Monday, November 26, 2018

Was Yesterday REALLY the last Sunday in November???

Just a few weeks ago when I looked out one of my patio doors I saw a huge potted petunia.  Remember that?  Well, this morning a looked out to see if the weather person was right.  Were we really getting 6 inches of snow today?  Well maybe we will.  At 5 AM it was raining.  I looked out at 7:30 AM and saw this.  I really was looking out to see if the timer was right on my Christmas lights.  I like to have them on so the kids on the school bus can see them on the way to school. 

Thankfully Thanksgiving went off without a hitch.  Alyssa is a gourmet cook and she prepared the meal and it was great.  The kids left for a week, but will be back this weekend and perhaps stay for Christmas.  We'll see.  They are coming back to town to pick up a new/used 5th wheel.  Her parents say they live like gypsies.  I think it's great that they can go where they want and have a place to live wherever they are.  They love it so it's all good.

I have decided to participate in the RSC in 2019 and have been searching for proper patterns to use for the blocks.  I have a serious stash of novelty print fabrics so I MAY have to add to my stash and explain to Terry why I NEED more fabric, lol.  I have always enjoyed posts by those that participate, but I never really paid attention to how many scrappy quilts they make at one time.  The color changes each month, so do you make a row of one color each month for each quilt? Who knew I would have so many questions.  There is a lot to think about.  If you have participated, please give me suggestions.  I don't want to be overwhelmed by committing to making too many, but I want to make a decent showing and to stay busy with the project. 

Grateful:  This might sound weird to you, but today I am feeling selfish and am grateful that I don't feel guilty about it.

How about you.  Do you have plans for the coming year for a long term sewing project?

21 comments:

Jeanna said...

The Christmas lights are so pretty in the snow. It is so sweet of you to have them on early enough for the kids. It is a great start to their day.

I'm not familiar with the RSC but have seen some pretty quilts come together through that effort. I look forward to seeing what you do.

Debra said...

Oh actually I really liked your grateful. Doesn't sound weird at all-and it helps me to know it's ok to feel that way sometimes too!
I love the photo of the lights and your bird feeding station. What a wonderful idea to hang the feeders from. That would solve our hawk problem. He's gotten so used to me yelling at him when he lurks around my birds, that I have to throw snowballs toward him to get him to fly away. (I would never harm another bird-no matter how bad they are)
Good luck with the quilting project and have fun shopping for some new fabrics!

Barbara said...

No plans here, Carol. I need one! What is RSC?

Momma Bear said...

Cathy over at "Cathys crazy by design" does the RSC. she usually has 4-5 scrappy quilts going at once. I don't know how she keeps track. I have tried 3 at once and lost the pieces to one of them, only to find them 3 yeas later, when I'd used the fabric for something else *sigh*. one at a time for me!
But Cathy has tones of patterns and is nice and chatty about where and what. she also has links to others joining the party. I lurk in the background. but with the long arm I was able to double my capacity for getting things done and take on a load of charity quilts for the local guild.
Keeping busy keeps me sane or Id be yelling at the radio/tv/news. if I'm to busy to pay attention to every little thing I feel better about life.

jenclair said...

:) Any moments in time when we don't feel guilty about pampering ourselves is all good! I love that you leave the lights on for the kids to enjoy--definitely a good way to start the school day.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

I can't believe you have snow and Christmas lights already! I'm glad you had a good Thanksgiving. I hadn't realised it was past yet. I'm still feeling that Christmas is a long way off but by the time it's twelfth night and we're putting out the tree you'll all be feeling like it's long gone! I'm really trying to finish up my stitching book now and then I will start thinking about what to do next year. I hope next year will go more slowly than this one has. I'm glad you are feeling selfish and not guilty about it. I'm sure you need some to give yourself some tlc after caring for your family so much. Today, I'm feeling grateful because I think I will have time to do some sewing this evening :) x

Robbie said...

Good for you doing the project in 2019...not sure I know what RSC is but good luck! Always fun to use up scraps or buy new fabric to make scraps out of!!!

Linda in Calif. said...

That is so cool that you have the lights on for the children on the bus. I know I would love it if I was going to school and could see Christmas lights. As for the RSC, I've been thinking for the past couple years I would like to do it. Like you I don't know which block to use! I didn't even consider if I should to 1 or more blocks of the same color.

Henny Penny said...

Honestly, I'm with you about the months flying past and snow! I mean where did October and November go? Your Christmas lights are so pretty. I hope to pull out a few boxes and get started today. Hopefully, next year I will get more bonnets made. Not much of a plan yet. :)

Sheryl said...

Hi Carol your xmas lights look so pretty and how lovely to have them on for the kids on the school bus.I think its a great idea to get a 5th wheeler they will have a ball with it.No i have never done a RSC sew along before,hope you have a wonderful day my friend.

Cathy said...

That was so sweet of Flora (waving!!) to recommend my blog, but I know you already follow! Carol, why not check out my Pinterest boards for ideas? Go to Pinterest (dot com) and search for my username @Catkiz . I have a board called Quilt Love that has a section devoted to rainbow quilts. I also have boards for different types of quilts like string quilts, log cabins, etc. and a board called blocks & Tutorials (or something like that) where you can just pick out a block and do some every month in the color of the month.

There is no set number of blocks you need to do. Sometimes I make blocks without a plan in mind. Other times I know I want to make a certain sized quil so I might need to make X number of blocks in each color. Just let your scraps lead you! Besides you can always combine blocks together for a great quilt (like 9-patch blocks and snowballs) or (Irish Chain blocks with birds. Sound familiar?) let me know any questions you have and I’ll do my best to answer.

I love your snowy picture! We’ve really scaled back Christmas this year. I guess getting older has its benefits! We bought everyone (adults and kids) Barnes & Noble gift cards because they have books, magazines, toys and games, a great cafe and stationery/journals, etc. Plus, they’re doing the promotion again this year that for every $75 of gift cards you buy, you get a $10 gift card for yourself. Bonus!! We got a $50 card for ourselves!! And no wrapping of presents; we just stick the cards in envelopes.

Jan said...

I don't know what RSC is? Have fun with it, whatever it is. I've got a quilt waiting to be quilted. It's kinda big so I put off starting but it's not going to quilt itself. Maybe it could be a Christmas gift if I'd finish it in time. I'm bummed because I sent two hand made quilts off last month to two different people and neither of them even let me know if they received them. What is it with people?

Salty Pumpkin Art said...

Grateful for you andyour blog!
Yes to seeing projects! I found a small pattern ideas here and on other blogs. My bin of scrap fabric...cut, iron, and hand sew. Pieces too small, cut up to use as filler.

Jennifer Gail said...

Lights on snow are beautiful. I make no plans.

KaHolly said...

You’ll enjoy the RSC Challenge. You make as many blocks as you desire. It’s yours! Have fun! Glad you enjoyed your T-day. It’s pleasing to hear your kids are enjoying life.
XO

Rose said...

I have been thinking about you and wondering how the holidays were for you and how you and Terry are.

I had to look up RSC to see what you were talking about! I feel out of sync not knowing.

Kit said...

Your lights look lovely. I love that you have them on for the kids. Happy to hear Thanksgiving was great. Ours was also. I am always happy to have the 4 of us together. I am almost done decorating! Have a happy season. :) Kit

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Such pretty lights!! How sweet to think of the kids and to do this! Our Thanksgiving was good and peaceful. My favorite holiday! Have a happy and joy filled December!

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Such pretty lights and I am sure the kids love looking at them! Good luck with your RSC and have fun! Enjoy these December days!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I really like the idea of a year-long project but then I remember that I have the attention span of a gnat so therefore it's best if I steer clear of that sort of commitment. I always admire those that do take part though and love seeing the results of their efforts.

Susan said...

You can use your scraps any way you want, 1 block a month in the color or more. All the blocks you can make in each color in the same pattern or in multiple patterns, or multiple patterns with one block each month in the color. LOL. I only use actual scraps for mine, and usually sort of skip like a stone on the pond, doing and not doing, but that's where my scrappy log cabins came from originally.