Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Moving On

I was catching up on blogs today and came across Trudy's. She was talking about wanting to start a new project even though there is much work to be done on your current project. I know that feeling so well. I'm in the middle of so many things right now. My chair is surrounded with tote bags, shop bags, books, yarn, cross stitch charts, etc, etc, etc. I look at it and think how am I ever going to get all this done. And I realize that other than the baby blanket for Jellybean, there is no deadline. Well, there is the Birth Sampler for Eli that hasn't been started yet and he is almost 10 months old! I've never claimed to be super fast about things. I honestly believe I was born under the procrastination star.

As I said in a prior post, to try to get rid of my black cloud last week, I stopped by my local needlework shop to buy the fabric for Eli's chart. I have it charted and know the colors and size but hadn't gotten around to getting the fabric to start it yet. While I was there, I found a canvas chart and bought everything I needed to start it.
Want to see?  Okay.

This is something new for me. I fell in love with the log cabin design and I'm a total sucker for season charts. I have many I have done and some I've got stored back. This one is so lively and colorful and I cannot wait to start on it. But I need to finish Jellybean's blanket first and get Eli's Birth Sampler done. But I take it out at least once a day and look at it. It uses Watercolor thread and I'm in love with that thread. Oh my, I don't know if I can wait or not.

I also have bought the yarn to do the Patchwork Granny Square blanket which will be a major undertaking as I want to do it big enough for my king size bed. I can see this project going on and on and on. But that's okay. I have enough to do when I get tired of working on the squares.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Hubs started clearing the garage to find room for a used freezer that a neighbor was kind enough to give to us. His wife passed away 3 years ago and he doesn't use the freezer at all anymore. Hubs cleared out the corner where he wanted to put the freezer and I went through the boxes to see what needed to stay and what needed to go. I have a hard time getting him to let go of things. For example, in one box were instruction booklets for items we no longer have or no longer use. With the exception of a printer we are still using occasionally, I pulled all of them out and handed to him to recycle. He looked through them and said that we still needed them. WHY??? because we have an old, old, computer stored in a storage trailer that has Windows 98 on it and these booklets related to it. WINDOWS 98!!!!! We can't even use that anymore. GRRRRR.

But in one box, I did find some quilts that we had stored. When we cleared out our extra bedroom to have the bamboo flooring installed and some other work done in there, these quilts were on the top shelf in the closet. They are now safely back in the house. I'm pretty sure both quilts came from my MIL or from my FIL after her death. One has an embroidered note on the back that it was pieced by my husband's grandmother and quilted by his mother. Treasures, for sure.

Of course, he doesn't want to use them. I'm of the opinion that if I take care of them and I am careful in cleaning them, they should be used. They were made to be used not stored away for no one to see. Ah well. I choose my battles wisely.

One more thing, I did get more yarn for Jellybean's blanket so I can make it more square now. I just wasn't happy with the sharply rectangle look and I knew I wouldn't be happy doing the border with it like that. So the lovely owner of the yarn shop where I bought the original yarn mailed me a box this week of the colors I needed and I'm ready to start again.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day here in the US. I have so much to be thankful for not the least of which is my blogging family. I count each of you as a member of my family and I so enjoy reading your comments and reading your blogs. Thank you for accepting me into this community of wonderful people.



  1. I agree with you and Trudie about new projects. There's so much to do and so much inspiration all around with so little time to tackle it all but like you say - there is no deadline. I also agree that those lovely quilts you found are just asking to be used. Happy project work!
    Love from Mum

  2. Have a great thanksgiving! Just off to finish one of my 104 projects I've started but not got around to finishing!!! :)

  3. Hi Sharon! Wow, your threads are beautiful. I can see why you have to gaze at them every day!! And what a lucky find with the stored-away quilts - they definitely need to be out and in use!!! Such lovely family history stitched into them. Happy Thanksgiving : -) Trudy x

  4. Yup, I have lots of projects in the works, too, but few deadlines, except for the Snow Flake swap. I love your quilts and new thread! I believe in using things I treasure. Isn't it amazing how each of us can value different things or things differently? Several times my husband was absolutely furious with me when I got rid of empty boxes...sigh :) Happy Thanksgiving, Sharon. xx from Gracie

  5. Happy thanksgiving Sharon!
    Thanks for the comment about ads on my blog.Apparently they are on our computer and no one else seems to be able to see them!
    Love your beautiful quilts and I hope you get a bit of time to sit down and do some of your lovely projects!

  6. Happy Thanksgiving...
    I know the feeling of wanting to start a new project before the current one is finished. I always have several on the go... currently a hexagon patchwork quilt, a crocheted throw and knitted hot water bottle cover, oh and a cardigan for my other half. Sadly I have developed problems with thumb on right hand and left elbow this last week and can do little in the way of craft work, and fear this is how it will stay. I would be lost without some form of craft work, so compromises are going to have to be found.
    Love those quilts you found, what a lovely surprise!

  7. Happy Thanksgiving! I am sitting on the loveseat in our tv room surrounded by bags and totes and yarn and cross-stitch supplies. I just cleaned it all up a couple of days ago and now it is a mess again. Oh well! Better a creative mess than any other kind. I agree that things are meant to be used and not stored away. What if you just put the quilts on display -- hang them on a while, behind a bed or something? It doesn't make much sense to not gain pleasure from having treasured items. Sticking them away never to see the light of day is rather sad. Sometimes I stress myself out about the things I haven't done and wanted to do, but then I tell myself -- it really doesn't matter and if no one even knew I planned to make something, then they won't miss it or expect it. Right? I started a cross-stitch for my 2nd son before he was born -- he's 14 now and I've never finished it. Now that is pathetic! :/ Best wishes and blessings, Tammy

  8. Happy Thanksgiving! I dare not even count the half finished jobs I have and I still keep seeing things I want to attempt! Suzy x

  9. Wow what wonderful heirlooms to have and pass down. Beautiful.
    I really understand what you mean about having lots of projects started and not seeming to get anywhere with any of them. I find that my attention is too short to stick with anything too long. But they are always finished....eventually.
    Rosie xx