

Last week's list was short, but let's see how it went…

1.  Quilt more quilts ahead for the ministry and deliver them to church Monday night.
Done!  I quilted three more quilts, and one of them found a home before I even made it to church.  But I think they have enough to keep them going until I get home!

2.  Finish wrapping the Christmas presents.
Done!  We don't spoil our kids and grandkids at all…

3.  Take pictures of the charm square project on Christmas Day.
Done!  I didn't get many, because the lighting was terrible, but I'll take more after I get home.  It turned out really nicely - a king-sized quilt for our bed, because my husband said he felt like the cobbler's child - sleeping under a store-bought quilt!

4.  Write a special Christmas blog post.
Done!   You can read it here if you missed it!

5.  Pick out a vacation quilt project to take to the beach!
(Yep, that's right, we're going to the beach for our 35th wedding anniversary this week!  Woohoo!!)
Done! I actually picked out four (because I got some cool stuff for Christmas!)  Here's what I've been working on since I got here…

Sharon sent us these beautiful paper pieced log cabin blocks.  I brought them along to strip the paper off during the car ride to the beach, and then decided to sew them together once I got here.

This quilt is made by a pattern from Julie Herman's book, Skip the Borders.  My DH got me a Kona color card and a FQ bundle of all the new Kona colors for Christmas, so I used all the brights and saturated colors out of the bundle plus some Kona Iron to make this top.  It's super simple and worked up so fast!  I made it in a day, including cutting the pieces out, and could have probably made it in a morning if I had sat down and worked at it straight through.  I can't wait to quilt it using some of the techniques I found in another Christmas present, Judi Madsen's new book!

And yesterday I made up this cute Connecting Threads table runner kit.  Lots of sewing and small pieces, but I love the way it turned out.  I really wish I had brought some basting spray or pins with me so I could finish it all the way!

And I've got one more kit with me for a quilt top - I cut it out this morning and will be working on that one tomorrow!  I'm so happy I've been productive on this vacation - I didn't get much done on my last one.  I guess that's the difference between a vacation at the beach during the summer and one during the winter.  It's pretty here, but a bit chilly and windy for the beach!

I don't have too much more with me to work on this week and I'll be on vacation most of the time between now and next Monday - so it's a very short list.

1.  Finish up the last quilt top I brought with me.

2.  Ring in the new year with my DH, and celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary at the same time!

3.  Make up a list of goals for 2014.

It's hard to believe that 2013 is almost over, isn't it?  It's been a busy and productive year for me - I hope it has been for you too.  I'm still working on my goals for next year.  I think I'll host a linky party on Wednesday if you want to share yours too!  Think about it and I'll hope to see you there…

And now the question is - - - what are YOU working on this week?




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  2. I hope you have a fabulous vacation. I would love to sit and sew during one, but my DH likes to be busy and doing things. ;) I just finished my last quilt for 2013, so I need to figure out my goals, too.

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  4. Happy Anniversary. What a very productive vacation. Again Sharon always amazes me with her quilting. The log cabin blocks are beautiful.
    This week I finished a doll quilt. I have two quilts that need quilted. I cut out 50 square blocks to make half square triangle blocks.

  5. Working on Bonnie Hunter's Mystery quilt, hand piecing a diamond hexagon quilt and trying to quilt between times, any of the assorted quilt tops I have to finish! Can't wait for my vacation in February for my birthday! Maybe I will actually get something done!

  6. I love,that paper pieced log cabin! I am still working on hand quilting my Storm at Sea, basting my Texas Star (EPP), and hand piecing my Martha Washington's Flower Garden (EPP). I suspect it will be a while before I move on to a new project. ;-)

  7. Have a lovely anniversary and a Happy New Year.

  8. I love what you are working on during your vacation. And I can't wait to see more pictures of your Kate Spain charm quilt. Happy Anniversary!

  9. Happy 35th anniversary! You sure know how to party! Beautiful projects in the works. Now you know, you could go old school and hand-baste that runner together, right? A few long running stitches and you'd be done. Listen to me give you advice on finishing, LOLOL!

    Happy New Year too!

  10. Today I visited the quilt store in my new town for the first time and bought fabric to finish a quilt that will be a wedding gift for a friend :)

  11. Happy Anniversary, and enjoy the beach. We're getting 5-8 inches of snow overnight.

  12. Happy Anniversary to you!! I love the table runner kit from Connecting Threads with little peeks of color:)


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