Saturday, December 30, 2006

Finishing Up The Year

I spent a morning earlier this week cleaning my studio. I straightened up the bookcase, cleaned off the cutting table, cleaned out my sewing tray and straightened up the closet. I moved out all of the furniture I could and then DH vacuumed it for me. While I was cleaning I found a pine box with a sliding cover I forgot I had. It's the perfect size for storing thread. I was going to buy a storage box with my gift certificate from Fabric Depot, but since I found the box I could spend that money on something else.

I even cleaned off my design wall. I put away one project I had hanging there and decided to deal with it later. Then I decided to work on my Birthday Garden Quilt. In just a couple hours I finished the top. Now I'm piecing the back. I've ordered batting and my goal is to get it marked for quilting so I can start quilting it next month. Here is a picture of the top. I really like it and very happy with how it turned out. Not bad for a design I made myself.



I reviewed my list of projects on my blog, updated a few of them and think I'm set for the New Year. I have several projects ready for hand quilting or machine quilting so I should have quite a few finishes this year. I have some new projects I want to start that I already the fabric for, including my scraps. I also have a short list quilts that I want to buy the fabric for when I go on my annual shop hop in May.

This weekend is the last weekend of the regular football season! I'm always sad when the season comes to the end. I love spending Sunday afternoons with my family watching the games. Although I love to watch baseball and gold the rest of the year, the atmosphere of Sunday football is by far my favorite. At least my favorite team, the New England Patriots, will be in the play-offs. That means at least one more weekend of watching my favorite team.

We finally got some snow today! It started snowing while I was getting my hair done. I was so excited because it meant I could finally work on my Snow Time quilt. But my usual 15 minute drive home turned into an hour and a half trip. People forget how to drive in this weather and there was an accident on a bridge that backed up traffic in all directions for quite a while. By the time I got home I was starving and had a headache to beat the band! DH left to play poker and took a nap. Then I worked on the back for my Birthday Garden Quilt. So no Snow Time Quilt today. It's supposed to rain all day on Monday so I'm planning to use that time for my Snow Time quilt.

11 comments:

Libby said...

Congrats on the clean up and organizing for the new year -- you'll be inspired to make all sorts of fun things now.
We are not big football fans here, but we may be swept up by Charger Fever in spite of ourselves. We have even watched a few minutes of several games this year *s*

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

Your quilt is adorable. I'm not a fan of football however I do love baseball. I can't wait for spring training and the beginning of the new season in March!

paula, the quilter said...

See, you requested snow and I sent it your way. Love the flimsy.

Gail said...

A cute new flimsy and a clean working space- good job Paula! Great way to start a new year.

dot said...

Congratulations of the cleaning of your sewing room. This seems to be a commom thread in the blogs I am reading this morning. I tried but got sidetracked. I am patiently waiting for the Rose Bowl tomorrow. I don't care much for pro football but do love to watch college. FIGHT ON!!!!!!!!! I like your birthday quilt . I remember when you started that, nice to see it completed.

Morah said...

I always jump when your blog first comes on my screen. The first thing I see is ___many days till super bowl. It is a reminder of how long I have until my inlaws come for a 3 wk stay. I'm down to 35 days to get this place in shape....

Norma said...

You created a wonderfully cheerful quilt! Best of luck with the quilting. It sounds like you are organized and ready to go for the new year! Happy New Year to you and your family!

EileenKNY said...

I've been cleaning my longarm studio, so I guess the end of the year affects all of us the same way.
Our Giants are also in the playoffs, but I don't expect much.

Have a happy, healthy, quilty New Year!!!!

Susan said...

Way to go, starting out the new year neat and tidy! I love your quilt, very colorful and cheerful. Quilting in the snow - well, inside, at least. Sounds nice.

Shelina said...

This is such a cute quilt - and the one you made with the scraps is too. I don't know what happened that I didn't have you on my bloglines list anymore. Maybe you changed names? Cause I don't remember Coffee Time Quilts, even though I remember Sweet P and the photo. Hmmm, you can run but you can't hide! LOL I've added you back again.

Elaine Adair said...

wow - talk about good timing. I'm just looking at this easy and clever quilt. I've just ordered 50 6 inch die cut kids prints from Keepsake and am wondering what to do with them when they arrive. This is PERFECT. It's for a 2-3 year old little girl, whose mother takes in many foster children. The little girl likes to "teach" the little ones, as they lay on the floor and play!

Thanks for you great idea.