Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year Resolutions

I don't usually make resolutions, but this year I have decided to set a quilting goal for myself. See that cubby on the left side of my sewing room?

It's full of UFOs and I want to finish up some of those projects that have been sitting in there for entirely too many years. Yes, YEARS!!! Don't look too close or you might see the dust that has collected on some of them!

So I took an inventory tonight (exciting NYE night life at my house!) and here's the list:
  • 1 Border Creek Station mystery quilt
  • 1 Row by Row Experience quilt - yet to be designed
  • 1 embroidery mini quilt
  • 1 4-patch scrap quilt - size to be determined by number of scraps
  • 1 'Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas' quilt-along with Lori Holt
  • 1 Merry-Go-Round quilt
  • 1 patchwork & applique wall hanging
  • 1 round appliqued Christmas tree table topper/tree skirt
  • 1 3 Dudes jelly roll quilt
  • 1 sunflower quilt
  • 1 Square in a Square BOM
  • 1 shop hop quilt kit
  • 1 flannel & denim rag quilt
  • 2 Thimbleberries BOMs
  • 1 Buggy Barn stack & whack quilt
  • 1 layer cake quilt
  • 5 One Block Wonder quilts
  • 1 design wall project
  • 6 quilts to bind (bindings are in the cubby)
Now I can hear you say "Is that all?" because any good quilter has more than a lifetime of unfinished projects. And, no it's not. I've got other UFO hiding sewing desk, closet and even a rolling cart....

But I'm just going to concentrate on that cubby. I'm realistic, though, and know I can't get them all done in one year, but I'm going to work on them this year before I start any new projects. (Ha, ha, ha, I hear you laughing). Maybe by telling you, it will keep me more accountable (now you're rolling on the floor with laughter). Well, a quilter can hope, can't she?

I also hope you have much love, laughter and quilty fun in 2015!

(This little quilt was in my cubby and I finished it today! Yea me, I'm off to a good start!)

Happy New Year!


Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Rustic Country Christmas Greeting

What do you make when you only have 2 hours until sundown? A rustic country Christmas greeting to grace the side of a barn!

With just barn wood, wagon wheel, saw, hammer, nails and ribbon, you can welcome your holiday guests with some warm down home country charm.

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!


Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Vintage Quilty Christmas

I have a collection of Christmas santas, snowmen, etc. made from vintage quilts that I love to decorate with during the holidays - and for me, the holidays could last until Valentine's Day because I hate to put them away! So I thought I'd share a little Christmas joy with you...


Thursday, December 4, 2014

A Very Rusty Junk Country Christmas

Miss me? I've enjoyed a few weeks of rusty junkin' travels but I'm home now and so excited to start decorating for Christmas! I saw lots of beautiful, creative Christmas décor during my travels and have had my own ideas floating around in my head. I decided the unpacking can wait, the laundry will still be there tomorrow, but my creative mojo needed attention now! So I dug out some junk that will make perfect rusty junk country Christmas décor for my back door.

With a few spools of burlap ribbon, raffia, barnwood scraps & a few logs, I transformed my rusty junk into a festive Christmas entry.
I love my old sled. It was my grandparents' sled and I bring it out each Christmas to enjoy. It's all decked out with a burlap bow and rusty bells.

I have two matching cream cans, perfect for gracing each side of my door. With tree branches tucked in the top and more burlap bows and rusty bells, it looks great next to an old bucket filled with wood, mistletoe freshly picked while it Texas and pinecones. A rusty metal angel and rusty stars definitely say Christmas to me.

Joining my sled on the other side of the door is another cream can, more rusty stars, and one of my favorite finds while on my junking travels - an olive bucket purchased at the Junk Gypsies garage sale in Round Top, Texas. I even got Aimee, Jolie, and their mom and dad to autograph it!

And here is the completed phase 1 of my back door project. I found the cutest wooden stars that match my gray chevron burlap ribbon and I hung them from the tree branches. Can't wait to show you what I have planned for the other side of this entry, so stay tuned!