05 January 2021

Tuesday To-Do '21: Week One

A whole new year of To-Do Tuesdays are upon us!
The projects!  The possibilities!  The finishes!

Just not this week--lol.
We're still winding down from the holidays around
here so my to-do's continue to take a back seat.
Son 1 went back up to school on Sunday; Son 2
heads back next week.  The mad checking off of
to-do's will likely resume after that but for now,
it has been a nice, easy pace of just-whenever.

1) Fireside reading & sewing
A little reading, a lot of sewing.
Good progress on sewing up old trimmings.
We'll call it Project Scraps-To-HSTs.
(Not very catchy, I guess.)

Here's one set of 340 HSTs.  I have 4 sets
now sewn but only one has been trimmed.

I know normal people throw these things away
but a lot of us aren't normal, are we?
Who's with me here?

Once I started working on these, it was like the
darned things heard me and suddenly every drawer
and cabinet I opened produced another bag or jar of
trimmings!  At first, tackling this seemed like a
fun little side-project that I could complete in a week.
Now I'm wondering if it'll even get done before
spring.  Maybe by the Super Bowl if I'm diligent?
I'll have to do some inventory and next time I'll
have to post numbers on how much I have.

2) Finish Pine Tree Lane
Not done.
I did trim it up and make the binding.
Tackling more today.

3) Load Pumpkin Patch, quilt, bind and label.
Half-way through quilting.

4) Bring knitting back out.
Ok, it's out--but that's as far as I got.
(See Project Scraps-To-HSTs!)

This year, for a little fabric accountability, I'm going
to try adding this at the end of my lists (for fun):

Fabric used:  none
Fabric obtained:  none

Back to my membership in the "abnormal club".
For kicks, I decided to collect all the spools
that I empty in a year.  If there is one thing that I
consistently excel at, it's that I come up with
all my great ideas too late.
(I also consistently lose track of recipes but that,
my quilty friends, is a whole other basket of
scraps that is best left for another post.)
So of course this great idea of seeing how many spools
I go through in a year came to me about, oh, March.
Above is my 2020 9-month collection of emptied spools.
I didn't think the above picture was a proper show so:

Much better.
I call this picture "Trophy Window at Sunset".
(Watch for it at the MoMA.)
The basket has now been emptied and I 
can actually start in January this time.

I'm still trying to take things a little slow for the
ol' shoulder.  So many of you asked how it went!
How nice to be thought of!  The doctor was able to
break up the calcium deposit completely so now
with that out of the way, I wait and see if the tear
heals by itself.  My cortisone shot doesn't seem to
have done much so there's yet another reason for
making a list of just-whenevers and -whatevers.

1) Finish quilting Pumpkin patch, bind & label

2) Bind and label Pinetree Lane

2) Knit
Anything.  Even if it's one row.

3) Project Scraps-To-HSTs

If you missed my 2020 project wrap-up
please give it a look.  I take a bit of a different
view on the year while looking back over the
quilts I was blessed to finish.
Til next week...

Happy quilting!

Linking up to

02 January 2021

Bring On 2021: The Big List

I usually can't wait to make my list of projects and
plans for the new year but this time feels a little
different.  I've worked on this list for days and
I feel like I'm forcing it.  Looking at the 365 days
of 2021, I really just want to do more of what I'm
already doing. I'm listing some ideas here that I am
feeling excited about as a way to kickstart my year
but, throughout the year, I'll be subtracting, adding
and changing to my little maker-heart's desire.
I'm in no hurry for the year to go by but I am excited
to see how it all plays out and much I get done.

Snowflake Quilt

I had kind of hoped to squeeze this one in
before the end of the year but that would have
been really pushing it.  I love the red/green
scheme but I'd like to try blues--if I have them.


Simple Whatnots (Diehl),  The Big Book of
Little Quilts (That Patchwork Place) and
Jo's Little Favorites (Morton) all have my 
attention right now and there are oodles
of quilts I want to make from just these!
For what purpose?  For all over the house.
As a quilter, you'd think I'd have them
everywhere but nope.  That should change.

Finish Farmer's Wife

(Not all of my finished blocks pictured here) 

I wanted to finish this in one year but I now
know what a big undertaking it is.  Sure, it can 
be done in a year but not with lots of other
projects--at least not for me.  I did make it just
over half-way but I think I'll need to bring back
my "Farmer's Wife Friday" to keep me going.

Finish Civil War Side Project

I started this as a side project a couple years ago.
It's from the book Civil War Legacies by Carol Hopkins
 so that's why I refer to it as a Civil War project.
My fabrics are kind of that theme but not all.
It's been awhile since I brought it out but I think of
it often.  The plan was to just make blocks until
I felt done...and I just haven't felt done yet.
This will make great movie/football-sewing,
if you know what I mean.

Finish Basket Quilt

I like to think I'm not a UFO'er" but this is my third
"finish" project here so I think it's time I own up to it:
My name is Cheree and I've become a UFO'er.
This trend's gotta stop. This year.  Anyway, I
haven't forgotten about this one either.  It's not
going to be big so it should be an easy finish.

Two-Color Quilts

"Tracking Tradition" by Debbie Roberts
Red & White Quilts (Martingale)

Carrying over from last year's list;
I haven't found the right fabrics yet.  

I picked up this pattern at the same time I got the
one for my Pine Tree Lane quilt--one that I just love
so I can't wait to make this one too, though I'm sure
I'll want to wait til it's closer to fall and I'll definitely
pick more fall-ish colors.

The above colors are super but I would add in a
touch of a wine/burgundy for pop.
Side note:  these yarns make my fingers itch to knit.
I've been down the yarn-buying rabbit hole and
cannot do that again until I use up what I have.
There's a good chance that yarn could be worse
than fabric for me.

This one might need a gold to make it pop.
(I could play with color schemes all day!)

Stash-busting quilts
I'm open to ideas but hopefully everything
I make this year makes a dent in my stash.
I've been thinking of trying to keep track of
how much fabric I go through this year.
Do I also want to keep track of how much I
buy so I can see that I'm making a difference?
Or that I'm not making one??
I'm not sure but I definitely should!

Batting Busting
I found a pattern for quilted slippers that could
do a real number on my batting scraps...and
would make great Christmas gifts to boot!
(Pardon the pun!)

Wedding Gift Quilt
This is a maybe; waiting for info on
bride's tastes, decor etc.

Charity Quilts
Baby quilts for Jack's Basket.
With the ol' shoulder needing to heal, small quilts
are the Rx.  I'd love to make about five of these.

I will continue linking up to:
 Tuesday To-Do  (Home Sewn By Us)
One Monthly Goal (Elm Street Quilts)
I Like Thursday (Not Afraid of Color)

New Groups / Link-ups that I want to join:
I'm on the fence here.  These can be a lot of
fun when I have the time.  Right now, I'm already
struggling with spending so much time online.
When the house is empty again, I'll re-evaluate
my time and commitments; I'll likely be open to
adding something in.  (I have decided to not
join in the latest Quiltville Mystery Quilt.)

And now for knitting:
First, the UFO's: 
A scarf, a pair of gloves and a pair of socks.

After that, I'd love to do more socks and finally
start knitting sweaters for the littles.
I have yet to go past socks, hats, gloves and
scarves but I know I'm up for it.  I have plenty of
project ideas saved up but I think the goal here
is to just to finally take on the challenge.


Knit scrubber
A good road trip project.
Also see slipper idea above in "batting busters".
Still open to other ideas here--it's early.

2021 Reading Challenge
My goal for 2020 was only 24 and the content stayed
fairly light so I want to correct that.  This year's will be
only 25 books but outside of a few light ones, I want
to get back books that help me grow.
Biographies, non-fiction and historical books with a
few spiritually challenging ones mixed in as well. 

And that is my list as of today.
My first goal of the year was to leave this list fairly
flexible--likely from experiencing the disruptions
of last year.  Personally, I feel like God has been
reminding us that no matter how in control we think
we are, we're not.  For me, peace can be found in
being completely open to what He sends my way
and what He asks me to do.  I'm not saying that's
 easy--just that it brings peace.  This list is likely
way easier but neither will happen if I don't try so
here I go, 2021, and no matter the outcome,
 the happiness will be in knowing that the one
He wants.

Happy quilting to all and best of luck on
completing your all quilt dreams in the new year!

01 January 2021

January Goal

 Happy January to all!

We're enjoying a beautiful winter wonderland right now
and I really want to start on a snowflake quilt that I've
had my eyes on.  However, I have a couple quilts
that need finished up first so I'd better stick to those.

My Pine Tree Lane quilt needs binding and a label
so this is my goal.  Due to a little work on my shoulder
I wasn't able to officially finish it in 2020 but
I'm hoping over the next few days I can proceed
slowly and slip it in as a 2020 finish afterall.

I also need to finish up my Pumpkin Patch quilt
(currently quilting) and I'd love to squeeze it in
as a 2020 finish too so that's my
bonus/extra credit goal.

Happy quilting!
Linking up to Elm Street Quilts

31 December 2020

The Gift of 2020

I know I'm going to get some strange looks
when I write this but you know what?
This past year has been a gift.

All we have has been given to us and deep down
we know it's up to us what to make of it.  It's also
up to us what we learn from it.  
Many are so ready to throw this year in the trash and
welcome in 2021 like it's a savior.  But our troubles
are not going to be magically washed away with the
flip of a calendar and a new politician in power.
I'm all about positive-thinking but I'm also positive our
fate does not rest in the hands of others but in God's,
and in our own.  Our fate is our responsibility and the
sooner we own up to it instead of allowing others to
scare us into immobility, the sooner we'll stop being so
afraid to live--and God has gifted us this life to be lived!

What did I accomplish in 2020?
Did I challenge myself?
Did I make a difference somehow?
Did I bring beauty, joy and happiness to others?
Some of the answers are personal but today
I want to share the things I made in 2020 because,
after all, this is a quilting blog, with a few chicken,
garden and foodie pics thrown in for variety.

God gave us all talents and the ways we use
our talent for good varies as much as our quilts.
It is said that a good deed never stops.
The effect of the gift of a quilt can never be
fully known or weighed and I think that's
incredibly rewarding.  (And motivational, but
that's for when I plan for 2021.)

Here is what I've accomplished this past year
with the gifts that God has given me:


One gifted to granddaughter


80 X 80

78 X 78

Stash-busting scarf for charity.

Two Blue/gray hats, one to grandson and one
to my niece's son after a hospital stay.


Christmas gift


For family/friends (75); for troops in Afghanistan (25)
and from surgical fabric for a local hospital (350).


Kansas Troubles pattern in "America" colors
Given to son and is now on his bed.


"Scattered & Sewn"
88 x 103
A Christmas gift


Made for our bed

Given to granddaughter

Made for our bed


Christmas gift


Donated to local shelter

  "September Glow"

For our home

Pumpkin Patch
Currently being quilted

Gifted to a friend

Pine Tree Lane
Currently adding binding and label

And that wraps up 2020 for me.
There is a little wood block that I keep on top
of my design wall--maybe you've noticed it in
some of my pictures.  I haven't drawn attention to
it because that kind of defeats its whole purpose.
However my sister-in-law, who is one of those
special people who notices things, saw it in a
pic of a work in progress and it led to a little
text-discussion about the gifts of our talents, etc.
which I won't get into now.  But you see, as a new
empty-nester, I've been really wondering about a
lot of things in our quiet house, mostly about my
purpose and why I'm so incredibly driven to use
this talent gifted to me.  Til that text-convo, I just
couldn't come up with any answer.  Was it right
in front of me this whole time?

Maybe this is all I need to know?

Goodness has no end and therefore I can never know
its reach and may never know its purpose.  I can know
it's priceless and feel rewarded but I really just need
to know that it's for God--to do with as He wills.

These are simple words on a simple piece
of wood but worth so, so much.
May our 2021 and every year--yes,
even 2020--be all for the glory of God.

Happy quilting and may your new year be blessed.
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