Hello! It’s been a weird week for me. A very emotionally intense start to it, then catching up on the rest of the life stuff.

I’m also at the end of a bunch of projects so have the itchy, restlessness which accompanies the finishes. I want to but don’t want to start something new as I still have other projects to finish!

But let’s see if I can even recollect my own accomplishments in recent weeks:

  • my quilts came back from the show. One sold, several did not.
  • I’m slow motion hand quilting the plus quilt.
  • Remember that bag I made myself? I though it was sooooo awesome I made one for each of my girls to use as a swim bag. Except they picked nearly identical fabrics to each other (so now we can’t tell the bags apart) and the bags are a bit too big for a kid’s swim bag. They wound up being not a fail exactly, but more a meh finish.
  • I did finish the mini for my swap but as it’s still en route I can’t share a picture. It came out great though and I *am* pleased with the finish.
  • I survived Valentine’s day, aka the “super bowl for cake decorators”
  • QuiltCon happened and I wasn’t even consumed with jealousy this time around! Hooray for personal growth!!

Tomorrow is March which is my month for the longarm (my co-owner and I alternate months if you’re new here). I’m doing a client quilt so that will be exciting to do and get paid for!

For my next piecing project I’m thinking fairly mindless, definitely scrappy, maybe with strips? Got any good pattern suggestions for me?

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Ketchup

Shake and shake the ketchup bottle
 None'll come, and then a lot'll
–Richard Amour

This is how my whole week has felt.

 

I quilted a quilt for a friend last week. Then injured husband (he’ll be fine, and is nearly better), sick kid, and quilts, and work, and things. A bonkers day of not-enough-parents-or-transportation-options. I finally went to quilt a top for myself, but finished the whole thing in only three hours. So then I raced to finish another top to get that started on the longarm as well.

Truly I’m moving at a pace so fast that I haven’t even been taking pictures.

But ever seen one of these? It’s an awesome, wee ~3″ tall bottle of ketchup. I have one from my stage management days that I used to store acetaminophen and ibuprofen.

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While it has been nice getting things done, a bit of a break will also be nice. Next up is some slow hand quilting.

The past week

Statistics of this past week:

  • quilts started quilting: 1
  • quilts bound: 0
  • quilt tops finished: 0.8, soooo close on this one
  • binding made: 0, but planned
  • long arm needles bent: 1
  • long arm needles broken: 2
  • car axle shafts broken: 1
  • car repairs required: manageable
  • soccer practices attended: 6
  • soccer games attended: 0 because I worked that day and husband did it!

Looking forward to some more quilt progress, fewer soccer practices, and getting the darn car sorted out!

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Happy picture.

 

That last post

Hmpf. Lessons I have recently learned.

  • You guys are all so very nice. I actually knew that before.
  • Extra nice are the folks who left me comments reassuring me and encouraging me to continue, even though I was too down to respond. Thank you. 
  • Don’t layout a big project when only half done. You will be disappointed about your progress.
  • Don’t combine anxiety about one project and frustration about another one AT THE SAME TIME. This will lead to more anxiety and frustration.
  • Do distract yourself with other things, or non-quilt things. I’m still working on this. 

Here’s something small I did.

I remade this really pretty wonky star from the swap earlier this year. On the left is the original, rather beige background. On the right is the much better, scrappy white. Block is 12″ finished.

Small steps.