I have been able to get a little hand sewing in. Working on making these 45 degree diamonds. I got the paper pieces at Paper Pieces LLC.
Shown here on my brand new floor.
This is my box of diamonds.
Can’t wait for my temporary design wall so I can lay these babies out and start playing.
Speaking of temporary spaces, we should have my temporary sewing room done by Sunday. I will post pictures when it is done.
In the meantime, I think I need a name for my house here in the U.P. The garage is named Moose Feathers and I plan on naming my studio when it is finished so I think it fitting that the house have a name. Any suggestions, please leave in comments.
1. the action or fact of leaving one's job and ceasing to work.
synonyms: giving up work · stopping working · stopping work · retiral
2. the period of one's life after leaving one's job and ceasing to work.
synonyms: life after one retires · retired years · post-work years
3. the withdrawal of a jury from the courtroom to decide their verdict.
Today is officially my first day of retirement. Ceasing to work. Doesn’t really seem the correct definition for what I am about to embark on. There are so many things to do it hardly seems like I’m not “working.” And because of pensions and social security I will still be getting paid for my “work.” So isn’t retirement merely a career change. A career with better hours and a better boss. A career that is flexible and can change with a person’s desires and interest. A career that can be rewarding and fulfilling.
I like the third definition. The withdrawal of a jury from the courtroom to decide their verdict. Isn’t retirement merely the withdrawal of a person from the rat race to decide what the meaning of life is. Why we are here? What we are suppose to accomplish? Where do we need to go?. Aren’t those thoughts that should be deliberated on? Shouldn’t one be stead fast and true and render a just verdict on one’s life and their place in the universe? That to me seems worthy of “work.”
A little heady, I know. To add a little quilting to my post, look at the marvelous quilt by co-workers made for me a long with my best work buddy in the whole world Beth.
Isn’t that a hoot. Each one of them made a block to signify something about me. I just love it.
So now its on. Working on settling into the new place up north. Many things to do including becoming an official Yooper by changing over my driver’s license. The hubby and I are working on setting up a dedicated sewing area until my studio can be built. Plus we are still trying to combine two households into one. Many challenges there.
Hope you all have a happy Monday. Get some quilting in if you can.
I decided to do The Quilter’s Planner BOM for 2019. You can find out all about it here.
You do have to purchase the planner for $48.99 which I did. The magazine did come with it. I am using the planner to keep on track so that I can get ready for selling my house and moving. I chose this BOM because it looks like it will not take a lot of time each month until the end and by that time I will have all the time in the world.
This is my color mock up of the quilt I am going to do.
This is my January block.
I did get my 2018 BOM together. I will post pictures as soon as I have someone to hold it up for me. I still need to prepare a backing and quilt it. So much to do. So little time.
Here is an interesting block of the month from The Quilt Show called Sizzle. There are kits available for $209.00 in the warm or cool color way. The costs of this block of the month is included in a Star Membership to The Quilt Show for $49.99. In addition to this block of the month, you get access to 2018’s and 2017’s block of the month, The Quilt Show which airs every other Sunday and many more perks. So check their website out. The quilt is 70 x 70.
Next up is The Fat Quarter Shop’s 2019 Designer Mystery Block of the Month. There are 12 different blocks from 12 different Moda Designers. The blocks measure 12 x 12. I am not sure of the pricing. It looks like there is a reservation fee and then a monthly charge of $14.99. The fun doesn’t begin until June 2019 and runs to 2020 so you have plenty of time to check them out. It is a mystery so I don’t have any pictures of the quilt but here is the first block which they have posted on their website. I have seen other block of the months The Fat Quarter Shop has done and they are always beautiful.
The last block of the month quilt for this post is from Freshly Pieced called Perfect HST Block. This quilt is made up of half square triangles. The quilt finishes at 52 x 62. The pattern is on sale now for $19.99 regularly $24.99 although I do not know how long the sale will last. Each month you will get a new block pattern by email. You can purchase her HST templates separately. This one is in the running for me.
Like in the last post, I am not affiliated with any of these programs or quilters and any errors in this post are strictly mine. You should check the website for all the details of each block of the month including costs. Stay tuned! There are many more block of the months programs to cover.
I love block of the months. Just love them. I think its because I like the structure deadlines. Maybe its the lawyer in me. I thought I would share with you all my research in case your interested. I haven’t decided which one I am going to do.
This one looks interesting. By Amy Friend. You can find it over at Craftsy. Modern alternative grid quilt, paper piecing, $49.99, and finished quilt of 60 x 72. No kits available.
Another is a block of the month by Byran House Quilts called Stargazer. Modern triangle quilt, different size quilt available 80 x 80, 60 x 60 or 40x 40, fun geometric shapes, $70 or $8.00 a month. Kits available.
Sarah Fielke’s Coming Home is nice. Applique, foundation paper piecing, traditional piecing, It’s a big one 88 x 88, $70 or $5.84 a month.
Do any of these interest you. If so visit their site for more information. Please note I am not affiliated with any of these programs and any misinformation is my mistake. I am just sharing my research. I will be posting more block of the months programs in the next couple of days. Stay tuned for The Quilt Show’s Sizzle, Fat Quarter Shop’s Designer Mystery, and Freshly Pieced Perfect HST.
I wrote a while back about how I entered an EQ8 design challenge. Well I entered again in November. This challenge involved fabric designed by Amy Friend called By Hand (scroll down) for Benartex. There were three prizes. One of them was an honorable mention picked by Amy Friend. If you won you would get the fabric needed to make the quilt.
Here is my entry
And I’m sure you all guess it. I won the honorable mention award. I love this fabric. It kind of reminds me of street art.
I can’t wait until I receive the fabric. If you EQ check out the blog called Behind the Mouse. I think they do the design challenge once a month although I don’t know if the prizes are always the same.
I am so honored and blessed to have been selected by the designer of the fabric.