WHAT WAS I THINKING?

I must have been crazy to think I could vacation outside of the country for a full week right before Christmas.  We went on a cruise last week and returned this past Saturday which left me just 10 days to finish making and buying gifts for Christmas.  It was a beautiful and relaxing week.  We had ports of call in Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, and Nassau.  But seriously, WHAT WAS I THINKING??!!

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Grand Turk

Wild Donkey on Grand Turk

Wild Donkey on Grand Turk
Oldest Church on Grand Turk (1840s?)

Oldest Church on Grand Turk (1840s?)

I was able to get all the crocheted gifts done to and from the drive to Miami.  At least I could mark that off my list…

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And I started on a knit shawl that I just LOVE!  I found the idea from Expression Fiber Arts using scrap yarn pieces.  So I decided to try my hand at knitting again and use up some of my yarn scraps. Since I’m a bit bigger than her, I’m planning on making mine a bit longer.  So far I have used 20 different yarns — all types and sizes.  I’m going to call it my “Shawl of Many Colors”.  DSC_0305

Other than that, I’m still working on THE quilt with the quadrillion half-square triangles.  I have most of the top done — but I keep having to stop assembling to make more blue half-square triangle units.  So far, I have had to make about 150 extra units.  All I can figure is that I seriously miscounted when I first made all of them.  I was supposed to have the sandwich done by Friday noon so I could start quilting it on the long arm I rented, but that’s not going to happen.  Maybe if I didn’t have to work I could do it, but otherwise I’m looking at Sunday before it’s finished and ready for quilting.  I love how the many different fabrics are giving it a marbled look.

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I really have to wonder if I was crazy to try to make a quilt this large when starting just 6 weeks before Christmas, or if I was crazy to go on vacation for a week. On to sewing a little more, and online shopping a little more.  I WILL BE DONE IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

Sewing Withdrawal

I have been having some serious withdrawals when it comes to sewing.  Sewing is a stress relief for me and cheaper than therapy — well maybe…  My job is stressful — it often requires long days, lots of overtime, and being ‘on’ 8-12 hours a day.  Our busy season started this past week and technically won’t end until September 15.  We’ll have a little bit of relaxed time around May and June, but not much.  To top it all off, honeyman was out of town this week.  That left me with working long hours, coming home and taking care of the animals, fixing dinner, cleaning, and babysitting the monkeys.  I used to be a single mom and it is very hard work and certainly not anything I would ever want to do again.  By 9:30 each night I would crash.  So, I didn’t get any stress relief in this past week; and after 4-5 days, it didn’t make for a very nice me.

But today, I have been able to spend about an hour sewing.  Just after an hour, I feel much better.  I am working on an UFO that I started last year.  This is a block of the month at my LQS and I am working on the border blocks.  I have 8 more border blocks to make and then I can start putting it all together.  So, if I don’t get sidetracked onto another project, I should be able to have it completed in about 2 weeks.  Here is a border block and one other block to wet your appetite…

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