Sunday, June 9, 2019

Retirement Adjustments and a June Goal

Well my retirement date did arrive and it has been a busy time since.  My last day of work was April 30th.  We then prepared for traveling to the Atlanta area to be there for our oldest granddaughter's graduation.  We spent two weeks with our family there and had a great time.  We are proud of Adria, she works hard at everything she does.

Adria with Grandma and Papa at Baccalaureate

Adria with her parents on Graduation Day

A couple of weeks before our retirement my husband Pat was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma.  This type of blood cancer is the same cancer that my sister had.  It is a rare cancer, one percent of all of the cancer's diagnosed, so it was a surreal to us to find out that Pat and has the same cancer that  Becky had.  We have been involved in appointments and meetings to make plans for his treatment direction.  We look at each other quite often and say, "this is not how we envisioned our first weeks of retirement."  We don't know yet what our "retirement" looks like but do look forward to settling in to some sort of routine and we know the God knows our future and that knowledge brings us peace.  

I do plan to find time to do a bit more sewing and needlework.  I love participating in goal planning, it always helps me with a focus on a project and who doesn't like checking things off on a list.  My list of projects is quite long and I have chosen one to complete by the end of June.  I would ordinarily link up with One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts sharing my goal but did not get it together before the deadline.
Mystery Block of the Month 2018 at A Quilting Life

I completed this quilt top a while back during the time we were waiting to put our house back together.  My sewing machine was set up in our little kitchen area and the picture was taken inside as you can see.  I sent the quilt out to be quilted and it should be back to me sometime tomorrow.  My goal will be to get the binding on and gift it to a friend.  That does not seem to be to lofty of a goal but we will have to see what happens.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

March Sewing Goal

I have so many projects I want to work on and get finished. I have made quite a list of  UFO's and just love crossing them off.  So many projects, so little time.  I believe I have mentioned that I have plans to retire from a job that I have had for 28 years.  I love the work that I have been a part of for so many years and I know that I will miss it but I also know it is time to make a big change in my life.

With the change in my work life, I hope to do more sewing, gardening, reading and best of all spending time with the people God has brought into my life.  That would include family, church friends, neighbors, blogging friends and the people I have yet to meet.  

With the flooding we had this winter in our home, the first thing I will try to accomplish is putting our space back together and with that do a little more purging and organizing.

Below is a picture of one of the 20 plus projects waiting for completion.  This is the project I chose as my March goal.  I have done a bit of work already and can't wait to finish and share this with a sweet little girl I know.

This is my Schnibbles - Bungalow quilt.  I am planning to quilt it myself using a quilt as you go method and I will be adding Minky to the back.  

I will be linking up at Elm Street Quilts sharing my March goal.

Happy Sewing to those of you who love it and Happy March to all.


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Woodland Wonderland Quilt Top

This has been a month of cold and snow in the Pacific Northwest.  I do enjoy a bit of snow but my work involves driving vehicles all over two counties providing library service to those who cannot get to the library.  The unusual amount of snow in our area resulted in a couple of closure days and short open hours for our libraries, many closed days for our local schools.  The snow added to the beauty around us, I took a couple of pictures while driving around Lake Stevens.

With a couple of snow days that kept us all home from work and school, I was able to complete the blocks for my quilt.  It is now ready to send out to have it quilted.  It is a fun quilt and I am tempted to make it a permanent home here.  To me this a finish in that I am able to move it on to the next step and soon it will be ready to be used.

I will link up with Elm Street Quilts for the February One Monthly Goal and The Crafty Quilter for the February WIP Challenge. Thank you for the inspiration to keep checking things off on my "finish" list.  


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

February Sewing Plans

I have been working on my Woodland Wonderland BOM quilt from Fig Tree Quilts.  I was a bit behind schedule and decided to see what I could do to get caught up.  I have quite a bit to go to complete the top but I am determined to get it done.  The blocks are fun and I know that I will love this quilt but I also know it will take some effort to complete it.  Setting a goal can only help me stay at it.

These are just a few of the blocks I have completed, now to add fillers and follow the directions to make a complete quilt top.

We are packed in to a small part of our space due to some ground water flooding in our home.  It has been quite an adventure.  I think I will share a few before and after pictures in another post as we go through the process of repairing and putting things back in order.    Finding a spot to take a picture of my sewing is a challenge. This was taken in our dining/sewing/closet next to our living room/bedroom.  Fun times.

If I complete this project, I will also share it as my February finish on The Crafty Quilter. It is one of the projects from my UFO & WIP List.


Friday, February 1, 2019

A January Finish - Sort of

2019 is  my second year of focusing on finishes.  Not that I stuck to "no starts, only finishes" last year.  I did add several to my list to finish this year and we all know that it is just too hard to not start some new projects or join just a few sew along groups.  Anyway, I am here to share my "almost finished quilt top".  It is the one I chose from my very long UFO list to "complete" this month.  To me this is a finish because now it is ready to send out to be quilted.  The back is prepared and all is ready to go.  The unique thing about this one is it is a block of the month from 2018 and it is only January and it is pieced together.  I believe that is a record for me.  I still have many BOM projects waiting to be completed from several years back.  This is my quilt from Sherri's Block of the Month at A Quilting Life.

The size of the blocks help to showcase the fabrics used.   

My pictures have been taken inside because I have been leaving for work in the dark and returning after dark.  I am so looking forward to that changing.

I will be linking with The Crafty Quilter to share my finish.  Setting a goal for the month is always a great help to me, it feels great to check projects off the list and put them to use.  It is time to pick out my goal for February.  Looking forward to a little more daylight each day.


Monday, January 7, 2019

January Goal 2019

Wow, it is hard to believe that it is 2019.  So many things have happened this past year and blogging was something that I did not find much time for.  We have many changes coming in the year ahead and I am looking forward to sharing more about that.  My hope is that I will make the time to share projects and family events on a regular basis this year.  I plan to join in and post goals and share those I am able to complete.  

First I will share my goal for January.  The quilt blocks below are my 2018 Block of the Month blocks designed by Sherri at A Quilting Life.   

Twelve blocks complete and ready to be put together.  I will pick up some border fabric this weekend and be ready to complete the quilt top.  Thank you to Patty at Elm Street Quilts and Julie at The Crafty Quilter for their inspiration to pick a project each month and finish it.
I hope to share the finished quilt top very soon.