Monday, May 31, 2010

Just a quick peek... the new house. Sorry it isn't a particularly great picture. I'm guessing the light was just wrong for photos. This is the best one I could get.

And then just to make you feel better about your own little corners of the world, here are a few shots of some of my piles...

As you can see, there is NO organization here!

This is just the smaller side of the garage. The larger side is at least this bad. Possibly worse. But the pictures that will prove it are even worse than the one of the house... so you're spared. Lucky! : )

More piles. YUCK!! I'm afraid I will be buried in piles of stuff for the next five years. At least. It wouldn't be so bad if I could get to the things I need to find. Unfortunately, I seem to open each box to find stuff I don't need right this minute. And the stuff I DO need pretty quickly, I just haven't found yet... To top it all off, they're still bringing stuff in. A lot of the things from the in-law's is still coming in by pickup truck-load... We should theoretically have almost everything moved in by tonight. Then it will just mean sorting through it all, trying to find the important things to get us through the summer...
Hopefully, all of the painting will be over with soon. Once that's done, it will be a lot easier to sort through this stuff. (Right now, I'm having to leave a nice big open space around the perimeter of the quilt room so that the painting crew can get to the walls. Once I don't have to worry so much about that two things can happen. 1) I can get some of that stuff out of the garage and actually unpacked and sorted, and 2) I can finally start hunting out all of my quilting stuff and put my room together... I just cannot wait for that!
I guess there is a little good news here. We do finally have a house again. That's always a wonderful thing. And we did manage to get a little furniture into the correct rooms (but not all of it- yet). That means that a couple of the rooms are actually looking alright, if totally cluttered. Just missing details, I guess. There is only one room in the house that I think is actually done. The bathroom down the hall has been scrubbed, unpacked, and even pictures up! YAY! One room down... way too many to go... Oh, well. I guess my aching back and I will take any little victories we can get, huh?
Time for me to get back to work. No sewing to report at all for the last few days. And I guess there won't be until we find all of our stuff.... That's pretty good incentive for unpacking, isn't it? And I have another one. Once this house is unpacked and put away, I have decided not to do anything else (except for the obviously required stuff like cooking and taking care of Little Miss) for the rest of the summer. I am going to relax and try to enjoy the new house and yard...
Until next time, happy stitching!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

When plans go awry...

So, we have a house. Sort of. We own it now, so technically its ours, but.... Right now, it doesn't actually look much like a house. Right now, it looks more like a dump. There are boxes piled everywhere, furniture stacked up all over the rooms, painting is still being finished... The list goes on for miles... (Still no computer or internet. Luckily for you, this means you won't be subjected to a view of the disaster area. Trust me, its better that way.)

Have I mentioned that I really hate moving? I really do. I think I have decided that I'm not going to do it anymore. ; ) If I ever managed to find everything and get it unpacked, I do not think that I will ever want to move it again. My husband might just have to sell me along with the house next time! Or else, he will have to comply with a very specific list of rules regarding moving house. And he will not like it when he hears it! I know this because he didn't like any of my suggestions for this move. Every time I tried to make a plan, someone (not always him, but several times he was the guilty one) came along behind and did things totally differently. Which pretty much destroyed my plans. Which mostly seems to have created more work for me. Don't you just hate that??

My first plan was for loading the moving trailer- nope, didn't happen.
Then I had a plan for the cleaning and painting- nuh-uh.
Then I wanted to unload the trailer and be sort of organized about it so I could find the important stuff easily and fairly quickly- HAH!!!
So, I gave up.

Now I am just waiting. Eventually, I will get the energy to go digging for dishes and pots and pans, sheets and towels, my daughter's toys, etc. etc... But it didn't happen today. Today I have piles and paint and furniture piled up in the middle of the rooms. Like Scarlett O'Hara said, "Tomorrow is another day." And that's when I'll worry about it.

I hope to be back on my own computer and my own internet before much longer. Then I'll finally be able to post pictures again. YAY! I miss pictures on my blog. (I can't swear that the pictures will be quilt related for a while. My "quilt room" is one of the worst areas of the house at the moment. But we'll get there...)

Have a happy and safe holiday weekend. Happy stitching!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Basting and Birdwatching...

... and, oh yes, don't forget the squirrels! That pretty much sums up my day yesterday...

It was a beautiful, pretty much perfect, spring day here in eastern Tennessee yesterday. (Its gonna take a while for me to get used to saying Tennessee, isn't it? Still feels like I have the wrong state...) The sky was a beautiful shade of blue, no clouds anywhere, the weather was warm enough to enjoy but not too warm. There was just the smallest breeze... It was lovely.

Little Miss thoroughly enjoyed herself. She played outside for what must have been hours. She did NOT want to go back inside at all. The fresh air must have done her good, because she fell asleep without much complaint at about a quarter to seven last night. I have no idea what time she actually woke up this morning (fresh air must have done me some good as well) but the report is that she slept peacefully all night...

The beautiful weather coaxed me out as well. I packed up all of my charm quilt pieces and took them off to my table and chairs (and umbrella) which is currently living on my in-law's patio. (And actually, it really looks good there. And everyone seems to be using the furniture and enjoying it. But I still plan to drag it off to my new house asap. Sorry, everyone!) I think I sat outside for hours and hours, just watching and listening to the birds. I even got some of those hexagons basted for the quilt! I think I would have gotten more sewing done, if the birds hadn't been so interesting.

I didn't see any new species to add to my life list, but I did have the privilege of seeing something that I hadn't seen before: young cardinals. There were two or three of them (I couldn't get an accurate count, as they wouldn't sit still for more than a few seconds). They must have been practicing their flying. They took short flights all over that backyard for at least an hour. They would go from branch to bush to branch, and then right back to mom, chirping the entire time. Sort of like a child learning to ride a bike or roller skate. "Look at me, Mom, look at me! I'm over here, watch this! Watch me. Here I go! Did you see me? Did you see me??" It was quite entertaining. : )

So, that's all the news worth knowing. For the moment. We hope to have news on the house soon. With any luck at all, we can get settled and unpacked no later than June, and start getting some sort of routine back. And pictures can be a part of this post again, YAY! I'm looking forward to that. Work has been fairly slow, but steady on the charm quilt. None of the other projects have been worked on for a while. I'm trying to concentrate on getting this one pieced and ready for quilting. And also still not sure what I want to do about that baby quilt... I think now I'm waiting for my fabric stash to be unpacked. I need to see what fabrics I have left to work with there, before making any more decisions about Scooby...

Until next time, happy stitching!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Yay! I think I finally got it...

...maybe. I hate that it took me this long to figure this out... And I still am not completely sure I've got it straight... But at least I managed to get this little button up here finally. I have been trying to get it on my blog for at least a couple of weeks now- the cute little button- and somehow I finally managed it! (Although, I'm not sure I can repeat the feat with another button... I'll give it a try a bit later...)

Also, I'm experimenting with new layout options for the blog. Let me know what you think if you have any opinions on this one. Gotta run for now. Happy stitching!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Just a very quick update...and a few small musings...

...for those of you who may be interested.

Still waiting on our house, so therefore, still homeless and borrowing computers and internet.
Not much really to report, which is why the long break in posting. I've been taking care of Little Miss and slowly working away on the charm quilt. I've almost finished the last round of the star, and nearly ready to start building the diamonds. (Well, actually, I've already got one diamond pretty much assembled, because I wanted to make sure that I had counted hexes correctly, and the darn thing would actually fit in between the star points...)

I've been doing a lot of thinking during these last few weeks. And I've been making lists. (Which is a thing I do. I have no idea why I do it. Apparently, I write things down because I think that if I write it down, it will actually happen??? No idea why I would think that, as all of my lists seem to end up abandoned, and a new list started- containing nearly identical things- within the week... Makes sense, no? ; ) I know, not really.)

Most of my thinking has involved this new house. We are supposed to close soon, and hopefully, we can start cleaning and painting next week. And move in very soon thereafter. YAY!!! (Please, please let us move in on schedule!) And quite a few of those thoughts are about my soon-to-be quilting room (or I might fancy it up and call this one a studio). I've been daydreaming about where to put the cutting table, and the sewing table and the stash, etc.
So far, I've only made one decision, though. And here it is for all to see.

I have decided that no matter what else happens, and no matter what we did that day, I WILL stitch something every single day! Even if I only get to spend five minutes at night right before I pass out from exhaustion.

I feel like a lot of things have been neglected lately. Lately being the last couple of years, while I was busy getting married, setting up house, having a baby, adjusting to having a baby around, and now moving into a new house.... Its been a really busy couple of years! And, I really haven't gotten all that much done, craftwise, during all of the chaos. A few projects have been started. And some fabrics have been purchased for projects, but not so many finishes... (I had a lot of finishes on my list last year, but that was because I sort of cheated. I made a bunch of soft books for the baby, and counted each as a separate finish. My husband is all about numbers and he actually told me I had a quota to meet... He was probably joking, but still...)

So, I have probably earned my royal title these last few years. I do feel the need to let people know that, as far as I can tell without digging through all of my absent things, I have not started any unfinished items this year. The only thing I can think of starting this year that isn't finished yet is the Scooby quilt. Its in progress. I hope I can decide how to finish that one soon... I digress. Everything else I have worked on this year has been a UFO (or, if I'm in an optimistic mood, I call it a WIP). So, I feel that I am starting to get turned around a little. I hope that things will pick up speed when we finally get everything unpacked again. Thus my little resolution above. So far, so good. I probably made the decision right around the time of my last post, and I have managed to keep it so far- except for that one day... can't remember what was up with that day. This is good. I should have some sort of small finishes before too much longer. I hope.

Anyway, that's the update. We'll be getting busy, busy very soon, and I'll update as possible. Until next time, happy stitching.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

I'm conducting a survey. Please help.

Its just a little one. One simple question. And I could really use some advice.

If you've stopped by before, you probably know that we are in the middle of a big move. And when I finally get into my new quilt room, I'm going to have a small problem. I need a new design wall.

For the last couple of years, I've been using a BlockButler. It was ok, but I never was able to get it to work as advertised. Supposedly, it would stick to the wall on its own (it never did- I ended up having to tack it with some small nails) and the sticky surface was going to hold the blocks up without pins (which it may do if it felt like it, but I usually had to use pins anyway). When we were packing, I decided that if I had to use pins on my design wall anyway, I did NOT want to deal with the sticky residue all over them and so I got rid of the design wall.

Now I have to find an alternative design wall. I did a search on the internet (of course) and found several options, but I'm still confused. So here is my survey question: What sort of design wall do you have in your work space and would you recommend it to friends? How well do you really like it, and how well does it work? (Wait, that ended up being two questions, didn't it? But same subject...)

So, there is the survey. Please, please, leave a comment and tell me what you think the best option would be. As I said, I'm now very confused from everything I've read. Thanks for stopping by, and especially, thanks for your help!

PS. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, Everyone! Until next time, happy stitching!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A Small Sewing Goal Met, and Other Stuff...

It was only a very small one, but I managed it and I'm very happy about that. I told myself this morning that I would NOT go to sleep until I had finished the blue row of the charm quilt. And now, its finished. YAY! (Like I said, nothing earth shattering, but still...) I'm sort of surprised that its finished so early. I really thought it would take longer. Oh, well. Now I have time to swipe a piece of cake.

We are still in exile (as I'm sure you guessed). We won't get into our new house until the very end of the month, I'm told. Darn. In the meantime, I'm using a borrowed computer. Which means I can update my blog a couple of times a week or so, but no pictures. (Because I see no need to abuse the privilege of the borrowed computer by cluttering up the hard drive with a lot of pictures that are of no use to its owner. And also, because I'm not completely certain where my camera is at the moment...) I know that a blog entry without pictures is sort of boring, but for a while, it just can't be helped. I'll try to remember to show a picture of the projects mentioned in the next few weeks. Just as soon as things get back to normal.

News items: Not much. Except that I have just been added to, which is a website I love and read a few times every day. I didn't know that until a few hours after my last blog update. I was skimming through, and there it was! Big surprise, and kind of cool! (I know, I know, you are all used to it, and its just same old, same old. But I'm still new enough at this to think "WOW! That's me!") As soon as I can figure out how to get Blogger to cooperate, I'm going to add the little button- and several others- to my blog page, but until then, this is my big "Thanks for including me!" I know that there is a way to get Blogger to add these little buttons and links- because everyone else is doing it- but so far, it is beyond my computer skills. All I keep getting is a message that "that is illegal"??!!? So, I might have to call in the big guns to get it up and running. (AKA my friends who know about computers.)

Let's see, I guess I can also give a quick progress report on the projects I brought with me. Unfortunately, nothing is finished. But some progress has been acheived...

Scooby baby quilt- nine patch blocks are pieced, ready to sew the top together... as soon as I figure out what else it needs... something seems to be missing somewhere. Maybe that's just me being a little uncomfortable with all the hugely bright colors that I'm working with... I need to think about it for a couple more days.

The hexagon charm quilt- coming along very well. After more years than I can accurately remember (I think, possibly 5??) I've suddenly gotten a lot accomplished. The center of the quilt is just about finished now. I have one more round and then its all just filling in the holes between. (And yes, I do know that this would only really make sense when accompanied by a picture. I'm sorry. I'll get it in a few weeks. Promise.)

The Dresden quilt- barely touched it. I might make that my second sewing goal of the day: applique one Dresden to a background square before bed. That shouldn't be too hard. I started one several days ago...

The flower BOM- haven't touched it

The scarf- haven't touched it

The Christmas present- haven't touched it

The yo-yo doll- haven't even thought about touching it (which explains why its still a UFO...)

And I guess that's all the news there is for a few days... Until then, happy stitching!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Big Move. (also known as I HURT!!)

I can barely move today. We loaded the entire house into trailers last night. And then unloaded the two little ones in the evening when they got to a temporary destination. (They have to be returned today...) We filled an entire 8' by 9' by 28' trailer to the roof (except for the last 5 feet or so. Not quite enough that was unbreakable and stuffable there at the end). The entire house was supposed to fit into that trailer. I had severe doubts about that, but the company insisted that it would fit. Maybe if they had done the packing... but probably not. I doubt that anyone took into account books and quilting supplies when they figured all of that up.

Anyway, we filled it. With stuff left over. Enough stuff to fill up a U-Haul trailer. Except that they told us that the only ones they had available were 5' by 8's. Which are tiny. So we had to get two. And we still filled up the back of both trucks and the CRV. All of these were unloaded yesterday. I repeat, I HURT!

Now the waiting begins. We wait on these people to finish buying that house. We wait on the other people to finish the paperwork on the house we are buying. We wait, and wait, and wait....
My husband figures we will be technically homeless for about 20-30 days while all the paperwork is finished. I'm hoping and praying that it will be quicker than that. And then it begins all over again. The cleaning, the painting, the unloading of the trailer(s), the furniture moving, the unpacking.... YUCK!!!!!

In the meantime, we are mooching off of various relatives. Little Miss is adorable and gets us through the door ; )... And hopefully, we can switch off every week or so. Maybe we won't wear out our welcome too badly... I will be sooooo glad when its all finally over and unpacked!! Maybe then, I can get into my new quilt room and get some work done. Especially after Hubby's comments as we were loading it.

Can you believe he actually wants me to get rid of it all??!? I almost had heart failure when he threatened to sell it for... whatever it was. I was hyperventilating by then so I missed the actual number... I think he was kidding. Sorta... 80-20. His reasoning is that I have so much fabric and don't use it. I say that I do use it! I'm just slow!! I used to be a little bit faster (a little bit) back before I got married and had a baby... but I do use it. A lot of it is waiting on me to have time to put it together. All of the pieces are there, just needing to be cut and assembled. And I'm working on it! Really!! (One of his reasons for wanting to move down here is that I will have LOTS of help with the Little Miss. Apparently, I'll be lucky to ever even see her, there will be so many people fighting to babysit her...He claims, anyway...) Most of the rest of my stash is waiting on one or two accent fabrics to be found. Once I find the perfect fabric, they will go into tops. Some of them have been waiting for a while now. Mostly because I forget to take a swatch with me to look for that fabric. I will admit that a lot of my fabric is a "just because I like it!" purchase. But I use them too! Charm quilts and scrap quilts and all sorts of reasons for having them... I'm pretty sure he was kidding, but it worried me a little.

I packed a lot of little projects to take into exile with us. I hope I'll get a chance to work on them. Maybe if I get a lot accomplished he'll stop making such sick comments? I know he's allowed to tease a little bit, but that is just going too far! : ) I should have plenty of time to work when we visit down here in Tennessee. My daughter ignores my existence when she has her Papaw and her Momaw(s) around. For days, she ignores me...

Let's see if I can remember what I packed... The charm quilt, the dresden blocks, the Scooby pieces, the scarf, the yo-yos, the BOM, the Christmas project (part of it)...I think that's all. We'll see if any of it gets close to finished, I guess. And when I finally get into my new quilt room.... well, we'll see I suppose.

Until then, happy stitching!