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I am a 40 something female who has a great love for crafts...any crafts. I love quilting, I collect fabrics, books and patterns. I enjoy traditional patterns in bright colors. My favorite fabrics are batiks and brights. Because I am a great collector...I now have a stash that is out of control. My goal for the upcoming year is to reduce my stash. I won't stop collecting so I need to become more productive.

Thursday, November 29, 2007


Nothing to report really. Signed up for the Charm swap on Quilted Table. I was a little doubtful about this swap since it is so close but if the plans are finalized by this weekend I will be able to get the charms in the mail by Monday at the latest.

I am getting a little excited! In less than two weeks I will be in California...yippeee! I know, I go all the time but I haven't been there in almost 6 months, that's half a year people.

Have I done my Christmas shopping....ahhh, no! Am I concerned about it....ahhh, no!

Most people here will get their items after Christmas...let us call them New Year presents.

On the Stashbusting front...I am still working on my tablerunner. I really want to use a certain red fabric so I am asking a friend if it is in her stash. If she has it...I will swap some of my fabric with her. I am still determined not to buy any additional fabric until my stash is under control.

I will complete Block 3 of the Quilt-A-Long and my BOMs from Patches all tomorrow.

I will be heading South for the weekend ....so no sewing for me.

Will post some quilty pictures tomorrow.

Stay warm everyone....it is cold outside.


Sunday, November 25, 2007

Quilt-A-Long and Stash busting!

Quilt-A-long block #2 was extremely hard for me..I sewed and re-sewed that block at least 5 times! For some reason I wanted the center blocks to be reversed, smile! Well, now hopefully I have them correctly placed.

See sidebar for block picture.

With all the holiday traveling...I wasn't able to sew much.

Stashbusting Effort:

1. I didn't make any "new" fabric purchases this week. (I did have a delivery of fabric I purchased from Connecting Threads, before making this Stash reduction Pledge) I resisted temptation... a black and white sale at Equilter.com.

2. I started a Christmas tablerunner, completely from Stash....I will hopefully finish up the blocks today before moving on to my gifties for my TNT sewing friends.

3. Found a great stash reduction pattern that will be perfect for my batiks...which I have tons of, Rhythm and Blues. I also saw a quilt on Crazymoms blog that I will make that too will bust some stash.

I know I haven't done much...but I haven't purchased anything this week. One day at a time for sure.

Hugs and Blessings.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Stash Reduction Effort Vow

In an effort to bring my stash and getting my sewing room under control....I have joined http://judylaquidara.blogspot.com/2007/11/quilters-who-want-to-reduce-stash.html"Quilter's who want to reduce their stash".

I have too much stuff...I know it and everyone who knows me knows it.

I need to cut back on my spending period! Due to life changes that are fast approaching and also because no one needs this much stuff!!!

Really sad when quilting friends and quilt shops call me when they are in search of a certain fabric! That should have been my first clue....the inability to open my sewing room door or lastly, not being able to "sew" in the sewing room due to lack on space...all important clues.
When your "sewing room"...consists of three rooms...also not good.

So this is my plan. I have pledged to making a "comfy" quilt every month using only my stash. This is a charity quilt either for a baby or for someone else in need. I recently cut up some of my stash into kits...5 kits to make quilts for friends and family.

Oops...time to eat breakfast....I love Thanksgiving!

Wish me luck!


Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

May your Thanksgiving be filled with love and happiness...and a lot of FOOD.

Hugs and Blessings!


Saturday, November 17, 2007

Connecting Threads Order

I took the plunge and ordered from Connecting Threads. This is my first time ordering fabric from them. I am an Equilter.com girl. But after many praises from other bloggers..I took the plunge and ordered some of their strip sets.

Placed the order and received email confirmation that they had received it and it was now on its way....will take 5 - 14 days to get here (interesting time line). I reviewed the order and WHAT! they substituted 3 yards of fabric with 12 fat quarters...obviously someone who doesn't sew was working in the order room.
I quickly email them...what are you doing??? I wanted that fabric for a border and fat quarters just won't do it! Just the thought of piecing all those fat quarter for a border makes me cringe. Still haven't received a response yet. Needless to say...not too happy about that substitution.

Will wait to pass judgement on the rest of the order.

Have a great day!


Guild Night

Above is a picture of the class sample by Sue Nickels. Isn't it gorgeous! I did buy the pattern for this one. Love, love the colors.

We were very happy to brave the cold to see Sue Nickels on Thursday night. She was our guest speaker this month. The presentation was about her "Beatles" Quilt which is fantastic!

I wish I had a sister who shared my love of quilting like Sue does. Both she and her sister, Pat Holly, are very talented.

She also spoke about the Space Quilt which is very appropriate for this area...smile.

I wore my newly made name badge (aka the "pot holder"). I was very surprised that no one pointed and laughed at me...but I looked around the room and low and behold...there were a lot of "pot holders" being worn. Maybe on vacation I will try again with a smaller version.

Purchases for the night were few...NO FABRIC! A book and a pattern...that is it, nothing more. I really wanted the thread set but didn't do it.

Hugs and Blessings!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

What I did Tonight!

WEll, tonight I worked on something I have not done in 5 years! Made myself a name badge for Quilt Guild...hehe! I stitched up my name as a practice piece..turned out okay but still need to practice some. I decided to use that little practice piece for a name badge...waste not want not, right! WEll, it turned out a little big! Hmmm.....I guess I should have thought about the size a little more than I did. It measures 6 1/2 inches...looks like a pot holder...smile.

I also worked on the Quilt-A-Long Block from http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/. Block number one is in the sidebar. Made completely from scraps....don't plan on purchasing anything for this project...just yet.

I also trimmed up the rest of the "Wild and Crazy" Stars...may stay up tonight and piece them.

Hugs and Blessings All!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


Quilter's Horoscope

Capricorn - December 22 and January 20

When shopping for fabric it is always wise to take a Capricorn, as they are very good at calculating the required amount needed for patterns. ( This is so funny. I will help a person figure out how much fabric is needed for a pattern but I always buy more than needed...a lot more).

Being prudent and practical they will not over estimate the quantity needed and therefore are cost effective to have along, especially if you are on a budget. (Totally untrue...at least for me)They are also extremely organized and disciplined(Totally untrue...until recently my sewing room was awful! I do enjoy the organization now but as far as being disciplined...hehe)

They take as much care in the storage of their stash as they do in the quality of their work. They see themselves as sensible and perform a regular clear out of supplies and materials. They are not the type to horde anything and do not own more than one type of any tool.(Totally untrue for me...I horde, I own more than two of all tools, I buy every new and exciting tool..I need to do a regular clean out...but I don't).

Of course their restraint is what causes them to take an inordinate amount of time in the planning stage of a project, which they feel is of vital importance to the outcome of the finished product (Now I am beginning to wonder...am I a Capricorn...perhaps I was adopted, this would explain so much. But unfortunately, this doesn't hold up because I look just like my mother. I am a great planner of projects but the followthrough leaves a lot to be desired. And, I have no retraint...at all.)

Tonight I had dinner with a dear friend.Carolyn. I had a great time and can talk to her about anything. Due to my work schedule I am unable to attend my Tuesday night stitch group...but tonight I was free...and had such a good time.

What a great group of woman! I learned so much and enjoyed myself so.

Still trying to practice my stitchery....my new name badge looks okay but my stitching needs help, smile. Will post a picture tomorrow.

Today I also did my 15 minutes of "sewing"....I trimmed some of the "Wild and Crazy Stars" Blocks...will hopefully finish that up tomorrow.

Hugs and Blessings!


Sunday, November 11, 2007

Hancocks Fabric

Went to Hancocks Fabric today for rotary blades...50% off. I think I have enough to last for the next few months.

The local Hancocks has changed! I saw signs for the Grand Opening. I thought...what! That Hancocks has been open for years...what is going on. Well, was a really surprised! It has completely been revamped! And there is a Bernina dealer in the center...where did that come from!

I was completely lost and wondered around the entire store....it looked wonderful!

After Hancocks...I decided I really needed to go to the gym so off I went for 1 hour of cardio...really needed it badly!
Now I am home...lunch on board and now I am headed to the sewing room.

I was reading Stashbusters this morning....Sandra really brought it home....we have to decrease. I know I have a problem....I know I have to use my stash and stop buying...but it is so much fun.

Hugs and Blessings!


Saturday, November 10, 2007

Stash Buster Sew In Weekend

This weekend is the Stashbuster Yahoo group sew in weekend.

It is also a sew in day for a local quilt group that I belong to. So...off I went to drop off my block swap and then to quilt with friends. I will do a little sewing tomorrow also after laundry and an attempt to clean some.

I worked on the October Mystery blocks and also on the September Mystery. I have some of the October blocks pictured below and will post a picture of the September Mystery tomorrow.

Hope everyone is sewing! Now it is football time.


Thursday, November 08, 2007


I am completely exhausted! So it is early to bed for me for sure.

I wanted to do my 15 minutes of sewing today but that will have to be in my mind only. I did order some items online....does that count for 15 minutes of sewing time?? Probably not since I am supposed to be stash busting instead of stash establishing...smile!

I was heading south this weekend but I am staying close to home. I will go to a Sew In with a group of sewing buddies on Saturday....come back and watch football, maybe even cook a little soup or chili.

Hopefully after a full night of sleep I will be back to my normal self. Need to hit the gym really hard this weekend...Halloween was hard!! Didn't buy any candy but somehow I have consumed a huge amount of it.

Good Night All!


Sisters Shoebox Swap

This is the first internet swap I have participated in. I am so happy that Monica let me play.
Here is what is in the package:
2 skeins of handpainted merino wool yarn
1 package of milk chocolate covered oreo cookies
1 package of dark chocolate hot chocolate
1 package of fall/Thanksgiving themed M & Ms
5 tea bags
Pumpkin Spice scented candle
American Cook Book
Faith silver bookmarker
Santa Ornament
Snowman Magnetic Photo frame
"J" embroidered beverage coozie

Above is a picture of what I sent my swap partner Judy. Hope she like chocolate.
Hugs and Blessings!

Sunday, November 04, 2007


Hello...I get this question all the time. So, how is the sewing room cleanup going.

Well for so long I could only say...."okay", then hang my head down. Or I could just fib and say...great!

Now honestly I can say....really good. I only have three areas of disarray compared to an entire room of total ciaos.

I am a container girl...I love containers...big ones, little one...you name it I have it. Now I have a huge set of drawers and cabinets organized by fabric colors. I have a huge cutting table with storage below....my containers have multiplied....what is a girl to do?

I spent three hours organizing and cleaning again with great results...more empty containers.

Here are the plans for next weekend.

1. Cut scraps into 2.5 inch strips.
2. Start Christmas exchange gifts.
3. Continue with the sewing room cleanup.
4. Go to Sew in on Saturday.
5. Sleep...smile.

Tomorrow the work week starts again....so I will have very limit time to blog. Need to send off my Shoebox Gift Exchange in the morning before I hit the gym.

Have a happy and blessed week.


Daylight Saving Time

WEll, I completely forgot about setting the clocks forward...no back. Spring forward ..Fall back. I am so lucky I had no where to go first thing this morning because I didn't move until 8:30 AM.

I love this time of year....the cool nights are wonderful. Yes, I am a little cooler this year but after the summer from....you know where, I am ready for some temps in the 40s and 50s.

We will relax this morning at least until my brain wakes up....not there yet.

Later today I will venture into the sewing room for an attempt at organizing yet again. I have to admit that since I have started the sewing room clean up I have been more productive. It helps being able to see what you actually have.

Happy Day....and Blessings to All!


Saturday, November 03, 2007

Work So Far

So Far Today this is what I have worked on.

UFO Mystery for October and "Those Wild and Crazy Stars". Have all the blocks made for the October Mystery but just wasn't feeling them today...so I will move on to the Stars. Fun to make those stars were....now just have to put together the other 20 blocks...hehe!

Had to stop for my Scooby Snack.....and to cut a mat off of Izzy's ear.

Hugs and Night All!



Gratitudes for the Day:

1. Pain Medication
2. Heating Pads
3. Jelly Bellies

Can you tell it is that time of the month?

Okay, I am done feeling sorry for myself. I have abuse my loved ones enough for the day...back to work.

Blessings to All!


Thursday, November 01, 2007

Time to Work

Well, today I plan on sewing on some projects for a few hours. I really want to work on the Lucky Stars quilt...I think I will give that one away. It will be hard because I love all the colors.

I will also work a little on the blocks from last month's UFO group. We had a mystery night. Really funny that we are a group of quilter that call ourselves the "UFO group"...hehe!

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Hugs and Blessings.