UFO’s, my new Birthday Club, and more!

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope you had a fabulous holiday season with lots of relaxing, good food, and maybe some quilting?? Our holidays were wonderful. I love having the kids home and just hanging out and doing stuff together. And our season of celebrating just continues as we roll from the Christmas season right into the “birthday season”. At our house we celebrate 3 (!!!) birthdays in January ( how’s that for planning?!~ Teehee).

Image from Internet

Speaking of birthdays, I have decided to add a new little “sub-club” in my Facebook group for those who are interested. I call it “the Birthday Club” and when you join I will send you a special birthday card for your birthday. Why?? Because I think birthdays are super important. They celebrate you. I don’t care if you are 8 or 80, I want everyone to feel special on their birthday. All you have to do to become part of the birthday club is become a member of the FB group ( find the link by clicking here), and then send me a message via FB or email and let me know your birthdate and mailing address. I will look after the rest. And ofcourse I will not share your info with anyone. That is for my eyes only ;).

Okay, onto other matters. I decided to join the American Patchwork and Quilting  magazine UFO challenge for 2019.

I am just the worst ( or is it BEST??) at starting new projects and not finishing old ones so when I saw this challenge I thought I should join in.

 

The idea is that you make a list of 12 UFO’s ( they can be anything, doesn’t have to be quilt related!) and you write them down. Then the magazine decides which # we will work on during a certain month. So for example, for January it is project #3, which for me is my Rustic Pines quilt.

Rustic Pines pattern by Gigi's thimble

Here is my list for this year:

….some projects I have almost finished and others have A LOT of work left ….I don’t know whether I will complete those or not, but at least I will make some progress ;). And I can’t promise that I won’t start some new projects this year either…there are way too many cute patterns and fabrics out there, and I already have my eye on a couple of quilt books that are coming out soon (  yes, I am a TERRIBLE influence and I know it!).

You can find and download your own chart by clicking here and then go and join their FB group if you like. I will also encourage people to share their projects in OUR facebook group so if you are more comfortable sharing in a smaller group you can do that. Let’s get some projects finished this year! And by the way, so far I have not worked on my #3 project at all because I rediscovered this project:

It is a pattern by Crabapple Hill Studio and I bought it as a BOM more than 10 years ago! It has 10 embroidered blocks and then a whole bunch of piecing. This one could easily keep me busy all 12 months I think, but I’m going to try to just work on the embroidery at night, and then leave the daytime free to work on my Rustic Pines quilt. Let’s see how that goes, shall we ;). Have I shown you the corner of my closet that holds all my UFO’s?? A bit embarrassing, but I am hoping to whittle that pile down by 12 this coming year!

Even if you are not interested in joining the UFO challenge, I do hope that you will become part of my new Facebook group called Farmhouse Quilts and Friends.

It is much like my old one, except I made it just for blog subscribers so that it will stay small and more manageable. You can request to join by clicking here. As soon as I verify your email, you will be added and then you will have access to the group. This is a private group so no one but members can read the posts, make new posts,  and see who else is in the group.

Finally, I didn’t get to work on a whole lot of projects over the holidays, but I DID clean my quilt room, hung some art,  and finished this project:

Gingerbread Men quilt by Farmhouse Quilts

I started that one last Christmas and am happy to say I completed it only 2 days after this Christmas…but hey, I will have it ready for next Christmas ;). 

My quilt room is really starting to come together too, as I am able to unpack and hang more art and organize a bit more: 

 

Finally, I  received some quilting rulers ( and a special foot) from my sweet hubby for Christmas and was able to play with those a bit and am looking forward to really getting comfortable with them this coming year. I will be sure to write a blog post about my experience with them soon too.

P.S. I have heard from a few people that they can’t find where to sign up for my blog. If you look on the right hand side of my page, you should see these boxes:

Just type your email address where it says to enter it, and then click “follow”. You will receive an email asking if you did indeed sign up. Just confirm that email and you will be all set! I am sorry but I don’t know if it looks different on a phone or tablet. If you are using one of those you might have to search around a bit. ( Alternately, if you request to join my FB group and you are not already a member, I can send you an invite 😉 )

Alright, that wraps up my first blog post of the New Year! Until next time~ happy creating!

Monique

Wednesday…

Happy Wednesday! ( I can’t believe it’s Wednesday already! Where do the days go?!) I had every intention of turning today into a “Quilt Day”. There weren’t too many things on my “to do” list, and with everyone out of the house today it seemed like a perfect little indulgence 🙂

Now it is past 11 already and I haven’t even looked at any fabric today! Instead I have exercised, bought ( very few) groceries, purchased stamps, done a load of laundry, and worked on some job-related items. All good things, don’t get me wrong, and they all needed to get done, but THIS is why I NEVER get any quilty stuff DONE! ( YES, that is really the reason~ it has nothing at all to do with me surfing the web, or getting drawn in by Pinterest, or getting caught up in a magazine article~REALLY!)

I just wanted to share some quick pictures of what I have been up to these last few days:

Remember my little UFO I found last week while cleaning up my quilt space? I big-stitched a big scallop in blue floss around the outside, but decided it needed a little something more. So, button collection to the rescue! I am adding an antique button in each scallop and I think that will give my little quilt the exact right touch! Pretty soon I will pop this one in the washer and dryer and anxiously await the final look..I do hope it comes out all nice and crinkly and looking a little worn~ that is what I always aim for!

My table runner that I started last week with my gorgeous new fabric findimg_2236is awaiting some quilting. I did decide to add some pieced blocks in the corners. I think those will add a nice touch.

The block pattern came out of one of my favorite sets of books: Around the Block with Judy Hopkins. I will share more about these books in a future post…I absolutely L O V E them and they deserve a blog post.( Just look at all those sticky notes sticking out from the book, all marking some blocks I HAVE to make someday!)

Well, that is all ….I’m off to do some quilting now…yes, really….just as soon as I ….hmmmm, maybe today won’t be a quilting day after all.

I hope YOU get to have some crafty time today! And remember: “Do something every day that can’t be undone!” ( The Mother’s Almanac)

Until next time,

Monique