Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Best Laid Plans.....

My last post was so hopeful... 

I really am smiling as I write this blog post.  I had all these big plans to finish things but then my son, who sleeps in one half of the sewing/craft/storage/junk room is now working nights, which means I leave for work, he comes home, fiddles around on his computer for a while then goes to sleep and doesn't wake up until 6 PM.  Basically I try to go to bed by 7 PM so not much is getting accomplished on the sewing front. Oh well.

I've been lazy this last week.  I have the week off and the hubby was supposed to have it off as well but last minute his backup at his job got very ill and so he has had to work.  When I say I've been lazy I mean I have literally done very little.  

Monday was a lazy marathon day of Netflix watching since I couldn't sew or clean or do anything that would make noise.

Tuesday my daughter and I ran around doing a bunch of errands that she usually doesn't get to do since she doesn't drive (yet! that is going to have to change sooner than later I think).  I did get some vintage Corningware out of the deal at the Goodwill so I won't complain about having to run her all over the country side shopping.

Yesterday she and I went to see Star Wars... finally!

Today she is babysitting so I had to drive her to do that at 5 AM, came home and crawled back into bed but couldn't go back to sleep so gave up after laying here for 2 hours.  Son just said "goodnight" so no noise making for the rest of today.  

I feel like I'm totally wasting a perfectly good week off but I'm not sure what to do to feel like the next 3 days won't be wasted as well since the male child is going to be working all weekend as well, as far as he knows.  

I guess I will get to go back to work well rested at least. LOL!!

That's it from here for now.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Finished!

The Churn Dash is done and on my bed!  I took a phone picture to post and Hubby will have to take good pictures tomorrow with his fancy schmancy camera that I am afraid I will drop so I avoid touching it.... 


I've been piecing on the Spidey quilt for our brother in law and I've got it to 58 inches square.  I love the look of checkerboard borders but man they take a while, especially when you aren't doing them in only a couple of fabrics!


I'm also working on this thing.. whatever it is called, when the boredom of the checkerboards gets to me.


I said this was the year I was going to finish a bunch of UFOs and I'm really going to try to cook on that goal as much as I can! I owe all of my siblings quilts and as the oldest of 8, it could take me a while but maybe one of them will like that Scrappy thing.  I also have a baby quilt in pink and lavender that I need to figure out and get done by April or May.

Well, back to it.  If one of my kids wins the PowerBall maybe they will support me in the manner to which I would like to become accustomed.... which for me would be a huge room full of fabric and sewing equipment that I never need to leave because I have a housekeeper and a cook. LOL!! Wouldn't that be grand?

That's it from here for now! 

Friday, January 1, 2016

2016! Goals and Thoughts

First things first.  I did not finish the quilting on this beauty by the end of the year.  We had so much overtime at work and I was just so exhausted (we will get to this later) that it did not happen.  I have about 15-20 more hours of quilting to do, then the binding.  This is my January sewing goal.  To finish this quilt!  I will be setting a "finish" goal on the first of each month.  This seems to help me keep focused for the most part. 


I have also decided on the fitness front that I will lose these extra 70 pounds I've been carrying around for the last 8 years.  I haven't gone up, occasionally I've gone down by five or ten pounds but now it is time.  

About 8 or 9 years ago we were in a car accident that messed up the left side of my body.  My left hip hurts almost all the time, my left shoulder and neck and head hurt almost all the time.  It has been really hard for me to force myself to exercise, knowing that I will pay in increased pain.  

When you live with nagging level 1 or 2 pain on a daily basis it is very hard to make yourself do things that are "good" for you, knowing it will ratchet the pain up to a 4 or 5.  I have worked out a plan to get fit and probably make my pain completely go away.  Massage has been a huge lifesaver for me and will be an integral part of my life, along with a lot of stretching, yoga, gentle strength building and very simple cardio.  All of this along with a smart eating plan should allow me to reach my weight loss goal, gently, slowly and steadily.  I must do this.  I need to be healthy again!

Work goals are many.  After 2 years I still LOVE this job.  There is an opportunity coming too change jobs within the company, learn more and grow my knowledge and I have been thinking long and hard about it and whether I want too try for it.  I've had a few people tell me I should apply but I think I have come to the conclusion that I would like to stay where I am for now.  There is a lot more to learn at the position I have and I haven't even reached the midway point yet as far as knowledge or salary.  I might change my mind, but for now I think I'm going to continue to learn and grow right where I am.

2015 was really good to me.  I got to spend time with people I love.  I got a promotion and pay raise at work.  I sewed more than in 2014 and finished a few things.  I'm sure 2016 is going to be another year of ups and downs (they all are) but overall if I focus on the positives I'm sure it will be another great year!

That's it from here for now!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Saturday, 12/05/15

Often as things get finished and posted people ask me "How did you do that so FAST?!" Well, the answer is it is something that I started at some point in my now 20 years of quilting and I'm just now getting back to it.

I have updated my UFO page and as I begin to work on projects I will be doing a blog post with the date, the project name and where I am starting (in other words how much was already done when I got back to it).

Today I am getting back to the Churn Dash out of Kona Pepper and a really bright colorful line that I bought some of about 3 or 4 years ago but can't remember the name of now. :)

I started quilting this free motion on my regular sewing machine before I got the mid-arm quilter.  I was changing thread colors a lot and didn't think I could do on the mid arm but this morning I have spent about 4 hours thinking, tinkering and figuring things out and now I can confidently say I will not have to sit hunched over my Pfaff wrestling with this quilt.

I got it loaded and I'll have to unload and reload it a couple of times to go from the center out and make sure my backing stays taut but I know what I'm doing now and it should go along pretty well.  This quilt is about 1/5 quilted so far so that's where I'm starting.  I hope to have it done by January 1, 2016.  

The picture I took today after getting it loaded on the quilter.  My goal is to slog my way through as many of my UFOs as I can this year and NOT start new projects. I have been doing really good not buying fabric, and I have several stacks of fabric that I have ideas for but I will not cut them and start them until I get these UFOs DONE!!! *she says with confidence*  Stop laughing!!  LOL!