Another one in the works…

I am still trying to clear out UFOs and use up my scraps.

Flannel squares

This quilt is a UFO made from scraps and leftover blocks from a quilt for Big Brother back in 2006. You can see there is really no rhyme or reason to the top and bottom borders or the side borders (which still need to be sewn on!). I used whatever scraps of the material I had leftover.

I plan to add the two side borders in the next day or two and then will start piecing the back from the rest of the leftovers. I fully expect that to take longer than piecing the front! Sometimes it is like a jigsaw puzzle to get all the leftovers to fit.

I am linking up to the February Link-up for Scraptastic Tuesday over at she can quilt. Go see what everyone else is working on to use up their scraps!

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Welcome 2014

It is a new year and I am sure ready for it! I know you haven’t heard much from me lately despite my intentions to do otherwise. I have tried to cut down on “time wasters” which really includes the computer and the internet for me as I can waste days and days on here. I am sure some of you know what I mean. I have enjoyed the break from blogging, though I really, really, REALLY miss all my blogging friends…your posts, your encouragement, your humor, your inspiration… just all of it!

As for this year, we have had so many losses.

My grandmother died in June. She was the only grandparent left as the others had died when I was young, and The Hunter’s grandparents were also gone before we were married. This picture was taken in March and shows most of us, along with five generations – Grandma; Dad; my brother, Bob; his daughter, Amy, and Amy’s daughter, Madison.

Family

We lost our dog, Lucky, to cancer in August. He was 12 and the only dog the kids have had.

Lucky

We had to put my mother’s 32-year-old mare, Silky, down due to old age and lameness in October. She and Mom had been a “pair” for 30 years. We didn’t think she would make it through last winter so made the decision before the weather got bad, and looking back it was a good decision as this winter’s cold and ice would have been way too hard on her.Silky & Mom

Two days after burying Silky we lost Munchie’s horse, Blaze, to colic.  Heartbreaking. I would rather lose my own horse rather than Munchie’s.

Blaze

It has been a rough year but God has been with us through it all. I can’t imagine making it through a tough year alone and without His hope.

But I am happy to begin a fresh, new year. A new start.

“But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   Philippians 3:13-14

So on to the new….

My personal goals are to spend more time in the Bible this year and growing closer to God; work on my relationships with others – family, friends; and I need to get back in some semblance of shape. (This getting older stuff is not for the faint of heart….or the lazy!)

We do have a new horse for Munchie and he is wonderful. His name is Chocolate and he is a 14-hand, 7-year-old Quarter Horse gelding. Aren’t they the cutest?! He had been ridden by another girl for the last four years and has “been there and done that”.Chocolate

We plan on getting a new dog in the spring. We haven’t decided on a breed yet – the kids really want a lab, but I have never been a big fan of them. Probably just because I grew up with stock-type dogs – the best dog I ever had was a border collie-German Shepherd mix I named Harvey. I have also had Australian Shepherds, Blue Heelers, and Jack Russell terriers, and have been around Rhodesian Ridgebacks and Border collies. The kids and I worked a dog show this fall for our local 4-H club and saw some interesting breeds – Corgis, Vislas and Portuguese Water dogs. Who knows what we will end up with. Probably a “pound puppy,” but whatever it is maybe it will help with my exercise goals! 🙂

The Hunter has grown a beard (at my request!) this winter and I absolutely adore him with one. Here he is with Big Brother, ready to go hunting.  We are so blessed with our family.

Hunter & Big Brother

 

Munchie, Mini-me and I had some great fun on snow days making candy.

Mint making

And we had a lot of fun scouting deer and duck hunting places this fall. Here are Mini-me and Munchie admiring a rub on a tree.Scouting..

As for me and my quilting, I haven’t quilted anything of my own at all, just customer quilts. I haven’t even PIECED anything! I still want to focus on UFO’s this year. I have pared down my list so that it doesn’t include projects not started as well as projects that are going to be re-purposed as backs or given away. I do have a couple of ideas on new quilts that I want to do and have taken the first steps in starting one of them. I love what I have seen so far of Bonnie Hunter’s Celtic Solstice and have downloaded all the steps, but don’t know if I will get that one even started or not.

Here is the customer quilt I am STILL working on…..snow days and holidays have put this on hold for a while….Reva's quilt

I am also starting to knit some. It is something I have wanted to do for years…I even started teaching myself with the help of the internet about three years ago, but wasn’t doing well and ran out of time. Mom retired last year and has taken knitting back up, so she is helping me and is also teaching Munchie and Mini-me to knit!

We will see how the year pans out and what gets done. With kids, I am learning to go with the flow a little more and not be so stressed when my timelines don’t quite work out or when a monkey wrench is thrown in the works.

It is good to be back!

Blogging solution to a long absence?

Well, the kids are back in school and I feel I am finally catching up somewhat.  I have horribly neglected my blog…..so I am going to try to remedy that.

Clock_Alarm_clip_art_hightPart of my “problem” with blogging is that I can spend WAY TOO much time on it and not on doing the things I really need to get done, such as customer quilts, cleaning, cooking, and laundry. I put the blogging off because I “don’t have time”, and then when I do have a bit of time that I could use to blog, I have so much stacked up I want to write about that I mentally tell myself I don’t have the hours and hours it would take to blog about it, so it doesn’t get done again. It turns into a vicious cycle, and here I am 2 months later with no posts.

I have been thinking and have come up with a possible solution. I am going to blog twice a day on most days, but with a maximum time of only 20 minutes each time. I will have to be quick and concise, but it will get me in the habit again. I do have some beautiful quilts to show, so there will be plenty of eye candy and inspiration coming up. Family life has been busy also, so some of that will be coming your way also.

What is your thoughts on my solution? How do you get motivated again or manage your blogging time so that you still get life with family and other commitments done? Any tips would be greatly appreciated!