Yesterday was a super productive day. I'm surprising even myself at how focused I can be.
We had a great time at the dog park. I've been told - "Mom - it's OK if you can't do everything, BUT you HAVE to take us to the dog park on the weekends." It's a good change of pace for sure.
Finished off my book and then got one of my quilts quilted that needed to be done. I wasn't as fast at it as I thought I would be. No - I thought I would have it done by lunch, but it was later in the day. No big deal - it's done.
I had some errands to run so made a list and got them all done in a very short time. One thing I noticed - I hardly ever do errands and if so I try to get out later in the day. I only had three places to go - all within 1 KM of my house, but couldn't take the bike as some stuff I needed was big. The drivers in parking lots are maniacs! It's a free for all and speeding? No one respects speed bumps or the speed limits. I hate shopping!
Now here's the best part of the errands - you know how you buy something and it takes forever to do something with what you bought? Not yesterday. I needed a new light for my long arm. The darn thing went out a couple of quilts ago and just never had time to go buy a new one. Well - it's installed on the long arm. What a difference - I can actually see what I'm quilting!
|Old bulb - gone!|
The ten bags of mulch are spread in the garden - need to make room for those girls in the back of the car!
The cap feet will be used later this weekend for a project - well might be more like tomorrow, but that's OK. And the plastic tubing - well that's been used as well. More on that tomorrow. Library books returned, money from the bank - and all my errands got done and items got used. Now I have two more errands today. Hopefully the parking lots will be quieter?
Remember yesterday when I said that I don't procrastinate nearly as much as I used to? Well, there is one thing that I procrastinate about. Loading LARGE quilts on the long arm. This poor quilt has been in the queue for a while and each time I'm ready to quilt it, I bypass it. NO LONGER - today is the day. It's huge - 93" by 112". BUT - it's loaded and partially quilted. I was hoping to have had it completed yesterday, but I ran out of time. No worries - it'll happen today and then there is a smaller one to load and get done tonight.
|HUGE quilt loaded on the long arm|
I finished fussy cutting that other project that I need to work on. It's mostly fussy cut - just the borders (which also have to be fussy cut). About 1/3 or maybe just 1/4 of the blocks are done. If you want to see this quilt - better come to Quilts at the Creek this coming weekend because the quilt will be hanging in that show. It's only 40 inches square or thereabouts, so shouldn't be a problem to get it finished. I know - NO pressure! I need to check when the quilts need to be delivered - I will have to drop it off there - I think the store drop off date has already passed. No worries - it'll happen! I have two quilts in the show - the other one is done, but needs to be picked up as it's currently on display in a quilt shop.
I'm feeling in really good shape these days - quilt-wise that is. I've got my urgent list - well deadline list is more like it. There are tons of other things that need to be done, but the deadline list is a way of prioritising for me. That has always been my biggest issue - I can sew all day, but am I sewing on the right things? I'm much better now.
So here is my sobering thought for the day. When we were doing our road trip last weekend, I spotted a kit in a shop. Oh - it's for a travel jewelry case. I'm not a big wearer of jewelry - mostly because - well - it's not all in one spot. I have boxes here and boxes there and well - it's an issue. But I'm going to change that. One of the other issues is that I have to remember to put the jewelry in my gym bag. Of course - I could make a pretty little case which would make things a whole lot easier? Right?
This kit is perfect. The price is marked down - hm - is that $15? Which is an excellent price considering the pattern is in the kit, the fabric, the zippers, the foam for the lining. EVERYTHING - well worth $15.
|The jewelry kit|
Which is another reason why I want to find NEW quilters to pass stuff along to - not the established quilters because they already have a ton of stuff. I need a new quilter to pass on some of my scraps. Who is new out there and local to me that wants the leftovers from my projects? I'm not talking scraps - I'm talking the rest of a collection when I'm finished with it??? OH - I think I know someone. But if there is anyone out there who knows a young quilter or a new quilter who is local - I don't want to ship this stuff, but I need to start moving some of it and I don't want it sitting in someone else's stash. I want it used or I'm not getting rid of it.
I wasn't sure if I was going to use the fabric in the kit, but it's not bad. I might get started on this later today as I'm feeling in good shape to get everything done. I'll see as I do have two patterns for work that I'm supposed to be testing and those are priorities!
|Fabric in the kit|
On that sobering note, I'm off to the dog park and then back to get some more stuff cleaned up and finished. And OH GOD - I started a new book and already 100 pages into it!
Have a great day!