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Weekly update and next week’s goals

While I didn’t go out and buy anymore fabric since my last post, 2 small quilt kits I ordered from Main Street Cotton Shop, prior to that, did arrive.  Warm Memories and Mountain Trails (in the blue colorway).  They’re added to my journal.

The fabric I mentioned I might or might not buy (in this post) didn’t get bought.  I did look at fabric and decided that what I want to use will still be there when I get some of my ‘to-do’ list taken care of.  I am still following the quilt-along instructions and making sure they get saved for when I’m ready for them. So, yay to me for not buying more.

I also didn’t pin Petite Mexican Sampler.  I’ve decided to take it to a new-to-me framer on Monday and let him work his magic.

So where am I on this week’s goals?

April 29 – May 5

  • Choose and cut fabrics for October JMLW Club (I forgot I needed to create a template for this quilt so I did that instead.  This will roll over to next week).
  • Pull plaids for J’s quilt (Pulled and started cutting – photo below).
  • Begin piecing stars on JMLW Blueberry Muffins (Nope)
  • pick fabric for Sampler Ladies sampler (Nope)
  • stitch on And They Sinned (Nope)

I didn’t even take And They Sinned out of the bag, so I guess if I stitch this week, it will be on that.


The picture is really dark because it’s black fabric in the background.  I wish you could see how bright a couple of the squares look IRL.  I believe that’s from 20 different fabrics (2 squares each) and I still have a whole lot more to cut.  This fabric comes from all over the world.  I participated in an exchange while I was living in Japan and I swapped Japanese fabric for these.

May 6 – 12

  • Choose and cut fabrics for October JMLW Club
  • Continue cutting plaids for J’s quilt
  • Begin piecing stars on JMLW Blueberry Muffins
  • pick fabric for Sampler Ladies sampler
  • stitch on And They Sinned

Another stitching update

I’ve updated my SALE page once again.  I’m trying to add things to it daily, and of course take those things off that are sold.  I’m also now able to ship USPS First Class without having to go to the P.O. first.  Thank you everyone for helping me make room for more 😉

I didn’t get a much stitching time this past week as I would have liked.  I had several things take me out of the house, which means 2 hours lost each day in driving time alone.  Here are comparison shots of And They Sinned after this week:









Rather disappointing progress.  I was hoping to get all of the alphabet done. 🙁

The weather is heating up nicely here and I’m hoping this week will find me back in the pool, which means less stitching and sewing time, but I love our pool!

I’m waiting to hear from a couple of stores on some frames I ordered for a couple of last year’s finishes.  Wednesday I’m taking a field trip with Annette to check out another place in Phoenix (as well as look at some quilt stores).

May’s report, June’s goals

Before I get started I need to give a huge public “thank you” to Melissa. Right after the first of the month my blog decided to take a nosedive. It was a PITA in the beginning.  By mid-month I could no longer post any photos and as the month wore on it turned into a catastrophe. I couldn’t even log in. This past week I threw myself at her feet and begged her to help me. She was kind enough to get it straightened out for me. It was not an easy fix, and I think I owe her my blogging life.

A lot went on in May for me, but because I couldn’t access my blog in the past couple of weeks, I’m sure I’ve forgotten more than I remembered.  I settled the lawsuit I brought against the woman who hit me last year; we’ve been having record heat here and M and I have been thoroughly enjoying our pool; I got Hannah Beeby framed and she’s hanging all by her lonesome in the middle of my family room wall (I haven’t unpacked my other large pieces yet); I have finally settled into the perfect routine for me and because of it am getting a ton of guilt-free quilting and stitching accomplished; I started walking consistently.  That’s all I can remember right now!

My goals for May were fairly simple and I accomplished more than I thought I would:

  • Get the rest of my fibers put away (DONE)
  • Get started sorting my fabric (DONE)
  • Get back to rotating on:
    1. Petite Mexican Sampler (finish it?) (FINISHED IT)
    2. Fairy Moon (YES!)
    3. Haiku (DIDN’T TOUCH IT*)
  • Continue with Rose Quaker and Mary Wigham on their respective stitching days (YES*)
  • Piece 4 more quilt squares (YES)
  • Finish quilted stitching bag (my Theme-a-licious project for May (NO)

*I forgot when I set my monthly goals that Memorial Day was coming up.  Last year Jean published in the Attic Needlework May 2011 newsletter that she stitched on patriotic pieces from Memorial Day until September 11th.  I have a lot of designs that contain the American flag, or are otherwise patriotic, and I thought this was a wonderful idea.  Last year I chose 2 medium sized designs and it took me until about the 2nd week of October to finish the 2nd one.  This year on Memorial Day I started Carriage House Samplings’ “Americana.”  I’m very close to finishing it…perhaps just a couple more days of stitching.  I have a second design pulled and will probably have no problem getting it finished before September 11, and then I’ll decide what to do next…continue with patriotic stitching or get back to my rotation.  For now, though, I have stopped working on my rotation and I skipped yesterday’s stitching on Rose Quaker.  I still haven’t decided whether or not I’m going to work on Mary Wigham today/tonight at Thursday stitchin.

While I had my stitching bag down for my Theme-a-licious project for may, I did work on my other quilt class projects.  I keep forgetting to bring my stitching bag upstairs to make those few stitches!  It sits by my chair holding my project bags and waiting to be loaded with my other odds and ins I take to stitchins.  It’s happy where it is!  LOL

I do have WIPacolypse progress to share but that will have to wait for another day as I have places to go and things to do today 😀

What do I want to do in June?

  1. Finish sorting my stitching fabrics.
  2. Get started sorting my quilting fabrics.
  3. Continue with my patriotic stitching.
  4. Piece 4 quilt squares
  5. Work on Haiku for June’s Theme-a-licious.
  6. Paint my bedroom.
  7. Buy new bed.

My quilt class ends in June.  I have enjoyed it so much and have gained confidence in reading patterns, choosing color, and piecing.  I’ve purchased fabric for a small table top size quilt and am looking forward to starting it after I catch up with the rest of my quilting.

M finally heard back from the Veterans’ office at the university and has started his registration process.

The puppies are still providing great entertainment and love and are staying relatively healthy.

I have a long weekend getaway planned with Karen and am really looking forward to it.


TUSAL and framing TaDa!

I am running as fast as I can to catch up! I hope it’s not too late to share my TUSAL for April 3. It totally rocks, and you’ll see why in just a second.

It’s so full because I finished queenie and now she’s back from the framers!

Here’s a closeup of the frame. It has the same deep blue/green colors in it as the mat.

I have absolutely no confidence in myself when it comes to choosing frames so I always drag M along with me because he is so good at it!

I’ve been stitching on my ornaments and Houses of Hawk Run Hollow.

I haven’t posted about my weightloss journey because I haven’t had anything to share. About 6 weeks ago I stalled out. Last Thursday I finally saw the scale start downward again (-1.8#s) and if my home scale is anything to go by this week’s loss will be good, too!

January's "goal" progress report

 I don’t think I set any monthly goals and I don’t know if I’m going to. I think what I’d rather do is just post progress reports for myself on my goals for this year. So here’s where I am so far:

1. Actual Stitching

What I want:  Mirabilia Summer Queen – I’m already stitching this and it has to be finished and framed by mid-May in order to be entered into the fair. I’m thinking I may stitch on this every Saturday and Sunday as well as devoting a full week to it. The rest of the items I’ll stitch on Monday – Friday.

Where I am:  I have faithfully stitched on Summer Queen every Saturday and Sunday, plus 1 week (this past week).  I’m pleased with my progress so far. 

What I want:  Carriage House Houses of Hawk Run Hollow – It will satisfy more than one ‘requirement’ for my rotation. There are 12 blocks and I am going to attempt to stitch one a month. I have a yard size piece of 40 ct Vintage Maple Sugar already in my stash, and I have been collecting the NPIs over the past year for this design and the Village. Just need to measure twice, cut once, surge and go!(Fortunately, the other two HRH designs have not tempted me, but I hear there’s an autumnal design in the works and I may be in B.I.G. trouble when it comes out.)

Where I am:  I started this design but switched to Vintage Sand Dune.  Since Kathy announced Autumn of Hawk Run Hollow is going to be on Sand Dune, I’m really glad I did.  I don’t know if I am too ambitious, or if my preparing my fabric put me behind, but I didn’t get the first block finished. 

What I want:  Glory Bee Flying Monkies – new and small. I want to put this over my desk at work so I can just point to it 🙂

Where I am:  I finished this and it’s sitting on my desk right this second.  I purchased fabric and fibers for finishing yesterday and it’s going in the mail today to be finished off!  Woohoo!  This stitching slot will be filled by Home of a Needleworker, Too!

What I want:  With My Needle Quaker Needlework Treasures – this has been around for over a year (I think even over 2!) and will fall into the ‘smalls’ category. I will decide whether or not to attempt the actual finishing once I get all the stitching done. I may just ‘farm’ it out. I do have everything for all the parts, etc., kitted.

Where I am:  I made such great progress on this project this month.  I am going to start looking for someone to finish it for me.  I’ll first contact the sweet lady who’s doing the work on Flying Monkeys to see if she’s interested.  If I happen to finish the stitching on this design during February, I’ll probably be slotting in another already started “necessities” project.  If  I don’t have one, then I’ll be starting a new one from my stash, that’s already kitted.

2. Framing

What I want:  Most of the designs I would like to see framed this year will be going on a ‘sampler wall’ in my bedroom. I am aiming for at least 6 designs.

Where I am:  I have Token of Love ready to go to the framers, I’m just waiting on them to have a sale.

3. Stash Enhancement – I have myself on a stitching budget. I am going to try really, really hard to not purchase anything but we all know how that usually goes 😆 so I’m budgeting. I have tons of fabric, so really can’t see myself buying any of that in the future and am going to try to stitch as much from my stash as possible. One thing that has worked for me in the past is to trade for things. I may try that when I start on #4 below.

Where I am:  I knew going in this one was going to be hard on me.  I’m doing better than I thought I would though.  I did make some purchases, but when it came to kitting a new design, I switched fibers to make sure I could stitch as much as possible from my stash.  I think in future months, I’m going to list everything I buy so I can see just how *bad* I’m being 😉 

4. Stash Downsizing – I am going to be thinning out my stash. I have some fibers to get rid of (anyone need to purchase the complete set of Vikki Clayton silks for HoHRH?) and I even want to sell some of my fabric. I know I have some duplicates in charts to weed through, plus my tastes have changed over the past 30+ years. I’ll be doing a lot of eBaying (user name is mcbcpsdca) and will post here when new stuff is going up and may even post things for trade before putting them up on eBay.

Where I am:  I suppose stitching from my stash falls into this category somewhat.  I did pass my Flying Monkeys on to another stitcher for a cup of coffee!  😆  I have started pulling things and listing them on my blog and linking to them on my photopage. 

So that’s where I am.  I need to post a photo of Summer Queen (was too tired to drag the camera out last night) and a before picture of Home of a Needleworker, and post the fiber changes I’m making.  I can’t believe it’s Monday already.  Saturday was spent up north stitching with friends all day, and Sunday was errand day.   I really don’t like weekends like this past one because I feel like I don’t get any downtime, even though I’m spending all day Saturday stitching.  

This might just work out


I got home from work yesterday to two very happy puppies! It’s so much fun to walk in the door and be happy danced to death. Jasper was yipping at me and Harley was trying to climb up my leg. That’s the way it used to be when we had Bandit, and I missed it terribly when Harley didn’t meet me at the door. She did, however, take up watching for us out the front bedroom window. She’s a growly girl so we’ve nicknamed her Mrs. Bruiser Cravetz. Jasper has been nicknamed Mr. Prissy Pants, since he’s such a prissy momma’s boy. 🙂


I got off my lazy heinie and trimmed The Token back last night and surged the edges. I’ll wait until I’m walking out the door to the framers before ironing it. Hopefully I can take it in this weekend.

I also cut, surged, and started stitching on Flying Monkeys last night. I’m thinking it’ll be finished by Friday. I guess I already need to start thinking about what to slide in its slot.


Things at work were weird yesterday. Atty J told me that she told Atty D that he needs to hire someone to work strictly for him and let me start working strictly for her. She also told me what she wanted me to start doing for her, and I’m excited. Trying to not get my hopes up that it’ll happen, but we have two huge cases going to trial (one may settle beforehand) starting next week and that will free up a lot of time for me. I’ve spent a good part of this a.m. discussing the future with Atty J and I really hope it works out the way she wants it to because that means I’ll be strictly in litigation. Woohoo! maybe!

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