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A parting present

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When we found out our principal was leaving our school and taking a position back in the classroom I had to make a throw quilt for her parting gift.  I was really upset to see her leave, because she was so supportive and reminded us to take time for ourselves.  Fortunately she stayed in our district so she will still be in department meetings.  I didn't have a lot of time to work so I chose a charm pack with bright cheerful colors that I knew she'd love. I had just bought the Giggles card from VillaRosa designs so I used that pattern but enlarged it slightly to use the full charm packs. Over Christmas vacation we took a trip to Washington's Crossing State Park and Valley Forge National Park; with both of us now being history teachers it only made sense to take the quilt with me and take pictures. 

January Goals

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 I accomplished so much over my vacation that I debated if I could go back to weekly lists instead of monthly, but I know I struggled for any sewing time in the fall before we went full virtual, so I think I’ll stay monthly for now...I am trying to work at least 15 minutes of sewing time in each evening, so hopefully things will be better.  I did a post for the My Stitching Resolution quilt with my 2021 quilting goals,  it I hadn’t given thought to my travel goals since no one knows when we’ll be traveling again.  Then I saw a post from PA state parks several years ago in my memories that gave me a goal I should be able to achieve.  Camp at 2 new state parks and hike 10 new trails.  One of my best friends has been saying for years we were going to do something special this summer for our 40th birthdays; we’ve got a cabin reserved in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.  I’m hoping my goal of adding at least 2 states from last year is achievable this year.    So how did I do with December g

My Stitching Resolution

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Carla of  Creatin in the Sticks organizes such fun blog hops and I’m sure this one will be no different.  Although it is set up differently being a single day.  Before I make my 2021 resolution, how did I do with last years goals? (I omitted the travel ones because...) 1. I know of 2 weddings and a baby quilt that I need to finish and I want to keep up with any others that arise. Done although two haven’t been given yet. The pictures are only the occasions I knew about then; several more were made and given 2. Last year I finished all but one block of two different block of the month programs, so I need to finish those.- One is done, the other may squeak through but will probably be an early 2021 finish 3. My husband needs a new bed quilt so I want to finish my crumb quilt.  Done for the Winter Blues hop 4. I've had a top that my great-aunt pieced for almost 10 years, it's time to finish that! Not done, I keep saying one day I’ll find a purple back in the backing remnants bin

December Goals

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 In early November our school had to transition from in person learning to virtual learning and then they started allowing teachers to work from home a few days after my carpal tunnel procedure.  I think I will finally have some sewing time most days since I won’t have driving time most days.  So how did I do with  my November list?  1.finish hand quilting one baby quilt-done   One of my best friends works for my eye doctor’s office.  When the doctor announced tha5 she was expecting she asked me if I could make a quilt with glasses fabric which turned into a Harry Potter quilt featuring his glasses on most fabrics.  She picked the fabrics and pattern and helped with the steps that weren’t sewing. (Although she can sew, we took 4H sewing together) it was so fun to work on this together. On the label we couldn’t decide between two Harry Potter quotes so we used both. “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be,” and “mischief managed.” 2. machine quilt the other baby q

November Goals

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 I haven't been doing the best with my Sunday short list.  School has been crazy this year and even on the weekends it's hard to find the time for my hobbies.  I know in time either things will improve or I'll get more used to them and find ways to fit my sewing in other than on the weekends. In the meantime, I'm going to switch to monthly goals because its less depressing to see everything I didn't accomplish once a month than weekly.  So how did I do on the last Sunday short list? 1. continue to work on hand quilting my present-it's finished but not gifted 2. begin quilting the baby quilt-I have two baby quilts-I started quilting one but not the other 3. post about the two birthday presents-I did manage this one!   I also started a new project that is fairly simple-I'm revisiting the traffic jam quilt as the directions call for and using 2.5 inch squares from the Reel Time line from a few years ago (traffic jam in reel time)  In November I have a surgery f

From the Heart

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 Most years I try to give as many homemade gifts as possible.  I love when I know someone spent their time making something special for me because as a crafter I know that's much easier than ordering on Amazon (although I also love when people give me gift cards to shop at the local quilt shop guilt free!) Some years I can do a lot of hand made gifts (one year both my mom and my mother-in-law got hand quilted throws) but this year isn't shaping up to be one of those years.   When I signed up for this blog hop I had grand intentions of making a whole list of homemade gifts-right now I have maybe two small gifts finished.  I did get a few prototypes done with items I made myself (after all I don't want to show the actual gifts yet) First I wanted to make some soup bowl cozies.  I don't know why but these things have intimidated me for years but at the same time I'd see them at craft shows and talk myself out of buying them because I should be able to make them.  I fin

In memory of two great men

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Long before I met him, my husband was in high school with two of my cousins. One of them actually shares his birthday so it's become a bit of a joke that I never forget her birthday anymore.  Earlier this year I knew I'd have her memory quilt from our grandpa's shirts finished in time for their 50th birthday and I knew if she was getting a quilt and he didn't I'd never hear the end of it (granted she's never gotten a quilt before and he'd already gotten 3). I have wanted to make him a memory quilt of his Dad's shirts as well so I made their birthday my deadline.  Most year's sewing a semi-secret project for him wouldn't be a challenge at all due to my summer vacation.  However with Covid, he's always home!  I hid in my sewing room to prepare the pieces and sewed non-stop when he took him mom for a procedure but I still had to bind it and couldn't finish that step until days before their birthday when he went camping with the "manly m