Monday, December 30, 2013

Design Wall Monday 12-30-13

How can we be so close to saying good bye to 2013?  It was only 109 posts ago that we welcomed it.  Sigh.  Not much quilting going on this past week but yesterday I started back in the studio with the goal of finishing one more quilt before the end of the month. 
This is what I am trying to finish before midnight tomorrow!  I still need to actually sew those mitered corners.  I have Susan Cleveland's book, Marvelous Miters.  It is my go to book for how to miter corners quickly and easily.  Except, it took forever to make the borders for this one, or so it seemed. Today I'll sew the corners. Piece the backing and get it loaded on Ruthie.  Then if I still am motivated, I'll start quilting it.  It will get an all over design that has lots of curves on it. 

Here are the finished ornaments I made for the girls.  I learned as I finished each one.  May need to rethink how long a hanger I need for future ornaments. 
My kids know me so well.  They gave me quilt books for Christmas.  I requested the log cabin one.  Wow!  I want to make several of the ones in it. Argh, it will take me forever to do any from there but I really like the look.  I'm hoping to do the one Aimee picked out sometime.  I really need to finish a few UFO's before I start anything new. Jenny hit the nail on the head with In the Studio.  I always need new ideas for what to quilt on my quilts.  I've taken a Craftsy class with Angela Walters so this will reinforce that and add to it. Fun!  

I did remarkably well on my goals this past week.  Perhaps because it was stuff I absolutely had to do! 

Week of December 23, 2013
Clean house
Make whatever food can be done in advance
Finish T Shirts
Finish secret project
Do final prep for anything needing to be done by Christmas
Sing Christmas Eve service
Enjoy time with all the kids here!
Visit Ginter Gardens
Make borders for red, white and blue X block quilt
Sew backing for X block quilt oops, not yet!

And, for the last few days of the year I'm not quite as focused except on the X Block quilt.

Week of December 30, 2013
Sew backing for X block quilt
Load and quilt X Block quilt
Bind X Block quilt
Clean and put away stuff in the studio
Try my new Sizzix cutter
Make FCQEquilter blocks
Get back to working on A Tisket, A Tasket
Finish baby quilt
Set up new Mac Power Book YIPPEE!

I've been a modern grammy long before selfie became a word!  I've been taking selfies with the grands since the first grand.  And here we are Grammy and Ellie.  I'm not so thriled with the wrinkles on Grammy's face but I do like this picture of us.  Hum, maybe this should be printed and framed. 

Time to get up to the studio.  Please take some time this week to visit Patchwork Times to see what folks are up to in their studios. 

Happy Quilting All! 


  1. Your x-block quilt looks so crisp in that colorway! Good luck with the miters.

    (And I like the photo of you and Ellie. Her look of concentration is so endearing!)

  2. great quilt! You should absolutely frame that picture, the two of you look adorable!!

  3. wrinkles? What wrinkles? Yes, frame that picture and when the baby is old, it will get a lot of laughs! You are so happy and she's a little grumpy :) I love the quilt, it is so gorgeous.

  4. Isn't it wonderful how our children know what we would like for gifts? I will have to check out those two books. My daughter bought me setacolor paints and and art journal.

    Love your quilt and the picture with Ellie. Good luck on the miters. I have quit putting borders on quilts so I don't have to worry about that!! Have a great new year.

  5. Wow...what a busy gal you have been and accomplished so much. Love the selfie pic...priceless! I've a customer quilt on Lottie and it's my top priority to get done, but thankfully not due until after the first and when I can it done...very understanding customer. Thanks for stopping by my Slipper post. If you checked out the pattern, it has instructions for Non-Minion slippers, too. LOL!! Happy New Year, Bonnie.

  6. You are clever to take photos of you and the Grands. I love the one you posted.

    I need to take lessons on setting goals and working toward them. I never get as much done as I would like.

  7. Bonnie, What an inspiration you are! You always accomplish so much. Love the "Selfie" - Ellie looks so contented and you look lines show that you live a happy life.


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