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Sew much to do…

Spent the weekend in Dallas and had a wonderful visit with family.  I am really lucky to have married into a family that I love and that loves me.  It was mentioned that I have known them for 39 years!  I’ve watched Don’s younger siblings become beautiful people.  Not much sewing, but I did get the binding put on Pa-Tune-ya!  Picture is posted on Instagram.  It also snowed on Friday.  I love snow.  My puppy and I took a walk in the snow.  We both enjoyed the walk.  A pic of him with snow is also on the above link.

So Pa-Tune-ya is in the DONE pile, what’s next?  Three Sisters is up next.  I am taking it to Quilt Your Own to long arm quilt it.  A pic of the top is also on the Instagram link.  This morning I sketched out quilting plan.

Weave thru the Friendship stars and meander to make quilted stars and echo around them.

Weave thru the Friendship stars and meander to make quilted stars and echo around them.

It looks a little squashed, but with the long arm and the size of my friendship stars, I think it will be nice.  Now, what to do in the border….any ideas?  I could quilt falling stars mimicking the reverse appliqué stars, but my free hand with 4 pointed stars is terrible!

I also need to get the homestead exemption forms out to clients for the real estate agents I work with.  Almost have one agent done.  Then there are errands to run, gotta get some batting.  Then the guild website needs updating, and I should probably start posting about our speakers in January.

I would love to get back to de-cluttering.  I have a mountain in my family room that is just screaming DE-CLUTTER me next!  Oh and then we cannot forget TAXES.  Would love to have them done by Feb. 1, problem with that is no one gets their docs to us by Jan. 31…argh!…

God Bless!

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I Figured It Out!

I know why I seem to be getting things done.  I haven’t watched TV.  No Gibbs and no Bull.  Then there’s Criminal Minds.  That’s 3 hours.  It used to be more.  But lately, none of the shows seem to offer what I like in a tv show…action, adventure, an ounce of humor.  I know I’m different than the average bear here, but I detest the 30 minute things they call comedies.  Every now and then they are ok, but week in and week out?  No thank you.  Then another is the “reality” shows.  Really?  Reality?  nope.  not buying.  I would love another good Star Trek, or Babylon 5.  Anyway, I’ll catch up on my 3 favs this weekend.

I know this one is short, but after the novels you’ve been reading this should be a nice change.  I will try to publish at a scheduled time.  It used to work like a charm, but this year, it’s not working like I think it should work.  I have one more try before I contact the help desk…(I’m writing this on the 5th and want to publish on the 6th.)

God Bless!

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Five Days In

I missed a day of blogging, but I’m right back on that horse.  Tuesday night I was working quick as I could to get Pa-Tune-ya ready for bee.  She’s quilted and impressed everyone. 🙂

Laid out ready for embellishing

Laid out ready for embellishing

I don’t have a pic of her done, at least not on my computer.  I will work on that, but I’ll post on Instagram soon.  Last night I worked on the binding and the label.  So she’s ready for our next road trip.  Still have to thread the needles.

Someone was wondering how my room would look after my first project.  Well, I consider Pa-Tune-ya the first one of the year and my room is looking pretty good…

Cutting Table…Clean

Cutting Table…Clean

Cutting Table was cleared before bedtime.  That wasn’t really too challenging.  The room is next for the de-clutter, which is challenging, because the furniture you see goes in the master, which will be the first to room to paint after the bathrooms are done.  I pulled the furniture out of the master in prep of cleaning the carpets, then decided to remodel….so nothing is where it should be, well almost nothing….

My studio is still looking pretty good.  The sewing station and desk are clear.

Sewing Station ready for sit down and sew.

Sewing Station ready for sit down and sew.

I did sit down and sew for 15 minutes this morning.  I’m really wanting to finish the top I’ m working on, but I’m trying to just work on it for 15 minutes at a time.  Thank you Debbie Caffrey.  Her Power Cutting Too Class was the best.  My accuracy has increased by following her directions.

Desk is ready for work!

Desk is ready for work!

My desk, which also acts as a table top for stuff is ready for me to sit down and work.  This is where I write my posts and work on real estate stuff from the agents I assist.  Not the best set up, but it works.

Ironing Station and Fabric Storage

Ironing Station and Fabric Storage

The Fabric Storage top is the messiest part of my space.  I worked on that label last night and didn’t pick up my toys.  It will be done.

I worked on my Spanish last night before bed.  DuoLingo is great.  I use it on my iPad and each lesson takes maybe 5 minutes, so instead of playing BubbleWitch or some sort of Find Hidden Objects game, I play DuoLingo!  You know it helped a little with the plumbers that did the manual labor, between their English and my Spanish, we communicated decent.  They seemed tickled that I tried to speak Spanish.  Then I think maybe they pretended to understand?  Oh well.  I will only get better with practice!

Haven’t missed a walk with Freckles.  I have some things to put on the guild website and hope to get it done before bed tonight.  A friend keeps telling me to take just two or three of these goals and work on them.  I understand.  I’m tempted, but which ones do I choose?  I look at them and see I do a lot of it anyway, just timing needs to improve.  Follow thru needs to happen.  The only one that takes a chunk of time is the 4 hours of sewing, and if I am successful with this, then I will succeed with all my sewing goals.  If I succeed with all my sewing goals, chances are I’m sewing 4 hours a day or more.  So, I’m going to keep going with my plan and always be kind to me when I reflect on my progress.

God Bless!

 

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Asthma

This morning my old friend, asthma greeted me at about 2 AM.  Not a good night.  But I’ve changed how I greet this devil.  I rest.  Yep, no more trying to push through, no more continuing as if nothing is different.  I take a break.  I lay down in the recliner with a warm blankie.  I am still.  I do not worry about what I should or could be doing.  My focus is to get thru this, to breathe.  And you know, I’m fine now.  At about 10:00 I got all better.  Could have been that the rain stopped and the sun came out.  But I have tried this approach before and had similar results.

So this time the devil did not succeed in getting me off my goals!  My basting table is clear and Pa-Tune-ya is ready for quilting!  I missed the 15 minutes of sewing, but I was battling a demon.  The Monday “chores” were done…groceries, clothes washed….Freckles was walked, the Quilt Guild of Greater Houston website is up to date, I’m prepared for our board meeting tomorrow night.

The day may have started out like it was going to be a goal stopper, but it’s turned out great.

God Bless!

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Happy New Year

Hope today was the start of a great year for you.  It was for me.  I sewed 4 hours, well most of the day.  I did take a nap and I did walk Freckles.

Frequent Visitor looking for treats

Frequent Visitor looking for treats

He is my 4 legged baby and he’s just so dang cute!  It rained yesterday and our backyard, thanks to the plumbers, who have finished up, (yea!) is a mess of mud.  DH let puppy out this morning (5 AM) and he came back in with mud all over his paws.  If you know me, then you know I like to sleep late, well I got up and cleaned up the mud.  DH cleaned the paws.  It was not a pleasant experience, but we survived and the day only got better.

I’ve got all my embellishments on my Happy Cow, now I’m ready to quilt….But….I need to clear off my basting table.  It was next on the de-clutter list anyway, but I’m getting sleepy and wanted to post so am taking a break from sewing and de-cluttering.  See my Instagram post.

I’ll keep this one short.  The last two were on the long side.  Have a Blessed, Happy, Productive, whatever you wish kind of year.  Hope you follow along with me and see where I end up.  I’m planning on posting the whole year this time.  This is try #3.  I’ve heard it’s the charmed one.

God Bless!

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2017 Goals

Happy New Year my dear followers.  I’m hoping to add more of you in 2017.  I’m sharing my goals with you for several reasons.  The main one is accountability.  Last year worked decent, this year I’m hoping for pretty good.  So those are very subjective terms.  Decent, I worked at my goals for about 3 months in 2016, then I moved on to other things.  Pretty good will be when I work at my goals for at least 6 months or continue even sporadically for the whole year.  I don’t expect it to be intense like it was last year, but a little every day.  One goal, one objective, or one action from at least one of my goals every day, or 5 days a week.  I’m giving myself the weekends off!  So below are the goals, read them or not.  I understand if you don’t, but if you do, please remember to try to encourage me to see it thru 2017.  Especially around April 2017.

Goals for 2017

UFO’s

I will choose 12 UFO’s to complete.  I will complete 6 by year’s end.

Guild

The website will be updated in a timely manner.  The new info goes out within a week after the old expires.  Pictures are uploaded within 2 – 3 days of receipt.  I am proactive in getting info needed for the updates.  The website is error free.  Each page on the website is recreated with DreamWeaver.

Postings for FB Group, Page and MyGrove are planned, prepared and written down on a “Media Calendar”. MyGrove and Facebook page postings include info on meetings, workshops, speakers and how to join the guild.

I continue to participate in Guild activities.  Charity Quilt Days, Community Service and Activity Corner.  I attend Friday meetings.

Quilts Promised

I finish 2 quilts I’ve promised to others.  I work from my list of all promised quilts

Charity Quilts

I make one charity quilt a month for Comforters.  I attend Boll Weevils twice a month and take tops to quilt and put together.

Business Plan

I blog 5 days a week.  I have 50 followers.  My website is up to date.  I pass out business cards to everyone I meet.  I sew 4 hours a day.  I devote a half hour a day to planning and working my business.

Brigetta

I know how to use my Bernina 880 and her accessories.  I know how to embroider, oil, and clean my machine.  I know and use the different features, I understand and use Corel Draw.  I incorporate learning the machine and software into my blog.

Music

I play my violin/piano confidently for others.  Any solos are played clear and strong.  I complete the Practice Hack course.  I practice violin and piano 4 to 5 times a week.  I play in a quartet.  My bow hold and violin hold are relaxed.  I make a decision to move forward or stop playing professionally.

Health

I am healthy.  I weigh 210 pounds.  I make healthy eating decisions.  My portion sizes are the “suggested” portion sizes.  I cook healthy and tasty meals.  I row 5 times a week.  I walk Freckles every day.  I practice yoga every day.  My core is strong and I am limber.

Spanish

I speak and read Spanish.  I work with Duolingo 15 minutes a day, 5 times a week.

God bless!

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Evaluation 2016 Goals and Objectives

I posted my 2016 goals on December 30, 2015.  Now, it is time for reflection.  Um, some good, some not, but it’s a start.  I had lofty goals for 2016.  I’m working on the ones for 2017.  They will most likely be lofty, too!  So I have put in Italics my evaluation of how I did.  I started this to be accountable, to have a record of where I was.  I wanted to change my life for the better, still do.

Goals for 2016

UFO’s

I will make a list of my UFO’s.  This list will include UFO’s on Tiki and Houston, and the ones in my sewing closet on the top shelf.  I will choose 12 for 2016.  I will complete 6.  I will continue with this goal until the UFO’s are complete.  I will do my best to complete any projects I start in 2016.  I will sew 4 to 8 hours a day.

Whoo Hoo!  2/5/16  I have my UFO List complete!  I have 51 UFO’s.  4 have been completed.  So now I am down to 47!  I also have 31 projects with Fabric and 13 WIMH’s.  I have chosen 12, well more than 17 actually, but several are just one step away from completion!  

I accomplished a lot at the beginning of the year, but then progress slowed.  But a good start!

Guild

The website will be updated in a timely manner.  The new info will go up within a week after the old expires.  Pictures will be uploaded within 2 – 3 days of receipt.  I am proactive in getting info needed for the updates.  The website will be error free.  I have at least one proofer to proof my work.  Each page on the website will be improved with pictures, graphics and colors.

Didn’t really do too well on this one.  I am better about updating in a timely manner, but was not proactive in getting stuff for website.

Facebook postings are planned and prepared.  I continue to like and comment on others’ posts.  Facebook Page postings are planned and prepared.  Facebook page postings include info on meetings, workshops, speakers and how to join the guild.

This went OK, but could be improved in 2017.

I participate in more activities in the Guild.  Charity Quilt Days, Community Service and Activity Corner.  I attend Friday meetings.

I did do this!

Quilts Promised

I finish the quilts I’ve promised to others.  I make a list of all promised quilts.  The list includes project name, recipient, where I am in the process, what is needed to move forward, and a time frame for completion.

I have made the list of all promised quilts.  I know what I need to move forward on these.  Didn’t move forward.  Something to work on for 2017!

Charity Quilts

I make one charity quilt a month for Comforters.  I give the baby quilts I have to the Gabriel Project and make 6 more.  This is separate from my goal of one per month.  I attend Boll Weevils twice a month and take tops to quilt and put together.  I encourage my bee to reach its goal of 100 quilts for comforters.

I was not very successful with this goal.  I did give the quilts to Gabriel Project, but did not make anymore.  I did not make a charity quilt a month.  I did attend more Boll Weevils and I was encouraging to my bee to reach 100.  I don’t think we did it, but we were close!  I’m waiting for the final count.

Business Plan

I blog 5 days a week.  I post videos.  I have 50 followers.  My website is up to date.  I pass out business cards to everyone I meet.  I sew 4 hours a day.  I devote an hour a day to planning and working my business.

Did not do this thru the year.  I blogged everyday for about 3 months.  I have 20 followers.  My website is non-existant.  It is challenging for me to give my business cards to anyone, friend or foe  I did not sew 4 hours a day.  I did the planning an hour  a day for about 3 months.

Brigetta

I know how to use my Bernina 880 and her accessories.  I know how to embroider, oil, and clean my machine.  I know and use the different features, I understand and use Corel Draw.  I incorporate learning the machine and software into my blog.

This is another goal that went bust.

Music

I play my violin/piano confidently for others.  Any solos are played clear and strong.  I complete the Practice Hack course.  I practice violin and piano 4 to 5 times a week.  I play in a quartet.  My bow hold and violin hold are relaxed.

I did not do the practice hack.  I have been rethinking  my music career.

Health

I am healthy.  I weigh 210 pounds.  I make healthy eating decisions.  I combine a carb and protein.  My portion sizes are the “suggested” portion sizes.  I cook healthy and tasty meals.  I swim 5 times a week.  I walk Freckles every day.  I do my core and stretch exercises every day.  My core is strong and I am limber.

I did not work on my health hardly any.  I have a plan for 2017.

Spanish

I speak and read Spanish.  I work with Duolingo 15 minutes a day, 5 times a week.

This one started out slow, then it began happening.  I tapered off for a while, but am back at it again.

How do you think I did?  BE NICE!  I’m very easy on myself and give me an A for effort and a B for implementation.  Some things went well, but life happens and some things get put on back burners.  So go easy on yourself!  And share how you did with goals of 2016.

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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TaB Workspace

I took a break from my habits that I have been working to build, this weekend.  Did most of them on Monday, and Tuesday took a break from almost all of them.  Today, I paid for it.  It was more work getting caught up than if I had done them at the normal time.  Will I slack off again?  Most likely, but now I know to really think about what I will have to do to get “caught back up”.

That said, I think I needed the break.  I feel renewed.  Taking the break, I was able to focus on my studio.  I have always loved my studio ever since we remodeled it years ago…2005 maybe?  The walls are a lovely teal, tile floor (don’t like that) but better than carpet.  A nice closet with shelves, peg board and cutting station.  My fabric is in Elfa shelves so I can see it and be inspired.

Lately, it has become cluttered.  True, I have stuff from another room in it and it will be that way for a while.  My husband said I had mountains.  He walked in, laughed and said, “Where did the mountains go?”

So not doing the “daily chores”, I was able to focus on a “project”, my studio and now I feel like I can actually work in here.  In fact I’ve moved back in.  (I was at the dining room table.)

I have started in on Spanish, a little.  I think my hang up is the grammar.  Singular vs. plural, the tenses.  I get so confused.  I don’t want to go further til I get it figured out.

The other goal I need to get started on is the practice hack and quartet still hasn’t happened.  Everything else is moving forward!

Hope your goals are moving forward!  God Bless!

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WAYWO Studio

No quilt progress, well a little. I basted a top for charity. Check out my MQM post. I learned my paisley motif with a little help from my friend!  I’m so pumped I may work on it tonight when I get home. Teal Dragon fireball is still a WIP.

But the big move forward is my studio.  It’s looking good. I cleared off my desk, put the monitor I never use in a closet. Freed up some space. Moved my turntable down to that end of the desk. DH says that since I like the vinyl better than digital, we can move to music room and put in soundboard cabinet. I took out a card table that was behind Briggita and moved her table to the wall beside my desk. My laptop goes on desk side closest to sewing table. I’m thinking this will be advantageous. I had a small Elfa shelf underneath the ironing board and in front of some filing carts. Moved that across the room and NOW I have access to everything.

Just realized this did not post!  Oh well, now I can tell you I’ve finished my paisley motif on the charity quilt.  It was fun!  And I can show you my studio.

Paisley!

Paisley!

Close up pic of quilting

Close up pic of quilting

DONE! Now pass on to someone else for the binding!

DONE! Now pass on to someone else for the binding!

 

 

 

 

 

Sorry no b4 pics of the studio. It was too embarrassing.  But here is my studio! 🙂

Stash (some of it)

Stash (some of it)

Briggita

Briggita

Desk

Desk

Design wall

Design wall

 

 

 

 

Peg board

Peg board

Closet with more stash

Closet with more stash

Place to hide UFO's

Place to hide UFO’s

Frequent Visitor looking for treats

Frequent Visitor looking for treats

 

 

 

 

 

How is your studio?  Hurricane or calm seas?

God Bless!

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