It happened. I've become obsessed with these darn quilts, and I can't stop working on them. I have a goal, and nothing else will get done until that goal is met. Why couldn't I be like this before and with everything I touched? What makes me very happy is that there is no deadline, no need to get them done, yet I'm motivating myself to keep working at them. I'm afraid of being unmotivated one day because something doesn't have to be done!
Yeah -- it's all good, and I WILL get caught up! Just not all at once. The thought of having fewer things around me and working on something for "fun" is exciting. Don't worry -- I AM enjoying what I'm doing, and having fewer things is all part of every day.
The day started well, and I got one more quilt done before leaving for a fun afternoon.
And this is the current status of all the quilts laid out on the floor.
|Where are all the quilts?|
Ooops -- where are the quilts and the batting? Well, the batting is pretty much used up. The last of it is on the long arm, waiting to be quilted into a quilt this morning. And the quilts are in various stages of preparation. Some of them need backing, so they are by the sewing machine. Four are pressed and ready to load on the long arm, and one is at the ironing board waiting to be ironed! Yes --- there are still NINE small quilts to be done, but I'm almost at the end of this batch. There are still the Quilts of Valour quilts to be done.
Here's what's left of the polyester batting.
|The last bits of the polyester batting|
With the extra that is attached to the quilt on the long arm and the above, I may be able to eke out enough for one of the smaller quilts? We'll see what happens later today. But I must say that I got quite a few small quilts quilted using up all that batting, and that is AWESOME!!!! One partial roll of batting and one big bag of batting -- GONE
See how close I'm cutting it for the batting. This just happened to be the size of one of the leftover pieces, and it worked like a charm.
|The batting is the perfect size|
I had another instance where I wasn't so lucky and had to join the batting while it was on the long arm, which I've done in the past. I don't like doing it, but I will if I must.
Here's that first quilt.
|Community project quilt - DONE|
Then I was off for a couple of hours on an adventure - more on that in a moment. But when I got home, I was fired up and returned to the long arm. I already knew that would happen as I had left the long arm on! And so this quilt got done!
|Community project quilt - DONE|
I did have a wee issue with the join on the batting on this one. The machine got caught in the tape I used to join the pieces. But when it's very tight like that, I babysit the quilting, so I could catch it, and it was on the side. A pair of scissors soon fixed this problem.
|An oops moment with the batting join|
I was determined to keep going, so I loaded one more quilt, and it also got quilted.
|The third community project quilt - DONE|
So that was THREE quilts in one day, so I'm now ahead by one day for my schedule. That doesn't mean one can take a day off; it means I can push more through! No -- I have a goal, and if I can finish the goal ahead of schedule, I'll be happy as I have other things I need to work on. This is technically my downtime when I wasn't supposed to be here!
All the bits are cleaned up and sorted, so I am keeping on top of the cleanup. I used to have "sew days" at my house, meaning I had to put everything away. While I miss having people here, I'm glad I'm not. I can't imagine moving all that stuff. It's not a mess -- it's just a working studio, and moving my current work would be a pain!
Then to top it off, I went to Diane's and picked up a bag of scraps. There is NOT much left when she's done, but this will go to Cathy to see what magic she can conjure up.
|A bag of scraps from making quilts|
And I picked up three more quilts from Diane!
|Three more quilts from Diane|
I am so blessed that I have Diane and Cathy. They have helped more than they realize to get this mess under control. It's giving them the chance to do what they love, and the recipients of the quilts win when they get their quilts! The ultimate winner is ME, as I'm learning to let go, and this is a priceless lesson that has taken years to learn, but I'm so happy! So THANKS to Diane and Cathy for all their help. I know I thank them a lot, but seriously? Without them, I would be in deep trouble with loads of stuff and unwilling to part with any of it. And I have to thank COVID for bringing this out in all of us! There is a silver lining to most things -- you just have to look for it!
I dug out some fabric to make more pet mats as I will be running out soon, although I've kept the scraps of batting to a bare minimum and utilized about 99% of that batting! The fabric I'm using for the pet mats is upholstery samples, and at one point, I had a HUGE box of it that I could barely lift. Now I'm down to a reasonable number of pieces I can easily move around. I pulled a few nice ones for a friend who makes bags for walkers. And I pulled nine of them to make pet mats. The rest went back on the pile.
|Upholstery samples used to make pet mats|
The blue bags remain from the scraps that were generously "donated" by people. I asked for scraps at one point (what was I thinking), and I got tons of stuff. Sometimes, I have these grand ideas, and well --- what the heck was I thinking? The space under the long arm used to be crammed with all the stuff, but this is all that's left. I've no idea what's in those bags, and I should get at least one sorted through. I've moved them several times, but this is the last spot. It probably wouldn't take that long to go through a bag, but I don't have time right now -- I'm focused on something else!
|Bags of other people's scraps to sort through|
Sitting on top of that stack is this box which contains parts for the long arm. What parts? New leaders, as the ones on the machine, are pretty crapped out and need desperately to be replaced. New side clamps, new bobbins, and probably a couple of other things. I need to take an afternoon and give that machine some tender loving care!
|A box of supplies for the long arm|
And I think the bobbin sensor is in this box with leftover bits from when I installed QuiltPath -- the long arm software.
|Another box of bits for the long arm|
Yep--- I'll try to schedule that for December. It won't get done if I don't mark it in my calendar! There is just so much to be done and not nearly enough time to get it all done. However, I don't worry about that. I'm happy that I accomplish something every day and can stay motivated.
By the way -- the next quilt and the batting are loaded and ready to go at 9 AM!!!
And I had an epiphany the night before when I thought I might be able to rip off the collar band of the sweatshirt jacket, so I don't make the neckline any larger, and guess what? I can!!! This light band was hidden under the seam, but I'll find a way to disguise that with a strip of fabric or something. So once that is gone, I'll be able to put the binding on and then disguise the band, and my sweatshirt jacket will be done. Only a "few" years in the making, but the jacket still fits, and it looks great.
|Removing the collar from the sweatshirt jacket|
|My new running shoes|
|Two blisters on my left heel|
|A butterfly is flying in the forest -- I swear!|
|Fall has arrived!|
|Hand embroidered piece of art|
|Detail of the hand embroidery|
|More detail of the hand embroidery|
|Two dolls on display|