Saturday, June 16, 2007

Blocks 4-WV and 2-S

I got up early this morning and made my next 2 blocks. The Weather Vane

And a Crow's Foot for my Sampler.

Besides these 2 blocks there was no sewing done today. I did decide on the pattern for my cat fabric I bought yesterday. And played with my siggie blocks a bit. But in the spirit of trying to balance my life more I opted to do household chores instead of sew all afternoon.

I have a bad habit of focusing on one thing to the exclusion of everything else. Mama was the same way. She'd spend HOURS in the sewing room and burned more meals from starting something and then going to sew "just 1 more seam" and would remember only when smoke filled the house. It's a wonder she never burned the house down! She did burn a hole right thru the bottom of my best soup pot once. A thick bottom cast aluminum one. I'm not quite that bad but only because I have a timer and I set it so I won't forget I have something cooking.

I've focused so much on sewing lately the house is a MESS! Not a filthy, disgusting, looks-like-you'd-catch-a-disease-from-it mess. But I've only done surface cleaning for a while so lots of things have gotten overlooked. Like cobwebs in the corners and dust on the ceiling fans. And the science experiments way back in the back of the refrigerator. I even took the curtains down yesterday and washed them! Now to get them hung back up. Today's project was the kitchen table. It tends to get piled high so we have to shove stuff over to eat or I'll eat in my recliner and David at his desk in front of the computer. Yesteday when I was out I bought flowers for the table and told David the table was off limits for laying stuff down. Wonder how long I can keep it this way. I give it MAYBE a week. LOL!

Tomorrows task is the ironing. I HATE to iron - unless it's fabric of course! But if I can get it all caught up and the laundry too then maybe I can make myself deal with each load as it's done and by doing a load every day or 2 I should be able to keep up with it. So early morning will find me making my 2 blocks. Then it's on to the ironing and I'm sure a nice nap tossed in there somewhere. Gotta have those priorities straight after all. :-)

13 comments:

deputyswife said...

All of the blocks are lovely!

I haven't been able to sew much around here. I see all of the laundry, dishes, meals to be made, and most importantly spending time with my boys. Though, I do wish I had a teeny bit more time to sew!

dot said...

I have the same problem as you. I just want to sew and not do other things. Today I spent an hour buzzing the dog for summer. Her coat was so thick and I know she was miserable so the clippers came out. I put to much pressure on myself as far as the sewing goes. I need balance with sewing and house/yard chores.

Susan H. said...

I ALWAYS have trouble with housework. It wasn't important to Mama, so what I've learned I've pretty much taught myself. A bit of clutter does not bother me. But MY house is getting past my tolerance level also... After all I have allowed myself to sew the past 3 weekends in a row. And, yes, Nancy there might be hope for me, because at 7:30 last night the rulers and cutter hit the new fabrics. Guess I'll have to take a week off to quilt all the projects once I get them pieced on the weekends.

Julia said...

Oh!! Those nasty everyday chores that get in the way of our fun. LOL
I love your new blocks. I have been admiring the sunshine fabric since it came out, now you are inspiring or should I say tempting, me to buy it.

Shelina said...

Your house sounds just like mine! Since you are getting all that practice there, you might as well come over when you are done with yours and do mine. Don't want to get those cleaning skills rusty!

Sounds to me like you've got yourself a good balance. Time to make a couple of blocks, get a nap in, and clean a thing or two.

QuiltingFitzy said...

Naps are on the TOP of my list.

cher said...

Nancy, you so hit the head of the nail on leaving the "extra" cleaning go while you quilt away on something-that is exactly my approach too! and like you, I am trying to regain a better balance in my life in regards to my quilting passion vs all the other important life stuff too!
very well said- and what wonderful blocks you are turning out! I like the light bulb moment of doing an entire block you came up with. I may be borrowing that approach myself.

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

I think our fridges and tables could get together and start a club! Don't do too much housework - it can't be good for you.

Hanne said...

Lovely sampler blocks Nancy :-)

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

I love seeing all the different variations of your blocks - they all are so pretty!

Cheers!
Evelyn

Patti said...

You've just described me to a T. I get so wrapped up in either a sewing project, or a stitching project, or a book that I'm oblivious to the passage of time. Before we got a microwave - and I had to head water for tea in a teak kettle - I burned up three tea kettles before I finally got one that whistled. I'd turn it on high, then go in to sew while I waited for it to get hot, and I'd not remember a thing until the fire alarm went off!

Patti said...

Your Weathervane blocks are looking great Nancy - this is going to be a lovely quilt. I have both a jelly roll and a "jolly patches" from the fat quarter shop of this fabric. I've not yet decided how I'll use them.

Sounds like dropping out of the rings was the best thing for you to do. In my mind you are so right - there is absolutely no reason to feel guilty about a fabric purchase now and then - as long as you aren't blowing the grocery money!

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