Thursday, December 28, 2006


It’s official—I’m not having fun….
I’ve got My Heart Crazies quilt stretched, basted and pinned. I finished 6 weeks ago. I’m determined to use it this Valentine’s season. I don’t want an unfinished project lying around. So, I started machine quilting last night. I’ve machine quilted before, but nothing ever this big. It’s not easy.

Maybe I was tired; I pulled a 10-hour day at work. It couldn’t be helped. But there will always be a reason I’m tired. I get up early; I’m a wife, a mom, and an employee somewhere. I completed one row of the quilt. There are 5 rows and a border. Maybe in a week it will be done.

I got tickled. My sewing room is down in the basement. Don and Eric were downstairs playing video games with the speakers wide open. Eric is in one room, Don in the other. It was a freaking war zone and my sewing room was in the middle. Doesn’t matter how much elevator music you pipe in when the “Gears of War” video game is running…. After I completed a row, I said, “Enough”. It took an hour and a half. I found as I went along, I did get better at it…

I guess I don’t mind the video game noise—it’s fun hearing them laugh together. And I love having Eric home. Chelsey learned to snow ski last night. Remember we’re parents from the South. So while we taught the kids, swimming, bike riding, roller blading, tennis, etc….skiing was out of our league. I just kept thinking—“Good skiers break their legs….” But there’s no challenge my fearless one won’t take. She had a ball.

Gratitudes:
1. Family at home.
2. My watch marking the minutes until I can be at home again.
3. The heater in the Jeep – warms up real quick.

8 comments:

Gail said...

Love your fabric choices, very soft and romantic-Just right for February, without being the obvious 'red' choice.

Heart's Journey said...

I absolutely love your colors and how this is shaping up. What pattern did you use and can you share? I would love to just try one block. Love it!!!

May Britt said...

Beautiful soft colours you have used in this heart quilt. Is it from a Byggy barn pattern????

Libby said...

The hardest part is just relaxing and letting the quilting happen. I chew gum -- not dainty like my mom taught me. A big, giant WAD of pink bubble gum that I can smack and crack and blow bubbles with. It takes time, but it will get better *s*

Yeah, for Chelsey. I bet she had a blast.

Fiona said...

I've been machine quilting myself today (not that I do anything else) - think I might have to take up weight lifting or something - you really need some strength to move that quilt about! Keep on with the hearts - it will be superb when it's finished.

Shelina said...

Quilting a b ig quilt is hard, but imagine the satisfaction you will have with a finished quilt. It is a beautiful quilt, and your quilting is shaping up quite nicely. Good idea to take breaks rather than do it all at once.

Pilar said...

Que tonalidades más bonitas, me gustan muchísimo. Feliz Año Nuevo.

Judy said...

Keep at it. Everytime I start a new quilt I always hate my stitches and as I move along I realize they aren't so bad after all and I keep going. Probably the work day that had you pooped before you started/ This weekend you'll start fresh and get moving!!