Wednesday, January 4, 2012

I'm Moving

I've decide to move to Wordpress. I hope you will follow me there. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Are you on Pinterest?

I am.  Follow me. If you are not, request an invite; I'll let you in. 

Monday, January 2, 2012

12:12:1: January, Day 2

Believe it or not, I was able to sew again today! Partly because I decided to take vacation instead of work today, but what does it matter as long as I got to sew?

I got bored with the log cabin I was working on, and I was too lazy did not want to iron and trim the blocks I sewed yesterday, so I pulled out another quilt UFO. Yes, I have more than one. I even have more than two. I probably have.....well, you may figure it out one day. Don't judge if you don't have that many UFOs and quit smiling if you know you are in the same boat. That's part of the beauty of my challenge...I'm going to reduce my UFOs, my stash, and my guilt. 

Anyway, today's victim is a quilt as you go quilt. I think I started it in 2005 also. (Again, don't judge.) I took a quilting class and half way through, I realized I had gotten my strips out of order. After ripping out all of my quilt top, I was pissed frustrated and shoved it in the back of my craft closet, hoping it would magically finish itself. Unfortunately, it didn't, so today I started it again. I already had all of the vertical strip sets done, so it was just a matter of sandwiching the strip sets with batting, flipping, pressing and repeating. I sewed for about 2 hours and got 6 of the 10 vertical rows sewn together (no frog stitches this time!). It took a while to sort the strip sets and iron them from where I had wadded them up and shoved them into a bag. Once that was done, it went pretty quickly. I may actually finish it this time! :)

Quilt As You Go UFO

Are you ready to take the challenge with me, Caryn, and our mom? For the next 12 months, can you sew 12 days out of the month for at least 1 hour a day? We've thrown down the gauntlet and issued the challenge. Join us and post your progress. Maybe I'll do a link party at the end of each month to show our progress. Maybe there will be a prize....

Sunday, January 1, 2012

12:12:1: January, Day 1

Well, I decided to start the challenge today. I had the opportunity and took it. It was easy. I sewed for an hour and I enjoyed it. Today, I decided to work on a quilt I started in 2005 (yes, 2005). It is a large log cabin quilt. Today, I sewed a few strips on 24 blocks. Below is a before picture. Now, I just need to iron and square them. You will probably see this one project a lot. It is going to take a LONG time to finish. To finish it, I need 144 blocks. So far, I have 24 finished and 24 in progress. :(

Like Me....I'm There!

I finally did it. I'm now on Facebook. It's a work in progress, but like me and you can watch the changes to come. 

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Sew 12:12:1 in 2012

For 12 months, 12 days a month, I will sew for at least 1 hour. That is my #1 Resolution for the new year. I am going to take the time to do what I love to do. Sewing always ends up on the back burner, and I don't seem to get to do it as much as I want. I'm too tired, too busy, too lazy, etc. You know how it is; life gets in the way.

As I was straightening my craft room for company during the holidays, I realized just how my many unfinished projects I have. It was scary. I also never realized how much fabric I have or how many notions I have...that brings me to my #2 resolution. I will spend at least 6 of my scheduled 12 hours per month working on UFOs. Hopefully, this will reduce my pile mountain of UFOs. 

My #3 resolution definitely goes along with the first two. I will use my stash first before I buy anything to start a project. This may sound simple, but in reality, it is hard for me. I think of something I want to do, and I will buy everything I need to do it, even though I already have everything at home. This is how I have ended up with so much crap many duplicate notions and excess fabric. I plan on tracking exactly what I buy from this point forward, hopefully, spending as little as possible while churning out fabulous finished projects. 

I wish I could take credit for the wonderful idea of 12:12:1, but I actually ready about it here. I am, however, going to take this wonderful concept and make it my own personal challenge for this year. How about you? Are you up to my challenge? Are you ready to promise yourself to sew at least one hour a day, 12 days a month for the next 12 months?