Friday, 18 April 2014

Friday Finish

I actually finished something this month! Not on my UFO list but I am ahead of the baby arrivals for a change. Need to make something for a boy now just in case.
Please ignore the basket full of post vacation ironing (because quilting is way more fun!)

I did get a lot of things off my to do list this week as well. Finally got all my kitchen cupboards cleaned out! That has been bumping down the monthly goal list since January and it felt really good to cross that one off!!

Linking up with

Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts
Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Happy Easter! +

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Hexie Thursday

Finally put my knitting away for a bit and got these out again. Almost finished assembling three rows, with I think 5 more to go.

Getting ready for our first Modern quilt group gathering tonight. We are making slab blocks based on the instructions found in Sunday Morning Quilts

I am going to be a bit late, after Maundy Thursday church service, so I decided to get a bit of a head start on my block

Friday, 11 April 2014

Finish it Up Friday

Due of our church hall flooding on Tuesday, I have been otherwise occupied and have not finished much.

Not a quilting finish, but I did manage to finish my "We don't quite match, but I love them anyways" thrummed mittens.
Yes, I did run out of wool that close to the finish but they were so much work and so warm, I could not bear to not finish them. 

Linking up with Finish it Up Friday.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

I Must Be Nuts

Time to list my projects for FAL Q2

We are digging into some pretty old UFOs now. I was embarrassed by how old the two I just took to the quilters were, but I see now, some of these are even older!
One of my retirement goals is to work my way through years, and years and years of UFOs!

Progress on a hold over from last quarter. The top will be done in Q2 but don't think my custom long-armer will have time to quilt it in the allotted time frame. (I am going to call this one #7 on the off chance it does get finished.)

#1. These I have done some time in the last 12 years, and internet BOM I think. Will likely become a charity quilt

#2.These are from a class but I don't remember what the premise of it was. It will be a table runner.

#3. This I believe to be my oldest UFO, it is from 1986! My Kamloops friends might recognize it. It was an advanced hand piecing class the year my life kinda fell apart. By the time I could get back to the other 8 blocks I was no longer interested in tracing and cutting all the templates or the hand piecing. I have all the fabric for it still so it will be a lovely wall hanging. 

#4. An internet BOM by Pat Sloan, probably about 10 years ago. Three blocks to applique down and two more to make.

#5. Another oldie from Kamloops days, so more than 12 years old, again hand pieced. It was originally for my daughter's waterbed that was long and narrow. When she decided either so didn't want the quilt or maybe the bed, I took it apart. Not sure what to do next it got put away and forgotten. I think it will be a wall hanging and two large pillows.

 #6. Another internet BOM by Pat Sloan about the same age as the shoe quilt I think. It is probably destined for the RV.

It may be an optimistic list but one can try. 

I also want to start some painting projects in the house and clean out all my kitchen cupboards.............hmmm, maybe I should go back to work, it might be less work!!!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

I am no April Fool

"and sometimes you just have to TRUST and take that LEAP, the one that is REALLY scary, to find out if you have the WINGS to fly............................"

A quote I read last week on our journey home from holidays, it pretty much sums up what I have just done with my life. 
Back in January I was working on a list of 100 things I wanted to do this year, some were things I knew I would do, others were just dreams. But sometimes dreams do come true!

As of yesterday I am RETIRED!!!!!!

I have dreamed, and wished and wanted this for the last several years, while financially it is probably not the optimal time, but it is the time for ME. Several things happened to push me to finally have that long conversation with myself and my hubby and together we decided it was right. 
Sunday I turned 55, today I start the freedom part!

I have a long list of goals for this month, some may get done, some probably won't, I want to take the time to learn to slow down and accept I don't have to do it all NOW.

I will be picking up some casual jobs here and there, but only when it works for me (one does need a bit of play money to support their many habits!)

On the creative front, I am slowly getting back into projects-
finishing the second thrummed mitten, 

Started these cabled fingerless mitts on holidays but now that I have it out in the bright daylight I see the cable on the left is not twisted as it should so I am going to rip it out and start over. The cuff has a ladder in it that I was going to live with but take it all the way out and fix that too. 

The large applique project moves along, didn't want to take it out of the machine, trying to not to waste 1 cm of the last of that purple thread. Have run out of that green ricrac too, so am going to have to figure out how to solve that problem before it can be finished. 

Have a super week, I think we may be on the last days of the below freezing weather, daydreaming about riding my bike!
linking up with small blog meet over at Lily's Quilts and Let's Bee Social

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Marching Out

I want to say where did March go but I know.............

Just a tiny look at our first week in Costa Rica

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Marching in

Marching into March of course has me looking forward and back at goals.
Funny how cleaning the cupboards is continuing to be on the list this month too! 
Quilting (and knitting) is more fun than house work right??
Actually I think everything on my March list is carried over from February. We are headed out for two weeks holidays this week so I am not setting my expectations too high.
I did get two quilts finished last month as well as my face a day challenge. I might have had to do 2 faces in one day on occasion but I do now have 28 faces in my sketchbook. 

On my last post I complained about purse/tote patterns, so I took some photo evidence.
On the left is a new pattern I just received and the one on the right is the purse I just completed, see the difference?

 I have been wanting some Downton Abbey (big fan) fabric since it first came out, so I did break down and order this tote kit before the fabric disappears.

And here is the completed travel purse, made from fabric my brother brought back from Indonesia last year. 

Progess on FAL # 3, spent the entire guild sewing day yesterday making that checkerboard border, had no idea it would take me so long!
Might get a bit more progress this week, we'll see how vacation prep goes eh?

I am going to go on a bit of media retreat at least for the first week of vacation but I may try to do a post from my iPad the second week, we'll see how it goes!