Saturday, February 25, 2017

Confessions of a flitter...

I considered titling this 'Confessions of a multitasker'; however, that would assume I was actually finishing things.  Rather I feel like I'm flittering from one project to another, making a little progress, but not completing anything!

At the beginning of every year, I see lots of posts of quilters committing to either 1) finishing their UFOs/WIPS (works in progress) or 2) only working on one project at a time until it's done.  I love both of these ideas, but have been unable to stick with either of them.  I always feel like I need to start a new quilt for one reason or another - a new baby, a new quilt bee challenge, etc.  My health has also been a contributing factor in the last couple of years in that I just don't get to spend as much time sewing as I used to/would like.  That's why I have ALL of these quilt tops waiting to be quilted...

Quilts waiting to be quilted
I also have SO many quilts either already started or waiting to be started - meaning I have the fabric/pattern already set aside for it. I didn't take pictures of them because there are simply too many and they're in too many different places.  I'm currently flittering/working on 5 quilts (with another 4 I'd like to finish waiting closely behind.)

1.  I'm working on a baby quilt for my greatgranddaughter due in April.  (Yes, I'm only 42 so there are some unusual family dynamics there.)  I'm using Darling Little Dickens by Lydia Nelson for my fabric.



2.  I'm going to give my quilt bee some lessons on FMQ (free motion quilting) starting in September.  To that end we're all going to make the same quilt top and I'll show them how to quilt each block differently.  I'm actually making 2 of the same quilt.  One as a sample that I'll have quilted ahead of time and the second that I'll quilt while I'm teaching.  We're going to donate them to charity once they're done.  The fabric is Mojito by Another Point of View.  I've finished several of the blocks and already have the rest of both quilts cut out.  This is just one of the blocks.


3.  This and the next quilt are actually the same quilt done in different fabrics.  The quilt is Asteria by Needles in a Hayes Stack.  This first quilt is done in a variety of blue batiks.  It's a king size quilt that I will be keeping.  I've finished 3 of the 8 blocks and have the rest of the blocks cut out.


4.  This second Asteria quilt is a gift for my sister and her husband.  It is also a king size.  My mother and I are working on making this one together.  She's finished her half of the blocks while I still have a couple more sets to go.  My sister picked out the fabrics for her version...


5.  And I'm working on a pattern for my dog quilt.  I've had a lot of requests for this one over the years so I've finally started on it.  I'm actually remaking the quilt in order to make the pattern as accurate as possible.


So yep, I'm a flitter.  I have quilter's ADD.  I only wish I had ADHD.  What I wouldn't give for the stamina, energy and health I enjoyed 20 years go!  Maybe then I'd actually finish more of what I started.  But even if I'm not completing much, I am really enjoying myself working on these projects.  And don't they say, "It's the journey, not the destination".


But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31 (NLT)

Monday, January 23, 2017

going crazy...

So this is one of my very few finishes for last year.  I'm calling it Going Crazy.


It has been on my UFO list forever!  I started the quilt maybe 8 or 10 years ago and got it halfway quilted before putting it away.  Why stop there?  I simply can't remember...


It's made using several charm packs of an old 3 Sisters fabric line Chocolat.  I lucked out and found wovens and flannels from the same line.


The quilt is simply a bunch of hexagons sewn together.  However, there were a bunch of set in seams when joining the rows.  It's also the first time I've done a zig zag border, but it was easier to bind than I expected.


I love this quilt.  It's just so warm and snuggly looking.  For some reason I find it very comforting and I'm glad I finally finished it.

Size: 52" x 57"
Fabric: 3 Sisters Chocolat Charm Packs
Batting: Warm & Natural
Pattern: Hexagons


The other night my husband woke up during the night to loud snoring.  He thought it must be me until he noticed I wasn't in bed.  (FYI - I don't snore!)  Then he realized it was our cat Moses.  She's gained some weight in the last year and now she snores like a BANSHEE!



Think about all he endured when sinful people did such terrible things to him, so that you don’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin!” 
Hebrews 12:3-4



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

time...

I've written dozens of posts in the last several months.  Generally at night.  And in my head.  Not one of them was actually written down.  It's too bad, because I'm sure they were among my wittiest and most interesting posts.  Oh well.

I know I've thought a lot about the end of 2016.  I really couldn't wait for last year to be over.  Without going into a lot of detail, last year was a very difficult year - physically, mentally and in so many other ways.  And even though it's just an arbitrary date, I'm hopeful that 2017 will bring brighter days.

Unfortunately, it hasn't started out that way.  In November, our dear sweet Sam was diagnosed with cancer.  It was supposed to be slow growing and not metastasize, but she was gone in about 6 weeks.

Sept. 5, 2000 - Dec. 21, 2016
She was such a wickedly smart cat.  We have 4 other pets, but I think their collective IQ has dropped in half now that she's gone.  You could actively see her figuring things out.  (I have so many Sam stories.)  She also had a thing for potato chips.  If I opened a bag anywhere in the house, she'd immediately show up.  I'm having a hard time eating them now because they remind me of her so much.  We're grieving her loss right now and trying to adjust to not having her around.  She was a big part of our lives for 16 years, so it will take some time.

I have gotten back to quilting and there are even some quilts I worked on in 2016 that I never got around to blogging about.  Hopefully I can play catch up in the future.  Happy New Year everyone!


[W]hat we suffer at this present time cannot be compared at all with the glory that is going to be revealed to us” 
Romans 8:17 (TEV)