A post from Kelli–
This month it was my turn to do part of the Civil War Tribute Block of the Month. I’ve had the Month 11 block that I worked on for quite some time. I worked on it one month and got some of it cut out, but didn’t label anything and kind of threw it in with some other stuff. So you can guess how well that worked out when I finally decided to work on it.
This past week has been super busy. I’ve worked 56 hours, both shifts, both jobs in 5 days. I know its a little surprise, but I’ve definitely put the block off this month. And it didn’t help that I jsut got off a run of overnights so my sleeping schedule is all sorts of screwy. None-the-less though, I pulled everything out and got to work.
When I say pulled everything out, I really had to pull out EVERYTHING! After the quilt retreat in August, I just took everything in the house and left it. I have had no energy and have felt super crappy, so I haven’t had any motivation to sew at all. After I got everything set up, I started to get a little excited about letting out my creative side.
It took me a little bit, but I did eventually get stuff sorted out as far as what I had cut out and what needed to be cut out yet. I figured out that I ended up quitting because I must have had a cutting error somewhere because I didn’t have enough to finish the step I was on. I ended up running upstairs to see if I had something to substitute. As it turns out, I had the exact same fabric! Win!!!
One thing that has been a little frustrating is that some of the fabrics that they sent only have enough to cut out exactly what you need. Others have twice as much fabric that is needed. Since mom and I are both making the quilt, we have double the fabric that was sent and there are times that I only end up using one half of the fabric.
The red was what I pulled from my stash and the neutral was what I had left for a different step of cutting. I sure don’t mind the extras though! That’s for sure!
Here’s the block that I was in charge of making….and here’s my block–
Yup–didn’t get it finished. Once it is finished, this one will measure 36″ square. I ended up finishing this one at 11:30 last night and I was just spent. I was kind of beating myself up for it, but then I decided that the more important thing was that I got my sewing stuff set up again and have it all ready to go to finish my block.
This whole pregnancy things has just been hard for me. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t give it back for a second and am so glad that things have worked out so wonderfully for me, but it’s hard. For weeks 6-10, I was super nauseous, 8-14 weeks I puked pretty regularly with a few every day stretches in there, but mostly every other day or so. For the last 2 weeks, I’ve been back to the extreme nausea. I literally feel like I could puke at about any minute. And my appetite? It’s completely gone! For the first time in my life, I have to force myself to eat. And the things that I am able to eat are strange….like apples and lettuce. Soup has been going okay too. Last time I got on the scale I think I’ve lost 17 pounds. My doctor is aware and knows and we are watching things. I have been able to eat more lately and so things seem to be more on the upswing of things, so I’m hoping that things continue to work in that forward manner. And I have absolutely no energy. If I’m not at work, I can be found on my couch or in bed sleeping or watching trashy TV with Puppycat.
So I’m going to try a bit of a new approach and try to make myself get back to things that I have generally like to do. I’m going to try to pick atleast one thing each day (within reason) and make myself do it in hopes that I’ll start to feel better. And even if I don’t, atleast I’ll get something done–atleast more than the ntohing that I’m currently getting done!
So stay tuned! I am on the end of a many day stretch and have next Tuesday off with no other committments, so my goal is to get this block finished to show you next week. While I won’t make any promises, I’m going to try my hardest.
What have you been working on this month?