Monday, September 24, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
I hope so!
At the quilting bee Tuesday night, I handquilted non-stop for 3 hours (plus had quilted some during the day as well), so my fingers needed a break. I finished up the first dishcloth and am excited about doing more. I've gone through my patterns and picked another to try. I have other things in mind for today, though if I get bored with them or run into trouble I may just put them aside and start a new dishcloth.
Monday, September 17, 2007
I know I'll be busy today, but I couldn't tell you yet what exactly I'll be busy doing.
Most days I go to bed with a pretty clear idea what I'd like to do the following day. A cleaning chore I want to be sure to finish, time on a certain project, or an errand or outing on my calendar.
Today is not such a day. I went to bed last night without a plan for today. I woke up groggy and somewhat uninspired.
As I dressed and ventured out into the main part of my house, I started feeling a little more inspiration. I'm still slowly working on cleaning out our bedroom cupboards and closet, a little time will be spent at that today. We tend to let things go some on the weekends, but I realized even when let go things don't actually look too bad anymore...so I'm inspired to pick up and clean up. It won't take long and I can sit later to sew without guilt.
I made a list yesterday of craft projects I hoped to spend time on. Some will be Christmas presents, others for my own pleasure. It was quite a list! I have one bin that is full of fabric to be cut for scrap quilts and another bin that has the bags of cut shapes and the templates. I keep it all together so I don't have to search if I feel like cutting. The small squares will be used to make 9 patches, which can be used as alternating blocks with another block or with blank blocks for an Irish Chain. The hearts are for applique, I made Ruthie's quilt by raiding my heart stash. Also there is an oblong hexagon, apple core, diamond, dresden blade and equilateral triangle.
I wake up every morning to a day that seems wide open, but it rapidly fills with tasks small and large, time for the children and my husband and odds and ends that come up throughout the day. I sometimes wish for a day where everyone left me home alone, but on those rare occasions when I'm here for a few hours alone, I have so many things I'd like to do in peace that I end up doing very little for lack of deciding.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
declaring sewing days! LOL. Despite my best intentions, days that I feel like were set aside to mostly sew get cluttered up with other things.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
Yesterday I got quite a bit of hand quilting done and more is on the agenda for today. My plan is to spend all my sewing time quilting today, the frame quilt is getting close to that 'focus on it' point for me and I want to see how far I can get today, though I have some things that need to be done.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
I put them on Ruthie only to discover they barely fit her, so decided to make a second pair that was a size bigger. The second pair took only an hour, so I was really pleased with that. Of course, she decided she doesn't want to wear them so I'm not going to make any more right away. I had in mind to make her a little basket full of slippers, she's such a shoe hound.
When she shows more interest in them or when I'm looking for a diversion one day, I'll make some more.
Last year my daughter made pajama pants for all her friends for Christmas, this year she might use this pattern and made matching slippers for them, she still has some of all the fabrics left. That is if she has time with full time school and a part time job!
Also on my agenda was trying out the Humbug bag. This was quite easy as well. I made it harder on myself by using tapestry fabric with corduroy inside (it matches the bag I made for Mall of America) so it was a little difficult when working on the zipper, but all in all it was extremely easy.
Once the fabric is quilted, there are four seams and it's finished! I will most definitely be making more of these, in fact, I plan to buy a few zippers for the medium sized bag and maybe a couple for the large one when I go shopping tomorrow. The one I made is the small size as that's the only zippers that I had. I have a few more and now that I'm talking about the cute little bag I may just make another today! To the left is a picture of me holding it, so you can see how small it really is...perfect for notions or clipped onto a belt with keys, license, a bit of cash and a cell phone.
One of the best things about this is I can make them without purchasing anything but the zipper as scraps of fabric and batting are big enough to make all the sizes. I have a 20" zipper here, so I may wing it and make an extra large version, too, which I think will work well as a project bag.
I also got a nice surprise in the mail yesterday. Back in June for my birthday, a friend signed me up for the American Quilter's Society (same friend who took me shopping on Friday.) When she signed me up I got a packet in the mail with an explanation of the membership, a pin, a membership card, a JoAnn's discount card and a listing of their prices on books. It also said their magazine is included in membership and the next issue comes out in August.
The magazine arrived yesterday, with a full color version of their book listings. As I perused the magazine I found two quilts right off that I want to make. One is a tree skirt with oodles of cutting directions. I started putting them in an order that made sense to me by rewriting them on a piece of paper...which also enables me to cross each one off as I complete the step. So now in addition to the other projects I have going on, I have two quilts that I REALLY want to make.
I'm thinking that I will try to get the tree skirt done for this Christmas, and the other I may save as a retreat project if I'm able to go in March next year.
I was so happy with how much I got done yesterday, in addition to laundry, cooking, dishes, etc. I should be able to spend a good amount of time today as the house is in decent shape...now to decide what to do!
I'd like to make another Humbug bag, spend some time hand quilting, finish writing those directions and maybe pull fabric for the tree skirt. Mostly I'd like to hand quilt, I'm making enough progress now that I see lots of quilting as I come down the stairs which always gets me fired up to concentrate on and finish a quilt. The other things will be fillers for when my fingers need a break.
I guess I should get a move on! The kids are doing their schoolwork, Ruthie is with Rebekah, who is enjoying her last week of 'vacation' before her busy school/work days start, and I have only a couple of small tasks before I can sit down and get to it.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Saturday, September 1, 2007
I had one of my rare girls days out yesterday. I have a small quilting bee that meets at my house once a month. It used to have more people in it, but things change. Left are two wonderful women. One is my 'surrogate' mom and I also see her one other day during the month.
Yesterday we met for lunch and to go to a couple of quilt shops. We went to Crumpet's Tea Room for lunch, which was a lovely little place with a lot of antiques and delicious (albeit expensive!) food.
If you're ever near Hampshire, Illinois you must visit Judy's Quilt Shop. It's one of the nicest shops I think I've ever been in. It's in a renovated old house and it's so spacious. They have lots of merchandise but you never feel crowded. They have oodles of samples on the walls and everything is just laid out so nice. The staff is so friendly and on any given day you can find both Judy and her husband in the shop.