These days it seems that I am married to the quilting machine. I have no idea how this happens. EVERY YEAR I say that come December I will be DONE and then I can leisurely work on my own stuff. BUT every year, I seem to be going full steam in December. Now part of that is my fault because I slacked off in November and then everything has to be done this month. Part needs better scheduling and some - well people just expect that I can do a quilt "like magic" for them. And I am too NICE to say NO!!!!!
Well - this is the LAST TIME!!!!! I'm making a schedule, keeping that schedule and any customer who tries to mess up that schedule will have to pay the price!!!!!!!!! So far "I" am the biggest culprit in this situation so I can't yell at anyone but myself!!!! (this year!!!)
But I am making good progress so I am not worried. Everything that has to be done before Christmas for the customers will be done very soon. The rest can wait a bit while I try to get my stuff done for Christmas.
|Customer quilt number one|
|Detail of quilting|
I absolutely LOVE this quilt and so want to make one of these. Hmmmm - I thought I said that the other day!!!! This one is on my radar screen, but I was going to make it bigger, but now that I seen the small spider webs - I 'm liking the smaller size!!!
|Customer quilt - Number two|
|Detail of quilting|
Got to remember to iron them differently because there is quite a lump in the center of these blocks which made it a bit of a challenge to quilt.
|The top is FINALLY DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Got to piece the backing and make the binding, but that will have to wait for another day.|
|Here is my company while I quilted. Yes - there is a dog hidden way in the back!!!! Sparky loves when we cover her up and will sleep the afternoon away all snuggled up in her quilt!!!!!|
Mary and I made our annual trek to The One of a Kind Show last night. Oh boy - I could have spent a LOT of money. There were so many neat things - it was hard to choose what exactly I wanted. Thanks to Margo - we tasted the vinegars and OH BOY - they were amazing. Some of the chocolate, jams and jellies - YUM YUM YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!! Beautiful paintings, collages, iron work, textiles, clothing and jewelry. There was a bit of everything!!!!!
It really is a super show to go to. I picked up a number of cards and THIS YEAR, I intend to check out their web sites and put the items on my list of things to purchase. I see the same things year after year and keep saying - I should buy that. But I could make it - then I don't and in the case of this one item - come spring - I REALLY wish I had purchased the item. This year - I BOUGHT the item. And what is it????
The other artist that I LOVE and I see her every year, but just do not want to cough up the big bucks. Anyway - have a look at her web site..............
My favourite with Josee is the Seascape pieces. They are bright and remind me of patchwork!!!! I would take ANY of them from the Seascape series!!!
Well - I had quite the EYE OPENER this morning. You know I started to organize THE shelf. Well I started to make a list of things that I promised to make for other people, bought a kit to make for them or whatever. Bottom line - these are NOT MY QUILTS. ACK ACK ACK!!!!! I was trying to jam it on ONE shelf, but I am going to need TWO shelves to put it on!!!!!!!!!!!! And there are about TWENTY FIVE ITEMS!!!!! (so far) Oh dear - what have I done to myself?????? The shelves are not completely together or I would take a picture. That HAS to be a focus this year. It just has to - I want all of that GONE by the end of the year. Now some of it is easy to do so it is a question of picking a project and working on it. FOCUS FOCUS FOCUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think there are now SIX projects in the retreat box - these are cut, marked and ready to sew projects. And there is still a ton of other stuff on the rest of the shelf, on the tables, or on the floor in storage. This is a mind blowing situation, but at least by identifying it and committing to myself to do something about it - that is the only way that I am going to actually make a dent in it!!!!!
I was thinking of what classes I could teach in the new year and I am thinking - NO - we need some sewing days and LOTS OF THEM. I am going to book retreat days for MYSELF and I may need help from you (god - I might have to PAY someone to sew with me so I keep myself motivated!!!!) So I am thinking there will be VERY LIMITED CLASSES in 2014 - but LOADS of UFO days. And from what I hear from everyone - that is more practical anyway!!!!!!!!!!!
On that note - it is time to get the next quilt loaded. And it is HUGE.
Have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I hope that everyone is starting to get an idea of what direction they are going to take next year?????? There isn't a lot of time left. If you are still having trouble - ask yourself this question "If I got PROJECT X done, I would feel amazing, relieved or whatever" I don't care if you pick one item - but PICK SOMETHING.