Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Thoughts From The Golf Course

DH and I attend the Deutsche Bank Gold Championship every Labor Day Weekend. It’s our chance to catch a glimpse of Tiger Woods and to enjoy some great golf.

You have two options for watching a golf tournament in person. You can sit for hours watching group after group play through the hole you have chosen to watch while waiting for your favorite player to come along. Or you can try to keep up with your favorite player and follow him around the golf course. I prefer Option #1. DH usually picks a spot next to the Green with a good view of the hole for me. I plant my chair and sit and watch many groups come through while waiting for Tiger. It’s impossible to follow Tiger and be able to watch him. Too many people follow him and makes watching him difficult. DH and I refer to the group as the “Tiger Wave”. What people miss by doing that is seeing many other golfers who make great shots and enjoy the game too.

There is lots of time to reflect, contemplate and set goals while sitting by the green and that is what I do while waiting for group after group to reach the green. Labor Day Weekend has become the “New Years Eve” of my year. More importantly, because the anniversary of my quilting falls on Labor Day weekend, I spend many hours daydreaming about my quilt projects and where I want to go with my quilting. This weekend my thoughts centered around my September quilting goals and my idea to put together a “snowed in” kit. I realized I like working on several projects at a time (who doesn’t?), but I didn’t really have a plan for working on them in any particular order or time. So I’ve developed “Sweet P’s Junior Quilting Year” - this is my third year of quilting, therefore it’s my junior quilting year.

So what am I going to do this year? Well I am a somewhat organized person, I like the idea of working on projects at a particular time. So I have allotted certain projects to certain times. These guidelines are not written in stone, but will allow me to accomplish what I want to do without feeling like I am neglecting another project.

Here is Sweet P’s Junior Quilting Year:
New England Patriots football games (or any other football game) – Hand Quilting Time. I have a mini whole cloth quilt I want to finish and I want to start hand quilting my Pink Finity quilt.

Snowed In Project – Speed Pieced Triple Irish Chain - This is project I started in May 2005 using Jinny Beyer fabrics. I have the strips ready to sew into blocks and I’ve made a few blocks. This project will be easy to take out of its box and work on while snow is falling outside.

Car Time Project – This is my Tumbling Blocks wall hanging. Hand piecing for the car works well. When I finish that project I haven’t decided what I will do next.

Saturday Morning Class Time – I have some new quilting skills I want to learn so I’ve signed up for Sweet P’s Quilting Class. I will spend an hour or two learning a new skill or practicing a skill. This year I want to work on appliqué, machine quilting and binding.

So there you have it. My plan for my Junior year of quilting. I hope I can follow through with my plan. Now that I've outlined it I should be able to get plenty of quilting work accomplished this coming year.


Libby said...

Sounds like a good plan to me. Good luck. Will be looking forward to seeing your progress.

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

I always find it easier to work with some sort of plan in hand! Good luck with your goals.

And, glad to hear that you had fun watching golf... "Tiger Wave" - good word for it. Sounds like you picked the more relaxing way to watch the game.



Patti said...

What a neat, creative, unusual way to plan - I love it! Can't wait to see how you progress with these things. Especially to hear what you've taught yourself during "university".

Linda_J said...

Good plan, Paula.

Terrific that you could watch the golf tournament in person. My husband was watching the LPGA this weekend because they always play at a course in Springfield, IL that he has played a couple times but he was also flipping over to watch the guys and especially the final round yesterday.

Hedgehog said...

Sounds like a great plan!

Cynthia said...

What a great plan. Good luck with it. Keep us posted with your progress and hopefully that will also motivate you to work on your goals.

Inga Helene said...

Finally I found your blog! Thanks for all the comments you've given me. I appreciate your feedback. Now I'm going to look through your posts and check out your quilted stuff.


Rae said...

I want to thank you for your frequint visits to my blog. It seemed like it was time for me to leave you a note. I always enjoy your comments.

My DH nor I golf but your weekend sounds like fun.

I will try to be a little more faithful about visiting & commenting in your blogs.


Laurie said...

I hate golf, but I enjoyed reading what you wrote about golf.

Excellent Jr. Year project list. Hmm... I guess that makes me the nth year senior will never, ever graduate. :-)

sewnut said...

I think you should add a special celebration marker for each of the projects that you finish. I would be thinking of choclate or pastries.

This is of course because you would have to buy new fabric anyway to start a new porject :)

floribunda said...

your Saturday class sounds like a lot of fun -- lots of variety and convenient, too!