Oh what an exciting month this January has been! So exciting that I’ve been awfully quiet on here. So, let me tell you what’s been happening…
First, the news! My older daughter who just graduated nursing school in December took her national nursing boards and she passed on the first go! The very next day, she flew to Colorado to interview for a program that takes new grads right into critical care. She had an early interview because she was flying to Copenhagen that afternoon for a trip to Europe (that’s a whole other story) and they called offered her the job before she even got back to the airport! Now, the bad news is that she’s moving to Colorado….but’s that’s yet another story! I’m just so excited for her to have this amazing opportunity to do the kind of nursing she really wants to do!
Now, finishes and blocks. I found a way to keep track of both by putting little white boards by both my upstairs and downstairs sewing areas. For January, I made…drumroll, please….
Four finishes (not 1,111…lol!) and between both boards a total of 128 blocks! Woo hoo!
My first two finishes of the year were charity quilts and so were the second two. I showed these two in a prior post. I took this pile of fabric
to this make this quilt.
Then I finished the quilting and binding on the top charity quilt in this pile.
I had stumbled on this lovely bag of pastel scraps on our guild’s free scrap table.
Someone had thrown their project leftovers into a bag and, well, sometimes a bag of cute scraps needs to get used right now! There were already some sewn strip sets for nine-patches and four-patches so I put them together into a doll quilt and a baby quilt for our guild’s charity outreach. The batting and backings were scrap and free pieces, too so the only investment in these two quilts was the $2 piece of thrift store purple that I used for borders and bindings.
I even got my hand-me-down Handi Quilter (original system that you put your own machine in) up and working and quilted the baby quilt on it. (There’s a reason that there is no close-up of the quilting!) I absolutely hated it at first but I’m committing to quilting six charity quilts on it before I give up. By the end of the first quilt, I was starting to like it. In between things, I’ve been working hard at cutting scraps into usable strips and squares, etc. My pile of scraps doesn’t seem to be getting any smaller but it’s hard to tell when you add a scrappy kitty to the mix!
I’m working away on my entry for the We Support You Blog Hop…but I’m a little worried. You know how sometimes a pattern is just a “jumping off spot?” Well, I sure hope Madam Samm is going to like where I landed with this one! In the meantime, here’s the rest of the schedule so you can see what this talented group is up to! I’m linking up to A Lovely Year of Finishes and checking back in with my block total at Prairie Moon.
We Support You Blog Hop Full Schedule Jan 29th
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