Monday’s Moments

Sorry, I have not been posting much lately! I’ve had Covid and it’s been a slow recovery. However, I am recovering. I know at one point, I told a friend, “I feel like sewing today.” I sat at the machine, sewed 2 stitches and turned the machine off. I knew I was sick! But, for the last few days, I’ve been sewing for more than 1/2 hour a day – so that is good.

Overhauling the Craft Room

Before I got sick, I did work on my studio overhaul and took some pictures.

Here’s a Before and After pictures of the same spaces!

I now have a full ironing board to iron on. Yes, those dark brown spots in the upper right and lower left definitely indicate that I need to recover the board. But not for now! I’ll live with it for a little while longer!

And the area behind the machine where I quilt is now tidy. Hopefully, it will stay that way! It has so far!

Stitching Time

Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

I missed many days of sewing in the last few weeks … that’s OK. I’m just thankful that I only have one deadline at the moment!

  • January – April:  117 / 120
  • May 1 – 15:  5 / 15
  • Total: 122 / 135
  • Percentage = 90% 

Stash Report

Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash numbers. This has really kept my stash from growing (somewhat!) Before I buy anything, I am always mindful of the fact that I need to report it on my blog … That sometimes stops me in my tracks!

It was fun to free motion these quilts … all different and using different motifs!

Finishing these baby quilts used 7.5 yards of fabric.

  • Fabric Used since the last report      7.5  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:       39.75 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0 yards
  • Fabric Added this year:    6.25 yards 
  • Net Fabric used                 23.5 yards 

To Do

Linda from Texas Quilt Gal is hosting “To Do” every week.

The To Do list from several weeks ago:

  1. Quilt & Bind at least 2 more Baby Quilt Panels √   DONE
  2. Work on Foodie Blog Hop project not done
  3. Clear Cutting Table and Ironing Board for Craft Room Overhaul √   DONE
  4. Work on May Island Batik challenge. √   DONE
  5. Work on Pop Star Quilt √   DONE
  6. Work on Squirrel Attack Quilt. not done
  7. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder!  √   DONE

This week’s list:

  1. Finish May Island Batik challenge.
  2. Work on Pop Star Quilt
  3. Sandwich Squirrel Attack Quilt (see below).
  4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
  5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

Design Wall

Donna, at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, host a linky party for “What’s on your Design Wall” every week.


1. Foodie Blog Hop: These fabrics are from my stash. You’ll just have to wait until May 24th to see what is happening with this fabric!

2. A Squirrel Attack: The flimsy is done – but I forgot to take a picture …

3. I have been working on Sandra Walker’s Pop Star Quilt … Yesterday, the instructions for adding the border were posted. You can access the steps at MMM Quilts HERE.


Need to sandwich the May Island Batik project and get them quilted! And also need to sandwich the Pop Star Quilt.

Again, I’m counting 2 baby quilt panels as 1 UFO that is finished. That means that I only have 4 more UFOs to finish this year! Sigh … I thought I had found ALL of the UFOs before, but alas … there are likely more hidden away! I was secretly hoping that this would be the last year for me to host PHD in 202? But, if I keep discovering more – I’ll be hosting PHD for many years to come!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 

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33 thoughts on “Monday’s Moments

  1. Hi Gail. It’s awful to hear you had Covid, but good to hear you were doing a bit of sewing when you wrote this post. As you can tell I’m still trying to catch up on emails and blog posts. Life has really been interfering with my time for creativity, reading and sewing. Hope you’ve continued to improve and are feeling more like yourself now.

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  2. I hope you are feeling better, and recovering from Covid.
    Your sewing area looks neat! And I love your Pop Star quilt, wow, it’s lovely!
    Thank you so much for sharing, and linking up!

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  3. I left my studio is a big disarray before heading out of town. I know when I return I won’t get it cleaned up because I am sooo close to finishing my Round Robin quilting!!! Hopefully over the weekend or early next week. So excited to get it done.

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  4. Sorry to hear that you were ill. Here’s to a full recovery and lots of sewing in your future. I love your blue Pop Star. After my setback of being out of my house, I’ll definitely need PHD next year. LOL

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  5. You actually got a lot done over the week. I always like to see studio clean up pics — I have to say your “before” pictures look pretty good to me. Keeping it cleaned up is my issue. Here’s hoping your Covid is done and you get back to 100%.

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    • Thanks, Bonnie! I have the same problem – keeping the studio clean. I take out some fabric for something and can’t put it away because I might need it, and then there’s another piece with the same thing. Then a partial project is put somewhere else and before I know it … my studio is a mess again! sigh! Oh well, all we can do is keep at it!


  6. Glad you are feeling some better. Please take care of yourself. I was sick with it three weeks in September. Not fun. Rest when you are tired and drink plenty of fluids. Praying for a full recovery soon!

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  7. Hi Gail! I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve contracted COVID. I sure hope you have no long-term effects from it, and I’m glad to hear that your energy level is rising. Definitely, two minutes at the sewing machine means you are feeling poorly! That shelf that goes around your sewing room sure looks handy! It’s better than a shelf for holding stuff near the area where it’s needed. Like Best Press by the ironing board, etc. Happy quilting! {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

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  8. So sorry you had covid. We both got it, too, right after my return from rehab. Glad you are on the mend and sewing again! Love your PopStar version and look forward to your Foodie Hop (I begged off as I won’t get to sewing room until next month….darn ankle).

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