Finished 3 pair of the 12 pair of socks that I kitted, ready to go.
Finished 29 quilts, 10 of which were ready for the quilting. The other 19 were in early stages or not started.
I also made 2 bags and 2 pillows plus embroidered 4 sets of towels. I embroidered a Hatched in Africa set each month for their challenge, two of which were jeans.
There were bowl cozies and pea pods.
Then there were the baby lambs and additional sheep and puppy. I don’t want to forget there was a garden with canning and freezing.
Plus the hospital stays. It appears to have been a very busy year. But there were things I did not finish or even start, so they can become goals for the next year.
I’m expecting much more “out of sewing area” activities. My sister-in-law has Alzheimer’s and is near the end. There will be many more lambs plus sheep activities including at least one fair where I will be showing them. We are moving the garden to a more level spot this spring. DH is needing more attention. And there is a big wedding in California in April. I have fewer flimsies, so most quilts still need much work.
Quilts to do: Goal is 200 yards usage
Mystery quilt: Merry Mayhem – NY day mystery
Mystery quilt: “Scrappy friends” – NY day mystery
Bonnie Hunter “On Ringo Lake” – finished clue #1
Daffodil flimsy – to quilt
Roses flimsy – to quilt
Teddy Bear picnic – to quilt
Celebrate flimsy – to quilt
Bear paw quilt – large, cut out
All aboard – not started twin bed size
Fish quilt – not started applique – large wall or lap quilt
Tulip quilt – flimsy – needs quilting
Sunbonnet Sue #4, have sue blocks, needs setting and quilting
Bonnie Hunter 2012, needs to be finished for King size, quilted, etc.
Baby Hono – I want to make a child size turtle quilt
Finish all the paper piecing blocks and finish the wall hanging with them.
Socks: I’ll keep working on my last year’s kits, since I only finished 1/4 of them.
Learn Electric quilt
Learn cutting machine
Make 10 Alzheimer’s activity mats
Try 2 new recipes a month
Gym 2x week
Make garden plan with plans for starting, fert, etc.
Make hoop house plans as above
Obviously, I will come across items during the year that I will tuck into my weeks.
Slowly, but surely, with little minutes here and there. The gussets are nearly done. I think I’m a slow knitter because it takes me 18-20 hours to do a pair of socks -time dependent on how much cuff and how many stitches I drop and have to pick up and how many times I have to lay the project down and pick it up again.
No photo, but I spent an hour in the dentist chair this afternoon having 2 small cavities filled.
On the way there, I stopped and bought 2 gallons of honey from a friend who has many hives of bees and has them at various people’s farms. I learned that our hardware store now sells food grade buckets for food. And guess what, their logo gets spread around. DH believes that everything one sells should have something to help sales. This qualifies.
The last thing to purchase was a storm door for the hoop house which will be recovered this weekend.
And here’s a HINT: for all these holidays coming up. Buy yardage, serge or hem the edge, pop it on your table to look all cheery and when the holiday is over, you can save it for next time, or make something else from it.
I started the morning by opening an email that I should not have opened. Then I waited for the Geeksquad to remove the virus or whatever from my computer so I could again use it. After that a phone call to Handiquilter and I believe my machine may be more cooperative.
In between those chores, I did get a pattern copied onto pattern pellon for a jacket. I even was able to get the main pieces cut out of this cotton fabric. It will be a loose, lightweight cotton jacket using the new serger. However, I do not have the right thread, so will pick that up tomorrow.
Off to the grocery briefly for a couple very good watermelons and out to the garden. We picked the funniest shaped carrots. Next year the ground will have to be worked deeper. These poor carrots just could not break through the hardpan. Still they are delicious.
These beets were growing beside the carrots, but since they are shorter, they didn’t have the same troubles. They filled this 4 gallon bucket about 3/4 full. Oh, and there were a few potatoes that were from a potato that was left in the ground over winter. I pulled a beet and harvested 6 potatoes much to my surprise. So we will be enjoying roasted root vegetables.
Today I woke up thinking of all the things I wanted to get done, then I remembered, that’s not the important thing. I didn’t get my list done, but I pray God’s list was achieved. And I am thankful for a large garden and the work involved because of it, especially when I remember those who don’t eat 3 meals a day. I count my blessings and ask to be a blessing to others. These are 16 pints of green beans for the coming winter from the 7# picked yesterday.
The Sew Fun this week was put on by Lana Jones. She comes up with ideas in her sleep – of which she doesn’t need much. These 3 signs used sticky metallic paper on boards and mounted denim. Aren’t they cute?
Using a piece of tile that she found at Lowes, she put metallic paper on these “rocks”. And they did look like flat rocks. This is such a wonderful way to give a little inspirational gift.
These are made of “Ice Resin” a product to pour in molds. These would make lovely jewelry or nice for key chains.
The animals at the top come with stuffing in a bag that can be removed from both the body and the head to make it easy to embroider. The two bags below them were from a pattern book “Sew Useful” by Debbie Shore. There were several items in that book to help you make storage items for the home.
The black dress and the dress with the green skirt were from “Sew Pretty T Shirt Dresses” Simple little dresses that start with a recycled or purchased T shirt in the child’s size. This would be a terrific gift for the busy mom or grandmother to sew.
This is where she caught me. I loved this lightweight jacket you see in peach and black. And it can be made totally on the serger. So I will be looking for fabric to make this.
This book also had some fun projects and the items in this book have both the patterns you can cut out or if you have a Accuquilt, they have a die by Edyta Sitar to make them.
This “Buddy Blanket Bear” has only a stuffed head, so if a young child likes to take a huggie to bed, one could either hand or machine embroider on the open skirt.
It was a very good Sew Fun, well worth my time. And there were several more items that didn’t really catch my attention. All I need is time for some of the projects that I all ready have, then I can take on some new ones.
After I got home, I had company. I did not get all my steps in, but will get them all in by the end of the week.
After all this, I took a brief rest on the deck. Isn’t this a lovely view? It was such a pretty day. Tomorrow will be more garden time and maybe zucchini bread baking. Don’t hold your breath on that though.