Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year, New Plans, and New Friends (Sutherlin, OR)

Are you ready to start the new year?  Did you celebrate big last night or did you do like Dan and I?.....we were asleep by midnight.  But, we were up early this morning to greet the new year.....okay, I was up early to watch the Rose Parade.  I haven't seen it in four years.  An excellent way to start the new year.  It has been my dream for years to see this parade in person and to be a volunteer helping with decorating one of the floats.  Wouldn't that be fun!

In the meantime, I'm ready to start this new year with some finished projects  I'm ready to start traveling again.....soon.....and I am most definitely ready to get started on new projects since I am finishing up some big ones.  

On The Cutting Board
....And that is why I have been absent lately from my blog.  I am spending as much time as I can on some UFOs that I am tired of having around.  I have also been spending time with the Craft group for the last two weeks.  It is nice to sit with others while they work on their projects.  I have to admit they have sparked my inspiration to get some projects done.
The first one done and long overdue - Violet's quilt!  Yes!  This deserve a celebration all by its self.  It took me four years to do all the hand-quilting in a hoop.  Granted, I went months without a single stitch added to it, but still, I should not have taken so long to finish her quilt.  I was really beginning to think I would not give it to my granddaughter until she graduated from high school or worse - her wedding day! 
I'm happy to say that she is young enough to enjoy the quilt for many years before she graduates from high school.  I have one more large quilt top to hand-quilt.  It is a Southwest design that I did for our old bed.  It is a king size and I do not look forward to basting that one!  I wonder how long it will take to finish this next one.  For now, I have decided to take a break from large hand-quilting projects.  I have put my quilt frame away.  I need a break from the quilting frame taking up so much room in our living area.  I want to concentrate on smaller projects for a little while.
I finished the embroidery on the Kitty's Welcome wall-hanging.  It is basted and ready for quilting.  I have two more welcome wall-hangings that I would like to do for my shop.  I have started working on their designs.
Jungle Stars
This is the first of two quilts made from this pattern using up some larger scraps.  There were a couple of times I had to go back through my stash to find another scrap of fabric to finish this one.  I ran out of the focus fabric for the last block, so I used the green polka-dots for the center square.
Of course, I must add some applique.  I think a lion and elephant will be right at home sitting at the bottom of this quilt.  I hope to finish another two tops before the end of this month.

Dan and I have been spending time at the community center getting to know people.  Everyone has been helpful and pleasant.  We have learned a lot about this area and about Roseburg.  Despite the cold foggy days, we have been out walking almost every day.  Even the cats are getting into a routine of spending most of their days lounging in the back, begging to go out in the early afternoons, eating, and back to bed before sunset.  Yep, that's a cat's life for you.
head-bump greetings from Hitch
Well, I'm off to see what kind of scrappy mess I can make this evening.....
Have a Happy New Year!  
May you always have walls for the winds,
a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire,
laughter to cheer you, those you love near you,
and all your heart might desire. ~Irish Blessing


  1. Happy new year! We had a quiet evening but managed to stay up until midnight thanks to Jools Holland Hootenanny on the tv! Violet's quilt looks beautiful. What a lucky girl! Hitch...what a cutie! That's nice that you've been going to a quilt group and making friends at the community centre. Sounds fun. Maggie xx

  2. Great way to kick off a new year. Even the cats seem to be getting with the program.

  3. I haven't posted either. I'm hoping to finish hand quilting a twin top and wallhanging this weekend. We'll see how it goes. I'd also like to machine quilt my son's quilt. I have to rebaste it.....I put the top on upside down so now the back is on wrong. It wouldn't matter, but its bald eagles, so now they're flying upside down!


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