Monday, August 28, 2006

September Goals

Thanks to Linda and Patti for sending me the directions on how to set up a Goals list on my blog. It's now there for everyone to see and for me to see it every time I write in my blog.

I have one project that has a mid-September deadline, my post card swap. So that will be the first project I work on. I need to finish my Mom's Kitties quilt. We had to put my dad in a nursing home two weeks ago and mom is missing him terribly. They have been married for nearly 60 years and had just moved out of their home of 50 years and into a senior apartment. I have a quilt top done and the backing prepped. With the success I had with Tasha and I working together to finish Ella's quilt I'm sure we can get mom's done. She could really use a hug right now. I live 1,500 miles away and sending a quilt hug to her will help a lot.

September is a month of practice for me. I need to practice machine quilting. I've done a couple small projects, but I need to practice more so I can feel comfortable finishing all the tops I have done waiting to be done. Speaking of finishing a project I also need to practice binding. I'm having problems making the mitered corners. I can't get them to work properly. I've got several books and printouts on how to do it, but I could really use a hands-on lesson. I think I'm going to make some hot pads or placemats so I can practice machine quilting and binding. Here is a sample of my first attempt to machine quilt. I did this on Thanksgiving morning last year. I cheated on this mat and did the binding all by machine. It's not pretty, but it was a practice piece.

I spent time straightening up my studio tonight from my weekend projects. I cut up the scraps from my wallet into charms and trimmed the leftover backing from Ella's quilt into 2.5 inch strips and I think I have enough binding strips leftover for another quilt or two. Anyone want some pink binding? I'll trade from some black tone-on-tone fabric.

I missed my car/hand piecing time today. DH worked at home which meant I had to drive to work instead of being driven. Tomorrow I can get back to hand piecing again. I am so not looking forward to having to drive so much in September; but the trade off is evenings and weekends alone to quilt.

If you are in the path of Ernesto I hope the storm lessens before it gets to you or that you don't get any damage. Bye for now!


Karen said...

Oo, I love your Goals list, very classy looking!

Susan said...

Goals = good. =) Sorry about your mom and dad. That's a long time to spend with someone - hard to remember what life was like before my DH, and it's only been a little fewer than 40 years.

EileenKNY said...

Hi Paula,
I like your goals list, I'll try to do one when I have a few minutes.
Sorry about your parents' troubles. It's hard to watch them get older, isn't it. My Mom is 87, and in a senior apt. I worry about her too.

Linda_J said...

by jove, I think you've got it!

Hard being that far from your folks when their health begins to fail. My mom would be an authority on that in recent years.

Cynthia said...

So many things to comment on....
sorry to hear about your mum and dad.
Good for you getting your goals list posted. I have one at my blog and everytime i am looking at my blog i notice it and it reminds me to work on my goals.
Your quilters necessary looks great and dear little Ella is so cute.

floribunda said...

The goals list looks great -- did you use Kim's instructions from Peach Quilting? I need to try that.

Sorry about your dad's health -- it's so hard getting older. I know your mom will love the quilt you're making for her!