Yep - I'd say that I've been abducted by aliens and someone else has taken over my body!! While I am a good worker and get lots done - I rarely get things finished. But I MUST MUST MUST change that work habit - there are too many unfinished things and I cannot keep adding to the problem.
Let's see what got done yesterday!!!!
So remember what I was doing with the tubes????? check back to this post (of December 31) if you have no clue what I am taking about. And this project got pulled out of the closet because of something that I pulled out to do for QUILTSocial. You will see what else I pulled out of the closet for QUILTSocial next week. My posts start on Monday.
I am busy working on these tubes and OH CRAP - I am going to run out of thread! NO - I don't want to stop. I have deadlines - OK - my own deadlines! But still it is a deadline.
|Running out of thread|
WAIT - NO - I did buy another spool of thread and it was in my purse. I ran to get that and I was back in business.
|Another spool of thread to keep going|
OK - let's step back one bit to catch you up. This is where I left you with the story of this project.
|All the tubes together - more or less|
I cut up the tube sets into blocks. The pattern called for 15 blocks, but that was too small for me. Oh yes - if you are going to make something - make it a decent size. Besides, I doubt Sparky would fit on 15 blocks. So I made 20. Well - I aimed for twenty. I had enough for 18 blocks. Oh yes - I had to cut apart some of the leftovers and resew them together to get those 18 blocks!!!! NOTHING goes to waste in this house - not if I can help it.
|My rug with 18 of 20 blocks.|
|Leftover bits from cutting the 18 blocks.|
|Two partial sets|
|Then I joined them and cut one more block|
|Made two new partial tube sets, joined them and got my last block!!!!|
|My TWENTY blocks!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you tell which ones are joined???? If you didn't know that I joined two of them - you probably wouldn't notice right away!!!!|
|This is what is left over. The smaller bits went into the scrap bag.|
|Adding the binding to the raw inside edges of the blocks|
|All the binding on the raw inside edges - DONE at last. That was a LONG hard boring job!!!!!|
|Time to get that binding on. ACK - I ran out of thread AGAIN!!!!!! AGAIN!!!!!!!|
And VOILA - the rug is done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Let's just say that making it bigger wasn't necessarily a good idea. It was like sewing a big piece of cardboard at the end. Hmmmm - that seems to be a common theme with my projects these days!!!!! But I got it done!!!!!!!!!!! That is pretty much unheard of for me!!!!!!!!
The pattern does mention that the project takes a LOT of thread. What do you think????
|That's a LOT of thread. I am thinking I could have made a model of the Parthenon with all those spools!!!!|
And now the last part of the project - what to do with the remaining bits.
|The remaining bits|
ACK - I felt they were too stiff to throw in the scrap bag - more on that later. So while I watched Modern Family - FIVE episodes - I ripped them out. I know - I can't help myself. But I find it very therapeutic. A mindless task with no pressure - and I was happy as a clam.
The scraps of batting went into the scrap bag and the pieces of brown went into the brown scrap box.
|The leftover bits of brown.|
Yes - I am developing the patience of a saint. And you know what - I don't think that is such a bad thing. If we don't stop and smell the roses and just do mindless tasks once in a while - our brains are going to seize up.
Of the TEN projects - Number TWO - is DONE!!!!!!! Yes - this was one of the ten projects!!!!
AH - but you are saying - you didn't technically finish number ONE which was the Chubby Charmer. Oh yes I did. Off to Canadian Tire to get duck tape.
|All the edges of the sign board are taped up|
|Safely inserted into the fabric sleeve|
|And nicely tucked into the bottom of the Chubby Charmer!!!!!!|
That makes TWO days and TWO projects. Am I happy???? You bet and I have project number three all lines up and ready to sew sometime today!!!!! That one shouldn't take very long. I am very SERIOUS about this mess. It is like trying to quit smoking - you can't quit until YOU (the smoker) has made the commitment. And in this case - I have made the commitment to get a good part of this mess cleaned up. I even think about the projects when I go to bed (no dreams about them - thank god), when I wake up, when I am walking the dogs. There are several that have hurdles - I am trying to fix the hurdles in my mind BEFORE I get to them - then it is easy to do the actual work.
Got the binding on the community projects quilt. So all four are ready to be hand stitched!!!
|Binding is sewn on the quilt|
Oh yes - I was on a roll yesterday. I have a TO DO list that I create everyday - I LOVE checking things off. I decided that instead of hand writing it - I will do the list in WORD - then everyday - I can delete those things that got done and add a few more things for the next day. Not sure that is the best way - but I am going to stick with that for the time being - until I get side tracked and do something else.
Don't worry - I am having loads of fun as I work my way through all this stuff. The studio looks a smidgen cleaner than it did but I am also putting Christmas decorations away so - too messy for photos. But later -
On that note - I am off to get even more done today. I am so excited!!!!!
Have a great day!!!!!!!!!!