Saturday, September 02, 2006

Country Wife Progress



An update from my July 13th post - all my blocks are now finished for this Country Wife top! Yippee! The outside edges are connector blocks cut in 1/2, cut into 1/4 for the corners - I just have them folded over for a quick photo. I got the rows pinned together today, so progress.

Does it seem like I get alot of sewing done? Because honestly, I don't really spend that much time sewing in the summer. I sit at my machine in bits and spurts - 10 minutes here and there seem to add up. And - I haven't started anything new - if you look over on my list you will see that I've been working on the same 10 projects all summer, just rotating them around (with the exception of Little Boy's train quilt, PJ's, valances/curtains for my sister and some knitting).

1. Green Ocean Waves I started last year. I now have that up to the borders stage.

2. Country Wife - well that would be this top, which I also started last year.

3. Sampler - haven't done a thing on this yet this summer - many of the blocks are years old!

4. Seashell table runner - I started this 2 years ago and am slowly making progress

5. Sunflower Dresdens - didn't do anything on it yet this summer. Started making the little flowers about 3-4 years ago.

6. HST starts - haven't worked on them yet this summer either. Started making these blocks last summer.

7. Checkerboard log cabin - I made the center of this top at least 3 years ago, maybe longer! So, this summer I've gotten most of the checkerboard border done so far.

8. Bind a log cabin - this quilt has been quilted for several years. I finally have the binding cut out so that is progress.

9. Grandmother's Choice - I made all these blocks over the winter in Austria and still have to set them together.

10. Octagon Flowers - I started making these blocks over the winter in Austria, but ran out of funky fabric. So, I've got these all done right up to the last border - almost finished!

So- that is my current list of things that I am picking away on. Nothing new! I keep reminding myself - it is much faster to finish something that is already started instead of starting something new! Every once in awhile I cut out a scrappy quilt to bring to Austria with me for my winter sewing.

Right now I am just too busy enjoying the outdoors, my flowers, long walks, etc. to use my "free" time sewing. I want my Little Boy to have 100's upon 100's of happy summer memories! Something as simple as a wagon ride or time spent at the playground just makes his day! He keeps me busy, that is for sure! When I do sew - it is usually at night and by then I am very tired so most of the time I quit while I am still ahead (before I need a seam ripper!).

It does feel very good to be making so much progress on my list of UFO's though! Once I cross a few off this list, I have a couple more to add that are waiting for their turn on the list. I just feel that 10 at a time is more than enough to choose from! I want to have finished quilts, not started bits and pieces all over the place. I want to bust my stash. And, I want to use the tools/rulers/supplies that I have already purchased. So far, I think I am staying on track!!!

12 comments:

Hedgehog said...

10 at a time sounds like a good way to work. I need more bobbins so that I can change projects more easily! I'll have to ask Santa. The Country Wife quilt looks great - I don't think I've seen that fabric before. Enjoy these remaining days of summer!

Melzie said...

That is very pretty :) I agree with you I have all the time later to sew...time with my boys is fleeting. xoxo melzie

quiltpixie said...

doing a little bit more frequently often adds up to more sewing than some of us that only sew in "big pumps" of time....

Joanne said...

The Country Wife looks great. I think it's great to take the time with your son now -- they grow so fast -- and quilting is for enjoying, too -- it isn't a race!

ForestJane said...

The country wife is moving right along! I really like how the connecting blocks move your eye across the quilt. It would have taken me a while to figure out how it was put together if I hadn't seen the little separation in the lower right corner. :)

Susan said...

You are making a lot of progress. Even if it's in bits and spurts, it's progress. The Country Wife looks wonderful. Love that sunny porch, too. It's more important to make memories with your son than to finish quilts in a day, =)

Fiona said...

Your post is so timely - I'm a real completer-finisher and I get twitchy about having too many projects on the go at once. Your strategy of planning to be working on several projects at once is a better way of looking at it, I think.

Dawn said...

I really like that one! It looks really great, and you even got it all pinned together today! Good for you! I"m so glad you spend time with Little Boy though - they grow up just too fast. This coming from a mom who has her 18 yr old son sitting in his room. He HAD to come home for the long weekend from college, but we have yet to see him! :)

Brit said...

this looks great. I love the chain border

joyce said...

My kids are all grown and they never talk about how clean the house was or how much sewing I got done (unless it was for them) but they do remember things we did together so I can assure you that time spent with your son is time well spent. We are currently taking time to build memories with our grandchildren.

Sweet P said...

10 projects at a time - that sounds like a lot if projects. I think I need to count the number of projects I have going, maybe it is that many. I love your seashell table runner.

Making memories with Little Boys is important. Keep up the great job.

Shelina said...

Sounds like you have your priorities straight. Take the time to spend with your son. That time is more precious. And if you get some quilting in here and there, that is a bonus.