Thursday, February 18, 2010

Trying to Quilt Along

I am here. I am so here. I am too much here. I have been spending all week organizing my PHDs. See that long list down on the left. I am finally admitting to all I have going on. I have been trying to organize things for my PHD Challenge with Myra. Life has been getting in the way however, and I have ended up working on different PHDs than I thought I would.  I have been cutting, organizing and sewing a bit.

As always, I have been trying to figure out what is wrong with me! Okay, maybe how I can get off this quilting bandwagon. I am totally addicted. It is a 3rd job for me. What I realized is that I use to make quilts for other people. Trust me I am not trying to sound unselfish here. I just really started quilting on a regular basis when my nephew was born. Then other family members, started having babies, friends had babies, and I had babies. Then there is special occasion quilts etc, etc. It has only been in the past year that I have really quilted for myself, and my family. With all of the swaps, and quilt alongs going on I now have a lot of phds. It is great and I have learned so much but I have to figure out how to maintain some sort of balance. This morning I was fed up with all of it, and decided I was going to stop quilting. I told my husband I was going to stop, and he joked with me about what he would turn my quilting room into. I gave him the look in reply. At lunchtime I went out to run some errands, saw a new quilting magazine and found some great patterns in it and bought it!

The good thing about quilting is that I am my own boss. The bad thing about quilting is that I am my own boss. I realized today as well that I would never work an employee as hard as I work myself. I would also blog all the time, if it weren't for having to take pictures!

Well, now that I have that out of my system, let's move on to more things I am joining!

I have seen so many quilt alongs that I have wanted to join. Last year I started on Amanda Jean's nine patch quilt along and have not finished it yet. I have half of the blocks. I was trying to decide whether I would turn it into a double size quilt or use the blocks in a different setting. I have not decided yet, but I am going to get back to making the squares. This quilt is going to be for my daughter. Last night she told me that she has outgrown her 2 other quilts (she's 5), though she still likes them and needs me to make her a new quilt. Guess what I will be pulling out!

I am going to be joining the Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt Along. I have 2 jelly rolls;  Figgy Pudding and Peace on Earth. I have yet to make a Christmas quilt, and I think this will be a great one to make. Moose on the Porch Quilts is hosting it and every 2 weeks a guest designer will post a block.

I am also going to be doing the Friday Night Sew-In tomorrow night. I am going to be working on my siggy blocks. I think that I will have to make another post, about the difficulty of finding fabric in Canada. My lqs was out of the Kona white cotton, so I ended up buying the Moda white that Rachel had suggested. I got it from Florida.

Just to end on a sweet note, on the weekend my son was playing a game on the computer. When I came to talk to him a few minutes later, I noticed he had started a different game. On it was a puzzle, where you were given a picture and by using needlepoint you had to make your own picture to match the display. When I asked him why he had changed to a new game, he looked at me and said in all seriousness, "Your not the only one who likes to quilt, Mom"!

Trying to quilt along,


call me crazy said...

LOL, love your DS's comment! :-)) Happy stitching!

jaybird said...

the jelly roll quilt along looks like fun... i just wish i had the time!