I’ve been pushing myself some to get things accomplished around here so sewing has still taken a bit of a back seat. I have so much more time to sew in the winter.
I did have a little “talk with myself” to remind myself that it’s totally okay to do small things. Too often I wait until I have four hours to sew rather than do some of the 20-minute things I can do to set me up so that once I do get a bigger chunk of time, I can maximize it.
Here’s an example:
I bought some fabric at a garage sale. It was double-sided and pre-quilted.
It was cute. I spent $2 on it and planned to send it out to my friend that makes layettes. It has sat on the island in my sewing room for two months. It won’t take a long time to finish these. All I have to do is bind them. No big deal at all. But I kept thinking I would probably need two hours or so to do it. I’ve had trouble finding two hours to do it.
Then I finally remembered the only real way I ever accomplish anything when I get really busy is to divide things up…even smaller two-hour projects so Monday last week I brought the piece downstairs. At naptime, I cut the large piece into two pieces and I squared them up. Then I cut the binding strips.
Now I don’t need a two-hour chunk of time to finish these. I likely need an hour or so. It’s much easier to find an hour’s worth of time vs two hours.
After I had the binding cut it was only two days later and I eeked out time to finish them. They are just simple pre-quilted fabric that was bound and now they are quilts. I’ll be passing them on to my friend Lana who makes layettes for Lutheran World Relief.
I know many of you are garage salers and thrifters. If you ever come across infant sleepers like these with the bottoms open, Lana is in need of them. Right now she makes most of the ones she ships out and it is very time-consuming. She is always in need of these sleepers, flannel sheets (can be used as they are made into diapers), and receiving blankets.
I know there are many of you who like to help from afar and finding sleepers like these in good condition would be a great help.
I worked on my Red Sampler Quilt Along. You might remember me saying last week one of the blocks required watching one Lori Holt’s Youtube videos. This one…
I’m am appreciating the television that Buck hung last winter in my quilting room. I could watch and sew along.
Here you can see I was able to finish my block.
I just love having my old living room television in my sewing room. At first, I thought it was so excessive to have a large television in my sewing room. Now that I have it, I love it! I really did need a new one for the living room so at least I didn’t buy a new room for the sewing room but seriously, now that I have the big one up here, I’m so thankful. It so nice especially when watching a tutorial to have a big screen.
I went on and finished two of the blocks for this week.
I did pull out my book and try to decide which quilt to make first. I am currently thinking it might be the third from the right…any opinions?? Do you have the book. You can find it HERE. I know some of you want to sew along with me. I have a gal that’s going to kindergarten that I want to make a Christmas gift for. If you have the book, page through and tell me what quilt you would make for a 6-year-old for a gift.
That’s all that happening in the sewing room. I’ve never sewn this little except after Kramer died. Typically I really miss when I don’t sew much but I’m currently so busy there is no way I could fit in quilting time except for a few 20-minute sessions here and there. I’ve not had time to cross stitch either. I’ve not missed it that much. My family is filling most of my time as has the garden and currently, that’s just fine. I want to get everything the way I want it before it starts getting so hot.
I have no real sewing plans for the upcoming week besides getting the next edition of the Red Sampler Quilt Along blocks done. Right now, three blocks in a week is enough of a challenge for me.