Sunday, 1 February 2015

February 1 off to a good start

Good Day All

Hope you are having a wonderful day. Mine has been very nice and somewhat productive.

A few days ago, I came across these Project Printables through another blog that I follow. I have seen a few others on the internet but haven't liked all the information or format of the printables. Upon looking at these ones, I felt that I could easily use them and it would contain all the information that I would want to have on the sheets. It did take me a while to print off the sheets. I was having issues with opening the doc files in Firefox, so I ended up opening the files from Internet Explorer and then I also forgot to remove the title field so I could add my own titles. So I had to stop the printing and edit the file and then print again. I believe I printed 15 copies of the individual project templates. I know that I probably have at least 60 projects or material for projects in my home that I should make reference too, but I thought I would just start with a few. I also thought I would only need one summary page and that would last me for the year but as I was writing out some of my projects this am. I thought to myself, Self, you should really get a lot of these checked off during February and then you can start a fresh one for March. It would help you use up some stash and then it would be easier to organize and change your sewing room around like you are wanting.

My hubby took my kids swimming today which gave me time to concentrate on my new system. So as soon as they left, I headed downstairs to get a move on things. And I made sure not to turn on the TV as it is such a time sucker for me. I went though my emails to record the BOM's I would like to participate in this year and recorded them on the project sheets. I also printed what patterns I could for the BOM. And I found a new binder for my project sheets. I think I wrote up 6 projects. I have 3 charity quilts from my guild to longarm and bind. So I just included those in my summary page, I didn't write up individual sheets on those. But it will feel good to get them finished, out of my house, and a check mark on the page ;)

After I got bored of writing, I went into my sewing room. I haven't been in there for a long time. I think the last time was to make a comfort block for a friend. I've been taking my quilting away from the house, to either a friend's house or to our guild. I feel guilty when I go into my sewing room because there is so many other things that need to get finished. I don't feel guilty when I go away, because that is what I'm supposed to be doing. But when I go downstairs, my hubby thinks (or I'm thinking my husband's thinking) that I'm getting paperwork finished. And when I come upstairs with quilting finished, he seems shocked that's what I was doing. So hence the guilt for the next time.

I started clearing off a table and shelves that I'm taking out of my room with the new organization. Which lead me to find almost finished projects. One of them being a Halloween Wall Hanging. I finished appliquéing it. Now it needs to be quilted and bound. When I appliquéd it, I layered batting and muslin to help with stabilization. I've been hemming and hawing about leaving all the layers on when I quilt it, or should I cut away the muslin, to help with puffing up the appliquéd pieces during quilting. Its been 3 months since the top was finished and still sitting there. Decision making is the real deterrent in finishing projects for me. So today I bit the bullet and cut away the muslin. It is all ready to be loaded onto my longarm.

Now my next deterrent is my longarm. I'm scared of it lol. Actually I'm scared of the maintenance that I've been told it needs. I'm quite nervous to oil and WD40 it. I've only done it 4 times. I know its not a big deal and the more I do it, then easier it will be but my brain is not there yet.

Is there anything that deters you from finishing things?

Here is my top ready for quilting.

I'm hoping I will be able to show a finished Wall Hanging to you guys tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Have a quilty day!
Vicky K

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