Monday, January 4, 2021

A GREAT START TO THE NEW YEAR!!


I am so excited to show you this post.  I am truly going to try to post more this year. 

 Last year was not a fun year for me or for that matter anyone.  As you know, I lost my mother, then I lost a friend of 42 years.  My sweet friend was old enough to be my mother but she and her husband were the first friends we had when we were first married.  She was like a grandmother to my sons.  Then I lost two very very dear friends from Covid and another two church friends who died of covid.  I am not telling you this for you to feel sorry for me but in the grand scheme of things, it is who you love and who you are loved by that makes the world a better place to live in.


'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

Alfred Lord Tennyson


It is the sweet memories and wonderful examples that bring me peace and happiness.




So.....enough of that for now.


I made a 12 1/2" log cabin block  out of the scraps that I have been cutting up...just for fun.  It looks crooked but I measured the blocks and they are fine.  I think it is that one fabric after the orange, it creates an illusion.

I also looked at all of the colors I have and I believe I have gone over to the dark side....not as much light.  So I thought to myself....I could cut me up some light.  Then I thought it would defeat the purpose of the scraps.  So I am just going to go willy nilly.

I do think I am going to cut that one last 12 1/2" inch strip out of greys.  I have a ton of grey scraps in another bin....yes...another bin...haha.  These scraps are much larger.  Anyways, I think I am going to have that consistent grey through out the quilt and maybe create some kind of design....won't know till I get the blocks together.  I also might make the middle small blocks grey as well.   

Plans change, ideas turn over and then there you have it....something totally different than what you intended.

LIFE IS GOOD!!

So Let me show you what I have done.

I showed you in my last post that I purchased the top two compartment boxes from Micheal's.  As I was cutting more out, I knew I needed more compartment boxes but this time I went to Walmart and got the boxes that do not have dividers.  It would be in my best interest if I did have just plane boxes and no dividers because it will suit future projects.    So the top two are completely full to exploding.  The next one is half way full but I still have a few things on my ironing board to cut up...not much but enough.


Next you will see the 4 1/2" squares....This box is almost full.  Of course, you all know that I used my log Cabin die (that is having issues) and my 4 1/2" die from my 8" Qube set.

Next is the most fun.

 


Empty!!!!!!



Was full


                                                                         Empty!!!!!!!

                                                             AHHHHHHHHH

18 comments:

Darlene of Creative Latitude said...

2020 is not a year I want to remember, although you have more reasons to not remember it fondly. I'm truly sorry for all your losses. Looks like you are kicking off 2021 getting organized and ready to make some beautiful projects. I love those totes for storage.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

I am so sorry for all of your losses this year Barb. Your quote definitely describes how I feel also, be so thankful for the time you had with your mom and friends. Take care of yourself and enjoy some time quilting. I'm thinking about making log cabin blocks too. They are so relaxing to make. Hugs!

Marie said...

Hi Barb, your on a good roll and I like log cabins however they are done. Hope all is going well your way. Take care and many hugs, Marie

Jennifer said...

I love that feeling of it's all empty. Made Christmas yo yos till I saw red and green in my sleep. Love log cabin blocks willy nilly and all.

Jackie's Stitches said...

I'm so sorry for the losses you have experienced. It's so hard. 2 days after we buried my mom, my dad passed away. I'm thankful to have had them as long as I did and that my boys had their grandparents. We loved them very much and know they felt the same about us. xoxo

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Way to go with cutting up the scraps!! I hope to empty a bin or two that way this year too. ;-)

Needled Mom said...

Oh gosh, Barb. I am truly sorry. You had a rough year. I do hope this year is much better.

Those log cabins are going to be fantastic. Looking forward to seeing the progress on this one.

Mystica said...

Your losses have been immense and its very admirable that you are still going on with all your projects.
I love the pieces you've cut and how neatly categorized and put away. I've stopped sewing now for years though both my daughters drop hints that quilts will be welcome.

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

I am so sorry for your losses, Barb. Here's hoping this year is better for all of us. Love the look of "empty" - I forgot what that looks like - there is nothing like it in my house - LOL - ;))

Barbara said...

I’m a Log Cabin block fan. I’m also a “scrappy” fan, so this gets my attention. It’s surely an illusion, and I guess the only way to avoid it is to be careful of directional fabrics. It’s so interesting!

Gene Black said...

2020 - It was not a great year.

Still life goes on, and it is good to be alive.

I need to be so productive with my scraps. Of course I also need to quilt the rest of the quilt I am working on.
It is great to see an empty scrap bin. I don't think I have ever emptied any of mine.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

I am so sorry for your losses. While I know a lot of people that have had COVID, there was only one loss, my grand daughter's great grandmother on her father's side. Woohoo for emptying a scrap basket and bin.

QuiltGranma said...

OK, I need to get to work with my log cabins again... Need to do something.

West Michigan Quilter said...

Your post brought tears to my eyes. I'm so sorry for your losses. The past year has taken its tole on everyone. But your post made me realize how very blessed I am. I may not be able to see them in person and spend time with them, but they are here. And aren't we blessed to live in this time where we can communicate with those we love in so many ways. I love this electronic age. Again, I am so sorry. Please know you are in my prayers. You take care. Hugs BTW, glad you are keeping busy cleaning up those scraps. I've been doing that too and what a good feeling.

Vicki in MN said...

Good for you getting those scraps cut up!! It's a big job.

Chookyblue...... said...

the log cabin block looks good.....

Chookyblue...... said...

the number of people lost to covid is terrible......stay safe.....

JJ said...

Wow you are rocking the scraps. Way to go!!!!