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Getting organized

Sometime each winter, usually right around New Years, I  get ambitious about cleaning out and getting organized. In this years’ round of organizing, I ended up with an extra clear  shoe-organizer thing-y.

organizing fabric scraps

I decided to put it back to use, to hold my small scraps. They’d been in plastic bins, roughly color-sorted, but having them laid out like a rainbow there, is definitely encouraging me to use them more.

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Not my usual view, I took a short trip for a bit of a mental health break. This is the view from a little B&B over cross-country trails.

Faster, higher, stronger has never been my motto, but a sport whose highest aspiration is gliding through the woods might be one I can appreciate, maybe it’ll even redeem all this snow. Once I get over the sore muscles from my first try at it anyways. :)


I’ll be back to sewing and regular life soon. Until then, I hope you’ve all had wonderful weekends.

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 I don’t buy charm packs – or layercakes, jelly rolls, fat quarter bundles or whatever precut configuration they’ve come up with now. I know I’m the odd ball on this, but I like to put my money just into the fabrics that I really like from a line. But, I made an exception for Dream On and bought charm packs. They’ve been sitting on my shelf, cheery and bright, waiting.

1. Juicy quilt, 2. Nicey Jane Charm Quilt: Front, 3. Moda Hunky Dory charm pack quilt using disappearing 9 patch quilt blocks, 4. P1040581, 5. Doll Quilt Swap 5 ready to go!, 6. Game Day Quilt, 7. Mini Quilt!, 8. A sweet little quilt, 9. Chocolate Momo quilt

I’ve decided to use them to make a quilt for myself – something fun and bright. But, now I  need to decide what to do with them.  I want something simple, and easy: this is not the fabric for fussy, fidgetty piecing. I think HST’s are about as complicated as I’m interested in.  

1. Spring, 2. Quilt for Baby Elise, 3. Audrey’s Quilt, 4. For my sister-in-law, 5. 18th June, 2010, 6. or this one?, 7. Braylin’s quilt, 8. Larger DQS Inspired Quilt 1, 9. swell zig zag quilt

I’ve got two charm packs, a little bit of yardage, and probably lots of white kona. So, I went searching through flickr for charm square patterns: and found lots of inspiration. Now I’m deciding between so many options: a nice problem to have.  :)

But, I’m open to more: do you have a favorite charm-friendly pattern?

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As I mentioned, my sewing resolution is to sew more for myself, and less because I “should” in some way.  It’s really a sub-set of a bigger resolution about prioritizing, and not taking on more than I can handle with inner calm and good humor.

Last year, I said I would make a  project from my scrap bin, or finish a WIP/UFO,  for every new project started. (And I largely stuck with that one)

Modern Red Accent Pillow Sham

Not a new pillow, but one I'm reclaiming from the shop to keep for myself


It got me thinking, does anyone else make resolutions about their sewing (or other craft/art/hobby etc.)? Or am I the only one? If you make them, what’s yours?

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Happy New Years!
Taking a quick look back at my 2010 flickr sream, as we get ready for 2011


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 


and a few more…

1. <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/pioneervalleygirl/4624916811/”>Watercolors 3 .</a>, 2. <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/pioneervalleygirl/4613685256/”>MT Swap Preview</a>, 3. <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/pioneervalleygirl/4609336389/”>A belated mother’s day present…</a>, 4. <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/pioneervalleygirl/4588427979/”>Midnight – Tablerunner</a>, 5. <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/pioneervalleygirl/4579534011/”>Sunny Spot</a>, 6. <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/pioneervalleygirl/4548984391/”>(back) </a>, 7. <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/pioneervalleygirl/4491792808/”>Stars (or I really need to come up with a name for my quilt)</a>, 8. <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/pioneervalleygirl/4480023425/”>Work in Progress: Tablerunner</a>, 9. <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/pioneervalleygirl/4458179033/”>Birdies </a>, 10. <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/pioneervalleygirl/4436410234/”>Wonky Nine Patch .</a>, 11. <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/pioneervalleygirl/4425469431/”>Finished!</a&gt;, 12. <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/pioneervalleygirl/4341356282/”>Black and White Quilt</a>

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Seeing other sites…

Link-clicking, or side-bar widget noticing readers may already know this, but I’ve transitioned some of my shop to artfire. I’m not sure I’m breaking up with etsy (where I’ve been off and on for a while) for good, but definitely seeing other sites.


I like the site alot, but it’s less well known, so I thought I’d show off a collection of items from AF for your browsing and or shopping pleasure. Enjoy!

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Happy shopping

If any of you are getting up at early hours, or braving the crowds, or just have your credit card ready for some online deals. Happy shopping, on the official start of the holiday shopping season.

modern handmade table runner for christmas gift

To kick it off, I’m having a sale on handmade items. Enter BLOGFRIDAY2010 before 11/30 to get 20% off in my artfire shop.

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