To Set Goals or Not to Set Goals

That is the question.
Yesterday, I set a goal to not start anything new until 2018.
It took me one day to fail at this goal.
So, I guess my answer is…Some goals are met to be set aside.

I started working on a WHIMM, (Work Hidden In My Mind).
For the past few days, I have been looking online for tutorials, photos, and videos on how to make fabric journals.
My interest in keeping journals, plus by love of trying new things, just made it a natural thing for me to try my hand at making a fabric journal.
I have seen more photos than tutorials or how-to’s, so I am really jumping into this with only my interest and a willingness to try something new.
Since Pantone chose my favorite color, purple, to be the color of the year, I pulled out some fabric from my stash. Thanks, Mary (Zippy Quilts )! Your post about Pantone inspired me and got me started.
Like I said, I really don’t know where I am going with this.
I once took a class on making book journals, so I think I can figure out how to sew the segments together.
This is going to be a gift for my sister, Emma.  She is the artistic one in the family. Emma has written and illustrated five children’s books.  She keeps the coolest journals. One year, I gave my siblings a personalized journal as a Christmas gift. I told them it was a selfish gift, because I wanted them to keep the journal all year and then give it back to me.  Only Emma returned the journal and it was fantastic.
I could see her daily thoughts and activities through her fabulous illustrations.
This is the first square I made for the journal cover.
I made my own fabric, and I hand quilted it.

I am not quite finished with this one.
Some of the fabric included in this block is from the pieces my brother sent me from his furniture design company.
For the next block, I will be using embroidery thread.


Wednesday Walks

Starting in October, I meet with a group of retired educators every Wednesday. We take walks and hikes in parks, historical landmarks, and local places of interests.
Usually, it is just in San Antonio; but we do venture out to Blanco and Wimberly Texas.
Today was the last of the scheduled walks.
A smaller group of us, my Meemaw friends, continue throughout the year with our own walks and craft days.
Our walk today was to downtown San Antonio and the King William historical area.
It was like a trip down memory lane for me.
As a child, I lived just south of downtown San Antonio, and east of the King William area.
Many of my friends lived in the King William area.
We formed a River Rat Pack since we would spend time on the river.
One of the places in this area is the Guenther House.
The house is decorated for Christmas, and it had a gingerbread house that took 200 hours to complete.

This house made me feel like a kid again.
As we walked along the river, we saw an egret and a blue heron.
It just made my day!

When I returned home, I realized that my sewing room and my fabric stash is way out of control.
I have a few more projects to finish before Christmas.
My goal is to revamp the space and the fabric storage after Christmas.
I have been viewing different organizational ideas online.
One way was to make your own bolt of fabric, using magazine board.
Another way was too expensive. It entailed buying plastic boards with clips to fold the fabric.
There was a tip to cut hanging folders in half and fold the fabric around the folder.
This might be good for my larger pieces, and I have canvas baskets that fit the size of the hanging folders.
I had once tried plastic bags, but I do not remember why I did not like the results. I think it didn’t work because I just threw them in a plastic bin and it got too bulky.
Then, there are those small bits of fabric that are good for making your own fabric.
What is the best way to store these?
I have steel frame shelving units.
Right now, I have different sizes of plastic bins on these shelves.
I guess this is okay for the small stuff, but I need ideas for larger remnants and yardage.
What works for you?
If you have any organizational tips, I would appreciate your input.


Yesterday I posted about being inspired by my grandson’s singing rendition of Rudolph.
I made a pillow using the Reindeer Games pattern designed by Bobbie Bridgeman of Snowy Days Quilting.

So today, I made another pillow cover for my grandson. He can use this to replace the Rudolph pillow cover after Christmas.
It is a smaller version of the I Spy floor pillow I designed for my granddaughter.
(I haven’t quilted the floor pillow yet.)

I hand quilted the center of both of these pillow covers.
I decided to make my own pillow insert, but I ran out of stuffing.
So, tomorrow, I will either buy more stuffing or just buy a pillow insert.


Mantra for 2018

Today, I went in search for a new pillow.
Not only did I find the perfect pillow, I found an unexpected treasure.
In one of the stores, I saw a table of tile coasters.
They were all very pretty and had different messages on them.
This one in particular caught my eye.
I immediately decided that this would be my mantra for 2018.


My sons who live in cities north of San Antonio are getting snow!
This is a first for my grandchildren.
In San Antonio, snow is falling in parts of town and is heading my way.
I am so excited, I just had to share.

Update: It’s snowing in SA!

I got my White Christmas!7247747B-7E44-4159-B21D-1FD71B676460

I Wish You A Merry QAL…Done!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

The weather has been cold and wet all day.
The Christmas music has been playing.
Since I will not be able to work on projects tomorrow, I went ahead and finished piecing the Christmas QAL.
It will be some time before I can get it to my friend to longarm, but that’s okay.
Joining the QAL was a fun experience for me.
The designers provided creative and challenging blocks.
The star block kicked my bottom.
Someday, I will make another attempt to piece this star.
I substituted three blocks from the QAL with blocks that I thought added a personal touch to my quilt.
I loved seeing the different interpretations of the same block from all over the world.
It was enjoyable to see and have conversations with all these people on Facebook.
I have been working on this quilt since August, and this is the longest it has ever taken me to finish a product. It is nice to have ongoing projects.
These last few days of working on this quilt has brought back many memories of Christmas Past.
Thanks to all the creative people involved in this QAL.
Thank you, Abbie , for extending the invitation to join this group.
Abbie, your Christmas quilt is beautiful…so bright and cheery.

You may not be able to see the “tinsel” effect on the sashing.
I thought it added a Christmas touch.

Finally…December Weather

The high today was 45 degrees!
It has also been raining.
So, it was the perfect day to wear my Grinch slippers, lounge in my new snuggly purple robe, read, listen to Christmas music, and work on my Christmas QAL.
I pieced the back with 12″inch blocks made from remnants of fabric used in the quilt, plus some other Christmas fabric. As I took the picture, I realized there is a corner of red blocks. I was thinking of changing it…but maybe I won’t. The color of red in this picture looks more pink. But the color is really in the range of cherry red to cranberry red.

I placed the string of lights on the back.
Thanks for all the input on my question about the layout of the front blocks.
One of the cool perks that comes with blogging is learning from others.
Sometimes, it just takes the artistic eye and expertise of someone else to help me get through a creative block. I appreciate all of your input.

The consensus of the Facebook QAL group and blogger response was the lantern block.
I originally did not like the way the lantern turned out, but after I made some changes, I was leaning towards using the lantern. It seemed to fit better, even though it was the only block with a border.
I pieced all of the vertical sashing; but I only completed two rows of the horizontal sashing.

As I was taking this photo, I realized that there are two gold and white squares too close to each other.
Other than this mistake, I am happy with the way it is turning out.
Tomorrow I will decide if I am going to make changes to what I have.
Then, I hope to finish the sashing and add the keyboard border.
It is going down to 36 degrees tomorrow!
Another perfect day!

I Wish You A Merry QAL

Block #12, by Laura Piland was so much fun.
Of course, my string of lights came out  a bit twisted, with the lights on the inside instead of the outside of the string. I also had to make the bulbs a bit smaller so they could fit.
I needed a red background to add balance to my quilt, but the red sort of interferes with the red bulbs.

I also figured out how to make a stocking quilt block.

So, now I have to figure out which blocks will be included in the quilt and which ones become a pillow cover.
I thought that maybe the string of lights could be one of the blocks I piece on the back.
So far, 2 out of 3 family members chose the quilt with the lantern.
What do you think?
I appreciate your input.

Quilt 1-with string of light


Quilt 2-with lantern