Friday, December 30, 2011

So many bandwagons, so little time

As the year continues to wind down many of the more prolific bloggers are posting details of Quilt Alongs or Programs for the coming year. I hope to include some of these ideas in my own work for 2012. Marge at Delaware Quilts is having a Year of Giving. Each month she will feature a quilt idea and you make one or more from the idea and donate it locally to a group of your choice. Lyn Brown at shares many quilt ideas. One thing she has indicated she is doing this year is a year of doll quilts. The first was posted mid-December and was called Time Flies. Our Scrapbag group was short of doll quilts at the end of the year this year so I am going to follow Lyn and make some doll quilts. The Rainbow Scrap Challenge returns with some new wrinkles. Whatever your plans for the new year I hope they come with a hearty dash of good health and the stamina needed to see your goals to completion. Joanne

Friday, December 23, 2011

As another year winds down and a new one approaches

I am satisfied with my efforts for this year. There are so many directions one could turn for new things to sew for next year. I want to use up more of my scraps. Kind of like making something for nothing. I want to finish some of my outstanding UFO's and I want to make a few more doll quilts than I did this year as we could have used more at Toy Drive time this month.
I am getting my kits organized for my turn at Scrap Bag Quilters in January. We will be using home made Layer Cakes and I have done the math so that the project could be made with nickles or other size squares. My finished sample was done with nickles. Makes a nice baby size quilt. I will reveal all after the day has happened.
We are having an extra Community Outreach day in Janaury and I volunteered to get that ready. More after than event too. Don't want to ruin the surprise for participants.
Thanks for reading in 2011 hopefully more to come in 2012. Joanne

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A ray of sunshine

This quilt is on its way to a new owner. The daughter of friends of ours is in hospital waiting a transplant. She is always cold. I hope the bright cheery colours will help warm her up while she waits.

Yesterday I used some of the 1 1/2" strips to make a lasagna style doll quilt. I just needed some mindless sewing to do. My cards have all gone in the mail. I am striking a few other things off my TO DO list. Hope to sew some more today. Joanne

Monday, December 12, 2011

I am just peeking out from behind quilt number 50 for the 50 quilts from stash challenge. This quilt is called Just Squares and is a Mystery for Relays quilt. Various challenges are beginning to emerge for 2012. So many are tempting I need to do some careful thinking before jumping on too many band wagons. Joanne

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Earlier this year I found this challenge. I love to read but I feel as though I( am the world's slowest reader so I was a little reluctant to post the button. I did however make a list as I read this year. As of Decmber 1st I had read 56 books and that does not count quilting books. So maybe if they post a similar challenge next year I will not be as nervous about taking the challenge on publically. Joanne