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Been busy!

Humming along.  Lots of progress with my quilting.  I almost got stuck on the quilt for a cousin, but like magic, it got done.  No, really, like magic.  The quilt uses huge blocks that are made up of 16 smaller blocks.  I needed 6 of the big blocks to make the quilt.  I did a lot of sewing a to b and c to d, then b to c.  I then had rows for the blocks.  Next was 1 to 2 and 3 to 4, then 2 to 3.  I then had the big blocks.  I had 6 of everything, 6 a’s, 6 ‘bs, etc.  When I’m sewing it seems like a lot, so I count how many I have done and how many to go.  Something like this…One, six to go; two, four to go, three, three to go.  Then the magic happens!  four, TWO to go.  The small blocks are only 6 1/2″ so it’s not like there is a whole lot to stitch that will take hours.  But in my mind…

I have a book called “The Inner Game of Music”, it’s modeled after the one titled “The Inner Game of Golf”.  Maybe I should do one “The Inner Game of Quilting”?  The books are about ways to be better thru the use of the brain.  With music one of the ways was to THINK about practice.  In detail..Imagine holding the instrument, playing each note. Visualizing.

The “little voice” inside my head is a fear monger.  I shush mine with loud positive affirmations.  I’ve been successful this month!  Hope you are too!  Enjoy the pictures of what I have done since my last post!

A UFO for my Grandniece.

Top pieced at Boll Weevils with help of a friend!

Quilt for cousin. I have enough blocks to do another.

Comforter quilt I used to practice free motion roses.

Fabric Sculpture, really fun project, finished UFO

Mountain in den is going down.

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How are your goals going?

How are your goals going?  Still inspired, or has the new in the new year worn off?  Me, I’m still inspired, at least with my quilting goals.  Let me share.  🙂

Quilt for Comforters

Quilt for Comforters

I have completed TWO UFO’s.  I am so tickled, I’m bouncing.  The third one is lined up and ready to go and it should be an easy one. It’s from a Susan Else class I took 3 or 4 years ago.  It’s already almost done.  The guild website is updated as of 2/26.  Today I will add the newsletter, directory, and some workshop pictures.  I have a calendar with scheduled posts for Facebook and MyGrove (a social app that is private, pretty cool actually).  I consider myself very active in the QGGH.  Besides being the webmaster, I also am the Advertising Coordinator, (so if you want to advertise in our newsletter….), and Circulation Chair.  I also prepare the slides for our meetings.  I am the Volunteer Coordinator for the show in May.

UFO started in 2005 or 2006

UFO started in 2005 or 2006

 

 

Quilts promised, I completed the customer quilt on time and am working on a lap quilt for a cousin’s granddaughter.  I’m hoping to have the top together by the weekend.  One of my UFO’s was a quilt for Comforters (yay!).  I’ve been to most of the Boll Weevil meetings this year.  I need to finish the quilts I have from past Boll Weevils, before taking more….

Blogging has been sporadic, but I haven’t really had much to share.  Hoping to have a more steady stream.  We’ll see.   My Learning Spanish is gung ho, then it slows down.  I think the issue is not enough repetition in the lessons.  Or else, it’s not sinking in.  Maybe it’s too many words to remember and I need to use them more…I will figure it out, because I want to be bilingual!  Then I want to learn to speak Cajun French!

That is the end of my goal list.  Haven’t done anything with health, music, and Brigetta.  But the year is young.

God Bless!

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Working my Plan

Feeling pretty good about where I am in my goals for 2017.  I’ve finished 2 UFO’s.  One is for Comforters, so that one is a two for one.  Not sure what my next UFO will be, most likely my grand niece’s.  Right now I started a “promised” quilt for my cousin’s granddaughter.  Hoping I have lots of time to work on it this week and it may be ready to quilt by the weekend.  I finished the embroidery stitches for my Jane Sassaman piece, Mending Heart.  It is basted and ready to quilt.  I want to hurry and get it done, but I want to make my self take the time to practice quilting stitches.  I’ve planned out what I want in each section.  So after I’ve done the 9 patches for the disappearing 9 patch, I’ll quilt Mending Heart.

I have 2 birthday blocks and a Shoebox block to do.  This is the last month of our Shoebox challenge.  We start another in April.  My fabric for the next challenge is ready to go!  I need to finish 2 bee comforter quilts to be up on that goal.  I will focus on one and see where it leads.

I was gone last weekend to visit a friend I’ve known since childhood.  I stopped my Spanish lessons and haven’t started back, but maybe tonight might be a good time to start again.  I’ve been practicing for my concert in Pasadena.  I always feel so empowered when I have a good practice session.  My shoulder is holding up, but then I don’t practice hours.  Helps having just one orchestra and not 2 or more.

The website I manage is up to date with all the pictures and events.  I’ve added the pages I needed to add.  It is ready for the next meeting.  Taxes are in the process of being done.  I’ve done the challenging parts, the rest is just fill in the spread sheet.

One month gone and the second is half way through.  Where are you in your goals?  I’m still pumped about getting mine done.  🙂

God Bless!

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What’s next?!

I have two quilts that were UFO’s that are almost done.  They should both be done by Sunday.  Now where do I go.  What project will I pick?  I have several that need to be done, and all that I want to do….

I have 2 quilts I promised to my mother’s cousin for her granddaughter that she wants by May.  It would be nice to get these done before the deadline and May is only 4 months away.  Then there is my niece’s t-shirt quilt she gets for graduating from high school.  She is now a sophomore in college…

Beginning of Allison's quilt

Beginning of Allison’s quilt

Grand-Niece's Quilt

Grand-Niece’s Quilt

I also have my Grand-niece’s Big Girl quilt for when she turned 7.  She will be 9? in June.  Almost time for her little brother to reach 7!

Then there is my brother’s quilt.  I created the design and have been working on it for a few years, now.

How do I decide?  Any suggestions?  I’ve thought about splitting my time with these, but I still have Charity quilts and bee challenges to do as well.

So then I think maybe I should do the one furthest along.  That would be my Grand-niece’s, but then I run the risk of running out of time to do those quilts for my mother’s cousin.  Year and a half ago it seemed so doable when I said yes….

I think I will do the one for my mother’s cousin.  I have the fabric and will do the disappearing 9-Patch.

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Moving on!

I finally finished the customer quilt I’ve been working on this week.  Since I insist on waiting to the last minute, I had to focus on this quilt only, so basically nothing else got done.  I did have a rehearsal and I did sew with my bee.  My husband did not go hungry and my puppy got his walk everyday, but everything else, well I’m going to be very busy catching up for the next few days.

So the question is, why do I do this?  Why do I put things off.  Granted, I’m better than I was.  The deadline for the quilt was the 31st and I’m done on the 28th.  But why didn’t I start it at the beginning of January?  I think it has a lot to do with the little voice inside my head, the negative one that says “I can’t do this or that”  Working on changing that little voice, or creating a louder voice that is positive will go a long way in stopping my procrastination.  Time to brush off those positive affirmations!

I’ve read that procrastination is due to perfectionism.  The logic being if I put it off long enough, then it just needs to get done and there won’t be enough time to worry about perfection.

But I think I am a closet perfectionist (shh!)  To see my house, my truck, my clothes, someone is always straightening a collar(kind of embarrassing) you would never know I have perfectionist tendencies.

It’s all about the journey!

God Bless!

 

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Power to get it done!

Let me tell you about the quilting bee I am in.  The ladies are just awesome.  We have a group from the bee that meets twice a month to work on Quilts for Charity.  Most go to our Comforters in the QGGH Guild, but we do other projects, as well.  At the last bee meeting, we discussed doing an Opportunity Quilt for our guild.  This was the January meeting.  Our guild meets the 3rd Tuesday and Friday.  By the Tuesday meeting, my bee had the design, signup sheets and a sample block.  Yesterday, most of us in the bee, we have a few that work during the day, but most of us got together, pooled our batiks and made kits for the guild members who signed up.  5 Bucks a Yard provided the background fabric.  We sorted, ironed, cut and stuffed the kits.  We were done by 2.  Way to go Cotton Pickin’!  I am proud to be a member our Bee.

I hope you experience the friendship of a close group of women.  Being an introvert, I don’t usually do well in crowds and was envious of my mother having tons of friends, well not really envious, but I just didn’t think I could have that many best friends.  well, i was wrong.  I am truly blessed with amazing friends!

God Bless!

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Staying on Track

It’s mid-January and I thought I would take a quick peek at my goals…I know I should have them in front of me, but they are in a file on the computer.  I should print before I close the file.  ANYWAY, I’m doing ok.  I have a finished project already for 2017.  It’s not a UFO, but it was never in the UFO pile.  I have a comforter quilt that should be done by guild, only the binding left.  I have another top that needs borders quilted, label and binding and it’s done.  I sew 15 minutes almost every day.

So, why do I not sew 15 minutes everyday?  Life, work…real estate is taking more of my time.  So something has to give and regretfully, it is sewing.

My guild website is up to date with all the info I have.  I am working on a “how to” page for community rewards programs and am waiting for more info.

I blog, but not 5 days a week.  Again, Life happens, plus when I blog is usually late night or early morning. I’ve been choosing to sleep! haha.

Haven’t looked at Corel Draw or learning new things on Brigetta.  Don’t want to be a whiney baby, but my shoulder hurts when I play the violin, therefore, I don’t want to.  I will try for 15 minute intervals this next week.

I walk Freckles everyday.  It’s kind of hard to turn him down, he’s so sweet!  I do do Spanish, but it’s about 5 minutes…one DuoLingo Lesson.

This week I will focus on 15 minutes of sewing, violin practice, blogging and Spanish.  Wish me luck!

God Bless

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MQM Flames

My try at flames on paper

My try at flames on paper.

It’s been a while since I drew this, and looking at it, it doesn’t look too bad.  It has some flam-ish feel.  I wrote some notes at the top.  I will share.

  • Have a base line
  • Alternate between high and low
  • Curve taller flame around lower ones
  • Dance to right and left?(no idea)  Maybe make the curves or jags deep?
  • Jagged, may make it more flame-ish
  • Try curve then jagged on opposite side

I haven’t tried it on fabric.  Tho, several years ago I did make a quilt for a nephew that had quilted flames. I remember them being bigger, thicker and more meandering than these.  Don’t remember how I stitched them.

I was contemplating the drawing, trying to think what to write next and thought the flames could be tweaked to be sea weed, eh?

This morning I read my “violin hack” blog, A Way to Stop Underestimating Yourself.  Noa writes about ways and studies to improve your practice and performance.  The question, can you achieve greatness if you work hard?  Correct answer is yes.  But to truly believe that is a challenge.  Study shows it may depend on what type characters you read about as a child.  My takeaway from this is in order to believe in ourselves, we have to see people we think as successfull, experience trials and tribulations and how they overcame them.

So my plan here is to share with you my struggles in quilting.  I feel like everyone is a better quilter than me.  (I’m not trying to poor mouth.)  But you know what?  That’s ok.  I’m where I am and I am improving my skills.  Just like exercise, I don’t have to be faster or stronger than anyone.  Just show up and move!  If you feel like me, the same is true for you.  And you know, my work and your work are better than we think.  Just give it a few months and you will look at it and go “I did that?!”  Yep, you did!

God Bless!

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MQM Paisley success!

Got the quilt basted

Got the quilt basted.

Cotton Pickin’ Bee met last week. Got some help with this troublesome motif. It’s continuous, too!  I practiced on paper and now I’m ready to put it to fabric.

Continuous Paisley Motif

Continuous Paisley Motif

You know me. I’ve got to draw it out and break it down. I had been trying to start it at the loop. Well, it’s easier starting away from the loop.

Start on right make a curve down and start back out.

Start on right make a curve down and start back out.

Then, loop back up.

Then, loop back up.

 

 

We’ve done this next step on waves and spirals.

curl and back out.

curl and back out.

 

 

 

 

Almost there.  Now just cross the line and echo down.

Cross line and echo down.

Cross line and echo down.

Then here is the 2nd paisley.  Just continue down the column.  Easy.

Paisley Repeat

Paisley Repeat

Took a little doing, but paisley is done.  Now to go sew it.  But before I do that, I wanted to share a tool with you.  It’s called Kwik Klip.  It saves fingers from getting sore when closing those safety pins when pin basting!

Handy dandy tool.

Handy dandy tool.

So here is my practice run photos of the paisley.  This is my first attempt on the machine.  I am pleased.  🙂

First attempt on machine. Paisley Line

First attempt on machine. Paisley Line

So here are a couple of close ups.

Paisley with squiggles two paisleys

 

Now, I’m going to sew paisleys on the comforter quilt.  It may take a few days, but watch for it in WAYWO posts.

How do you learn a new motif?  Would love to “read” your process!

God Bless!

 

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WAYWO Same-o-same-o

Well,not much new going on here. I think I’m stuck!  I added swimming to my routine and my days just disappear. I did start my dragon. He is awesome! A hundred smiley faces!  I finally put the WordPress app on my phone and iPad. Pretty cool to use my iPad.

I am working on a concert for Sunday. Last week we took an emergency trip to our vacation home because hubby thought there may have been a water leak. No leak. Wasted day for me.  It was Supposed to be a catch up day. Oh well, it was a nice drive. This Saturday will be my catch up day.

I’m working on a paisley motif to use in my quilting. I can draw one, but making it continuous and look good is proving to be a challenge. But I love this sort of challenge. It’s like learning a new piece of music. Very rewarding.

I also worked on some reports for the chairs I hold in my quilt guild. I’ve gone to several quilt shops and that has been a blast. It’s amazing the personality that each shop has. And the FABRIC!  Have I told you about my fabric addiction?

Thanks for reading this pictureless post. Hoping for a better week this week.  God Bless!

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