Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Having a great deal to do.

"Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing."
Thomas A. Edison

Thomas was a smart man, but my busy is not like his meaning. 
It's more like the adjective above, and it is self-imposed pressure.
I am so busy I don't know what end is up...
I have too many irons in the fire...
I have so many pots on the stove,
 I don't know which one to stir...
Can I just say there is a lot going on in my sewing room?
I have been working on a mini or two in anticipation of my post for next week for Jennifer's Modern Mini Challenge Blog Hop.
Sneaky peak here, taken in the mirror so you really can't see the entire mini.
This one just needs the binding hand sewn on the back side.
I had fun quilting it using the new BSR foot on the Bernina 820 for the first time today.

I've always wanted to make a color wheel mini, so I am working on this for the mini challenge, too. 
It's my version combining two ideas of Purl Bee minis.
You'll have to wait until my day on the blog hop to see it finished, but don't forget to check out all the other lovely posts on this blog hop. There are new ones everyday until next Friday.
I finished block #6 in the Swoon-along. Whoot-whoot! Only 3 more to go and this quilt will be ready for sashing and finishing. I am loving this QAL and Katy is a kick and such a great QAL-mama! She actually comments on almost every addition to the Flickr pool. There are some seriously beautiful additions to this pool. There is even a cross-stitched version!
Go check it out.
I'm still working on what to make for the FTLOS swap. I know what fabrics I am using and I think I will make my partner a sewing machine cover, one of the things she requested. My partner has been pretty silent but everyone else has reacted positively to my color palette so I feel confident moving forward on this plan.
I finally broke down and went to IKEA today to look for sheets to use as the backing on some future quilts. I hate going to IKEA. It is so big and confusing. But, I went in, found what I wanted and got outta there fast. 
I bought this to be used as a backing on a quilt. 
I love it, but don't know what I will use it for yet.
I have to make 3 quilts this year for 3 dear friends all celebrating their 60th birthdays. I really want to make this quilt

pins & bobbins
with these fabrics for the April birthday girl.
I also ordered one more solid in the Spice color.
I am really excited to make this quilt. One gigantic star.
I found this sheet to use as the backing. I think it's perfect.
And these black and spice striped pillow cases will make a perfect binding.
linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced.
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
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Danny Heyen said...

I really like your solid choices. I think your partner will love them!

Also, you sound busier than me!!! And that's saying something. Trust me!

Debbie said...

wow - lots of beautiful fabric there! Love your palette for the FTLOS!

Geri said...

I love the fabric for the April birthday girl quilt. I can't wait to see the quilt finished.

Mary Anne Drury said...

OMG !!! I feel your self imposed STRESS !!! I am the queen of self imposed hyperventilating chicken running around unable to focus STRESS !!!! (I'm breathing into a paper bag right now .....)

OK .... better .... anyhow, I LOVE your quilts and bright happy fabrics ..... and can I be your friend .... my birthday is in November ..... :)

P.S. found you through W.I.P.

Diane Bohn said...

Well, I guess we could just trade FTLOS projects! I love your colors and a sewing machine cover is on my list! :)

I also like your definition of busy! I believe I must be in the exact same boat as you! I am just waiting for the month when I have at most 2 projects I have to do! ;)

and I love your sneak peak, and your fabrics for your quilts! I think no matter how busy you are, you are doing a great job at keeping everything together!

Susan Snooks said...

Oh, that fist photo is fab! I thought I'd stumbled across Mary @Molly Flander's work! I am really looking to see it finished in all its beauty!

Canadian Abroad said...

You are going to be ready for your holiday this summer when it rolls round. Don't forget to breathe when you are juggling all these balls!

Dianne Neale said...

Great idea for backing and binding. Love the colours on the mini quilt and your quilting looks wondeful

Toni said...

Can't wait to see more of those minis! Your ftlos stack looks excellent and would be completely welcome at my house. Hope you get some projects done and can relax soon!

Katy Cameron said...


Okay, loving the look of your minis, I'm hoping to start on one at the weekend, but I'm not sure how it's going to turn out yet.

Loving the fussy cut centre on your Swoon, it's going to be a lovely quilt.

I have a plan for my FTLOS items, but I have 2 fabrics on back order, which I really hope come early next week. I might start cutting the other things down in anticipation though, to make it quicker when it does arrive.

Yes, Ikea is a definite challenge, but I usually plan my trips before I go, which prevents too many hassles (evenings mid-week are particularly quiet I've found) Love that fabric, I have some similar ones, but not decided where to go with them yet...

Love that giant star, and it's going to look fab in that bundle of Echo (I've seen a couple of Echo ones already and they look really good)

Have a good week!

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

Love the quote and can totally relate to your post. I love the mini's and the stack of fabric for the swap is perfect! Here's to finishing your projects!

Carla said...

Your mini looks amazing! The quilting too. Looking forward to the reveal.

Tsoniki said...

I love your use of IKEA sheets and pillow cases as backing and binding. That is something I had not thought of, though I have used sheets as backings before.

Annabella said...

Okay I`m exhausted too after reading that post! Your mini quilts look super cool and can`t wait to see what they are like! Look after yourself and don`t overdo it. Hope your mum is a little better. x

kinter said...

Wowza! Talk about busy! I love that sheet you got from ikea. Gotta go there now. Couldn't you have just picked up an extra for me?

Lisa said...

Wow, and I was wineing about I took to much on. You filled your 24 hours a day right up. But look at the beatiful work your churning out. Now I want to do even more and make my own mini, you inspired people to create with those beautiful colors. I cant wait to see the star quilt, my mom want one but it looks really hard for me. The sheet idea is amazing but is it cost effective? You have a wonderful weekend I woll check in for the completed mini

Jenelle said...

Wow! You have so many great projects going on. :) I can't wait to see your made in cherry quilt!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Love the peaks at your mini projects - so colourful and fun. Love the backing fabrics/sheets you found at IKEA.