February OMG

I can’t believe it is already February.  Can you?  This month I am going to participate in the One Monthly Goal (OMG) over at Red Letter Quilts.  I pulled this quilt top from my pile of UFOs to complete this month.  I wish I could get a little more excited about this quilt top.  I created it years ago and I find that I can’t really love it.  I’m not in love with the fabric or the style.  It will most likely end up being a charity quilt for a toddler or lap.  Like it or not, it is my February OMG.  I hope you will join me over at Red Letter Quilts.



Loving Life

It’s been a while since I’ve been on the blog, but my heart has been with you all.  I’ve been following your progress with envy.  Things are changing at Darlington.  I gave up the day job effective the end of 2015 and January has been full of quilting.  You’ll see in a subsequent post that I am picking up where I left off.  In January, I completed two quilts and a small wall hanging.  Pictures of the quilts are forthcoming, but I thought I would share a glimpse of my wall hanging with you.  Would you believe this is my first wall hanging?  I’m not really a decorator, but I’ve decided this year I will add some quilty decor to the sewing room.  The inspiration for this came from the Mighty Lucky challenge sponsored by Lucky Spool.  The challenge in January was to use bias tape to create a project.  Here is my project.


I experimented with various widths of bias tape and found that the smaller width tape was a little easier to manipulate than the wider widths.  Unfortunately, I didn’t order the wonder under tape suggested by the expert.  I think it would have helped enormously.  Also, I washed the wall hanging after I completed it.  Normally, I love the wrinkly texture of my quilts when I pull them out of the dryer, but I don’t know that I will wash wall hangings in the future.  The stiffness of an unwashed project probably displays better on the wall.  All in all, mighty lucky was a fun experiment, but I’m not sure I will be incorporating bias tape into a lot of projects in the future.

Stay tuned…I look forward to sharing my other January finishes with you later in the week and I’m diligently working on the Project Quilting challenge this month.  The prompt this month is thread and I’m well on my way to completing a runner to submit to the challenge.  I hope you will join me.

Sunday Stash, Swooning and a Future Giveaway!

I’m so excited about the new addition to my stash this week.  It’s a 12 piece fat quarter collection called Dowry by Anna Maria Horner.  I receive a collection similar to this every month from A Joyful Soul Fabrics as a member of their fat quarter club.


Want to hear the best part about this particular stash?????  It could be yours on February 14!  Come back between January 25 and February 14 to enter my giveaway on the Grow Your Blog Party.  Two Bags Full has a delightful party in store for us.  Don’t miss it!  I hear there will be tons of giveaways.



I’ll leave you with a picture of the Swoon in progress.  It will be a baby quilt someday soon!  At the moment it is pinned, basted and waiting to be quilted.  I think I will keep it simple with some straight line quilting.


That’s it for me….what about you?  How is your stash looking this week?  Here’s to hoping you are making great progress in all your quilty and crafty endeavors!  Linking up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash.


Sunday Stash

I’d be lying if I said I had to dig deep in my stash to pull these beauties, but the truth is this fabric has had a special place on the shelf – just waiting for a special project worthy of it’s beauty.


The print is by Como by Alexander Henry and I am pairing it with this lovely pink and white marble and Kona white.  I’ll be cutting into it shortly to begin work on a swoon wall hanging for my sewing room.  I can’t wait to show you the finished project later this month.

Linking up with Sunday Stash at Molly Sparkles.

January Planning – Quilting Style

2013 Lucky Stars Block

2013 Lucky Stars Block

I am so excited this month.  It’s a month of new beginnings and I am hopeful that I will live a balanced life this month that includes regular time in the sewing room!  This month, for A Lovely Year of Finishes, I plan to catch up on the 2013 Lucky Stars BOM.  I only have four completed, so I plan on creating eight more blocks in order to complete the 2013 blocks.  I have decided to wait on putting them together though.  At the end of this year, I will combine the 2013 and 2014 Lucky Stars into a huge quilt for a king size bed (crazy, I know!).  The 2014 blocks look amazing and there’s still time to sign up at Don’t Call Me Betsy.

With any luck I also plan on linking up a finish this month with Such a Sew and Sew.  I plan on starting and completing a Swoon wall hanging for my sewing room.  (Fingers crossed on this one….I’m a slow quilter!)

Linking up with 2014 Lovely Year of Finishes at Fiber of All Sorts and Sew BitterSweet Designs.  Have you seen the size of the goal setting party this month….It’s huge.  Come join the fun.  There’s always room for more!

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