My Quilty Bucket R1 Wrap Up

Hi Y’all! It’s been a little over a year since I introduced My Quilty Bucket. It’s a system I came up with to determine which project would be my next one. You can read more about it by clicking here. There are thousands of quilts I want to make, but I found myself not starting certain ones because I thought they were too involved or complex. Anyway, I decided to put several projects in my bucket and whichever one I pulled out, I would work on until completion, then pull my next project, and so on and so forth. I didn’t have a deadline but I realize now that I put way too many projects in my bucket (20 projects and 4 wildcards). Maybe I just had too many “side projects” going on. I was participating in two, block-of-the-month projects (Build A Quilt and Monthly Color Challenge) and a sew-along w/my quilty-bestie Madonna (@sunnybunnyquilts). However, I did finish every project I pulled.

Here are all the projects I put in My Quilty Bucket Round 1.

Bad Girl-pattern
Big X-IG
Black and Beyond-book
Bricks & Squares-ufo (Sew Day Project, see status pic below)
Chevron Quilt
Endless Mountains-book
Hot Cross Buns-pattern
Kokeshi Blocks(3-4)-fpp
The Ties that Bind-book
Moonlight & Roses-book
Scrap Happy-book
Scrappy Snowball
Trick or Treat totes (4)
Urban Bow Tie
Wander Thru Woods-pattern
Wonky Rail Fence-book
QAYG Zippered Pouches (6)
Patchwork Pouf – home-dec fabric

This is Bad Girl Quilt (finished 02/2022). Isn’t she LOVELY!! This pic is before washing.

This pattern by Southern Charm Quilts is one that I had been wanting to make for a few years but I was intimidated by the idea of appliqueing the Dresdens. Turns out that Dresdens are fun to make. I top-stitched the blades down w/a straight stitch and then Madonna went back through and stitched them down w/a blanket stitch. Bless her heart! And Katy (@katyquilts) quilted it for me using a pantograph called Malachite by Urban Elementz. This quilt is one of my all-time favorite finishes, but it wouldn’t even be a finish right now if I hadn’t pulled it from My Quilty Bucket.

Here’s a close-up of the quilting.

And this pic is after washing.

I sewed the extra Dresdens on the back.

Chevron (finished 05/2021)

HRTs (finished 07/2021)

Moonlight & Roses – Bargello (finished 05/2021) Hanging on the wall in my work office.

Bricks & Squares – Sew Day project (in progress)

I’m changing things up for My Quilty Bucket Round 2. Stay tuned!

Until next time, Happy Stitchin’ & God Bless!

A Thread for Life

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time. – Hebrews 4:15-16

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My 2021 Finishes

I did a lot of stitching in 2021, but as it turns out I didn’t have a lot of finishes. I am not complaining though. I was able to make all four of my Grands a quilt for their birthday. And I am very grateful for any time I get to spend stitching and making things.

Here are my finishes in reverse order.

A patriotic table topper w/foldover binding.

This is a baby quilt for a friend’s first grandbaby.

Birthday quilt for my eldest granddaughter.

I made this small lap quilt for a challenge during Build A Quilt. I won $100!

Christmas things I made during the summer; stockings, table topper, and wallhanging.

An apron I made for myself. I had always wanted to sew a kitchen towel on an apron to have something readily available to wipe my hands on and to double as pockets. There’s a better pic later on this post.

I finally made a quilt out of some Half Rectangle Triangles my friend Katy cut for me back in 2016! I gave it to my youngest son for his first apartment.

Birthday quilt for my youngest granddaughter.

A long-time-coming quilt for a friend. =)

A bargello wallhanging. This is currently hanging in my office at work.

An apron for my daughter.

Birthday quilt for my youngest grandson.

Birthday quilt for my eldest grandson.

Oh, I almost forgot, for the Goodreads 2021 Reading Challenge I finished 121 books!

That’s all folks!

A Thread for Life

The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. Job 33:12 ESV

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Happy New Year!

Yesterday by Oswald Chambers

You shall not go out with haste,…for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard. Isaiah 52:12 NKJV

Security from Yesterday. “…God requires an account of what is past” (Ecclesiastes 3:15). At the end of the year we turn with eagerness to all that God has for the future, and yet anxiety is apt to arise when we remember our yesterdays. Our present enjoyment of God’s grace tends to be lessened by the memory of yesterday’s sins and blunders. But God is the God of our yesterdays, and He allows the memory of them to turn the past into a ministry of spiritual growth for our future. God reminds us of the past to protect us from a very shallow security in the present.

Security for Tomorrow. “…the Lord will go before you….” This is a gracious revelation— that God will send His forces out where we have failed to do so. He will keep watch so that we will not be tripped up again by the same failures, as would undoubtedly happen if He were not our “rear guard.” And God’s hand reaches back to the past, settling all the claims against our conscience.

Security for Today. “You shall not go out with haste….” As we go forth into the coming year, let it not be in the haste of impetuous, forgetful delight, nor with the quickness of impulsive thoughtlessness. But let us go out with the patient power of knowing that the God of Israel will go before us. Our yesterdays hold broken and irreversible things for us. It is true that we have lost opportunities that will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past rest, but let it rest in the sweet embrace of Christ.

Leave the broken, irreversible past in His hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him.

From My Utmost for His Highest