Happy New Year!!!
It's a brand new year ...time for resolutions and fresh starts. I'm having an unusual January 1st... I don't have any resolutions and nothing I'd like to change in my life right now. I accomplished much of what I set out to change in 2017 and am pretty happy wiih life.
Al and I are comfortably living in our "last house"...if you know me, you know there's no such thing. The kids are happily married... we have a grandson and another is on the way. We both have fulfilling hobbies. And we both work VERY part time... as we feel like it.
I guess at 60 (something), I've learned to be happy, relaxed and just enjoy my friends and family. You just never know when it's all going to end so I want to just ENJOY. I hope all of you have a wonderful year, finding peace and contentment.
So on to my UFOs and scrap usage... I'm joining Patchwork Times again this year with my list of 12 UFOs that I'd like to complete in 2018. For January we are working on UFO number 10. This was also on last years list but I didn't have batting for it so it didn't get worked on. This is Al's southwest quilt and is quite large. I decided that for me to be able to quilt it, I would have to find a batting that is super thin. What I found was a king sized flannel sheet that is preshrunk and will do the job... I HOPE. Al is anxious for the one to be done.
As far as stash and scraps go, I'm doing the Rainbow Scrap Challenge again with Angela on www.soscrappy.blogspot.com. This month's color is light blue.. probably my favorite color. I'll be making more of the same ones I was working on last year. I finished one of the three rainbow scrap quilts i had started so I'll work on completing the other two. I'll also be trying to make quilts and complete quilts using only stash. Im not sure that's completely possible but that's the plan. I will be starting one new scrap quilt as I follow along with OH SCRAP. It will be a Courthouse Steps quilt done in low volume and brights ... unless I decide to do a log cabin quilt... still considering.
And in keeping with a stress free year, I'll be donating any fabrics, blocks, quilt tops and/or quilts that don't make me happy. I gave a few away last year and I don't miss them in the slightest. It's a relief to let it go and it makes a fun "find" for someone else. I gave family members 6+ quilts. I have a few more people on my list that I'd like to give one to... and a few friends that have asked. I also give the pediatric dept at the hospital some for children that have to stay overnight and are scared.. they get quilts and teddy bears to comfort them. Knowing someone will enjoy and use my quilts makes my hobby enjoyable.
So off to the sewing room :)
Last Saturday I taught a Collage Class. We really had a great time. This class used Laura Heine patterns like the one I made... Emerson Dog...
I've started a new quilt! AGAIN! BUT, this time I finished a quilt before I began a new one so I feel okay about it. This is the start...
This is my newest pattern and its FREE (don't you just love that word).... A Christmas Ornament Mug Rug Instructions . And here...