Monday, January 31, 2011

Happy new year!

Hi friends! My plan A (catch up on everyone else's blogs) didn't work, so I'm going with plan B (start fresh and hope y'all don't hold it against me!). I have no great excuse for not posting - just lots of little bumps in the road, like a new computer (my first Mac! and this old dog is not having fun learning new tricks!), minor illnesses, travels, internet outages, stressful work deadlines, you name it. But nothing serious - life is good here, and I'm so happy that the holidays are over and spring is on the way!

Before I start posting about my recent projects, I have one very overdue thank-you to take care of. Check out this fantastic apron that Amanda sent me!!! I just adore it. Every time I see it, I just want to blow off work and get all domestic in the kitchen! Thank you so much, Amanda! Oh, and go check out her shop - I bet if you asked nicely, she'd make an apron for you too!

Even though I've been neglecting this blog, I'm happy to report that I've been keeping myself busy with the thrifty/crafty stuff. My number one goal for 2011 is to finish up as many WIPs as I can, and to try like crazy not to start any new projects until I get the existing ones done. To keep myself on track, I started a list of all the projects I have in progress. Some are small (like individual bee blocks, or hanging up some miniquilts in my sewing room), but I'm writing down everything as I encounter it, and celebrating every item that I mark off. It's been very motivating for me!

I have a few holiday projects to show, but to heck with catching up chronologically. Instead, I'm going to start off with my most favorite project I've finished lately. You might remember some test blocks that I made last May, and this little table runner I whipped up:

I wasn't in love with it then. But now... I love, love, LOVE it. Behold!

It's going to live happily on my credenza (that's a 'fancy nancy' word for big filing cabinet). I love having something in my office that I made just for myself! And maybe it will help keep me from piling crap on top of there (um, not working at the moment, I have to confess!).

The back is just as pretty! I used one of my favorite vintage sheets, and the colors are perfect for the "tiffany" blue walls.

Now I just need to get busy on the actual bee quilt. I've received all my blocks from my bee partners, and I'm almost ready to start putting them together. It's on the big list! :-)

I have two other goals for 2011. My big list of projects includes a bunch of Project Linus quilts I've got cut out, and I'm hoping that I can use up all the polyester batting that's taking up WAY too much space in my closet. If I don't use it all by the end of the year, I'm going to donate the rest and be done with it.

My last big goal for the year is to blog regularly, and to reply to all the comments you wonderful friends leave for me. I do appreciate them, and I know I've sucked at this in the past. But I'm recommitting. Go ahead - try me! :-)


  1. well i don't hold it against you!! everyone needs a little blog break once in awhile. i love the apron, you are a lovely model. And that table runner is stunning. my first goal for this year is going to be to start sewing again, anything....and then finish some WIP's. that is some list you have!!!

  2. Happy new year, Evelyn! Your pretty quilt is like a first sign of spring - so lovely. We all need to slow down from time to time, nothing wrong about that!

  3. I love how the table runner looks in your office :) It turned out great! Your list of works in progress is crazy long! I have to see that thing in person next time we get together to sew :)

  4. Happy New Year to you too! I love your list- it had me salivating. Not for what is on it- but the idea of making one of my own! We can cheer each other on! 2011 is THE year for getting those WIPs done!

    I LOVE the table runner. Love. The flowers on the back- what a dream sheet! I often have dreams of finding sheets like that...ha ha! Really! I haven't been that lucky yet though.

    I think I am off to make a list! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. I love your table runner, both sides! And the free motion quilting. (which I'm trying to learn)
    You had a full plate and needed a break. I'm glad you are back and I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of some of the projects you mark off your list : )

  6. Ha, ha! I tried the table runner thing for our kitchen table. No such luck here. and the ironic thing, it's all MY crap that keeps accumulating on top of it (bad mommy!). Super cute table runner, though. Good luck with that WIP list - I have to admit I am nowhere near as ambitious. Thanks for the sweet shout out! :)