but through the darkness, Ms Winter made her way into the WI countryside Friday night. I woke at 4:30 a.m. to howling winds and sleet hitting my windows. The ground has not yet frozen to rock hardness, and it's doubtful this snow will last. Not impossible, if enough follows it. We have had years were the ground wasn't frozen under the snow. Not often, but it does happen.
The little sentinel tree in my neighbors yard serves as a season marker for me. Gone are the golden tones of autumn. We are into the gray, drab and cold time now. Luckily I have all that I need and can hunker down and sew *VBS* I finished up the last block for the North Wind quilt top I showed on Thurs, and Friday. Not as quickly as I had hoped, but at least the 20 blocks are done now. I get a break to play! And play is something I'm good at *VBS*
Not so good is realizing I have managed to have no less than THREE(3, yes, 3) adult style flannel quilts all started and nothing finished! These Jacks over Six are 9.5" blocks and cut from scraps, mostly trimmings from backs. I really like this block and it makes a great on-going project to piece from scraps. Just slightly harder than a straight 9 patch, it works up fast from small pieces.
And then there is this one. I remember starting it back about the time I did the homespun scraps into that little Fence Rail. This kind of row quilt is perfect for using up almost every thing, trimmings, odd blocks, HSTs...they all find a home in one row or another. Simply piece the rows, left to right, whatever width you want. You can vary the height of the rows with no ill effect. This top will have 6.5", 10" and maybe even a 12" high row. It might have one or two 4.5" or less.
So, this is all fine and good....the snow, the flannel scraps, time to sew...right? Well, I'm discovering(altho it's been a slow discovery) that it's NOT all fine and good. As I've cleaned and re-organized my sewing life, I now realize it's way out of control! I'm not saying I need to finish each thing I start, in order of starting, but I've GOT to STOP jumping into every brainstorm I get!!!
Me, myself and I argued all day yesterday, because I'm avoiding the pressing of the seams in the string quilt top I just finished up. And that's true for at least one more of the UFOs on my Focus List.
Years ago I was smart(or disciplined) enough to press as I went. Somehow I got away from that. And altho I hate what you have to do when you have a whole quilt top to press out, and have sworn NEVER to do it again, I do. I think that has a direct bearing on why I have so many UFOs.
I'm finding myself in a place where I really WANT to finish up the older beguns, except of course I want to finish them ALL up and RIGHT NOW!! I'm in a struggle to keep focus on the ones I(sort of) have chosen for this challenge...wish me luck!!
Zig Zagging in the Sewing Room
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