Weekly Wrap Up and New Goals for Thanksgiving Week!

Well hello there!

This week has most definitely been an adventurous one, to say the least.  I started out with one set of goals, and, well…let’s just get to that right away:

Last Week’s Goals:

1. Finish Andrea’s Quilt – I pieced the back, but didn’t get any further than that.

2. Bind placemats for Women’s Christmas Dinner – JUST finished them on 11/23/14 at 11:30pm (still counts!)

3. Quilt the quilt for Women’s Christmas Dinner – Haven’t touched it

4. Finish sewing some boxy bags for a friend – Have not finished this either

5. Two sew together bags for gifts – Cut pieces out for one and still contemplating colors for the other

NOW – Here’s what I ADDED!

1a. Quilt 2 quilts for 2 people for Christmas – 1 done

2a. Let’s just go start a tote swap – DONE!

Truly, the tote swap was a brain child between Hannah over at The Craft Laboratory and I on Monday of last week.  We were anticipating maybe 50 people.  Well, the response was CRAZY amazing!  Definitely beyond our hopes or expectations!  You can go search #IGToteSwap on Instagram to check it out!  To date, we have 78 people in the swap, a total of 5 mama’s (Hannah and I have our big groups and then we have three gracious mama’s that agreed to take on a group of 10 participants), and I have 3 people on a wait list!

And we limited it to only the United States!  This doesn’t mean we don’t love our quilty, tote-loving friends in other countries.  We honestly just didn’t know how well received this swap would be, so we tried to keep it kind of contained.  I can promise you that we are already talking about the next swap, and we will definitely be including international entries!!  How exciting, right?!?

But for the time being, we are going to focus on one thing at a time.  I still have a ton of Christmas sewing to get done for friends and family and Christmas swaps that I’m in the heat of as well, so, without further delay, here’s what’s going on for my goals this week:

New Goals for Thanksgiving Week

1. Finish Andrea’s Quilt (no, seriously though…)

2. Quilt the quilt for Women’s Christmas Dinner

3. Finish sewing some boxy bags for a friend

4. Two Sew Together Bags for gifts

5. Quilt 1 quilt for 2 people for Christmas, and bind 2 quilts for 2 people for Christmas

6. Sewing day with Hannah from The Craft Laboratory at Must Love Fabric on Black Friday!!!

7. Get Flossy’s Group swap box completed.

Yup!  You heard that right!!  While we may Black Friday shop a little, it is going to be in the afternoon when most of the crazy people have collapsed from sheer shopping exhaustion.  I definitely want to go to Joann’s and Michael’s and maybe Hobby Lobby to get some stuff for the swap partners I am sending to in a week.

While I do work the day job Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, my evening plans (Women’s Bible Study, Choir and Small Group) are all not happening this week, so hopefully I’ll be able to catch up and knock a few more things off this list – or – maybe – GASP!!!!  Maybe I will even clear the whole lot!

Wish me luck, and happy Thanksgiving my friends!

IG Tote Swap

**Update!**

As of 11.21.14 – 9 pm CST, we have 76 swappers!!!!  Hannah and I are completely overwhelmed and excited  with the response we have received from this swap and are so excited to watch your progress!!!   As such, we have shut down responses and will now start working on getting groups together and partnering you!

Thank you one and all for making the response amazing!  This will definitely be something we do again next year – and we will even open it up to our international friends!

Hello there friends!  So my friend Hannah over at The Craft Laboratory and I have cooked up a swap!  I know there are TONS of swaps going on right now. The holidays ALWAYS bring out the best in us sewists and quilters!  Because of this, we are going to have the send date next year!  February 1st, 2015 to be exact!  This will give you the opportunity to stalk follow your person through the holiday season and see what REALLY makes them tick!

So here’s what the swap entails:

1. We are making tote bags!  You are welcome to make them as simple or complex as you would like.  Pockets or no pockets, zippers or no zippers, we will leave that totally up to you!

2. Your tote must measure no less than 12″ tall x 12″ wide x 2″ deep

3. ONLY quilt shop quality material please!

4. We highly encourage ALL levels of quilters and sewists!  Are you scared of sending your creations to someone because they won’t measure up?  Please don’t worry about it!  Just put your heart into what you make, and I know that your swap partner will LOVE it!

5. Since there are only two of us running this swap, we are currently limiting this swap to the first 50 people that fills out the form below.  If we have any swap mama’s or papa’s that want to jump in and help us with a group, we will definitely consider opening this up to more people!

6. Extra treats/items added to your package is not required, but not discouraged.

7. This is NOT a swap specific to any holiday/season!

8. This will be a BLIND swap!  You will know your partner, but your partner will not know who you are, so feel free to post full pictures and/or sneak peeks!

9. Since this is our first swap, we are going to limit this to IG users only, and only to those that are in the United States!  We LOVE our over-seas friends, but we will include you guys in on the next round if this one proves to be a smashing success.

10. We will keep this open until November 26th and partner information will be sent out by November 30th!  Send deadline will be February 1st, 2015.  You are welcome to send it as early as January 26th, 2015, but please no earlier!  If you need to send earlier, please contact either Hannah or I first!

Well, that’s it, I think!  We will both be posting on our blogs and IG’s to encourage and root for everyone!  Please use the hashtag #IGToteSwap when you are posting about your progress so everyone can follow you!

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Happy Crafting!

Weekly Wrap Up and New Goals for the Week

Okay, so since it’s so early on in this grand blogging adventure, I’m going to not go with the sports-related goal post thing.  I really don’t know much about sports, so I’m just going to leave that where it should be and move along.  🙂

So I’ve been busy this week, but definitely want to get a bit more done this coming week.  Here was my list of goals from last week:

~Continue Andrea’s quilt – Got the top done!  Just need to border, and, you know, the rest of the quilting process. 🙂

~Finish binding the placemats for Women’s Christmas Dinner – Haven’t touched this

~Quilt the quilt for Women’s Christmas Dinner – Haven’t touched this

~Work on a project for a friend – quiet book – DONE!!!

So, I didn’t do too bad, but I definitely want to try to get a little more done next week on the outstanding items above, but of course since I’m a quilter/sewist, a couple more things added themselves to the list.

Sewing Goals

1. Finish Andrea’s Quilt

2. Bind placemats for Women’s Christmas Dinner

3. Quilt the quilt for Women’s Christmas Dinner

4. Finish sewing some boxy bags for a friend

5. Two sew together bags for gifts

Non-Sewing Goals

1. Get at least 8,000 steps per day

2. Continue to clean/organize to get ready for Christmas decorating

3. Restart PiYo with my group!

4. Women’s Christmas Dinner setup work.

So I’m trying to give myself a bit of a break this week.  I have small group on Tuesday, choir on Wednesday, and possibly a gathering with my small group on Thursday just for fellowship (a welcome reprieve, for sure!), but Christmas is truly coming and there are things that need to be sewn.

I do have an awesome friend that just joined the blogisphere!  Hannah over at The Craft Laboratory has joined the ranks of crafty bloggers, giving her voice to this awesome world of creativity!

Happy Creating!

Quick Check In

HI there!

So this will be quick – and mainly for me to keep myself in check throughout the week – but doing a quick check in from my goals set earlier this week:

New Sewing Goals!

~Continue Andrea’s quilt – Got the top done!  Just need to border, and, you know, the rest of the quilting process. 🙂
~Finish binding the placemats for Women’s Christmas Dinner – Haven’t touched this
~Quilt the quilt for Women’s Christmas Dinner – Haven’t touched this
~Work on a project for a friend – quiet book – Haven’t touched this

I’m really just focusing on Andrea’s quilt.  Now that the weather is cold, I know she will appreciate getting this sooner rather than later.  I’m seriously digging this process!  Can’t wait for the big reveal!

New Non-Sewing Goals!

~Get at least 8,000 steps per day (nope, not giving up on this one!) – Not giving up on this one, but also not obtaining it either. I have been getting at or above 6,000 consistently, but with the sewing and such, well, there’s only so much time in the day for this girl.
~Continue to clean/organize to get ready for Christmas decorating – During the week, this is almost impossible.  Unless my son is sick and I can’t go anywhere, we got too much going on for me to clean or organize anything for any length of time.  Weekend cleaning warrior!
~Locate and procure a fireplace bucket and shovel to clean out fireplace. – Still to do
~Clean out fireplace – Still to do
~Yoga/Pilates 4x this week –  I have actually managed to do yoga once and PiYo once so far this week!  Things are looking good here!
~Women’s Christmas Dinner setup work – Still to do
~Meal Prep (not looking good….just sayin’) – LOL!  Yeah, not looking good at all.  🙂

How is YOUR week going?

Happy Creating!

Goal Update! and Goal Post – 2

So, it’s been an emotional week in my world.  Lots of things going on that are a bit more private than I care to post about publicly, but I can say that God is definitely using those circumstances to stretch and grow me. 🙂  But through all that, I have had an incredible group of ladies checking in and encouraging me to continue to move forward with my goals.

I figured I would also post this coming week’s goals as well at the bottom!  Saves a post and all.

Okay, so here’s my weekly wrap-up from my list of goals from LAST Sunday!

Sewing Goals

~Lay out and sew Andrea’s quilt top – Laid it out!  3/4 of the squares are joined together in various pairs/strings of panels!

Obviously I needed a quilt helper.

Obviously I needed a quilt helper.

~Women’s Christmas Dinner place mats (10) – Updated to only needing 8!  Which is good, because I kind of screwed up on 2 of the ones I made, and only have 9, so this worked out beautifully.  Anyway, I got them all quilted and trimmed.  Just needing to bind them!

The snowmen are the back of the placemats! Aren't they adorable?!

The snowmen are the back of the placemats! Aren’t they adorable?!

~Women’s Christmas Dinner quilt – Pushed back to next week.  Less than a month to go, so gotta get crackin’ on this!

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~Organize Fabric –This may not happen until…February.  I have ambitious goals, but I have to assess what I am realistically able to accomplish.  Right now, we are 45 days away from Christmas, and there are a few things that are more important than a pretty stash. 

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~ Two boxy pouches for someone who got married yesterday (no pictures available – I seriously finished them and ran out the door to deliver)

Non-Sewing Goals

~Clean house and purge more “stuff” – Well, I got rid of 3 bags of stuff – YAY!  And I cleaned up my kitchen a little and did some laundry, so I’m calling this a win for the week.

~Women’s Christmas Dinner table setup work – Yeah….no….

~Meal Prep – Nope…didn’t get to this either…unless you consider making hard boiled eggs meal prep, and, well, I could have done better.

~At least 8,000 steps per day (would help if I charged my FitBit…) – Yup – would have helped if I had charged my FitBit.  I didn’t charge it until Wednesday and I didn’t record at or over 8,000 steps on any given day that it was charged.  Will definitely have to do better next week.

~Yoga x 4 – Okay, so I managed a couple of quick sessions (10 minutes each).  Not nearly the length I prefer, but after the charlie horse I walked/ran through on the I Am Second 5k, I’ll call it a win that I can touch my toes without pain.

New Sewing Goals!

~Continue Andrea’s quilt
~Finish binding the placemats for Women’s Christmas Dinner
~Quilt the quilt for Women’s Christmas Dinner
~Work on a project for a friend – quiet book

New Non-Sewing Goals!

~Get at least 8,000 steps per day (nope, not giving up on this one!)
~Continue to clean/organize to get ready for Christmas decorating
~Locate and procure a fireplace bucket and shovel to clean out fireplace.
~Clean out fireplace
~Yoga/Pilates 4x this week
~Women’s Christmas Dinner setup work
~Meal Prep (not looking good….just sayin’)

So, lofty goals again, but I think I’m up for it.  What are YOUR goals, sewing, crafty or otherwise, for this week?

Happy Creating!

Modern Quilting – Modern Women

So I thought I was only going to post once a week, but I’m now just playing it by ear.  Since I am new the crafty blog scene, I am learning a TON about linking up with other bloggers and, well, pretty much everything.  For the time being, you are probably only ever going to see iPod pictures with bad lighting, but I’m working on that, I promise!!

This week I stumbled across a blog written by Crystal over at Two Little Aussie Birds about modern quilting/modern women, and I definitely resonate with both.  She asked a few questions that I thought I would also talk about here!

1. Tell us about how you started quilting and how you found modern quilting.

I started quilting shortly after I quit smoking almost three years ago.  I had actually bought my sewing machine, a Brother Project Runway Special from Walmart, in November 2011, and about five minutes after I pulled it out of the box, while trying to sew two pieces of fabric together, it jammed or made some other loud, scary noise, so I instantly stopped and shoved it away.

Clearly, this was not for me.

January 2012, I decided I had enough.  I was mad at myself for spending money on the start up quilting stuff only to have it collect dust, so I got my machine out, read the manual (seriously not something I’m prone to doing, so this was a pretty big deal), and started sewing!  Like, really sewing!  I had made a lap quilt for a friend and a jersey quilt for my boss, and other quilts along the way, but I didn’t really find modern quilting – and understand what it meant until I joined Instagram a year and a half ago.

2. What does it mean to you to be a modern quilter and a modern woman? 

To me, being a modern quilter is being a quilter that takes chances.  Someone that isn’t afraid to put neon orange with baby pink (I wouldn’t…or at least I don’t think I would…). Basically, someone that is willing to take risks with their beloved fabric and just see where it takes them.

Being a modern woman is a woman that can hold her own, but relies on others strengths while supplying her strengths to others.  Through this new blog, and the community therein, I have found some incredible and amazing women who are like super stars to me.  I know they are busy either running a sewing/crafty/blogging business, or being moms who work and craft and have husbands, but they are so sweet to take time out of their busy-ness to help me figure out what a link party is or encourage me when I have a tough week, or check in on me when I’m quiet (trust me, even people that I know in person get nervous when that happens!).

I honestly hope, that as I grow and learn, that I will be half as helpful to others as these ladies have been to me.

3. Which quilt that you have made represents you and why?

Oh mercy.  Let’s see…I never thought I would say this, but I think if I were to pick a quilt that represents me, it would be a quilt I disliked while making it.  That sounds weird, and it has more to do with the pattern than the color pallet, but it was the one quilt that (a) took me the longest (mostly because I put it away for months on end), and (b) grew me the most.  It holds the honor of being the most “piece-y” quilt I have ever done.

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I think it represents me because I am a constant work in progress.  I don’t ever want to reach perfection, but there are things in my life that I will be working on until my last breath, whether that is my faith, my health, my parenting, sewing, quilting, or the fact that I really dislike cleaning and over-compensate for that by cooking from scratch as often as possible (yes, even tortillas and pasta!). But after going through therapy a couple of years ago, it helped me to realize that we, as humans, are all a constant work in progress, battling our own demons, and giving each other a quarter inch of understanding would go a LONG way in our lives as well as others.

My puzzle quilt was the first quilt that I actually created my own measurements for after being inspired by a few pictures on Pinterest.  The largest pieces were 2.5″ x 6.5″, and they only got smaller from there!  Now, two years later, I would honestly love to do another quilt like this, however I would totally do it in my own colors: Bright and bold!  Maybe Indelible…. 😉

4. How do you connect with other modern quilters?

Most of the time it is through Instagram.  It’s an awesome way to stalk  browse someone’s feed and see what they have been up to and learn new things or color combinations. I am also now part of a Facebook group where I feel like a little fish in a big pond.

That’s it for me tonight.  I actually feel accomplished because I posted my first pic on this blog!!!  Milestone moment!

Happy Creating!!

Goal Post – 1

Okay, so after thinking things through, and much thanks to the lovely Angie over at www.gnomeangel.com, I have started setting goals again.  This may mean that I will do a quick post at the beginning of the week (Sunday or Monday) with my goals, and another at the end of the week (Saturday or Sunday) with some pictures from my week that pertain to the goals I set.

I haven’t set goals in a while, but when I do, I feel like I accomplish stuff and things, soooo….I think I’m going to get back into that.  So with that, here’s my first Goal Post!  (This is a vague attempt at sounding like I know something about sports and goal posts as they pertain therein.  I really don’t.)

Sewing Goals

~Lay out and sew Andrea’s quilt top
~Women’s Christmas Dinner place mats (10)
~Women’s Christmas Dinner quilt
~Organize Fabric

Non-Sewing Goals

~Clean house and purge more “stuff”
~Women’s Christmas Dinner table setup work
~Meal Prep
~At least 8,000 steps per day (would help if I charged my FitBit…)
~Yoga x 4

My big thing this weekend was the I Am Second 5k that I participated in on November 1st.  It was awesome with the exception of the charlie horse that I got the night before and the knee pain I have been fighting for a week.  I’m rather sore currently and am looking forward to the yoga bits.  I’m typically a very flexible person, but right now touching my toes is like reaching for Egypt.  I definitely admire my sweet friend Jennifer over at Running For My Life for her daily running habit!

So what are you looking forward to this week??

Happy Creating!