What I learned while making this quilt ….

MQ with StyleI was inspired to make this quilt by the quilt I saw in  CHRISTA WATSON’s book MACHINE QUILTING with STYLE. (page 34)  I really liked Christa’s pattern other than it was too small.  I wanted a queen size quilt of at least 100 inches wide and 100 inches length.   Christa’s quilt was more like a throw size.   So I  decided to make my own quilt inspired by Christa but as usual doing my own way.  

I am listing here what I learned while making this quilt because as usual when I go off on my own I usually run into trouble.

1.   The first thing that made it hard on me was letting my DD see the quilt I was making for her.  I had planned a rainbow quilt but she decided she would rather have a blue and green quilt.  I abandoned the  segments I had already made, putting them aside and instead made other segments. …. What I learned is ……  DO NOT show quilts in progress if you do not want input from someone else.

2.     I usually design on a design wall as I like to design visually.  Only problem is I do not have a design wall big enough to stretch out the segments  far enough to measure the quilt top properly.  I mis- measured  the quilt top multiple times and thus wasted some fabric.  I was also short and had to reorder more fabric.  Of course,  it was not the exact right shade because it was a different lot number.   I can tell the difference but my DD can not …. SO I AM SAFE.  MODERN QUILTS often require more background fabric than traditional quilts.  I had purchased 10 yards of KONA JET BLACK from a local quilt shop ( it was the last of the bolt)  I had to order an extra 3 yards on line.

Second thing,  I could have done to avoid this problem is to draft out a pattern of the quilt and estimate the size of segments I needed.  MEASURE TWICE CUT ONCE.    I made the pattern below midway thru the project.  I would have saved myself a lot of aggravation if I had drafted it earlier. ….  like before I started the quilt top.                                                         

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IT IS IMPORTANT TO TAKE THE TIME TO DO SOME BASIC PLANNING BEFORE STARTING ON A QUILT.  I TEND TO SKIP THIS STEP ….. BUT NOT IN THE FUTURE.

3.   In Christa’s quilt she used a pre cut 2-1/2 inch strips for the background and the colored strips.  Her quilt was 54 x62 inches.  She used a roll of background fabric paired with a roll of colored pre cuts.  I would have had to used 2 – 3 or more rolls of 2-1/2 inch back ground fabric and another 2 rolls of the colored fabric. ( I estimated 7 segments of 10 strips each. )        

My segments were made from a bin of strips I had cut in various widths for a different quilt.  I pulled all the greens, blues and yellows that suited the project.  I had left overs from a set of batik  TONGA TREATS, and I used many of those in the quilt. 

Because the strips were of different widths I had trouble making a matching segment to mirror the first segment.  The left hand segment should match the segment on the right side.  It would have been easier if I had used precuts.  I had to fudge with the segments to get them to the correct side.  The next time I make this quilt quilt.  I am going to echo the sizes of the strips on each segment.   I need to pre plan the segments more carefully. 

IT IS IMPORTANT TO BALANCE AND MIRROR THE LEFT SEGMENT TO THE RIGHT SEGMENT.  IT RESULTS IN A NICE PATTERN.   THE NEXT QUILT I MAKE WILL HAVE TWO CENTERED SEGMENTS and NONE OF THE HALF SEGMENTS SEEN AT THE TOP AND BOTTOM OF THE QUILT TOP.

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This quilt is so large I can not hang it anywhere to take a picture of the entire quilt.  The picture above is the top half of the quilt.   The picture below is part of the bottom segment.  I had not finished piecing the bottom segment that went below the segments shown here.   I am going to borrow a quilt rack to see if I can get a better picture.                                   .

 

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4.  I had used a batting as my design wall when I was planning this quilt.  It was white and shedded like crazy.  As a result I have hundreds of tiny fuzz all over the quilt.  I am spending a lot of time trying to clean the quilt top before taking it to the long armer.  I am having my long armer order black batting for this quilt.  Once it is clean it is off to the long armer for quilting. 

THE IMPORTANT LESSON HERE IS DO NOT USE A WHITE BATTING WITH A BLACK QUILT.

I do plan to post a better picture of the quilt…. the entire quilt top ….. IF I CAN GET ONE.

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GETTING BACK TO BUSINESS….

This past year has been rough …. but I have decided to make things better I must actually do something  CONSTRUCTIVE about it.  So I am going to working on my weight and health,  try and improve my mood by getting back to the things I love…. quilting, blogging and podcasting. 

First thing …. evaluate my UFOs …. see what they need and get going on them.  I have to know where I have been before I can decide where to go and what to do next.

I also have to decide what stops me from doing what I want and   “destroying”  whatever is blocking my goals  ….. For example,  I often say I need to clean the sewing area, the room, the house before I get started.  Since I hate house cleaning I put it off for as long as I could till the day was gone.   In the past I have found that if I jump into the quilting project I get energized for other things and then cleaning is not as much of a “chore” and I actually get around to doing it.  Win-Win for me… I spend time doing the things I love and then actually have the energy and interest to do  chores during or after my crafting time.  ( I am always surprised at how much laundry I get washed and put away during my quilting time. After all I have to free up the washing machine to pre-wash fabric. )

I am going to stop blathering now and get to the point of this post.  I am listing my shameful list of UFOs.  Many of these projects I have blogged about before so they will look old to you.  I start many project because I get intrigued by a technique or a pattern that I want to try.  I get started then I stop because something happens in life or I hit a roadblock in my quilting or I have lost interest in the project.  This year my goal is to finish my UFOs.

HERE is my incomplete list of projects   ….

UFO LIST 2017 – – –

 FLORAL SPLENDOR NEEDS BINDING

MIKE’S QUILT … NEEDS HOUSE OF WHERE HE LIVES

 ***ANGELINA’S QUILTS … CHRISTA WATSON PATTERN

**** SKY NINES PATCHWORK QUILT … TAKE TO RETREAT

FMQing — TIMBO’S BLACK AND WHITE QUILT

 FMQing— NURSE RETIREMENT QUILT

FMQing —NURSE THROW … DONOR QUILT nurse to nurse

 HAYDEN BABY QUILT …. Do a different quilt for her as she is a big girl NOW ….. FINISH ORIGINAL QUILT and donate.  Make HAYDEN another quilt

 FMQing – – –   SETH ‘s  QUILT

 FMQing – ANGELINA’s wall hanging ERIC CARLYLE

 

DOWN IN THE BASEMENT 

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  1. CHRISTMAS BOM … Had over 20
  1. SEW AND FLIP …. TOM & KRISTEN SOFA QUILT
  1. JULIE’S PINK & PURPLE QUILT
  1. KAY’S FIVE SCRAMBLE ???? …. NEED PIECED BOARDERS
  1. DEAR JANE HAND PIECED … turn into a baby Jane with what you have
  1. BONNIE HUNTER MYSTERY QUILT …. FINISH AS MODERN BABY

 

HAVE MORE BUT I CAN NOT REMEMBER THEM …

 Happy Quilting …I will get back soon.

NONNIE

 

 

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BEAR LAKE SEPTEMBER RETREAT 2016

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This is what BEAR LAKE looks like in September … oh do different … I even took a short hike.

Look here to see what BEAR LAKE looks like in the winter.

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I finally finished my daughters wall hanging shade…. at least the top got assembled.  We will sandwich it this weekend then I will start free motion quilting it.  The following pictures are of projects being constructed during the event…. We had such a great show and tell.

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UPDATED PODCAST LIST : MARCH 2016

I will be posting this list periodically each year. I like to direct download my podcast to my computer, this list just makes it easier to find them. I will update as I find new links to post, need to get the blogs linked up to the pod-caster.  I  wish I was a better programmer so I could make this blog post prettier  but I am self taught and half the time I never know what I am doing when it comes to programming.

For those new to podcasting you can download the file by:

  •  RIGHT CLICK on the podcast ICON on the blog. 2/ USE the various windows for that browser …
  • SAVE THE LINK, SAVE THE TARGET 
  • Save the file to the folder you will find the file in… I use MY MUSIC / QUILT PODCAST
  •  TO listen to the podcast use your favorite media player … Mine is WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER

The podcasts are in no particular order ….. except the first one… that  one is mine.

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Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams…. THIS one is mine!

https://nonniequiltingdreams.wordpress.com/

http://nonniesquiltingdreams.podbean.com/

This podcast is mine it is totally irregular uploading of episodes since I work as a full time nurse and when I come home from work I am totally tired. To be honest I have not gotten very far in my FINISHES this year. I love quilting and try to keep working on my projects… but it is slow going. I do blog and podcast about the the quilt books, notions and newest techniques I buy. I plan to post an episode once a month …. that said it has not happened yet….

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 Quilting for the Rest of Us

http://www.quiltingfortherestofus.com

PODCAST LINK > > > http://quilter.podbean.com/

QUILTING FOR THE REST OF US …… THE BLOG

SANDY has been podcasting for over 5 years and it has been an interesting journey. She discusses all things quilting and creativity. Her podcast are often inspirational as by profession she is a theologian and works with immigrant families. Currently she is going for her graduate degree. She often reviews quilting books and notions so you can save your money not buying items that does not work. I love listening to her episodes.

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Off-Kilter Quilt

http://offkilterquilt.podbean.com

OFF KILTER QUILT the WordPress BLOG

http://offkilterquilt.com/

OFF KILTER QUILT new blog page

…. … OFF KILTER QUILT has a new web page … adding it here till I get around to the next update of this web page

Frances is a children’s book author who has taken up quilting in the past 7 years. She is a dedicated finisher and takes you along on her journey. I loved listening to her podcast over the last 5 years as she progressed from a newbie with a new to her sewing machine to an accomplished quilter. Frances is from North Carolina and talks about her life, her kids, quilting and the weather. ( joke) She also often talks about the books she is reviewing. Frances often wanders off topic but so delightfully. I look forward to everyone of her episodes and often listen to them more than once.

FRANCES has a new podcast for Creative Writing for kids…..

Starting APRIL 2014 … loving it!

http://www.francesdowell.com/category/creative-writing-for-kids/podcasts/

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Hip to be a Square

http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com

http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/feed/podcast/

direct podcast link page

Pam is the most prolific and consistent pod-caster and quilter. Her out put is amazing especially when you consider she works at home at a very busy job and family life. She talks alot about her process. I follow both her blog and podcast in Feedly so I do not miss an episode. Pam and Daisy are currently reading books together and then reviewing them as part of the podcast. Their book picks are interesting. I know you will find this an interesting quilting podcast to listen to… she will definitely inspire you to keep at your projects.

PAM now host THE STITCH TV SHOW on

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THE STITCH TV SHOW

THE STITCH ON YOU TUBE LINK

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https://www.buzzsprout.com/70645.rss

DIRECT RSS FEED DOWNLOAD LINK

https://leahday.com/

LEAH DAY started a new podcast,  November 2016 …. Take a listen…

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LAZY DAISY QUILTS ( and READS)  …..

Because I AM and I Do ….

http://ldq.outlandishthreads.com

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Daisy’s podcast … she is so real.  She says it like she sees it.   Daisy use to be a costumer but now works in a quilt shop where she does the long arming.   She discusses all aspects of quilting,  current happenings in her life and what she is currently reading and watching on tv.  She is currently designing embroidery for the TV show OUTLANDER the patterns are available for free on Craftsy AND thru  FANDOM IN STITCHES.                

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Crafty Garden Mom ….

TANISHA is a book buyer for a major Washington D.C. company. She talks about her journey in crafty from her teen years to now as mother of two adorable little girls. She talks about the processes she uses to make her art quilts and art journalling. She currently has a serial quilting projects. Tanisha also reviews books that will be on the market soon. She also has a passion for classic movies and reviews them. I love her eclectic choice of topics… it is like talking to your neighbor over the backyard fence.

http://craftygardenmom.blogspot.com

http://craftygardenmom.podomatic.com/

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I first saw Pat when she presented her trunk show soon after I was introduced to quilting back in 2005. To think of it I think she was the first national teacher I had been exposed to. Pat was also the first podcast I use to listen to when I learned about podcasting in 2010. ( Remember I am not of the computer generation that learns how to use a computer in grade school. Computers had not even been invented when I went to school.) Pat currently works with American Patchwork and Quilting magazine but she had been podcasting for several years before she affiliated with them. Pat has been in the quilting business for years and has interviewed many of the nationally known quilting divas. She always have interesting guest to listen to. Pat publishes weekly so you can count on her when you want to listen to podcast while working on a project she always has something quilty to listen to.

Toginet …. Pat Sloan: American PATCHWORK and Quilting

http://toginet.com/shows/americanpatchworkandquiltingradio

PAT SLOAN’S Creative Talk Radio BLOG

http://www.creativetalknetwork.com/

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ANNIE SMITH was the first quilting podcaster. She published over 100 podcasts when life through her a curve and she had to slow down in her posting new episode. I liked her podcast because she interviewed quilters on the west coast as she is based in California. Annie is teacher and quilt judge so you always garnered helpful hints from her episode. My favorite episodes of hers is the discussion of entering quilt shows. I have only touched on a few of the topics she discusses I always learn something from her she is well worth the LISTEN.

Annie Smith’s Quilting Stash

http://simplearts.com/blogs

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WEEZY WORKS HOME PAGE . . .

http://www.weezyworks.com

http://www.weezyworks.com/feed . . . WEEZY WORKS VIDEO PODCAST … DIRECT FEED

NEW VIDEO PODCAST FROM WEEZY WORKS a fellow TWILTER . . . . found July 2014

Weezy is a twillter friend who I follow TWITTER. Weezy post video podcast but I can only view them when I am awake between MN to 0500 (eastern standard time.) I do download all of the audio episodes to my computer and listen to them when I listen during a sewing session. Weezy investigates all types of quilting and is a fun listen.

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HOBBIES UP TO HERE PODCAST AND BLOG

This podcast was started earlier in 2015 but I just discovered it in February, 2016. The conversation is between Dori the mom and Kati the daughter. They discuss various hobbies but quilting is their main focus. They also talk about what is going on in their life at the time of the podcast.

Currently there are 31 episodes and they are an absolute hoot…. I have been listening going back to the beginning …. I have added them to my FEEDLY BLOG READER so I do not miss a post / episode.

THIS IS A MUST LISTEN TO PODCAST… I think you will enjoy it.

Direct RSS feed to HOBBIES UP TO HERE…… YOU can also download them from iTUNES

http://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/atgyk-3cd3d/Hobbies-Up-To-Here

RSS FEED for HOBBIES UP TO HERE

BLOG LINK > LINK to HOBBIES UP TO HERE BLOG

https://www.facebook.com/hobbiesuptohere/ >>>>

HOBBIES UP TO HERE FACEBOOK PAGE
FACE BOOK LINK …. they have a podcast on i Tunes

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http://katiesquiltingcorner.com/ Katie’s Quilting Corners

http://feeds.feedburner.com/KatiesQuiltingCornerPodcast

Katie is a 30s something quilter / crafter,  as she calls herself.   She talks about her quilts, her life and the recent changes, and her beloved dogs.  She took a hiatus from podcasting but has since returned and is putting out new episodes.   I am catching up with her new episodes and have her on my FEEDLY blog catcher.  COME and join the conversation.                                    .

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SLIGHTLY MAD QUILT LADY from NEW ZEALAND ….. new 2014

http://theslightlymadquiltlady.podbean.com/

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 MODERN SEW-CIETY …. http://www.modernsewciety.com/

http://www.modernsewciety.com/category/podcast

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Quilt Cabana Corner Podcast

http://quiltcabanapatterns.com/blog

http://www.quiltcabanacorner.podbean.com/

SANDI podcasts about her life as a mother of two girls ,  her quilts.  She is a designer of applique patterns and has been published in quilting magazines.  She is the author of  Little Quilts for Big Occasions .  Give her a listen.

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CRAFTING PODCASTs …

CRAFTY PLANNER

 

CRAFTY PLANNER :

http://craftyplanner.com/podcast/ >>> CRAFTY PLANNER …. found May 2015 ….

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on iTunes … ABBY GLASSENBURG … WHILE SHE NAPS….. JULY 2014

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JENNIFER IS BACK ON THE AIRWAVES … and she has a treasury of older podcast to check into… she interviews crafters.

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DEFUNCT PODCASTS:

These pages might have been taken down as it is rather expensive to keep it up but I am hoping they will come back.

PODCASTS no longer being published … but you may be able to download past episodes  >>> here is the link to that page.

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FAVORITE NON QUILTING, SEWING, CREATING PODCAST ……this section will be moved in the near future.

HISTORY CHICKS…. my favorite history podcast …. take a listen

http://thehistorychicks.com/?cat=6 . . . MY FAVORITE HISTORY CHICKS HISTORY PODCAST ….

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http://www.mythandhistory2.podbean.com/

MYTH and HISTORY of Europe

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MY FAVORITE MICHIGAN NPR … RADIO LINKS …

http://michiganradio.org/rss …… MICHIGAN NPR RADIO LINKS

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So you want to podcast … here is a good site to learn about podcasting .. from a professional …

http://theaudacitytopodcast.com/…. AUDACITY to PODCAST …..

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IF I HAVE MISSED ANYONE PLEASE BRING IT TO MY ATTENTION SO THAT I CAN UP DATE THE LIST.

HOW TO DOWNLOAD A PODCAST FROM A DIRECT FEED

http://nonniesquiltingdreams.podbean.com/

On the bottom of the post it says :

Like | Share | Comments | Embed | Download | Plays (100)

If you left click on Download it takes you to a download page… then right click on the icon that pops up

A window with various commands opens …. choose … SAVE AS, SAVE AS TARGET or Save File

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My first assignment for my retirement is ……

I am thinking of retiring this year and already I am getting assignments . . . My assignment if I choose to accept …. make three    (?) quilts to be used as window shades . . . (to block light) for daughter’s pre-school class room. She raided my fabric stash to find my hoard of fabric I was saving for something… I guess this is it. She has since gone on line to buy more fabrics … We will be adding some bright solids / tone on tone to get enough yardage … not sure how yet.

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HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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Now that this quilt has been gifted … I can post some pictures

THIS quilt has gone to my niece, Kristi,  and her great husband David.  I am just going to post pictures as I have posted in progress pictures in the past.  I will say the quilt pattern was inspired by FOCUS POCUS by Swirly Girl Designs.  ( BEWARE of really big pictures because I am so proud of this quilt.)

Quilting is done by LISA BURMANN QUILTING STUDIO,  DRYDEN MI

LISA BURMAN QUILT STUDIO in Dryden Michigan

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I started this quilt in the fall of 2014. I initially found the pattern in a quilt in a quilt show or at a guild meeting. To be honest I do not remember where I saw the quilt but I had taken a picture of it. I tried finding the pattern but did not find anything until months later I found the PINTEREST BOARD dedicated to FOCUS POCUS PATTERN after I started my own quilt. There I found 100s of patterns for Focus Pocus and links to the Swirly Girl Designs web page on Pinterest.

Finding the pattern, my girl friend and I ordered the pattern but it was too late for me. I had already started on my quilt several months before. I had drafted the pattern in EQ7. I had figured out I wanted the focus fabrics to use 14 inches square. Using fat quarters from my stash I was able to cut the center and the four side pieces from the fat quarters. Some of the fabrics were directional but I was able to cut the side patches with that in mind. None of the fabrics are identical but I have several of similar style and print. I tried to balance the fabrics on my design wall.

I later designed the B BLOCK once again using EQ7. Each block had a center of gold once again from my stash. Each patch was of a different fabric with no repeats. Kona Black was used for the side patches that created the illusion of a larger block.

The border was 4 yards of a fabric I fell in love with years ago and had been saving. This was the perfect quilt to use it. I cut the binding off and set it aside for later use. I left the rest of the fabric alone planning to cut the borders after I had pieced the quilt top and knew the size I wanted it to be. I aimed for 100 x100 with the knowledge that the quilt top like all my quilts would grow in size and take on a life of its own.

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HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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WORD of the Year …. Non Resolutions …for 2016

I do not believe in making resolutions for the NEW YEAR…. why because I never stick to them.  What I do do is make lists …. Priorities change on that list some rise high then some drop really low…. to the point of non existence.  I will be posting my UFO and list of dreams at the end of this post. 

I also think not making resolutions comes from being different aspects of our life cycles.  I am having more surgery soon.  I am looking forward to retirement.  I realize it is not a time when I can make a lot of resolutions and plans that I will feel bad about because I can not accomplish them.  I do not want to set myself up for failure as that could lead to depression.  My energy is going to be in getting better after the surgery.  Beyond that anything I accomplish in the next year is gravy. 

Sandy’s Quilting for the Rest of Us RESOLUTIONS & WORD of the Year

I have participated in SANDY of Quilting for the Rest of Us …. New Years Resolution and Word of the Year blog post  for the past several years.  The first year I just posted my UFO list, last year I stated I had no resolutions (my memory could be off on this.)  I did have a WORD of  the YEAR.   Last years word was FINISH … Can you see the on going theme here…. I tend to start projects in fits and starts then feel guilty when I do not finish them…. but my quilter A.D.D. kicks in and I find a new project is more fun then what I am working on.   I had some success in FINISH but then a lot of failures too.   Adding more UFOs then what I finished…. but enough of my failures … let us look forward to the next year …. 2016.

This years Word of the Year for 2016 is HEAL.   First off I had surgery and will have a second surgery next month.  I learned with the first surgery I have a lot of physical therapy  to do in order to heal.  I have other healing to do …. spiritually and mentally.  I will not go into the details because I hate when I read blogs that spew the disappointments in life …. I think some things should be kept private.

I am giving myself a pass in the future if I do not complete any of the UFOs this year because my priorities will be HEALING.  So sorry there is no resolutions to be found here… I will have a list posted of my UFOs I want to finish but if they do not get finished oh well …. some of these will be repeats of previous UFO list.

2016 UFO list … with details:

1.  Niece ‘s Quilt

…. just have to sew down the binding … but if not finished by this years holiday party for the family it will not get done for a long while….. My record is not putting binding on a finished quilt for 4 years.

LINK to pictures of the quilts I am talking about

2.  Sew binding on TIGER QUILT

3.  Finish FMQing on give away NURSE QUILT … and bind

4.  Finish FMQing on RED SETH QUILT … and bind … by machine

5.  TIMBO’s black and white and red all over … needs FMQing

6.  My retirement nurse quilt …. needs FMQing

7.  SKYWARD NINE PATCH QUILT …. finish blocks… assemble

8.  Finish Hayden Quilt and think about something simple for her baby brother.

9.  Nephew’s  Quilt …. need to plan, design and start … not a UFO but it is something I want to do.

10.  LOOK in the basement quilt storage and pull out all the other UFOs that are down there… dig for GOLD in my RETIREMENT STASH.  This is the end of the list I could add more but I do not want to be unrealistic.

Please join Sandy’s Quilting for the Rest of US …. RESOLUTIONS post and inspire the rest of us.

Sandy’s Quilting for the Rest of Us RESOLUTIONS

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NONNIE

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