Monday, October 02, 2006
October's To-Do list, September progress!
October! I just love October! There is a noticable change in the weather, the colors, the feel. People are decorating with apples, pumpkins, bales of hay, scarecrows and giant buckets of Mumms. My apple trees are raining buckets of apples all over the ground! Little Boy was just delighted when I took him to the store to pick out a few pumpkins - I will have to post a photo of his selection later - got to take a picture first!
Earlier this summer I decided to work just on current UFO's/WIP's (with a few PJ's, some knitting and gifts thrown in the mix). No new projects! I made a list of the top 10 I wanted to finish up and started working from there - rotating around and around until finally, I started to have some finishes! As 1 project gets finished, another UFO/WIP can be added to the list. This system is working great for me!
I like reviewing my past month and thinking about the new month, so here is my September sewing review:
1. I finished my Green Ocean Waves top! Thank you for all the wonderful comments! This top was a bit time consuming to make with all those triangles, but I think the end result was worth the extra effort. If this is a quilt that you have been considering - I would say, go for it! The directions were accurate and everything went together very nicely! And for September - this top only needed the borders put on to finish as I had finished the body of the top in July, so it was a quick finish!
2. Octagon Flowers is also finished! The end of August I got it up to the 1st border stage, so September was just the final borders. Another quick finish!
3. My Country Wife top is up to the stage where I am sewing the rows together! Again - I've been working on this top all summer.
4. Little Boy got new red PJ's.
5. DH got a pair of new comfy pants.
6. Little Boy found those Wonky Heart blocks in the bottom of the scrap pile and I had fun playing around with those a bit!
7. Almost all the shapes are now appliqued down on my seashell table runner.
8. I managed to knit 1 1/2 balls of yarn on my scarf.
9. About 30" of binding is now sewn onto my log cabin top - so I am making progress on that binding project!
10. And, let's not forget - Elmo had eye surgery!
All in all, I am very pleased! Things are super busy for me in the summer and my sewing time has to be squeezed in - here and there - for my own sanity. And - well, long walks to a rocky cove with Little Boy to throw rocks in the water! Grin!
Moving into October - things will be a little bit quieter for me, but my schedule involves some travel and lots of visiting with family, so sewing time will still be limited. I am really looking forward to some famiy dinners, sister teas and hopefully a kids rubber stamping and cookie decorating party (Halloween cards). Oh, and 1 trip to Joanne's and a quilt shop too!
So - sewing wise, I will continue in October what I have been doing all summer - keep working on my UFO's/WIP's, which are listed over on my sidebar - rotating them around and around so eventually they all get finished! But for the sake of having a list (ever so helpful when it comes to fabric shopping), here goes...
1. Make labels for Whirly Gig, Desperado, Log Cabin and Green Ocean Waves. I need to make a few other labels too, but these are the most important to get done!
2. Bonnie quilted 2 tops for me and they are at my sister's house in the US - I was afraid they would get lost in customs at the border so had them sent to my sister. Anyway, I am so excited to see these tops - they both will need binding and labels (part of #1).
3. Put final borders on Cars & Stars - I just found the perfect fabric in my stash this week! Surely I can do that much to get this top finished! I've needed the final border fabric since March so this was a good discovery!
4. Finish Country Wife - those final rows are all pinned together just waiting for me to change the red thread off my machine! I will need to buy inner border fabric - I already have the perfect outer border fabric. So another top which is almost done!
5. Keep knitting on my scarf.
6. Buy sashing fabric for my Grandmother's Choice blocks and start sashing them together. I made all these blocks in January... there are enough to make either 1 king quilt or 2 doubles quilts. I am leaning toward 2 smaller quilts - sashing one in maybe dark blue and the other in dark green so they are similar, but different.