Archive for December, 2018

Endings and Beginnings

December 31, 2018

2018 is on its way out, and 2019 is on its way in.  The years are all starting to melt together, and I don’t mind that.

A lot was accomplished in 2018 despite two stress fractures, and I’m hoping for lots to be accomplished in 2019.

You won’t find lists of what was created in 2018 here though, or a list of resolutions.  I used to keep track of how much I created, how much I got out of my house, and realized, quit counting things, Diane.  Not all that easy for an accountant.  It’s in my DNA to count things, so the numbers are still running around in a corner of my mind, but no longer a focused activity.

Instead, I’m taking each day as it comes, and try to celebrate something joyful each and every day.  It could be the sun is shining, the birds are singing, the laundry is folded, etc…  I can’t type the laundry is finished, because honestly, I think our clothing, towels and sheets are in cahoots, so something is always dirty.

Life is moving quickly now.  I’m taking time to appreciate my family and friends with actions and words.  My parents were good role models.  Not a day went by that they didn’t kiss each other, and say they loved each other.  I was blessed to be raised in such a family.

I realize that isn’t true for everyone, but know that if you are my family, if you are my friend, I love you, I appreciate you, and am grateful for knowing all of you.





Another Comfort Quilt Top Completed

December 21, 2018

Hard to believe, as I’m usually slow as molasses to get a top pieced, but I completed another quilt top today:


It’s my version of a B2B pattern.  I have no clue what size blocks the B2B pattern starts out with, but I had enough fabric to cut twelve 9.5″ squares of the floral pattern, and winged it for the measurements for the background and solid color stripes, using graph paper, and drawing the sections as wide as was pleasing to my eye to get twelve 12.5″ finished squares.

I had seen the layout used on a block of the month pattern from another website, and thought it would work great for my idea too.  Said idea was to totally use up that floral fabric, and it was a success.

It’s hard to believe, but I’ve gone through 7 yards of fabric in 2 weeks of sewing in Tucson.  Let me tell you, I’ve never accomplished that at home.  Must be something in the desert air that is encouraging me to sew, and this one was made in a little under 5 hours of actual sewing time.  That 5 hours, includes getting up and down to iron seams, chat a little while waiting for my turn at the ironing board, sew a little, help a fellow quilter out, then back to sewing a little on my project.  That’s what I call community sewing – more of a social event, than a peddle to the metal sewing session.

I am totally out of Comfort quilt fabric now.  From now on, my quilt projects will be lots more involved, and take a lot longer to complete.  I only packed 2 more projects for this 4 month vacation though.

One project is using solids – and only solid colored fabric – for an experiment.  Not sure how  it’ll turn out, but I have lots of time to work on it.

The second project is an Elizabeth Hartman pattern, and that requires a lot of concentration and organization.  Not too sure how that will fly in a social setting, because lets face it,  I end up doing almost as much talking as I do sewing.  No apologies about it either.  I love seeing what the other people in the room are making, catching up with their families, trying new recipes, and restaurants.

Not to forget garment sewing, but I actually brought a pant pattern down with me.  Also ordered material from – really only to get the Kona color card, but added the apparel fabric to qualify for free shipping.  What the heck,  a girl has to do what a girl has to do, to get free shipping.

I desperately need new clothes and entered the RTW Fasters group on FB – which just so happens to  end December 31 for encouragement.  It’s hard to admit that I didn’t make one single garment – the entire year folks!!!  BUT, I didn’t purchase one single garment either.  I’m just really late to get with the group and actually start making some MeMade clothes.   The challenge might be ending, but it worked to get me inspired to make some clothes for myself.  That’s a win in my book.

I hope you are all enjoying your creativity, and there is lots more to come.





Comfort Quilt # 17

December 14, 2018

I’m in my happy place – Tucson – and finished up my last comfort quilt for 2018:

Comfort quilt 17

I prepared a couple of quilt kits for Tucson, as it is so much easier bringing just what I need in the RV.  There is limited space for all my quilting supplies, so condensing is the way to go.

This was made with 2 Christmas fabrics I had in my collection who’s time had come to be used.  I had just enough for this project, and happily, one of my friends here said her church is happy to receive quilt tops, so I decided to donate it to her church.  It’s not easy machine quilting on my small travel sewing machine, so this was a win-win in my book.

I also donated the binding and backing fabric for a total of 5 yards, yes 5 yards of fabric going to a good cause.  Now I’ll have room in the RV to buy more fabric to bring home with me, but shh, that’s a secret between you and me.  😉