Friday, December 30, 2011

2012 – Word of the Year


In 2011 I started to find a word that I could  use to incorporate into my life.   Last year I was a bit late in choosing it but I found the word of Encompassing. while I was posting daily going through the alphabet.  I will be return to summarizing my year in but let me first tell you my word for 2012.

My Word of the Year for 2012 is Intentions.    This word was sparked  by reading the book Mastering Life’s Energies – Simple Steps to a Luminous Life at Work and Play by Maria Nemeth, PhD.    The line that inspired me was from page 39.                       

“I use the word intention in a specific way: intentions are the purposes or aims that lie in our hearts and give us a sense of meaning.”

The book goes on to say how instead of resolutions you should set intentions of how you want to live your life and then set goals to reach the intentions.  An example they use in the book is 

Life’s Intention: To be a creator of beauty.  Goal:  I plant a rose garden.

In some  ways i am still I am trying to figure out who I want to be (or should I say pinpoint who I want to be) and setting intentions is better than resolutions. Intentions don't have the guilt trip if you stumble and are more of a way of life. I am still working on what those intentions are and have not even started the goals but I will be taking the month of January to really think about it.


I have thought of a few ideas so I will put them down here so I remember them.

Intention – Be Queen of my own Home!                                    

Intention – Make beautiful Quilts!

Now for a review of my last years Word of the Year.  My word was Encompassing.  I found my word when I was looking at my personal mission statement.  To quote:

I want to be a women who passionately lives life to it’s fullest while encompassing love, laughter, creativity and inspiration in whichever way life leads me.

I think i did encompass all of the things i listed and more.   I had an awesome year.  The biggest part is I have been happy.  I can’t tell you how long it’s been since I can look back on the past year and say I was happy through the majority of the year.   I like where I am right now.  I feel creative, I feel appreciated both and work and with my friends. I feel like I have found a path a can journey along again.  For a couple of years I felt lost with no direction in many aspects in my life.   I haven’t had any major curveballs thrown at me this year and for that I am grateful.  I have lost weight.  Almost 45 lbs ( just don’t ask me about Christmas week  :-) )    I have signed up for another BOM and have gotten all of my Quilt UFO’s in order.    Encompass has been a good word for me.


What do you think your word will be?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

UFO Challenge 2012

I have decided to get organized with my UFO’s.  I pulled them out of my closet to catalog them  on and listing them here in no particular order.  I have each on in an ArtBin box.  They are the bomb.   I went through and put in a sheet with it’s working name, a sheet where i could write down the progress of each row or month if it called for it and tried to put everything pertaining to the box.     As i pull them out I will inventory it and see where I am in the process what i have to do get each one done.
This list is a work in progress and I will be updating as I go along.   I am also going to try the UFO challenge from Patchwork Times.   I can’t guarantee I will finish them all but it’s a great goal.
#1.  2003  Floral $5.00 Monthly Quilt from Quilting Delights.    I did not participate in this monthly quilt but  I found all the parts in the sale room at Quilting Delights for one third the price and I picked it up.  It has a country feel.   I don’t have finishing instructions  but have fabric for each of the 12 months.   I don’t have a photo of it right now but will take some of the fabric when i open it up.

#2. 2006  Row By Row Quilt  April 2006 – photo of row quiltOctober 2006. Heart to Hand     This has 7 rows.    I have done the first row but got stuck on the second one on how to do the sailboats.  I am just going to do it  like the pattern says so i can complete it. 

#3.  Kaleidoscope of Kolor  2008 BOM Quilting Delights - Dot’s version  Below is a photo of how this BOM should look.    My version is a deep pumpkin color, which is in the second photo.  
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#4. Kaleidoscope of Kolor   2008 BOM Quilting Delights -  Pat’s version  My friend Pat did this BOM with me.  She loved her background in the beginning but as the months went on she got busier and didn’t finish it and by the end of the year she wasn’t so in love with the fabric.  When she moved to Tennessee she gave me her quilt to finish up. 

5.  2006 June Block of the Month Exchange   A Fathers Journey  Heart to Hand   securedownload   When i was dong the Dotty BOM at the shop Heart to Hand they had a monthly exchange where many people turned in blocks and they drew names. I have reworked the blocks and added more and here is where I am at.

#6. Cherry Hill Sampler panel   cherry Hill Sampler I bought this panel at a quilt shop because i loved the flavor of it.  I have gotten it out a bunch of times to try to design a quilt and keep getting stumped.  Today I found a pattern on the internet that might just help me as a starting off point.

 and purple Pink Roses and Purple Quilt.    I started this one out as a table runner for a class I took.  I didn’t like how it was  turning out so I changed it to be a small quilt  I am in the midst of working on converting it to 16 squares. 

#8.  Kenny’s quilt   and figure out fabric for Tass’s quilt.   I made a quilt for my oldest nephew and niece.  I now have to make one for my two youngest .  I have the fabric for the boy.  HANGING QUILTSBut in looking at them it might work for the girl.  I will now have to find material for another one –   I will make this one and then decide who to give it to once i find the fabric for the second one.   Here is a really bad photo of the first two. I have learned so much working with my camera since then. Its a pattern of my own design. 

#9.  Mary Engelbreit Baskets of Flowers Panel from 2008   I have some coordinating fabric to go with it.  I found these photos of the panel on the internet so you can see what they look like.  I think i am going to make a pillow for my couch on with the tree bottom squares.
ME basket of flowers panel Emmaquiltback

#10.   2012 Block of the Month – Quilting Delights.   2012 quilt BOM I am currently participating in this and doing it in a red color way.  So this one is ongoing and actually hope to have it done at the end of the year.

#11.  Complete any flimsy to a full quilt
#12.  Complete any flimsy to a full quilt