Wednesday, March 2, 2016

March-ing Forward!

I've got sew much I'd like to get done in March - my To Do list could stretch a mile!

Hoping those March winds blow Spring in to us quickly!!!
My March Country Basket from Quiltmaker 2003

Fortunately, I also have two retreats scheduled this month as well, so there is a slim chance that I could actually accomplish at least one or two items on that Megalist :*)

OMG, it's March!

One of my main goals for March will be the OMG Challenge.  My guild's Challenge number for March is #4, which for me means to complete my Joy Wallhanging Kit.

This kit is at least 2 years old, if not 3, and before today it was unopened.  Yep, I need to finish this puppy from start to finish.  My only hope of accomplishing that feat is the fact that it is fairly small - and OMG! - I'm just now finding out that there are no instructions - wow!  So I can't tell you what size it is supposed to finish.  In the kit are the pieces of fabrics, a picture of the finished project, and the pattern for a much larger quilt .... that's it....

It shouldn't be too difficult to figure things out though.  I'm thinking I'll have to consider the long, thin cream-colored background piece as my starting point and trust that it is cut to the desired size.  I can easily make the applique shapes, place them where I want them, and add the borders.  Phew!  Okay, I'm breathing again ... 

Confessions Of A Fabric Addict

One of the other things I've really wanted to concentrate on this year is to reduce the number of scraps in my bins.  Don't get me wrong!  I love having scraps and I am definitely a very scrappy quilter.  But I like to move those scraps through, use up the old and make room for the new, you know what I mean?  My bins are overflowing and it's time I started moving some of them into projects.

With that in mind, in addition to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and 365 Quilty circles, I think I'm going to link up when I can with Confessions of a Fabric Addict for her new linky party I May Have a Scrap Problem - on the first and last Wednesdays of each month.  Sarah is planning to post a monthly goal for cleaning up her "Scrap Problem" on each first Wednesday, and then post her progress on each last Wednesday.

My plan will be to dig into some of the many, many project ideas and patterns I have collected over the years to make one scrappy something each week.  The goal will be four a month, but I think I'll be happy if I end up with two.

I'm all the time seeing cute little patterns, like Lazy Girl's Sweetpea Pods, and of course I have every intention of making them right away ... but you know how that goes don't you?  So I decided, what better way of testing out some block designs or a new pattern to see if I like it than by using my scraps?  Besides, I really don't like cutting up yardage for a small project - I usually regret that when I need the yardage and a big square of it is gone!

I've already picked out my four projects for March, and I'll be posting progress along the way.  I'm really excited about this!  As an added bonus, I can link most of these up with Sharon Vrooman's Let's Book It  :*)  Yay!  Win - Win - Win!!!

Hugs & Blessings!


  1. Love your new project and look at those fun scraps! I have never done a retreat - just couldn't do the physical hauling and then there are the furkids. Sounds like a full month.

  2. I love your country basket block. Looks like you could use up a lot of scraps with those blocks. You have given yourself more than a full plate of projects for this month.

  3. Love your basket block at the top! Cute, cute! Have fun with your scraps.

  4. Your basket is adorable! Great job, gf!
    Must have been quite a surprise to realize you were instructionless. But that is a really cute design. I'm sure you will bring it to life!
    Oh, good luck with your scrap taming goals. I'll be rooting for you! : )

  5. Good luck making one scrappy thing a month. Those patterns look like fun projects. I love the joy hanging.

  6. I know what you mean about scraps. I am doing 2 BOM right now and using only scraps, which is slowly reducing my scraps bags. Plus I only need small pieces for each block and like you I hate to cut into larger yardage for a tiny piece. Love what you are working on!

  7. You're right, March is here and blew in like a lion in our part of the world. And here we are on the 3rd already. Good luck with your projects; they are nice ones.

  8. Your projects look good. I have been trying to cut up my scraps, while I may not be organized by color, they are all nice and neat in their little bins.

  9. I love that basket block, especially the base! Good luck with using your scraps, they seem to multiply while we sleep ;-)

  10. Teresa, I love the March Country Basket! Good luck with your goals for this month, a good idea to go through those collected patterns too, hand in hand with your scraps :-)

  11. Very cute projects! Good luck.

  12. Great goals, Teresa! I'll be waiting anxiously to see what you link up later this month!

  13. Sweet flower basket block! Thanks for the link to 'I May Have A Scrap Problem'! The title cracks me up! I've got to check it out! XO

  14. March it is! You have lots of fun coming your way. I see that you will have plenty to keep you busy at your retreats. Your basket quilt is perfect for the Month!!

  15. Two a month is a great goal -- four would be fantastic! Good luck! (visiting from the "I may have a scrap problem" link up)

  16. can someone tell me how to get the little avatars to appear in my comments section? thanks!
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  17. Just checking in! Hope everything is okay! XO

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