Saturday, January 30, 2016

Oh, and...

Fewer than twelve to go - unless I change my mind on a few questionable choices here and there.

And we all know I will.


If Jean hadn't phoned, eventually I would have figured out it was much later in the day than I thought it was. Perhaps the fading light would have been a huge clue.  [smack my head]

At any rate, my desire was to have this row finished by the end of January - it seemed SO doable one week ago, when I felt there was a 'ghost of a chance' - but it looks as though earliest February is now the new target date.

Which leads me to wonder, when might the exact halfway point be reached?


Twenty-two to go... plus several misgivings.
Yea for bright, sunny obliging days.
This is more subtle brown in person, not quite so 'orange-y'

Friday, January 29, 2016


Did I forget to mention there were only 37 missing inches yesterday?

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Just the facts, ma'am

The light has been pretty poor the last few times I've had a chance to play with VG, so not much gets done to crow about.  Sadly, today was one of those poorly lit days.  So, there's that.  And then there's the whole I-spent-too-much-time-fussing-and-swapping-things, too; just couldn't leave well enough alone.  Seems I managed to switch out about a dozen pieces I thought I was satisfied with.

No excuses.  It just is what it is.

I have 'issues' - and that's what it is.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Slow and steady

After forty-eight hours of on-again-off-again work, I am pleased to report that eighty-five inches have been located.

45 pieces to go and then we can tick RowG off the list!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Feeling rather pleased

Didn't get nearly enough cleaning done today as yesterday, but I did shut off the lights in the sewing area after having found and placed fifty-one of 130 inches!  G11.3 is off to a good start.

Safe to say there is a ghost of a chance that I shall finish RowG by the end of January.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

No more cleaning - thppppbt

Time to get it together.  Yes, at long last, G10 is going under the needle.

Heh-heh-heh.  You know what that means. [wink wink]

Glorious frustration

When last I put word to webisphere (a la 'pen-to-paper'), there were only a few missing pieces to the puzzle which is G10;
My personal (current) enigma;
My own private Idaho.

Yeah, I thought some of you would appreciate that last one.

Plans were to blissfully entrench myself in the task of amassing and assembling the block, and then move quickly on to G11.3.  But we adults all know how plans can change, right?

Today, I have been cleaning - off and on - flitting from one room (and one pile) to another.  I need to apply a little puppy training to my methodology in order to sit... STAY!  If I did, I'm certain more would be accomplished quicker.  Reluctantly, I began the less appealing chore out of necessity, feeling unsatisfied and cranky.  To make matters worse, the cleaning has been more of the household and paperwork sort, and not of the happy quilting stuff.  Total bummer, am I right?

Several hours ago the sun made an appearance, and I couldn't take it.  No one should waste perfectly good daylight!  So I abandoned my post and ran to the drawing board.  Played around with the pieces and whatnot, moving and fine-tuning the many shades of medium brown until I did an amazing thing.  A stupidly amazing thing.

I don't have an accurate 'before' image, but here are the results of playing hooky while cleaning.  I am certain guilt became a huge distraction, and it lead to not much progress... ANYwhere.
The original missing bits were the areas highlighted by a black outline.  As you can see, I filled in three missing inches, but managed to undo some of the finished work as well.  Crap!

Well, now, lunch is done and the sun is peeking out, again.  Permission to play a little while longer?

Permission granted.

Besides, the work will always be waiting for me.  The sun, on the other hand... peek-a-boo.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Ah, this weekend

The weekend is coming.
The weekend is coming!

I'll have mostly unfettered time to play with my inches come Saturday, and you'd better believe I plan to make darn fine use of it all.  So there.

Spent the free hours of the last several days sorting and finding and ironing and cutting, preparing to make a dent in G10 when I had the chance; and for the most part, my gambit worked to my advantage.  By the end of the day (today) I managed to whittle the missing bits of G10 down to a scant three or four.  Make that a definite four... and m-a-ybe five, instead.  Hurray!

The halfway point is now so close at hand I can just about taste it.  Anybody care to dance a very exuberant jig with me?

Monday, January 18, 2016


The light finally disappeared about forty-five minutes ago, so... drats.

Eighty-one found, and nineteen inches to go.


Thirty inches are all that stand between me and G11.3

The day began with crystal blue sky and sunshine.  I didn't use enough of it for truly important work, but I am going to see about really applying myself for the next two hours.  Yes, the light has diminished, and yes, I may end up playing tiddlywink with things tomorrow - replacing this and that for something better, later - but my goal is to plug the holes and finish G10.

Who's with me?

By the way, if you looked at the prior entry and noticed the photo of the block in pieces, you will no doubt have realized there were a good number of iffy pieces laying on top of other bits here and there.  I did sort those questions out, but I need to make a dent in the rest.

I'm off.

Saturday, January 16, 2016


The day went completely awry.  Wanted to get a haircut, but I received a supreme lesson in gratefulness instead.  It was a nearly three hour lesson, but it was worth it (sort of).  SO very happy I had sons and not daughters.

Long story short: I will be having the haircut on Monday.

Not having spent the day in the way it was intended to be utilized (at all), I ended it by reallocating a small portion of the remaining late afternoon daylight to placing another dozen-to-fifteen inches.  G10 is so close to being done now!

Well... alright.  To be more specific (and correct), it's closer to being done.  But when you work in inches, needing to locate 35 is so much better than needing to find 49.  Believe me.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

It's been a long week

Funny how working 'normal' business hours several times throughout the week makes the week fly by, and seem to take forever.  Don't ask me how that works... it just does.  I didn't create physics and time, I only live by them like everyone else.

G10 is coming together slowly but surely - and "slowly" is the operative word.  Currently at just over fifty pieces found, and a mass of medium browns to go.  Hoping to make a big dent in it over the weekend.

What are you working on?

Friday, January 8, 2016

Did I neglect to say G9 is at an end?

Well, it is.
I guess you know what's next.

Can you guess why this block is also referred to as
"the Batman block"?

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Ha! Update to the update

G9 is 11" away from being G9.

And now, a brief commercial message.  ;v)

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

G9 Update

When last we left it, G9 was at fifty percent found. Happiness reigns tonight.  I spent time today, on and off the search, and managed to find another thirty inches!

80 pieces in place, and a search for the remaining twenty will happen before the end of the weekend.

Breathing room today

Yesterday was a whirlwind of activity, and only a fraction of it spent at home.  Needless to say NOTHING of any import was accomplished yesterday.  LOL  At least, nothing of quilting importance.

The day was spent filling out employment papers, and obtaining a security badge, and at a physical, and getting immunizations, etc.  It was a full day of affairs, and I did it on very little sleep, so when I finally got home boy!...did my tired brain fall out my ears.

Once I removed my shoes, I felt the strongest urge to nap.  There was no fighting it.
Hobbes joined me, and we spent roughly three hours curled up and really sleeping.  Holy cats!  Karl insisted I would have a hard time falling asleep later on at bedtime, but I didn't.  I was drained - must have been.  That's the only thing that can explain it.

When I woke from the nap my muse was staring at me through the darkness - silently happy for me (I could tell), but longing to be worked on.  I apologized most sincerely and promised to spend at least three hours of good daylight on our mission the following day.

And so here we are.  Brilliant sunshine; I am wide awake; and there are still clothing pieces to be made... but I need to work on my postage stamp love for just a little while.  Oh, and shoes.  I still need to find a comfy pair of loafers for work.

Here's my promise to you stalwart viewers - whomever you are:
There will be a progress photo in the next couple of days.

In the meantime, what're you working on?

Monday, January 4, 2016

OK, so a little hooky never hurt anybody

Did it again this morning, but since I am forthcoming I have no remorse.  None.
Besides, G9 is at 50% complete, and that's not a bad thing... right?

Cleaned up a lot (lots of sorting and fine-combing to locate things), right before DA - also a plus.

Sunday, January 3, 2016


By the way, thanks, Jean!  Thank you for indulging me yesterday.

She stopped by for a visit and allowed me to show-off RowsEFG (what there is of G).  Have to admit to becoming a little geek-y myself when I saw it from a whole other angle than I normally do.  That section looked pretty good.

I suppose that's why I played hooky this morning.  I am just so darned stoked to get this row over and done with.

I'm a bad girl

I played hooky this morning.

I went directly over to the layout area and worked at amassing G9, but there's really just too much stuff in the way to make time work to my advantage.  So, I will have to pick up and sort before piecing any more together.  That system I mentioned in an earlier post?  I am going to have to make it happen before G9 can happen, and that's all there is to it.

So today is a definite 'clothes day' from here on out.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Bets, bargains, deals, promises

Going to have to backtrack on a bargain I made to myself regarding VG.  Plans were to keep working steadfastly, pushing to complete RowG by the end of January - if not before (totally doable).  Then, the new wonderful thing came along, and now I need to reassess what I do and when it gets done.

Clothes now need to be the priority, and I am in complete agreement (with myself.  I KNOW, this is mashugana, right?  I am bantering with myself?) - VG has to take a backseat.
Give up its position in the queue; push back a couple of spots in line.
Move to the back of the bus.
Bottom of the barrel.

Just for a short time, though.  A very short time.

Once I am done with the skirt(s) and a pair or two of trousers, and definitely one unlined jacket, I can devote every other free moment to rows and rows of one-inch pieces.  Thousands of them.  Isn't that every quilter's dream?

Besides, I  r e a l l y  do have to clean up... again.  Yes, again.  But I believe I have conjured up a brilliant organizational strategy for the work surface.  I'll get it up and running then take a photograph for your amusement.

Until that day comes, what are you working on?

Friday, January 1, 2016

Pfft! Just like that

It's late - later than I would like it to be.  [groan]
I need to start lacing Karl's last drink of the evening (milk, water, pineapple-OJ, whatever) with an allergy tablet; he is beginning to stay up way too late for my liking, any more.  And then, I will need to force him up and out of bed earlier in the mornings - even after staying up too late.  He needs to be in a better (read: "earlier and more realistic") modus operandi.  This will help me get back to a more proper routine... especially now that things will be changing here in a short while.

Is that cruel?  I dunno - maybe - but I don't give a tinker's darn right now.  [yawn]  It's far too late in the day to just be getting around.  [groan, yawn, rub eyes]

The day has begun in a very surreal, Christmas-y sort of way.  A proper snow is falling; soft, fairly good-sized flakes, drifting downward in every which direction.  Just as it should have been six days ago!  Hey, what can I say?  Everybody loves a white Christmas.  Thankfully we have enough provisions in the house to make getting out and about unnecessary for the time being, so 'housebound' works for me.

The 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge ended yesterday, at midnight, and I feel as though I held up my end of the bargain.  Perhaps I wrote a bit more frequently (daily as opposed to four or five times per week), but I found I needed to do more in order to have something to write about.  Still, there are only so many hours in a day, and wanting to do things - then, needing to get things done in order to have something to write about - well, it took some of the fun out of it.  That created a little bit of a guilt cycle, I confess.

If you found me, my work, my words via the blog challenge site, and you stuck with me for the December ride, I thank you.  If you feel there may be some merit in checking in from time to time throughout this new year, well, then... GROOVY!  Love to have you stick around and see what happens next at the end of my needles - handwork or machine-wise.  If you've tip-toed over to you will know that that blog is purely for crazy quilting, and this particular page is for all other quilting endeavors.

Anyhow, as I began to say at the top of the page: 'just like that' everything is ended and a new year means new possibilities.  I don't subscribe to that, so I suppose it's why you will never hear a resolution out of me.  I don't make lists of how I intend to change or do better at one thing and another for the new year.  I believe if you really want to change, improve, drop bad habits, etc., you don't have to wait for January 1st.  I believe you can make alterations at any time it suits your need and go from there.  Why limit yourself?  Why hold yourself back from breaking through when you find a change would be for the better?  What's so bloody magical about January 1?

Pssst... I can tell you for a fact that there's nothing special about the first of this month.  Nothing.

There, now don't you feel a little freer?  Doesn't that knowledge empower you?  Are you too afraid to act on your own schedule and go at your own pace?   Please don't be trepidacious; you are stronger than you know.  We all are!

Oh, would you look at that.  The snow has stopped, so I guess that's my cue to head outside and shovel off the driveway  [pfft]... or not.  I prefer to think of it as my sign to stop drifting through what's left of this morning and sit down with some material and have a bit of recreational fun.  Hey, it's either that or dishes.

Enjoy your day new year, and tell me what's under your needle - or on your agenda.  I'd like to hear from you.  Thanks for stopping by.