Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Long Week

I'd love an explanation from other bloggers -- moms, quilters, knitters, crafters, anyone. How do you get so much craft-related stuff done in a single week? I see people posting newly finished or just photographable projects every couple of days, and I don't know how they do it, keep their kids fed and clothed, and get any sleep. (Maybe that's the secret.)

This week has been busy, but I haven't gotten much done with quilting. My only excuse is that the only time I have to sit at my machine is when Mister Mister is asleep, and this week he didn't sleep very well. But, I did get the strips to the I-Spy Quilt put together, and it's just waiting for the rest of the sashing and the border to be attached before I can sandwich it.




Another excuse for not getting more done on the quilt is that my attention was divided a bit this week. I had a quilt guild meeting where I got to dye a silk scarf. I'm still looking for another group of quilters -- preferably in or closer to my generation -- but in the meantime, it's an excuse to learn about quilting once a month.

Photo of scarf I was trying to set up on my son's rocking chair.
He wasn't willing to share and threw it on the floor...


I spent a little time working on a cross-stitch kit I bought last year. This is a great project I do very slowly at night in front of the television on the few nights a week I get to sit and watch something.

This is as far as I've gotten so far.

This is what it should look like.

I also finished knitting a scarf for my husband that I started about three months ago.

I still need to weave in the ends, but this gives you an idea.
Pattern courtesy of The Purl Bee.

I also got to go shopping for fabric! I needed to get a backing for the I-Spy Quilt, and my husband mentioned that I should buy some fabric for myself while I was there since it's been a long time since I've shopped. So, this is what I ended up with:


I'm not sure what it will become, but it will be for me. Maybe something a little more modern than I usually do to get out of my comfort zone. Any ideas for a pattern or inspiration?

Finally, my husband was wonderful this week and let me go out another night (first night was for my guild meeting) to a John Fullbright concert with my local Mom's Group. The opening act was a group led by a local woman named Julia Klee. Her voice was spectacular. Pretty much overshadowed the headliner for me. I bought her CD Big Charade at the concert, and I've been listening to it all day. Completely worth it. If you're looking for some new music, you should check her out.

So not a lot of quilting, but a little of everything. But, really, advice on how to sneak more sewing time into my day. Anyone?



8 comments:

  1. I don't know how people do it either and I don't have children! I do have a full-time job though and chores, meals, working out, not to mention wanting to spend time with my husband. I fit in little bits here and there and do try to catch up on photos over the weekend so I have something to post about the following week but even then I usually only post 2 or 3 times a week. And it's not like I'm posting about finished projects every time!

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    1. Chores, working out, and spending time with my husband... yeah, I already slack on all of that! So, basically, you're saying I need to prioritize better. (And maybe read fewer blog posts each and every day.) :)

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  2. I think I'm one of those bloggers you're talking about. I have a four year old... and I sew when she sleeps (hence my blog name "mommy's nap time). The only time I can regularly get a chunk of time to sew is when she's sleeping - so after 9ish at night... (don't lok at the time stamp on this comment). I take pics of my stuff when she's awake, and occasionally do something mindless (like prepare binding) while the kid is awake (she plays in the same room, usually with my scraps). I am lucky that my husband is accommodating to this too... but it works out. I prefer sewing over mindless tv, or well, pretty much anything else. --oh and I schedule a lot of my blog posts so I work about a week ahead.

    As far as finding a new group of quilters, is there a modern guild nearby? You'll probably find some younger quilters there. :)

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    1. I've visited your site. I really like your fabric choices and your unique patterns. They're wonderful! If I was up until (not looking, but seriously!) 3:38 AM, I would be a zombie. I'm jealous that you have it in you. My husband and I usually don't even manage to get dinner until after our son goes to sleep. I need to get us on a better schedule. Thanks for visiting!

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  3. Erin, you are getting a lot more done than I am. I also wonder how these crafty blogging moms do it all. I have a 2 year old and a 4 month old. I have not posted on my blog since I got pregnant with my 4 month old, and I've maybe finished 4 baby sized quilts and 3 small sewing projects in the past year.

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    1. Kristy -- That's the exact reason why I decided to start a blog. To force myself to quilt more. Since I got pregnant (with my 19-month-old), I have finished two quilts. One from start to finish and one was just a quilt that needed binding attached. That's it. I decided I needed to take some time for stuff I wanted to do since I don't really do that. I try to find time when the boy is napping (after I shower, of course) and sometimes after he goes to bed at night (although that tends to be when I pull out the smaller projects, like knitting or cross-stitch.)

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  4. I'd love to know the secret too! My WIP Wednesday posts must be getting pretty boring as I keep showing the same WIPs. But posting regularly is keeping me progressing, even if the progress isn't much.

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    1. Austy's Mom -- I know the feeling. I promise, though, my next post will be the finish on this one. Then, I can start showing my next UFO, which is my son's quilt. I started it before he was born, and I'm in the middle of tying it. Between a horrible pregnancy and the baby's crazy health issues since he's been born, I've barely had time to get moving on it. But, I designed one of the blocks for that (a pieced turtle!) so I'll have a little more to say about it. Thanks for visiting!

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