It snowed here Sunday night…finally! I know that the rest of the world is sick sick sick of snow, but we haven’t had any to speak of all winter. And…I’m one of those who likes snow. A lot.
I worked Sunday afternoon appraising a family collection in southeast Kansas. I was a little concerned because the weather folks were predicting a LOT of snow and I was afraid I’d get caught out on nasty roads. All was well, though. The family had the quilts spread out on two big tables for me and we moved through them quickly. The quilts ranged from the 1930s to the 1970s, and all were clean (many unused and unepwashed, so just like brand spanking new). It was a good afternoon!
Things were pretty much shut down around town yesterday. There was ice under the snow so it was a bit messy, and it snowed off and on all morning. All of our plans were cancelled. The roads are better today but it just happens that I have nowhere I have to be. I got up early and took care of laundry and all those other have-to-do things that you can never escape, and have thrown stuff in the Crock-Pot for supper, so I’m off to my workroom for the rest of the day.
The stew I started the other day is still stewing, but I started something new yesterday. This is a crazy, fun time. I am working on a gazillion things all at once and wake up with more ideas in my head every morning. Does that happen to you?
So, for today, I’m off to tackle some ideas! How are you spending today?
Three hundred fifty blocks? You’ve read here before that last year I participated in Prairie Moon’s 350 Blocks project. Need I tell you that I was an abject failure in 2014? I didn’t even get half that many blocks made. Life was just too hectic and sewing fell by the wayside.
The good news is that I’m participating in it again this year, with hopes of doing WAY better. You see, I do love the idea of some accountability for what I produce. Shelly’s project is the perfect source of that accountability. There is a goal of making 350 blocks, obviously, for the year. Every month Shelly gives us a goal number of blocks to complete, then reminds the participants to report in at the end of the month. She even keeps track of our total numbers for the year. How simple is that?
Every month, there is also a drawing for fun prizes that Shelly so generously shares with us. Win-win, right? I think so too. The fact that I was the winner in February might influence that thought. Shelly sent me a bundle of fun fabric and thread to play with. It made me feel like a winner, I assure you!
There is no shaming if you end up not getting much done in a month (or several, like someone I know. Ahem.). It’s just a fun way to keep track of what you’re doing. Shelly is the one doing all the work.
I’ve made quite a few blocks this month. I showed you the Anita’s Arrowhead blocks I made here. I made 81 of those. I also had to make two blocks for the Christmas Presents quilt and the blue Robbing Peter to Pay Paul quilt I showed you here. That RPtoPP thing? It’s all together, but I think it needs a border and I just can’t decide what I want to do. I might just skip the border entirely and ship it off to be quilted. The remains of the four fabrics I used in it are very, very limited. Mere inches, really. So. I think the words here are “Git ‘r done.”
I am also amassing a big old pile of scrappy 4-patch blocks. I don’t know yet what they’ll grow up to be. I just keep piles of squares next to my machine and sew them randomly whenever I want something to sew without thinking, to keep from having to clip my threads. (I hate those little wads of thread that get everywhere, so this is my small effort to reduce the number of them.)
Some days I just sewed odd little random blocks like the one below. Yeah, sometimes you just have to sew something, anything, and this was my sole contribution that particular day.
I also managed to finish two tops from my enormous backlog. Yay me! One is the Christmas Presents quilt I showed you earlier this week, and the other is this little rooster appliqué (by hand!) top I made eons ago. All that I had left to do was make the border miters pretty. Yeah, that was ALL. If I had it to do again, I would probably have done something different with the border treatment, but in the interest of finishing, I’m leaving it alone.
It is nice to have some quick finishes. They are keeping me motivated to get some more done so I can start playing with some of the ideas I keep jotting down. I am so hoping to keep that streak going! Cheer me on, huh?
Are you playing with us? Come join the fun! Anybody can participate, and it’s not too late for this year. Check out Shelly’s post here, then come back and leave a comment below so I know who’s in.
Oh yeah. My January total? 165 blocks. Yep, one hundred sixty-five. Almost halfway for the year. Woohoo!! Will I do as well in February? Check back and see!