My Gammill

December 13, 2017

"give it to someone else to do"

My return and report time...

I spent time with the boxes in my closet! I pulled out all of the knitting projects that I started and didn't finish, the yarn that I bought for dreamed about projects, a half knitted pair of slippers, some started dishclothes and hot pad holders and my half knitted pair of socks (meaning one sock). That was a great start on my closet clean out! And it was just the knitting!

My Mom is here visiting so she is supporting me in my knitting the other sock. I know how to knit, but I don't really know how to knit. You know what I mean? There are terms and details that I just don't understand how to do. I will use her knowledge while she is here to get myself a PAIR of socks finished!

I also finished one dishcloth and started another. I have spent some time working on a hot pad hold. I have about half of it finished. I gave my Mom the beautiful blue-gray yarn that I bought to knit a shawl about 10 years ago. My Mom loves the yarn! And, I am bored of it and will never use it. It is a perfect solution to my UFO dilemma. There is a varigated blues yarn (that I also bought for a shawl) that we are still discussing if Mom will take it or if it would make a good pair of socks. I'm voting for Mom to take it. She's voting that I use it to knit more socks. Hmmm, no...thank you! I have a feeling that one pair of socks may be my limit.

Retreat

RETREAT



"The noun retreat means a place you can go to be alone, to get away from it all.  A spot under a shady tree might be your favorite retreat from the sun." Vocabulary.com

"The act of pulling back or withdrawing, as from something dangerous or unpleasant." Wiktionary.com

"A peaceful, quiet place affording privacy or security." Wiktionary.com

"A period of retirement, selusion or solitude." Wiktionary.com

"A period of meditation, prayer or study." Wiktionary.com

I recently went to a BYU Alumni quilting retreat in Galveston, TX. I did feel as though it was a withdrawl from ordinary life. It was a peaceful experience but with friendship and laughter. I learned a lot from the other women, so it was a time for study as well...well, quilt study!

It was my 7th year to attend the retreat in Galveston. I was blessed to be able to go and visit with my quilting friends. We have formed a wonderful bond through the years of quilting together for just 5 days each year. I am grateful for these friends.

December 01, 2017

"give it to someone else to do"

I was reading through my past posts and found this one from April 2, 2017. It is a quote from Pat Sloan. I'd like to revisit it.

A morning email from Pat Sloan, asked the question,

"What do you do if you get stuck in a rut
 about a project?"

This is Pat Sloan's answer.

"So many times people ask me what to do if they get in a rut about a project.
I've been mulling this over, I even got solutions from my Guest Emily Herrick on my talk show last week (Listen HERE)
Last month at Instagram one question was to share your 'oldest UFO' and then I wondered.... WHY is it the oldest?
Ask yourself "Why don't I work on a project?" There is a reason.
It might be
* You felt you didn't have the skills needed, so got stuck
* You only have a little bit to do and for some reason don't work on it, maybe it's bulky and your table needs cleared before you have room to work on it.
* You actually have fallen 'out of love' with this project.
Here is Pat's solutions. 
1. Pick ONE item to deal with. NOT all of them... Just ONE. 
2. Pick a project you know you CAN decide on easily 
3. Evaluate your skills, I'll bet you have them now! (or take a great class to learn!) 
4. Fix whatever is keeping you from getting to it. Clear the table, make the binding, find the floss, or give it to someone else to do."
**************
So...What caught my eye, and mind, was the part,
"give it to someone else to do"

But, how can I let my "old friend" project go? I feel so guilty. 

Why don't we want to give our old projects to someone else? Why do we hang on to it and treasure it, but won't give it away. What does it take to get to the point where we can let it go?


Hmmm?.... I have projects that are 10 years old. I need to let them go. I am tired of them. I'm bored of them. They fill up my closet. It's time to let them go. 



It's TIME!

So, where to begin? When I have a little bit of time today, I need to go through the boxes at the top of my sewing closet. I know that there is stuff up there that I will never get back to working on... beading, knitting, painting, wool yarn felting... Let it go!

I want to focus on quilting, so those other things are not going to get any more of my attention. If I haven't paid attention by now, I never will.

Time to get to work!

Where does the time go? Part 2

I could copy my last post and repost it today! How weird is life?!

I went to a Quilt Retreat in Galveston in November and came home sick. VERY sick! One of the ladies came to the retreat, saying that her allergies were bad, but nope, she was sick with the flu. So, I came home sick and am just now starting to feel normal after 3 weeks of sickness!



During those 3 weeks, I was able to sit down and sew a few Winding Ways blocks a few minutes at a time. It was exhausting to sew for very long. But, I'm loving the blocks and the part of the quilt that I have sewed together.

I am making a variety of grays and whites quilt with just one block of turquoise for an accent piece. It has the four points in the neighboring blocks to complete the star effect. I love the look of it!

August 16, 2017

Where did the summer go!!?

 I had such high hopes to quilt all summer when I went to visit my Mother. BUT, life intervened! I hardly sewed at all. I think that I actually sat down and sewed at my machine 3 days... out of 2 months!

May 07, 2017

May Quilts

I have high hopes for my May quilts! I have been cutting out  multiple quilts from my stash of 30's and 40's Reproductions fabrics. I brought the box out in January to complete a quilt and it is still sitting out. I decided that I want to make a whole bunch of quilts from that fabric stash this year, so I have began cutting. I have plans for at least 3 quilts from this stash...Feedsacks, Disappearing Pinwheels and Flowerpots... all from free patterns that I found on the internet. That makes me very happy!

May 03, 2017

April Quilts

I didn't finish any quilts in April. I have been traveling to visit family for most of the month and didn't take any quilt work with me. My focus for the month of April was family- Grandchildren, children and their spouses and my Mother. It was a great month!

But, time to get back to quilt work!

5 Friends Quilt

I love this quilt and the idea to have 5 different people create 1/5 of a quilt! Just take a picture, divide it up and have your friends piece a portion of the quilt. It's fabulous!

View of Arles with Irises was made by The Fab 5: Carole Pirruccello, Cathy Brorby, Phyllis McCalla, Jan Bawart and Jan Soules. It was awarded first place in the Art Representation category at the 2016 Northwest Quilting Expo.

This was in my morning email. I just had to share it with you!

April 02, 2017

Stuck in a Rut?

(I saved this question because it is a question that I have asked myself many times. I have lots of unfinished projects, so this is a perfect email for me!)

A morning email from Pat Sloan, asked the question,
"What do you do if you get stuck in a rut about a project?"

This is Pat Sloan's answer.

"So many times people ask me what to do if they get in a rut about a project.
I've been mulling this over, I even got solutions from my Guest Emily Herrick on my talk show last week (Listen HERE)
Last month at Instagram one question was to share your 'oldest UFO' and then I wondered.... WHY is it the oldest?
Ask yourself "Why don't I work on a project?" There is a reason.
It might be
* You felt you didn't have the skills needed, so got stuck
* You only have a little bit to do and for some reason don't work on it, maybe it's bulky and your table needs cleared before you have room to work on it.
* You actually have fallen 'out of love' with this project.
Here is my (Pat's) solution. 
1. Pick ONE item to deal with. NOT all of them... Just ONE. 
2. Pick a project you know you CAN decide on easily 
3. Evaluate your skills, I'll bet you have them now! (or take a great class to learn!) 
4. Fix whatever is keeping you from getting to it. Clear the table, make the binding, find the floss, or give it to someone else to do."
I LOVE Pat's ideas! 

It's time to Pick One!

March 30, 2017

February and March Quilt Tops

The end of March is here. Where did the month go? Where did February go, for that matter?

February was a Quilt Productive month, but not as fantastic as January.
In February, I finished 3 quilt tops.


Bringing Home the Christmas Tree (2017)

Is it weird that the quilt is a night quilt? My memories of bringing home a Christmas tree always are about night time. We went out to get the Christmas tree after Mom and Dad came home from work and in the winter it gets dark early. So, Bringing Home the Christmas Tree is at night, under a full moon!

This is from a wool quilt pattern, that I just changed it up a bit. I made it much bigger. I added a dark starry sky and a full moon. I added a hill and several stumps where the trees were already cut down. It is a cozy quilt from cozy memories. It makes me very happy. 


Black and Green Garlic Knots (2017)

This quilt was done with my Mom's quilt group in Washington during their quilt retreat. I, of course, made my completely different than everyone else. I chose black for my background and a variety of greens. (Everyone else used white background and a mixture of colors.) I also made my quilt much larger than theirs. I just like twin size quilts.


Red and White Nine Patch and Snowball Blocks (2017)

I made the Nine Patch blocks for our BYU Alumni Quilt Retreat two years ago. We did a group exchange and I made a quilt top with these nine patch blocks and some churn dash blocks that I made. I didn't like the quilt top at all!

So, I took it all apart and seperated the nine patch and churn dash blocks and set them aside for a year. Then I was recently looking through Pinterest and saw this quilt design- nine patch and snowball blocks. I like how the reds blend together and the quilt looks rather old fashioned.


And, I made 3 Sewing Bags. 
Sadly, the free pattern is no longer available on the RJR website.
They are so cute!
I am making more sewing bags today. They are addictive!

In March, I finished 2 quilt tops. Only 2!


Headed North (2017)
This pattern was from the Modern Quilt Guild online named Meeting of the Geese..
 I chose gray and white with a dark turquoise for the geese.
To me, the gray looked like a color called Seattle Gray. Seattle gray, rainy skies.
So, I changed the quilt to fit my impressions of Seattle.
The geese all are going the same direction- North to Seattle.
I added extra rows at the top and bottom to make it twin size and added a few more flying geese.
And, for the backing, I chose fabric called Rain, rain, go away!
Fantastic!



Nita's 30's Reproduction Feedsacks (2017)
I started this quilt years ago but decided to finish it and give it to a friend, Nita.
They are all 30's Reproduction fabrics with a muted green background.
I love the calmness of this quilt.
Cozy and Calm.