Saturday, September 30, 2006

Hand Work and October Goals

I've had a relaxing Saturday. This is the first weekend since the beginning of May that we have not had an event or trip on our weekend calendar. The only time I had to leave the house was grocery shopping this morning. Tomorrow I don't have to go out at all! So what did I do today? I've done laundry and a little house cleaning. I took a two hour nap. I made stuffed pork chops and butternut barley risotto for dinner.

On the quilting front I started tying my dad's quilt. I still have about a third of it left to do. I should be able to finish it in the morning and then it will be ready for the binding. I also straightened up my studio. I spent some time cutting and marking my reds and whites for my new hand piecing project. Tonight I am going to work on the first block of the quilt while watching college football with DH.

With the first of October coming tomorrow and Norma and Linda thinking about a challenge for getting projects to the flimsy stage, I took the time to list my projects. I have them posted on the side bar. They are sorted by the stage of the project they are in right now. The list isn't as long as I thought it would be, but there is still enough to keep me busy for a long time. I've also decided on my goals for October. I've kept the list to only 3 projects since I do hand work all day on Sundays.

I'm glad I did the list. DH and I are saving money for a down payment on a new car and have decided we need to cut back on discretionary spending. For us that means no more football or concert tickets. For me that means cutting back on fabric spending and for DH it means no trips to the casino. After writing up my list I realized that other than buying batting I really have no need to buy more fabric for awhile.

Judy has started a good discussion about when she does hand work. She does most of hers in the evening. So do most of the quilters who have responded. I do mine in the car in the morning when DH and I are going to work. I have about 15 - 20 minutes and I am always surprised at how much I can get done in the short amount of time. I also do a lot of hand quilting and hand work on Sundays while watching sports with DH, DS and DIL. Machine piecing is usually done on Saturdays. It's not very often I quilt in the evenings during the week. By the time I get home from work and cook dinner I'm too tired to focus on quilting.

So when do you do your hand work?

That's all the news for now. Time to watch some football and do some hand piecing.


sewnut said...

I hand quilt while DH and I are in the den together. He puts on a movie or something and I work on what is on my large quilt frame.

I also try to keep a portable hand project available for when we are away.

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Oh gosh - to have a set sewing time, LOL! I just have to grab a few minutes here and there and it all adds up somehow! Often though - I will PIN quilt tops together on the floor while my son is napping - very hard to do this when he is awake, but I am too tired at night after he goes to bed, so nap time is ideal... if a) I am willing to give up MY nap or b) I don't have some pressing deadline that I am supposed to be working on!



Libby said...

While I enjoy handwork, it's mostly resevered for evenings. I would love to stitch in the car, but motion sickness does not allow for it.
Setting out your goals is a good idea -- I just can't seem to bring myself to publish mine *s*

Silly saving tip -- We NEVER spend change. It goes into a container on the dresser. It fills up about twice a year with enough $ to pay for a weekend getaway.

Gail said...

When I am properly organized, I do bindings or other hand work in the evenings while watching TV with DH. I get time upstairs in the sewing room whenever no one else plans my time for me. LOL

EileenKNY said...

If you read my blog, I met a very nice lady who gave me some advice about hand applique time. Once I get some of my other stuff done, I'm going to try it.
Nice to see that you were able to relax this weekend. We all need down time.

Linda_J said...

I am behind on my reading and just caught up with your goals list. I bet you have your dad's quilt all finished by now!

I think just stating a goal gives you something to shoot for--suggestions as to what you feel needs attention that month. Doesn't always work out that they get it but boy, does it feel great to cross something off now and again!