Monday, September 21, 2009

Sorting

No, it is not laundry sorting. It is scraps. I had several boxes of scraps that needed sorting out. This is not stash fabric, but those strips and pieces that are too small to put with stash, but too large to just throw away. I keep anything 2" or wider, myself. I know some people keep anything 1" or wider. I would probably not use it, so I throw those scraps in the trash. I ended up with a box of darks, a box of lights, and a box of mediums.
Also, a large pile for my friend Sue, who makes the most wonderful strip quilts!Sue recently made up a challenge for herself called The Over The Top Challenge. Pop over to her blog to read all about it. She encouraged me to challenge myself also, and though my goals are not a lofty as hers, I am working hard on the ones I have set. I am focusing on the goals that have to do with Christmas, though I do have others recorded. Right now, the Basket Case is FULL priority and then I have 5 miniature quilts to do for Christmas gifts. The minis will be 18 inches square and hand quilted, so I have my work cut out for me. As for the sorting, a log cabin mini may be on that list....not sure yet, but I know that my queen sized log cabin is on my challenge list, so the sorting will help the process greatly! I will share my challenge list later.
The kids all came Sunday to watch the Bears beat the garbage out of the Steelers!!! My son is a HUGE Steelers fan since his early teen years, and Sweetheart is a die-hard Bears fan. It was sweet!! The kids all played nice together...Emerson had to be right in the mix!She wanted to play in my pots and pans while I made dinner.She eventually settled for her toy drawer.....She is a sweet baby and gets sweeter every time I see her. TJ started school today. His mommy is homeschooling him this year for preschool. No, she is not homeschooling him for elementary, but I support them in their choices. They took TJ to get tested for preschool and he tested at a first grade level.....did I already tell you all that? My mind is going!! Anyway, Rachel will work with him at home and he goes to Cubbies, Sunday School, and MOPS so there is enough socialization for him right there. He had a great first day and was very proud of his accomplishments.
Tomorrow is a busy day here. The kids and I will be at the church for a couple of hours tomorrow morning while the staff is at a funeral. We will homeschool there and answer phones and collect food coming in for the funeral dinner that afternoon. Then I plan to go to the BRAND NEW QUILT STORE that is opening just half a mile from my house! Acorn Quilts, Inc is opening it's doors tomorrow. I have been holding my breath. I have told SO many people about it and they just look at me like, "Oh, that's nice." Don't they get it??? A new QUILT SHOP!!! HELLOOOOOO.....ok, so maybe they don't get it!
Tomorrow night is the second week in our new year of Women's Bible Study. We are doing this book.....We had our first meeting last week (we take the summer off and do the Titus Tea's) and I was pretty disappointed. I thought the book study was very dry. I complained only within myself and said nothing to anyone. I prayed about it and was certain that God would understand what I meant. He did not. I got a very clear stirring in my spirit that I was way off. How can God's Word be dry? I was not looking deep enough. So now I look forward to digging in with an open heart and a willing spirit. Must be a big lesson in there for me somewhere and I am bound and determined to find it.
I will come home in time to watch my DVR'ed Biggest Loser with Sweetheart. I love that show and look forward to it each season. I am also a Survivor fan and OH. MY. GOODNESS. There is a player that is out and out EVIL.....His mother did not hug him enough, I am certain of that!!!!!!
Have a blessed day and go hug your kids or they may end up a reality show villian!!!!!

16 comments:

NeeCee said...

I agree about the evil player. He sure has a very low opinion of women, doesn't he?

Crispy said...

Doesn't it feel good to have the scraps all sorted? After sorting mine, I actually was able to find a piece that I needed and knew where it was LOL. I'm rooting you on to get your goals reached, both quilty and spiritually.

Crispy

Niki RuralWritings said...

lots of scraps!!! Sounds like full days at your place, I've never watched the Biggest Loser, but I think I will catch an episode to see if I like it...it might be motivating!

pins and needles said...

Bren, I keep most of my scraps because of applique. Then my Mother saves anything that is 1 inch square. So I accumulate a lot. I am about ready to rearrange the closet in my bedroom and add a tub in there. If nothing else it insulates the outside wall. Helps with the heating bills. It feels good when you can get the mess straightened out and look at what your choices were in the past. Chris

Tamara said...

Isn't it nice to have your scraps sorted. Then you know exactly what you have and maybe what you need from that new quilt store. Yes the guy is evil, but it does give a new twist to the show.

free indeed said...

You are too funny! Loved the comment about hugging...
I know where you are coming from with dry Bible studies...the problem is not with the study but with us...I usually enjoy our ladies studies too, but have gotten very lax about applying any of the truths. I really need to dig out the book "Lord, Change Me" and reread that. I remember whining and complaining about that book, but it is our hearts that need work all the time.
I need to sort my tub of scraps into lights and darks I think. I generally use them for a monthly block lotto I am in just to USE THEM UP! Don't care if I win or not. Every month some of them get sent off to someone else's house as a block for a quilt...love to help out. ANd sometimes I do win and that is always fun.

Connie W said...

Hooray for you, a new quilt shop nearby, that's exciting! I just got a DVR yesterday, first time, and I will be having fun with that. Also, I just started an in-home bible study last week for a few of us who were interested. The first day went great. Have a great week!

Andrea Cherie said...

"reality show villain"...oh you crack me up!!

Copper's Wife said...

So fun to read a nice, chatty post from you again! Missed you!

Love Bears All Things said...

It was great catching up on your life.
Mama Bear

Guðrún said...

Wow this is a LOT of scraps.

Sue said...

Wow! You did well! You really won't use that big pile??

I can't wait to see your challenge list :)

Winona said...

Oh Bren, what a great post! I think I need to organize my scraps. I have dug through them several times in the past couple of weeks and they are a horrible mess. I think I will do the light, medium, and dark thing too. The last time I sorted, I tried keeping like colors together. Hmm, didn't work so great. LOL Have a good day later (since it is after midnight and I can't sleep). LOL Winona

Lisa@End of the Lane said...

I understand the thrill of a new quilt shop opening! I have to drive miles (and hours) to get to one, so one opening so near IS a big deal! Of course, it could also be dangerous...LOL!
Lisa

Joanne said...

Thanks for the heads up on Acorn Quilts! I went today and told them where I heard it first! (My dentist's receptionist told me exactly where this morning!). And great to see Jan Ragaller and Kathy Rosecrance there also -- Jan owned Quilter's General to begin with.

Gail said...

I am about to die laughing at your last sentence!! I don't watch survivor, but the same sentiment could've been applied to Vicki, Heba, and Ed on last season's BL.

Anyway, love the line so much that I'd love to use it as my tag line on one of my message boards if you don't mind.