Thursday, June 27, 2013

Lots of Distractions These Days

I'm a little behind on the Pickle Dish progress.  Too many distractions in and outside of the quilt room lately. This time I finished up three (3!!) sets in one sitting, so I'm feeling pretty smug about that even though my goal was to finish up two sets a week through the summer and I somehow skipped a week.  Or two.  Who's counting?
3 more sets of Pickle Dish melons
The machine quilting is all finished up on the #2 in the 9-patch series. Only one little pucker on the front of the quilt and I've already removed the thread I was using from the machine, so... too bad, so sad.  I did end up fixing about eight ugly puckers on the back of the quilt that I couldn't bear to leave in the quilt though.  Next time there will be about three thousand more pins basting my quilt I assure you.
MQ done on #2 in 9-patch series
I'd like to dive in and start hand quilting the sampler blocks, but I just can't do that right now.  The Vintage Reproduction quilt really needs my entire hand quilting time until it's finished.  I'd actually like to have it done in order to put it into the local quilt show the third week in July.  Eek! No pressure. I've only known about the quilt show all year long....
Always a little more hand quilting to do on
the Vintage Reproduction quilt.
Like I said.  Too many distractions right now.  There's just something about having the kids home for the summer that disturbs the normal vibrations in the house.  My schedule is not my own.  I'm assuming that's the reason I find myself wanting to play with strange (for me) combinations of color and fabric and ignore the other projects that I once found so fascinating?
Can't resist playing...
I know it couldn't possibly have anything to do with the fact that my youngest son is constantly asking, making, or cleaning up the mess from making lemonade.*wink


  1. In my experience, allowing myself to play a little will actually give me the push I need to finish something that has been hanging over my head. Those creative juices gets flowing and one thing leads to another. It may not work for you, but I'd say - go play! As long as you're not hand quilting that quilt anyway, you may as well enjoy another project.
    Good luck!

  2. I am a classic over pinner . In a 65 x 65 inch quilt I probably use at least a couple hundred pins ....

  3. Love your pickle dishes - the fabrics are gorgeous! And I do love your hand quilted quilt. It may be just what you need to slow you down and relax - even if only for a little bit at a time ;)I know what you mean about many distractions - that's life!

  4. I did that a few years ago. Quilted day and night to make it in time for the show. Promised my DH I would never do it again. But it was totally worth it.

  5. Your pickle dishes are coming along nicely. A few sessions of 3 pairs here and there and they'll get finished before you know it. It would be great if you finished your quilt in time for the show, it's such a beautiful quilt and deserves to be shown.

  6. Your pickle dishes are wonderful! They make me want to make some too. I'm amazed that you can get anything done with the kids home from school. You go, Mom!

  7. I never heard of pickle dish quilts but I love them. I have been looking on the Internet and they are nice. I love yours and the colors I love. The other qu it is also so nice. Good of you to do all tha hand quilting. Have a nice weekend.

  8. Oh so true! It's hard to stay focused on the projects at hand when there are so many other awesome projects patiently waiting their turn! I am waiting for the day I can start a scrappy pineapple quilt that I saw in a magazine!!

  9. Lovely projects all! Looks like you are getting a lot done despite the additional distractions. Good luck getting your quilt done for the show. Sometimes it's good to have a deadline.

  10. Nothing like a quilt show deadline to get a quilter motivated - hope you can reach your goal!

  11. I know, kids home from school messes up your focus. You still seem to be getting a lot done though!


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