Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Found Minutes

I usually get up at 7:15 and spend most of the next 45 minutes getting ready for my day. I do some toning exercises, get washed up and dressed and do some puttering around the house if I have a few extra minutes. We both leave our houses at 8:00, meeting somewhere between them, and then walk for a minimum of an hour, usually an hour and a half and sometimes as much as two. I enjoy these walks, I need these walks. What I don't like about them is they feel like time that could be spent doing something more productive.

It's an especially prevalent feeling when I know I have a lot do. In addition to the morning walk, I had planned on walking to the store this afternoon. Weather permitting I'll still do that, but this morning I have some "found minutes" Usually I'm still walking at this time, but now I've had my breakfast, read my email, am working on updating my blogs and have moved my bedroom TV to my sewing area for the day.

The quilting is coming along. Topper number 9 is ready for binding, number 10 only needs the quilted braid finished and then binding and number 11 is ready to baste. The plan for today is to bind numbers 9 and 10 and baste 11, quilt some on 11, and perhaps begin applique on number 12.

It's rather humid today so I don't think I'll be quilting on the album quilt, but I really need to get going on that. While I used to be much better at working at more than one thing at a time, that is something that has gotten harder as I'm getting older. It's one reason I've been pounding away at the toppers because I'm afraid that the album quilt won't really get much attention until they are finished.

I hope to make a serious dent in the toppers between now and Sunday night. Tomorrow afternoon I babysit, for my usual little guy, plus 2 or 3 of my friend's kids. Friday afternoon a friend is taking me to lunch and Saturday night my husband is taking me out for dinner. As much as I look forward to all of these, in the back of my mind is how it will eat into my quilting time, LOL.

This is not new, though. I have quilting on the brain. Always. I used to take a reading break in the summer, and from Christmas into January. I didn't really plan it that way, it would just happen. Usually because I had been pounding away at projects for various reasons and just needed a break. It's been quite a while since I've done that. Though I may take a day or two here and there, it's rare that I go a day without at least a few minutes of sewing time.

I don't have any new pictures to show since I've been working on the same thing for so long, but I do have some new Ruthie pictures! She just loves to be outside, but weather has not been kind this year. With all the rain, it's either raining or everything is pretty wet. We get her out every chance that we get.

This child can sleep absolutely anwhere and in any position. Here she is hanging off the chair, LOL, her feet are several inches off of the floor!

So now it's time to run, I have oodles to do today and want to use my "found minutes" wisely. Hopefully my next post will have news of several more completely finished toppers! Happy Quilting!
Sue and Ruthie


Connie W said...

As always the pictures of Ruthie are darling. Like you, when I'm away I think of how I could have used the time for quilting. Wishes for a great day. :)

Mad about Craft said...

When I have a boring day at work I think about what I could be achieving with needles - knitting or sewing!

It has gone in family history the teatime SofM was sat in his high chair and wnt to sleep in his tea! It's a shame it was before ditgal cameras, it would have made a great photo!

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I love to see the odd places that kids manage to fall asleep in.

Marilyn R said...

I enjoyed catching up on your blog today! I just loved the picture of Ruthie napping and her feet off of the floor. So cute!