Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year's Resolution (s)

I like most people at the beginning of a new year make one or two resolutions and in time break them but this year I am going to make 2012 the year of using only what I have in my stash and adding a piece should I not have it for a particular project that I am working on.

Now I know that there are going to be lots of "tempters" out there but I am going to try and be strong and ignore them - see how I go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have also given myself a couple of challenges and one is to use up most of the scraps that I have hoarded over the years - some quite sizeable pieces and others could only be described as "crumbs" . As you can see by the piccy below I have collected quite a few and

after an hour I have gotten some sort of order into them - plains, black and whites, novelty, greens, blues etc. I have also decided that it is time that I learnt a new technique and paper piecing is something that I tried in the past and not had any success so 2012 is the year to master this - well at least give it a go. I think that I have enough scraps to try my hand at paper piecing and also have some left over to actually make a small quilt with them. I will keep you posted on my efforts.

I was a very lucky girl on Christmas Day and was given 8 gorgeous embroidered blocks from my DS and DDIL and they just screamed out cushions to me so on Boxing Day I trimmed them up to 7 1/2 " blocks and joined them together put a contrasting border around them and now I am the owner of these two lovely cushions which sit proudly on our bed.

A New Year also calls for a new bag and I was lucky enough to win 9 fq's at my quilt groups Christmas party and I used three of them to make the bag below. I had bought the handles sometime ago and I feel that they go so well with the gorgeous bird fabric.

Lastly I wish you a happy and healthy 2012 and may it bring good things for us all.

Happy sewing.


barb's creations said...

Good luck with your New Years resolutions,love the bag and cushions :) Barb.

Vicki ♥ said...

I hope you go well with your resolutions Karen :) Have fun learning is fun :)Hugs
Vicki x

Shirlwin said...

Love the cat cushions! And the bag is super. Mmmm ... not sure about New Year's resolutions so I haven't made any; that way I can't break any.
Don't the pieces mount up! Good luck with using [some of] them up.

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Lovely bag, Karen- and the bird fabric IS gorgeous. Looking forward to seeing what you make with your scraps, too. :)

Linda Moore said...

Watch out next time I see you because I want to steal that bag! Love the bird :)