I can’t believe we are having another snow storm. The wind is blowing so hard that the snow really isn’t sticking to anything, but the wind is a problem. I won’t deny I’m beginning to get cabin fever. Last Sunday was above freezing, and all in all, a nice day. We spent it with Chase and Zachary, which made it all that much nicer. Zach made me a rubber band bracelet all by himself, and considering the fact that he’s 5, I must say I’m impressed at the job he did.
I have lost enthusiasm for doing much sewing, I’m sorry to say. It’s my own fault. I must finish those wall hangings with the antique blocks. Important lesson learned here. Don’t say you’re going to be happy to do something when you don’t mean it. I was just being nice. I need to buckle down and get them done. After all, I get money for them when they’re done, which should be enough of an incentive. I have decided I will finish the quilt top for Chase so I can send it to the quilter, then get those pesky wall hangings done. Then I will have nothing hanging over my head to feel guilty about. Until the next thing.
We are having wind gusts up to 72 mph, and the snow is blowing a whiteout. Good day to stay in and quilt. Still working on the grandkids’ quilts, but I will have to lay them aside for a short while, because I got another paying gig! A customer wants a wallhanging, not huge, that is to be machine pieced but hand quilted. All she did was tell me the colors and approximate size, and it’s mine to create. No time limit, either. But I would like to get it done quickly. Hand quilting. I used to love it, but my hands just aren’t what they used to be. Hello Advil. Still, it’s great to be “in demand” even if it’s only one person at a time.
I have gotten so much done since Sunday, I can hardly believe it myself. I have the Economy pattern quilt blocks finished for Chase’s quilt. I goofed up, though, but it worked out in the end. The outside of these blocks are supposed to be triangles sewn in a light/dark combo. Well, it seems that about halfway through the stack, I realized I was putting them together in light/dark and dark/light. I sure wasn’t going to take all those little pieces apart, so I continued sewing some of them right and some of them wrong, hoping I could make it work out. As it turned out, when I put the blocks in two stacks, I realized the outer pieces of the blocks formed a secondary pattern. Different than planned, but totally workable! Funny how sometimes a wrong turn can take you down a path you might never have noticed.
Cold outside again today, so I hope to keep up my momentum. Have a great day, and I’ll talk to you soon.
Football games today, and not much housework to do, so I pretty much have the day to myself. Yippee! Just got an email from a friend of mine, Martie Rowland, at www.purplehatfabrics.com. There is a big sale going on now. Great quality fabrics at great low prices. Go give her a look, and tell her I sent you. You can also visit her on FB and Twitter. Have a great day, and get sewin’!
The other day, I ordered fabric from 2 online merchants I had never done business with before. One, Thousands of Bolts (and Only One Nut), had been recommended by a friend. The other, J&O Fabrics, was completely unknown to me. The fabric I received from both these merchants was good quality, had a wonderful “hand” and the perfect color. In fact, what I ordered from J&O was remnant bundles of NFL fabrics for my grandson Chase’s quilt. I couldn’t believe how big those “remnants” were! Yikes! I have enough for Chase and then for some charity quilts, to boot. Anyway, to make a long story short, I would not hesitate to recommend either of these shops to someone looking for fabric online. Their prices are great, too. Finally, my last, and favorite recommendation of all is my friend Miranca Chen at the Quilt Kit Shop. Her precut kits are the bomb! And she will cut any size you want. I have one of her kits I’m working on now, and two more waiting in the wings. Here is her information. It’s well worth your time to visit her:
I have absolutely no idea why I make plans for anything. Things seldom work out the way I think they should. I procrastinate, get distracted or bored, or things just go to heck. Mostly, it’s me. Last Sunday, without thinking, I went to grab one of the feral cats that we rescue to get her out of the garage. No gloves. She absolutely shredded my right hand. Now, I’m on meds for the infection, and can barely move my fingers. My hand doesn’t close all the way. What a stupid thing to do. Well, live and learn. I was in the middle of putting a quilt top together, and that has come to grinding halt because I can’t pick the pieces up without a struggle. My doctor thinks that if the infection doesn’t break soon, I will have to see a “hand specialist”. What the heck is that?
Anyway, back to what I had planned to write about (see how easy it is to become distracted?) – My day today will be spent taking down the last few Christmas decorations that still remain up, and then to the sewing room to try and organize my projects into some manageable collection of UFO’s. I want to have quilts finished for all 4 of the grandkids by Easter, and I have a good start on it, so I don’t want to lose much more momentum.
The new year has started out with much sadness. A friend’s husband passed away, another friend is undergoing tests for the possibility of cancer, and so many folks are suffering in the cold weather. Every day is a test we might not know the answer to, we just have to do the best we can.
I have a wonderful friend on Facebook whose husband passed away this morning. Tragic. Much younger than Doug and I. Since she lives in Idaho and I don’t, I’m feeling pretty helpless. Not as helpless as she feels, I’m guessing. Her heartbreak made me think of how it will be for us when one of us passes away. We’ve been together a long time, since 1971, and haven’t spent that much time apart. Especially now that we are both retired. Makes me think I should count my blessings instead of being so negative. What will I do when there isn’t anyone around to listen to me bitch? Tomorrow is a new day, I will put my nose to that sewing machine, and get something accomplished. And I will be thankful for all I have.