Monday, June 6, 2011

The problem with puttering

I putter. I start this, get distracted, start that, take a quick break, see something else that needs doing, and so on and so on. This happens around the house all the time. Yesterday, I got a lot done - weeding, mulching, purging clothes we don't wear/fit anymore, purging kitchen items to get rid of, sweeping - but I didn't FINISH anything.

The same is true in the sewing room, but for the month of June, I am committed to finishing some things. I've joined up with Rubyslipperz (see the button on my sidebar?) to get some things done in June. Each finish gives me another chance to win her giveaway, but even if I don't win, at least I'll have accomplished something. I hope to:

finish the ELLA quilt for my high school friend

get caught up on the Birdie BOM - I still haven't done May or June

put a sleeve on my Great Great Grandmother's quilt - this is my entry for the quilt show at the county fair this July and it needs a sleeve

and make a couple covered dish/casserole carriers for some friends from a pattern I found in a magazine.

Last night, I actually did finish the quilting items on my to-do list for the weekend. The first was to finish the April Birdie BOM - this one is one of my favorite blocks so far, so simple. I left off the Easter eggs that were sprinkled around on the block to simplify things:

The second item on the weekend to-do list was to sandwich the Pick and Choose quilt that I sold at the Old Middlebrook Village Day last month which needs to be hand quilted this summer. I've been looking forward to the quilting, but I can't stand basting! And ironing all of the backing was misery, even with my BIG ironing board. But, it is done and in a hoop and ready for me to put some stitches in every day (that's the plan, anyway):

Of course, first, I need to come up with a plan for my quilting...


Cheryl Willis said...

I just love your Pick & Choose. I never would have made mine if it weren't for you and Nancy Rose posting about your progress. I am hoping to make a scrappy one again this year. now that I have the GO, I have no excuses for not cutting one out.

Becky said...

Oh Erin.....we are sooooo alike it is scary! I am a putterer too....everything is always partly done. AND as you probably already know the sandwich part of the quilt is worse than getting my teeth drilled. I. HATE. IT. I pin-baste which helps a little. We need to find us a couple of folks that love that part (I can't imagine where they would be!!!!) and trade out. If I had the money, I would even PAY someone to sandwich quilts...and I am a cheapskate! hahahaha! I hope you get your list completed! Happy stitching!

Stray Stitches said...

Puttering is a good thing - it helps prevent boredom. Love the Birdie Stitches without the eggs - so cute :) Your Great Great Grandmother's quilt is beautiful! And your Pick and Choose quilt is amazing!!

Anonymous said...

It seems to me that you get SO MUCH accomplished. So putter away! And good luck with your to do list.
Debbie R.

Shay said...

Pick and Choose is such a beautiful quilt ! I love it.

Puttering is good. Not every weekend has to have things actually finished. You're that much closer to having lots of things done .

Your great grandmother's quilt is going to be gorgeous- a family heirloom.

Enjoy puttering and stopping and can be a lot of fun!