Blogiversary Giveaway!

I’m celebrating my third blogiversary this week! It’s hard to believe — it seems these most recent years have flown. What happened to the long, never-ending days and weeks of our childhood?

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Here is a fitting picture that represents my last several years – do you know what it is? A cross-section of the everlasting gobstopper of that childhood, perhaps? No, no, even better: it is a roll of binding scraps! What a colorful few years it has been! (And one day, I shall make a very big, and very, very scrappy quilt.)

To celebrate, let’s have a giveaway! I wanted to find a fabric that came out at the same time as this blog started, but honestly, I was wasting too much time looking for that information. So, here’s a fabric that pre-dates this blog by a bit, but which is still much loved: it’s Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille.

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One person will win these two charm packs (5-inch squares) of Marmalade from my personal fabric stash. To enter, just leave a comment on this post. The giveaway is open to all, far and wide, and will close this Sunday 1/22 at 10:00 pm (EST).

Thanks for reading along, friends!

2017 Finish-A-Long Quarter 1 Goals

img_3872Hi friends! How is 2017 treating you so far? I’m acting like it’s just getting started today. I forgot to mention in my previous post on my thoughts for 2017 that in this house, the new year never starts on January 1. It always starts the second week of January. There are reasons for that, many reasons, but the main ones are:

holiday travel, and

gifts of food.

We usually travel to visit family the day after Christmas through New Year’s Day. This year, we travelled home on January 1. The weather was good and traffic was light. But when one spends 13 hours in a car, one is not going to do much about the Healthy Eating Plan or about Moving More. And the day after spending 13 hours in the car, one is going to be faced with suitcases full of laundry and an empty refrigerator. And if it is raining a cold rain, one will consider pizza and Chinese take-out. And then one will remember the many gifts of food (cookies, chocolate, cookies) one received on Christmas Eve and still has stashed all around the house. Shame not to at least try them.

See? Not the best setup for getting the year off on the right foot. These things take planning. The last week disappeared into thin air and a cloud of sugar, and all I have to mark that it really happened is a flurry of lists I wrote (apparently) on all things that will be 2017. All the things. 2017.

So. Today is the New Year to me. Toss the confetti! Let’s get this started…with the new finish-a-long.

As I mentioned last time, I am only going to plan one project per month this year, so the first quarter Finish-A-Long list will be short and sweet:

  1. The quilt made from these strips just needs to be quilted. Maybe I’ll do it today?? Perfect procrastination for dragging the Christmas boxes up  to the attic, yes? USA_7749
  2. This quilt features Olive’s Flower Market fabric and drunkard’s path blocks. img_4003
  3. The fox quilt my son wanted for his birthday last June!USA_7753

Linking up to the FAL Q1 linky. Thanks to all of this year’s global hosts for your commitment to encouraging more quilty finishes!

Looking to 2017

What to do in 2017?? It’s almost here! Let’s make some plans!

I loooove making plans. I don’t always love carrying them out.

In the past, I’ve found myself planning too many things. I take a look at the calendar for the new year and start cramming in all the things I hope I can do in the coming year. I ask myself to finish at least one project every week, even though I really only have time to finish one project every month. It doesn’t happen.

So this year, I’ve decided to just give myself the goal of one project a month, and if I finish that thing, then the rest of the month will be free to play around with the new things that are always popping up.

I will admit that this is not easy, and I have already tried to squeeze seven or eight things into January’s schedule. But January always feels like a time to clear the slate for the rest of the year, so I do want to get a few nearly-finished things done and then move on to new things. So after January: one project a month.

And a second thing is to blog at least twice a month, including more progress posts, not just finishes.

And the other thing….I hate to say it….to make it real…will be a fabric diet. A fabric fast. No buying of fabric. I have a lot of fabric, let’s just put it that way, so there is no need for any more this year. (However, if anyone wants to give me fabric for my birthday, that will not count! The point is that I will not spend money on fabric this year.) I might need to replenish my supplies of white fabric, but other than that….no fabric this year.

I’m linking up with Quilting Jetgirl’s 2017 Planning linky party, as 2016 winds down. Can’t wait to see what you’re all up to in 2017.

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