- This year I will push my business forward, it’s time to step it up and I have no excuses anymore.
- This year I will improve my handwriting and brush lettering.
- This year I will keep my planner organized….no I will, I promise, lol.
- This year I will make at least a dozen quilts ALL from scraps!!!
- This year I will not touch my savings account.
- This year I will travel to 1 state I have never been too.
Ah, my oh so neglected blog. It’s the New Year and another chance to fill in this space of the web. Last year was an extremely difficult year for me but over all a good year for my family. This year I want to be the year I come back to life and with that in mind I made my resolution list.
2 down 2 to go. I finished this top just before I needed to start dinner, over all I am pleased with it. I will take this moment though to complain about something that really grinds my noggin. When I buy a kit, I am trusting that all the parts are in the kit bag, kits can be extremely costly. Today’s quilt came from a kit and was short 2 fat quarters, so I had to dip into my stash ¾ thru making this top. That is when I realized I was 2 blocks short. I am glad I had something that worked so that I could stay on track for my 4 quilts in a week.
I’m back! LOL, again. I knew this year was going to be a difficult one at New Year’s but the one thing I didn’t expect to do was lose my mom to cancer. It happened very quickly. She was diagnosed in July and passed on September 1. Losing my mom slapped me in the face like a stranger when it’s 30 below zero. I am a changed person and have to find my footing of who I am now and get back on track with things I want to do. With all that being said, I realized I need to set goals for myself to get myself back to place of happiness and moving forward.
I have a HUGE fabric stash with kits, pre-cuts and yardage everywhere. I have it stored in the spare room/office, the dining room, the living room and some even in bins hiding in the garage. I need to start getting this under control so with goals and de-cluttering in mind I am going to set out to make 4 quilt tops this week; nothing fancy. All of them will be fat quarter quilts and use a super easy pattern. I figure the tops will take up less room than the kits. Fingers crossed
1 down 3 to go.
It is good to be home. 10 days on the road make you grateful for your own bed which at the beginning of the 10 days I was happy to not be in. We put 3800 miles on my Honda Fit over the last 10 days; we being myself, Meg, Grace and one of my dogs Fiona.
Our first night was spent in Tulsa with family then we were off to Kansas City, Missouri to my first Scentsy Family Reunion.
I got inspired and educated at Scentsy Family Reunion 2017 but it was time to head off to Chicago to visit with family which didn’t go as planned but it was fantastic to see everyone and a trip back in all ready in the works.
Our final stretch was a few nights in Florida to walk down memory lane and show the girls where Chris and I got married and spent our first year as a couple and of course to enjoy the Emerald Coast beaches for a day.
In the last few days I have decided that all my scraps either need to be organized or made into a quilt. I am done with this non-sense I have going on. I seriously LOST some squares I cut for a project that I am ready to start but I cannot find the dang squares. Yesterday I decided to make a quilt from each color of scraps…just a simple pattern, heck maybe no pattern at all but these scraps have got to go.
I forgot to take a before picture but this is the after picture. I must say I am pleased with not having an overstuffed drawer that I could barely shut. I am hoping to have this quilt put together by the end of the week…again nothing fancy just done.
Here is a picture of my top En Provence by Bonnie Hunter. I am surprised how much I enjoyed the process of putting this bad girl together. She by far has the most pieces I have ever used in a quilt; just under 3000.
Y’all have a great Tuesday.
Good Morning Friends! Did y’all have an enjoy Holiday Season with your family’s? I know I sure did J For the first time in I don’t even know how many years my husband took a vacation, we even went on a road trip to see his parents. I have been able to enjoy my kids and my husband over the last two weeks and it has been grand but it’s time to get this New Year rolling.
2016 was full of ups and downs. There were vacations, moves, pet losses, pet gains, our girls started college and many other things. I learned a lot about what I wanted out of the second part of my life and what I need to do to go about getting it. I am so looking forward to 2017 even though I already know of a few challenges headed our way.
Looking at how I am staring 2017. I am almost finished with Bonnie Hunter’s En Province Mystery Quilt. What has me delayed a bit here is the dang yellow, I just really dislike yellow. Don’t get me wrong I know yellow is a great color and has its place in many quilts but not this one. If I do put the yellow in I will probably end up giving it away and I so wanted to keep my first mystery quilt.
Here is my progress on step 6 and later today will make executive decision about this yellow. I will let you know what I decide J
I have joined in on Bonnie Hunter’s Mystery Quilt Along 2016. I usually just sit back, lurk and watch all the pretty quilts unfold before my eyes but this year is my year to jump in. In the past I haven’t joined because I am not a fan of the color choices or not enough time or any number of reasons but this year, I am IN.
Step 1 is creating 221 scrappy neutral 4 patch squares and while 4 patches are easy to make but the quantity was a tiny bit intimidating but I persevered and they are now done with 2 extra just in case. This took me about 3 days to complete but I wasn’t chained to my machine. I plan on using 100% of my scraps and I hope this makes a suitable dent in the scrap situation but I am thinking no so much. Now, to anxiously await step two
Thank you Bonnie Hunter for putting so much work into this mystery :-)
I am super excited with how my postcard turned out and I can’t wait to start on my mug rug today. These swaps are totally addicting!!
I love, love, love that my longarm is in tip top condition again and cannot thank my husband enough for spending his time in the evenings working on it. Love my Tin Lizzie 18. This is a donation quilt for families of military veterans.
Yesterday was Halloween so I can’t let it go without sharing a photo of my girls and their favorite book character and anime character. Personally, I am not sure who they are but they were super happy and had a great time trick or treating… I guess you can never be too old to go out and collect candy LOL.
I am totally on a swap kick lately. If I hear about a swap I want in on it, J I am working on a postcard swap and a mug rug swap. My post card is about ½ done and I am hoping to finish it up today. The theme for this swap was fantasy trees, how did I do? I am making my embroidery machine do most of the work. Here is my progress so far, I am delighted with how it’s turning out. You can see I need to iron and trim some threads but I still wanted to share.
I need a space to hang all my swap postcards up. Perhaps today or tomorrow I will try to hit Home Depot for an insulation sheet to turn into baby design wall to display them or maybe a cork board.
Woo Hoo!!! It’s start day!! Start day of what you ask? Why, the 1930’s Farmer’s Wife QAL that Angie over at GnomeAngel.com is hosting. The first Farmer’s wife quilt has been on my To-Do list for quite a few years and the announcement of this QAL pushed me over edge inspired me to start not only the 1930’s version but the 1920’s version from a few years ago. That will be a total of 210 6 inch blocks. I am so glad there is a FB group of support I will need it to make these finishes. It’s definitely not too late if you want to skip over and join our little group.
And here is block 16 Bonnie
And because I am a silly over achiever right now here is Bonnie and Becky in a scrap version so yeah, maybe 3 Farmer’s wife quilts out of this QAL.
Hey there and welcome to Swirly Stitches. I am Tammy, mom to 4 spectacular teenagers and 1 amazing husband. I am an avid quilter, a fabric hoarder, an amateur photographer, a color loving, part-time foodie all wrapped in one fantastic package.