Monday, January 02, 2012

Happy New Year!


Have you heard the New Year's Day superstition that what you do on New Year's Day will be what you do all year long? 

We spent New Year's Eve with our daughter and her fiance.  I don't like family out on the roads New Year's Eve with all the parties and drinking and driving that goes on, so we had them spend the night.  Because my daughter missed our traditional "Wife Saver Breakfast" on Christmas morning, because she had to work, that is what we had for breakfast on New Year's Day morning.  After breakfast, my daughter had to head off to work, but it was nice having her here for New Year's Eve and then breakfast the next morning. 

After breakfast, it was time to focus on how to spend the rest of the day.  Linda and I discussed this issue on New Year's Eve and decided that we definitely would not be doing laundry or housework!  We knew we wanted to focus on quilting, but which aspect of quilting did we want to focus on?  In the end, we decided to touch on as many different quilting aspects as we could manage to fit into the day.  




I started my day by doing a few passes on the current quilt that is loaded on the long arm.  This quilt is, "Fire Escape", finished to the flimsy state on September 11, 2011.  I just love this colour combination--red and aqua!  http://www.silverthimblequilting.blogspot.com/2012/01/blog-post.html
 





The next project I worked on was something that could be considered a reward--something quick to finish that would bring instant satisfaction of accomplishment.  I purchased a table runner kit on a blog hop in June 2006 that has been sitting safely in its plastic sleeve since that time.  I decided today would be the day to work on that project.  This was an old project, not really a UFO since it hadn't been out of the plastic, that needed to be finished.   This one is now finished to the flimsy stage.  This runner finishes at approximately 50" x 20".  I love how this one turned out!



This runner is the same pattern as the runner that I finished up for my Mom for Christmas this past year.  http://silverthimblequiltingarchive.blogspot.com/2006/06/quilt-shop-hop-2006.html

In September 2009, I purchased the fabrics to make Terry Atkinson's, "Got Stripes?" quilt.  This quilt is comprised of two blocks--a block made from striped fabrics and a star block.  I made the striped blocks right away and then set the fabric and pattern on the shelf.



When I took this one off the shelf to work on it, it took a bit to remember what fabrics I had decided to use where on the stars.  Only some of the fabrics for the star blocks had actually been cut.  Further confusing the situation was a navy blue batik fabric that I had also purchased at the time I bought these fabrics.  At the time, I thought I might make the star points navy blue.  I remember not being able to decide between the brown and the navy blue.  I ended up buying both fabrics and decided today to go with the brown.


I am loving how this one is turning out.  I finished 5 of the 50 required stars for this queen sized quilt tonight before having to call it quits.  http://www.silverthimblequilting.blogspot.com/2009/11/current-projects.html

I think this was a very successful New Year's Day! 
- I stared the day with a wonderful meal together with my family.
- I managed to keep activities for the day related to quilting. 
- I worked on using my existing stash.
- I resisted buying new fabric--even though there was a 50% off sale today at a local fabric store.
- I never did any housework or laundry.

2012 is shaping up to be a great year!

4 comments:

Linda_J said...

I so love that last paragraph of your post. If you did any stitching last night on your basket block, then I would say you most definitely touched on all the things we love about quilting.

I just hope you didn't have to do a lot of cutting---other than the sub-cuts on your runner---since that is your LEAST fav part.

As usual, it is fun working with you, even if it is long distance. We do spur each other onward and upward!

Dana said...

Love all your projects! Had a great start to my new years as well! ;))
Xoxo

Jo (Pieceful Afternoon) said...

Busy busy!!! What a wonderful start to a new year. We spent the day watching eagles on the river and relaxing.

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