I Can’t Do This, Until I Do That!
As I go through my air-conditioned August, my goal is to finish up some of those odds and ends of projects in the effort to have a beautiful streamlined studio (like Melanie’s). I try to do a little bit on several different projects each day, sticking to a schedule of “stints” (as suggested by Kerry).
Unfortunately I have run into some obstacles on the straight-and-narrow road to organization, and multiple temptations.
With my old photo database, I had the bright idea of using my family photos as an aid in dating other photos that I have purchased. After all I know that Great-great-uncle Gerrit and Great-great-aunt Minnie got married in about 1907, so that will show me what people were wearing that year, and then I can compare their clothes to other, undated pictures.
The trouble is that all this family information was put into Family Tree Maker in 2004, on a computer that is stuffed away in the closet, and I am going to have to pull it out, transfer the information, and then update the program.
So instead of doing that, I thought I would move to a different project, and work on a quilt for my grandson. I had found this fabric in a drawer, and thought it would be cute as a quilt backing in his space-themed bedroom.
For the front I decided to do a very simple design of appliqued circles, to suggest planets. I would satin stitch the edges and use up lots of thread! I started by using the fabrics I dyed back in April for the block backgrounds, and loved how they suggested nebulae and galaxies.
But I have already run out of those darker pieces, and have had to overdye some of the lighter pieces, and I have to let them cure before I can go on.
And then, tempting me away from those two projects, my mom gave me a quilt my great-grandmother made for us in the 1950s.
The batting is an old wool blanket, and the blocks are just tied in the middle, and then hand-stitched around the edges. It needs re-binding at the very least, but even as a child I didn’t like that green sashing, so I want to take the blocks apart and put them back together with cream-colored sashing.
Added to that, my brother moved, and he does computer work for a fabric design company, so he left 4 boxes of fabric samples and pillow forms, etc., with me.
Then my mother-in-law has passed on to me part of a wonderful fabric stash that she collected in her trips around the world, including this fantastic batik and some Chinese silk,
which I will probably never do anything with. I will just hang them and enjoy looking at them for inspiration.
But the other fabrics she gave me are American made, from the 1990s. so that means they are great quality, and I can’t wait to use those.
She also gave me a cathedral window quilt that she started, and all the pieces cut for another one.
And then someone at quilt group passed on all these Christmas fabrics, pre-cut!
And THEN someone had the bright idea for all the little quilt shops in the area to come to a centrally located fairgrounds, to have a mini-shop hop all in one place. And there was a lot of cute stuff. So now I want to do something with all these new and new-to-me projects, right now!
And my husband has decided it is time for us to update our bathroom and laundry room (because if it’s August in Texas, you can be sure you would love to have a big renovation project going), and possibly to tile the whole downstairs. So we will have to stay in the guest room upstairs, so everything I usually keep in the guest room, has to come back into the sewing room.
So instead of diligently clearing out and organizing everything, the stacks are building around me. But they’re such lovely and enticing stacks!