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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Tavern House Block 4

A little bit of stitching has been going on here... just having some difficulty getting pics taken when the daylight hours are so short. But, as of December 21st (or even a few days before) I have started to notice a little more daylight on the horizon as I drive home from work. :-) Won't be long before I can get those golf clubs cleaned up and ready! ;-)

But, back to today... One goal that I had set to accomplish for December was to finish all of the projects I had started during the year. Well, I did finish one, the other is just way to involved to rush along... so Block 4 of the wool quilt Tavern House is complete... Blocks 5 thru 8 will be for those weekends in January and February that are too cold to venture outside of my warm home...

The basket color is darker, but the camera flash washed the color out of it.

Those of you that are familiar with this Maggie Bonanomi design know that this block should have initials and the year in the middle... but, while stitching on this part of it, I dreamed up a little something different to put there... but, the reveal of that will happen when the entire quilt has been pieced together... ;-)

The other finish was this Alphabet Sampler (started in July). It is a Birds Of A Feather design. The stitched area is 7-1/2 x 10. It's pressed and put away in tissue until I find a good prim frame for it.

The white spot by the "S" is from the camera flash... it's not a hole in the linen. lol!

Many folks have a tradition of starting a brand new project on the first day of the New Year.... so, I figured it would be a good time for me to get started on another Temecula Quilt Shop design that took place during the 2014 Summer months. This was a free stitch-along that offered the option to use your own stash, or purchase a kit from them. Since Temecula always (in my opinion) offers the perfect fabric selections for these projects... I went ahead and purchased the kit. :-) Tomorrow will be a full day of peaceful piecing... :-)

A peek at the fabrics in the kit.

As we wind down another year, we sometimes make those "promises", "goals", "resolutions", "list of intentions" for the up and coming year... I know I do... and I did pretty well with 2014's concept of buying less new projects (stash)... referring back to the previous post about "time" and how quickly it keeps passing, I now have a good idea of how much time actually gets invested in these projects. Yes, folks... hand made takes time... and A LOT of it too! :-) So, that has helped me to decide what new to buy... example being "Great design, but is the finished project really worth all that time put into making it"? And that question alone helped me get through all of the tempting "12 days sales" and other "limited time offers" that were posted all over the internet beginning the day after Thanksgiving. Would you believe I bought only ONE item? And that was a small hooked rug pattern from Star Rug Company called Little Deer.... just too cute to resist! :-) 

Back to the 2015 "hobby" goal... which is to continue with enjoying the process of creating with what I already have in stash... to only purchase the stuff needed to finish one of said projects... and to limit buying new to what is truly worth the time invested to complete it. The main intention is to get to the point where I can walk into a quilt shop, hook-in or needlework store and happily (guilt free) purchase everything for a new project and then take it home and start right on it with a clear mind... :-)

The 2015 "health, home & lifestyle" goals are to continue simplifying. Less physical clutter in the home brings less mental clutter. And, with less mental clutter, one can truly breath calmly and enjoy the people closest to us! :-) That's what life is truly all about.... the people.... not the "stuff"... make memories, not regrets... use time wisely!

Wishing you all the best of health, happiness and peace always!

Happy New Year!

~Sharon



14 comments:

  1. Well put, I think all of us, as we get older, learn to appreciate what is important in life. I have done good with not buying and planning to work on my UFO's and some new projects.

    Love the projects you are working on.

    Debbie

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  2. Great post :)
    Happy New Year.
    Hugs :)
    Lauren

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  3. wonderful post Sharon...Happy 2015!

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  4. I so agree Cheri! May we all focus on the good!!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. Sounds like you have wonderful goals planned!
    I need to work on clearing out the house.
    We did get most of the yard and the no man's land garage done this year!
    Always happy to see what you're working on!
    Love the projects~~~humm, a new reveal?
    Waiting for that one!
    Have a Happy, Healthy New Year, Sharon!
    Blessings!

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  6. Hi Sharon,
    Love your projects, both the ones completed as well as the one to be worked on! How I can relate, and have LOTS of unfinished pieces to keep me busy this new year!!
    Thanks for sharing all your nuggets of wisdom too.....so well put!! Now to put them into practice!
    Have a wonderful New Year!!
    Warm Hugs~
    Julie

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  7. Yes, rationalising it all out isn't easy but you have said perfectly what I have been thinking. I think you are starting the project I am hoping to work on-spools? I will enjoy watching your progress and I know I will be inspired to get on with mine

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  8. Don't know how my response to Cheri ended up here but its OK...:)

    I just love your words - "invested time"...it will stay with me as I pick and choose what I will do this year. One thing for sure - I will watch TQC to see what program they offer in the summer. For sure I will do it!! They have the best fabric??? You are an inspiration - thanks!!
    jayne

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  9. Lovely work going on here, Sharon! I love to watch your progress. Love your 'hobby goal'...it's one I'm working toward, as well. Have a very Happy New Year! xo Jacque. And, Tag.

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  10. Wishing you peace and happiness in 2015 too. I adore that Tavern quilt!

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  11. Such wonderful projects! Wishing you all the best in 2015!

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  12. Congratulations on your finishes and good luck with your new projects.

    I agree with your home, health and lifestyle goal so...guess I better start cleaning out some closets.

    Happy New Year.

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  13. What a great post, Sharon !! Spot on.
    Love the projects you have been working on.
    I truly believe less physical clutter is best.
    Rose

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  14. Can't wait to see how you personalize this quilt! I think that I will print out your post to keep me on track this year. You said exactly what I have been thinking and trying to formulate!

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