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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.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Stash Reduction Effort--This Week

This has been a good week. No new fabric purchased. I am busy getting ready for my guild's annual retreat so I have cut up lots of fabric to work on my planned projects.

January Total Fabric In: 18 yards

January Total Fabric Used: 18 yards cut

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Truths About Me

Those who know me describe me as a happy carefree girl...that is me. At work I am someone else...smile, but every once and a while the true me gets to escape.

I love quilts. I love quick and easy quilts the most. I describe myself as an advance beginner but I have been told that is not true.

This year I am challenging myself to do something other than my usual quick strip quilts...boy I love my rotary cutter and stripper....so much fun! I plan to do two BOM other than my Patches BOM. I want to once again try hand applique also.

Goals for today.

1. Do some laudry!!! I am completely out of workout clothes....so this is a must.
2. Organize my stuff for the retreat.
3. Find the quilting magazine that I have misplaced somewhere in this house.
4. Work on an old UFO.

Hugs and Blessings Everyone....keep warm!


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Fabric Give Away!

Quilters are the nicest people in the world. Visit Quilt Nut and enter to win some fabric. If you don't want it...you know I will take it, smile! Don't forget to mention that I sent you.


Monday, January 21, 2008

Great Find

I went to Walmart today...to get some new printer refill and also to get the ruler's required for Bonnie's Mystery. I have a Quick Angle ruler that I thought could work...but the measurements required were totally different than Bonnie's measurements...so off I went to get the Companion Angle and the Easy Angle Ruler, never can have too many rulers.

I had my list of items and I was sticking to it.

Found the printer refills....did you know that they are locked now! Wow!

Did not find the rulers. Actually there were very few things on the "quilting" aisle. Everything changes I guess.

So off I go for my lunch date to "Nothing but Noodles", only I didn't have any noodles..Love that place.

I knew there were two places I could get the ruler...but should I tempt myself and go. WEll I picked Hancock's. I walked in and picked up three fat quarters off the fat quarter wall...really cute but I knew I wouldn't buy them because I don't buy fat quarters...hehe! I walked to the ruler section and found both of the rulers needed. I also found a great book. But it was $24.99...do I need another book??? Don't I have one like this?? Well, why not??

Off I go to the register. I found a coupon for 10% off of purchase...quickly tore that out. Surprise! My book was get this....$1.90 plus an additional 10% off. The salesclerk looked shock...hey, I was shocked. My total purchase at Hancock's was less than $20...yippeee!!! And I purchased NO FABRIC!!!

Stash Reduction Effort --This Week

It wasn't a good week... extremely busy at work and at home. So my sewing time was extremely limited. I was unable to attend the "Road to California" quilt show this year....I thought it would be a bit much since I was just there in December for almost three weeks. So I can honestly say...I didn't buy anything there.

I did visit a LQS that is just starting up so I felt compelled to buy something. I firmly believe we should support our local shops especially in this area because we really only have one and a half (the new one has very limited fabric). I purchased some background fabric....beige and creams and some browns ( I know...not my favorite color) to be used for a backing. I also purchased a new pattern there.

I sewed with a group of sewing friends on Saturday....yippee. Will post pictures of that later today.

Yesterday I worked on my monthly charity quilt, my Valentines day tablerunner and finally..cut fabric for Bonnie's Mystery.

Today...I will go to the gym (have to drop those 10 pounds or more), drop off a quilt for quilting, go to Wallie World and back home to the sewing room. I am in the process also of organizing my stuff for an upcoming Quilt Retreat. I always pack too much, leave something at home vital for completing a project...not this time. Organization is my name!!!

Fabric In: 8 yards
Fabric Out: 6 yards
Fabric Purchased So Far this Year: 18 yards


1. Central Heating, Fireplaces, Electric Mattress Pad
2. Soup and Salad
3. Jacuzzi Tub

Can you tell it is cold here?

Hugs and Blessings!


Sunday, January 13, 2008

Sunday Stash Report

Today the sun is shining and all is well. I plan to do a little cleaning and will visit the sewing room. Haven't been in there since before the holidays....is that right...hmm. I have to pull fabric for Bonnie's Mystery Quilt and also for my batik stash buster "Rhythm and Blues". Yes, I am behind with the mystery...so far behind that I haven't even started yet...but I will.

Last night's dinner was fantastic!! Today it is back to reality. Why is reality so hard??

Yesterday, I went to the LQS to pick up my block(s) for the $5 quilt (See quilts above). Very few participants this time around because it is such a basic quilt. Very juvenile...but that is okay with me. I will just take it to work, smile. My plan is to make 2 of each block and construct a larger quilt.

Okay, back to my purchases at the LQS...it wasn't too bad. I spent $22 and it was just on things for the Block quilt. Background fabric and stashing fabric only, very proud. The staff at the LQS even commented on me not buying anything extra....oops. I guess they don't want me to make a habit of that, smile. Will post photo as soon as I find my camera, hmmm....haven't seen it since my trip.
Hugs and Blessing!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Happy Birthday!!

Today is my birthday....never thought I would associate this age with me, yikes!! I don't feel this age....do I look this age? Oh well....it has been a great day so far, smile. Woke up this morning to the sound of crashing tree limbs..hmm. Not good! But had to smile about it.

We were supposed to go to breakfast this morning celebrating that number again...hmmm. Didn't make it....the tree trimmer decided to come early instead on next weekend ...okay, thanks. Oh by the way....happy birthday...how on earth did he know? He pointed to the big flower and balloon bouquet on the porch...great! Thanks and you have a great day too. So no breakfast....hmm, how about lunch?? Okay we will go to lunch..really wanted a biscuit...really wanted a biscuit.

So here I sit opening gifts and looking at my big bouquet. Thanks goodness they don't make balloons with this number on it...otherwise I would have to move, seriously...only kidding.

Going to Ruth Chris tonight...to yes, celebrate that number again.

Things I am not doing today...not buying any fabric or books....hopefully!

Have a great day everyone...hugs and blessings to all.


Sunday, January 06, 2008

Stash Reduction--Well Maybe Not

True confession time...I have had a bad two months.

In December I went to my favorite quilt shop in California, Material Possession. They sent me coupons.....never had coupons from a quilt shop before. So...I used them. Now, I didn't go overboard, I purchased some neutrals for my TNT box swap, which I needed, some blue fabric I needed for another swap, a few patterns and a couple of books. Not too bad.

Yesterday I went to my LQS...the annual New Year's sale was in full swing with 25 % off all fabrics and an additional 30% off one item of your choice not on sale. I purchased holiday fabric which was 40% off and some black and white fabrics, some red fabrics..my fabric color combination and once again patterns and a couple of books...one was 40% off and the other one was 30% off. I went in search of some 30s fabric..( I have none) which I need for the TNT box swap...(two of my friendly box swappers are using 30s in their blocks) and also a light colored batik to use as a background fabric.

I don't think I did too bad since all the fabric I purchased is for a specific purpose except the holiday fabric (which I don't have a large stash of).

This upcoming weekend I plan to cut out a "Disappearing Nine Patch", pull batik fabrics to be cut (finally) and work on Louise's block for the box swap. I also want to start organizing my stuff for the two sewing retreats this month...one in town and one out.

Hugs and Blessings Everyone!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Happy New Year

Today I receive an email that really inspired me. It contained a list of New Year Resolutions. I really didn't make any resolutions this year other than continuing to organize my sewing room and house.

My holidays with my parents in California was wonderful. My trip back home...not so great! That is all I will say about that.

Here is the list of resolutions...maybe you will find something that you would like to do.

Happy New Year Everyone!

1.) Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while youwalk, smile. It is the ultimate antidepressant.
2.) Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.Buy a lock if you have to.
3.) Buy a Tivo (DVR), tape your late night shows andget more sleep.
4.) When you wake up in the morning complete thefollowing statement, "My purpose is to___________today."
5.) Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm, andEmpathy.
6.) Watch more movies, play more games and read more books than you did last year.
7.) Always pray and make time to exercise.
8.) Spend more time with people over the age of 70 andunder the age of Six.
9.) Dream more while you are awake.

10.) Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants andeat less foods that are manufactured in plants.
11.) Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eatblueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli , almonds & walnuts.
12.) Try to make at least three people smile each day.
13.) Clear your clutter from your house, your car,your desk and let new and flowing energy into yourlife.
14.) Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughtsor things you cannot control. Instead, invest yourenergy in the positive present moment.
15.) Realize that life is a school and you are here tolearn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum thatappear and fade away like algebra class ......but thelessons you learn will last a lifetime.
16.) Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a princeand dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
17.) Smile and laugh more. It will keep the energyvampires away.
18.) Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
19.) Life is too short to waste time disliking anyone.
20.) Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
21.) You don't have to win every argument. Agree todisagree.
22.) Make peace with your past so it won't screw upthe present.
23.) Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
24.) Ladies - Go on and burn those "special" scentedcandles, use the 600 thread count sheets, the goodchina and wear our fancy lingerie now. Stop waiting for a special occasion. Everyday is special.
25.) No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
26.) Frame every so-called disaster with these words:"In five years, will this matter?"
27.) Forgive everyone for everything.
28.) What other people think of you is none of yourbusiness.
29.) Time heals almost everything. Give time, time!
30.) However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
31.) Your job won't take care of you when you aresick. Your friends will. Stay in touch with them.
32.) Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautifulor joyful.
33.) Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. God provides remember?!
34.) The best is yet to come. (in Heaven)
35.) No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and showup.
36.) Do the right thing!
37.) Call your family often.
38.) Each night before you go to bed complete thefollowing statements: "I am thankful for __________." Today I accomplished _________.
39.) Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
40.) Enjoy the ride.