Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Making Some Headway

I am sporadic. Or should I say, I am a sporadic person. You all know that, by seeing the dates I post. Life is keeping me from doing stuff like this. At times I feel compelled to write. Not because I think you all need to know what is going on in my life. Not at all. My life is fairly boring. Don't get me wrong, I kind of like it that way.
BUT. I have made progress and I need to put that down somewhere, so I can look back and see that I did do something at some point in my days. I have been cleaning my bedroom for, oh lets say for the sake of argument, a couple of months. Yes. A couple of months. I don't like rushing into these things. My brain had decided that there were other things more important than my room. The only time I spend in there now is getting ready for work, changing after work and sleeping. So, why would I worry about what it was looking like?
It just got to be too much for me finally. I moved some stuff around, emptied out a couple of bags of things that I had brought from the other house and a bag or two of things a friend gave me. (Real grateful there, isn't it? She gave those things to me months ago.)
I just found some pieces to a quilt I started ...years...years ago. And I have to tell you. I didn't feel bad about it sitting there so long. Some of you have helped me with that by telling stories of your own quilt tops being sidelined for lengthy periods of time. I will finish it; eventually. There are other things that need to be finished, and maybe this will be the year that I work on some of my long put aside WIP's. It would be nice to finish something that is from long ago.
I am in awe of those of you who have full time jobs, children, husbands and multiple things to do each day. Maybe it's because you have that momentum that you accomplish so many things. And quilt! I complain (to myself) that I have work forty hours a week, a house that needs clearing as well as being fixed up to live in while being cleared and only two days to do errands, housekeeping, appointments, communicate with sisters on progress of the house, bills, rubbish pickup and trailer deliveries. (My BIL has a trailer I use to toss garbage from this house, but it gets taken away at the most inopportune times) I can never find the time to just sit and quilt...I would love to do a whole day marathon.
Yesterday I had to go and rent a truck to move a couple of gross couches that my oldest daughter didn't want at my house up the road. That was about six hours given up to do something I hadn't planned on. It had to be done and she can't drive right now, therefore I needed to help. We made the best of it and went and had lunch together when we were finished. I also had to pick up this computer, because I had it in with the Geek Squad to remove a virus.
Last night I managed to do a block from Tula Pink's City Sampler. I think I did #4 again. I didn't like the way the first one turned out. I can't take pictures, because we have finally gotten the rain we so desperately needed and it's really gloomy, not picture taking light at all. Today I made a little slip cover for my Kindle. I just need to find a button to do the enclosure. I have one in mind. I just need to find my jar of buttons!!!
I need to do my laundry for the week, sweep the floors and mop the front room. See weather related talk above...it leads to muddy dog prints all over, so doing the floors is a daily event.
So yes. Making headway. Tomorrow it's back to work, and I am hoping that this week passes and quickly as the last one. I can't wait to get started on my home stuff again!
Thanks to you all for keeping me up to date with your blogging. I feel like I am part of something even though I can't participate as much as I would like!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Block 2 From Tula Pink's "City Sampler 100 Modern Blocks"

I sure hope I can keep this up! This is making me happier than I have been in a long time. I keep thinking that the blocks won't turn out good enough, but I am super pleased with both of them. And Hey! I only have 98 left to do!I love this book, I love Tula Pink, I love Debbie at A Quilter's Table for sharing her blocks and making me excited about the book and the blocks.
I plan on making these in order from 1 - 100 and I'm going to try to do one a day. The weekends will be the most difficult, because I get home from work later than the weekdays. So, maybe I will get five done a week, unless of course, some other project calls my name. I'm not going to worry over it, I'll just do what I can do and I know I will be happy with that!
I just have to say a big THANK YOU to Debbie for her enabling me!!! ;-)

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

I did it! I made my first "City Sampler" by Tula Pink block! I have been waiting for the time, the space and well, the time again!
Our Christmas is a little different this year. I am at my Dad's house, two thirds of my kids are at my house up the road a piece, my middle sister is doing her thing with her kids down the road a piece and later on today, we are going to my other sister's house for Christmas dinner. My two kids who are here went to do their favorite pastimes...surfing for one and the other horse back riding. (And yes, we have the weather for both today...weird, Christmas at 65 - 70 degrees!)
So, back to the Sampler block. I am so pleased with how it turned out. I am taking Tula's advice and making the blocks my own. I thought it was going to be so so, but it actually turned out pretty good. (If I do say so myself)
With out further ado...
I made this with some fabric I have around the house. (I couldn't find it for days...simply because after a year, I am still not moved in to my Dad's house.)

More on what is going on with that. Today is not the day for sad...

Monday, October 21, 2013

Doing Time

 
One day a long time ago I was bored. So I started searching aimlessly on Google. I found fractals. Please don't make me explain fractals. I kind of know how to explain them, but I am no scientist, so it would be hard. There is an explanation...
I really liked the fractal pictured above and thought, "Wouldn't it be fun to make a real clock like that?" Which lead to more searching on Google. I'll be darned if I didn't find the cross stitch chart for that very clock!
I ordered the chart and when it came in, I promptly made copies of the 100 or so pages that came with it and bought all the DMC threads I needed to stitch it up. (Approximately 5,000 miles worth of threads) Do you know that there are 1500 shades of Gray, not just 50? This clock has all 1500 shades I think, some are only used for one or two stitches.
I started the clock a long time ago, then things got switched around in my household and the clock got put on the back burner. I picked it up again, only to have to set it back down. That was over a year ago.
I have been thinking I should start working on it again lately. Today I went to my house in Pacifica and just happened to see the bag that holds the aida cloth, page one of the chart and all the DMC threads. I tossed it in my pile of take home stuff, which included a circular saw, a clip on lamp and some eye screws. What I didn't realize is that the rest of the chart and copies are somewhere else in that room I left behind with all my crafty things in it. I'm sure there is still plenty to do on page one. I know I will be back in Pacifica before I need page two.
Still not managing to get the quilt mojo back working. I just don't have the space to get stuff out to work on a quilt and leave the stuff out. I would have to unpack everything, then pack it all back in when I get done. I like leaving things out until the whole project is done. Someday, I will have that room...some day.
Until then, I am doing time...