I read somewhere that if you can make yourself do something for 30 days then it becomes a habit. So I'm challenging myself to write just a little something every day for the next 30 days no matter how tired I am and maybe I can get back into the blogging habit.
It's been a really busy time at work for the last 2 months and it didn't help that I took a week off for retreat in the middle of it. And I haven't been feeling real good either so I've just had no energy by the time I get home in the evenings. And since Niles decided to stay for an extended visit he's been making me go thru stuff in the sewing room and take a good hard look at whether I'm really ever going to use all that fabric or finish all those UFOs and the answer is NO! So this stack of boxes you see here with Niles standing on top are all full of fabric that is leaving my house forever! My sister will be coming in tonight for a few days and she gets first pick. Then I thought I'd take it to my bee meeting with me a box a week and let the girls there have second pick. Whatever's left will go to the guild's charity project. I was rather merciless in my culling and mostly only kept the quilt shop stuff and little of the Walmart/Hancocks/JoAnns. That wasn't my criteria when I was culling stash but I noticed that was the way it was turning out as I was packing the boxes with the culls and restacking the remainder back in the cabinets. Back into TWO cabinets not THREE! So that leaves me a whole cabinet empty for the piles of other stuff still laying around the room.
Besides fabric I went thru a lot of my UFOs and decided to send a bunch home with Niles. This is one of them. I think it's very pretty but I have lots of very pretty tops that have never made it into finished quilts. So it's time to let some of them go to someone who will finish them and get them to people who really need and will appreciate the quilts and not have them just sitting in a pile on a shelf.
I put on a mystery for my online group's anniversay one year using the butterfly blocks. They sat around in a baggy for a couple years until I was digging thru my stash one day and came across the floral piece that my aunt had given me a while back. For some reason I thought of the butterfly blocks and when I dug them out the blocks and fabric were a perfect match for each other.
Even though we didn't get the sewing room finished Niles was getting a bit homesick for his Mommy so I sent him home Monday with the items you see here. A couple baggies of UFOs, a stack of tops, his FQ packet from retreat, and his new traveling case so he can be safe on his journeys. He was in a bit of a mess when he arrived! He was NOT AT ALL happy with the treatment he received for the postal workers on his trip out here and is sure hoping his new case will make his return trip and subsequent travels a bit smoother riding.