Good morning all from lovely 100+ South Texas for the last 14 days! I am just loving the fact that when I go outside (even at 6:30 AM) to walk I may as well take a hose and wet myself down after that walk! I guess we are in for 3 or 4 months of this, unless the weather pattern is so messed up that it will be cool in August – What a dreamer I am!
I have tried the last 2 years to make monthly or annual goals in order to catch up on my UFO’s from the last 3 years. This is just not working for me. I find that I spend more time doing posts, keeping track, feeling like I am still working, etc. I do enjoy posting when I have something to show. Pre-2014 I always started one project and then on to another one, but somehow I have become distracted. Now there are reasons for the last year, but that year is over with now and I must start to enjoy my passion, or I will give it up.
Deb started a Heart SAL for May and I enjoyed it for 2 weeks, then it became a “have to”, and I could see that it would be the last time I would commit to something like this. Another thing that made me realize that sometimes, life gets in the way, and days that are planned are just not turning out that way and I do not like to feel guilty if I have not accomplished the plan!!!
For the next 6 months I will continue to Blog but only when I have either finished a project, or achieved something to a point where there is value there. I love the linky sites where we all are able to link up and have other quilters see our work. This is the fun part! But again, I am beginning to see that the Blogging is really eating up my time where I could be quilting. I will keep up with HQAL because I do a lot of needle turn applique, but Lordy I MUST quit downloading and downloading BOMs and BOWs that I will never ever make! I also enjoy RSC Challenges so I will continue on with that monthly project. It is so tempting to do this when we see a project like that available for free! I have some wonderful patterns that are complex in nature and if I want to make these quilts I cannot keep switching back and forth to different quilt projects. I like to reserve my evenings for hand work and day time for piecing!
I love reading the progress that others are making and like to comment it is a way for me to keep abreast of what is going on in the quilting world. The last 2 weeks has taken up my quilting time in obtaining estimates for new roof’s for our Studio and House, and that kept me from even thinking about sewing, hand applique, or hand quilting! It was during this time that emails backed up that I decided I just had to skip this last week and not take the time to read them all! I found I was feeling guilty because I did not leave a comment. Comments of compliments and encouragement are so wonderful to receive from our peers. Friday morning we finally found a wonderful contractor and negotiated a good price for the Standing Seam roofs. This took a tremendous load off our shoulders. We are excited to have this change accomplished and all in all it has helped me to realize that I can manage my time better than I have in the last couple of years!
I did achieve some accomplishments in May, small, but significant considering what has been going on! I am still working on the 1/2″ Hexagon flowers for Mountmellick and it would be great if I can finish this last border by the end of June, or before. Right now I am working on 9 patches so I can complete my May Heart quilt. I already know how I will do the borders and I believe that this quilt will be a special one for me! It was an awakening! Hey – maybe I will call the quilt Awakening Hearts!!!! Thank you Deb for starting this daily dose of applique!
Here are my 31 completed Hearts. I am almost through with the 9 patches and will, of course, do a Post when I have them altogether!
I purchased the fabric for $5.00 at the Dallas Show in 2017. They were samples of a collection by Moda that were selling for $1.00 each. I have enough left over to do a border. Cheapest quilt I have ever made! The background fabric is Antique Muslin. Here is a sample picture of how the quilt top will look once I have finished the 9 patches! I had to cut 270 each 2 1/8″ squares for them and some had to be fussy cut. I am really enjoying putting this quilt together! That is what quilting is all about!
I still have to complete Mountmellick, A Bountiful Life, Nesting, (Applique); Indian Summer (hand quilting), Stonefields (applique and pieced), Brinton Hall (EPP and piecing) and 5 quilts to load on the long arm and quilt! Plenty to keep me busy. The long arm is gathering too much dust! This is why I need to make hay while the sun shines and manage my time better! Maybe my creativity will come back!
Have a wonderful week-end and see you later down the road as I complete some of my UFO’s.
Linking To: My Quilt Infatuation; Confessions of a Fabric Addict; Finished or Not Friday ; Sew Can She; Em’s Scrap Bag; BOM’s Away; Fiber Tuesday; Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHOW; Sew Fresh Quilts; Crazy Mom Quilts; Oh Scrap; Scrap Happy Saturday; Show and Tell Monday with Bambi;