Sunday, September 25, 2016

Borders and Bindings

Ack!......someone told me yesterday there are 92 days until Christmas....holy moly.... as if I am not already freaking.   Life has been hectic lately....big changes at work with a major re-og.  Same boss but he has additional new demands and responsibilities so that means I do too.  Upcoming travel plans. Something like 4 out of the next 6 weekends I am away or have plans.   Summer decorations down but not away.   Fall decorations out but not up.  Yard work to do.    I kind of have myself wrapped around the axle stressing over when am I going to get this all done!!  And now I need to stress about when will I Christmas shop!!! thing at a time......activate mission cybershop.

And somewhere in the middle of all this I think I  'hide' behind my stitching.   Does that make sense?   I make a detour from all the things that need to be done by 'needing' to get my stitching time in.    I do so enjoy the stitching time but let's face it.....little fairies are not coming in the night to do my time to suck it up buttercup and meter out my time better....

OK that's my rant for this Sunday morning.  I am sure I am not alone and others get the same overwhelming feelings at time.  Enough lamenting and now some sharing of accomplishments.
I spent last weekend in Philly with my daughter.   Always a great time.  After I helped her in her office with a giant mailing, she helped me get my quilting done.   On Sunday we went to the Mancuso Quilt Show in Philadelphia.   I am seeing a trend....each year it is shrinking by a few vendors which saddens me.  I saw the same decline with CATS (Creative Arts and Textile Show) until they folded.

On my quilt, I still need to square up the edges and then fold, press and add the binding.  That's a  sneak peak above.    Hopefully I will get it trimmed and folded up nicely until I have an evening free to attach the binding.   I am not putting any pressure on myself to add the border this week since I need to get ready for OCMD.....and I like to make sure the laundry is done and the house is cleaned before I go.   Seems silly but feels so good to come home to everything in it's place.
As always, my stitching pals and myself love love love our retreats at the beach.

I finished up the 'body' portion of Random Thoughts from Drawn Thread and now it is time to pull the threads for the border and hem stitching.  Time to read the directions twice and pull once.  I thought I would wait until retreat next week in OCMD for needed moral support but I charged ahead.  It worked out AOK.  I will pick up the needed charms at Salty Yarns.  One of my upcoming weekends away involves a long flight (Yikes!) and I am thinking it will be a great time to stitch the border.   My seat partners on the plane may not agree as I  continually pull the needle in and out.   Nonetheless I need to pick a project to keep me occupied and to keep me distracted from BEING IN A PLANE for 5 and 1/2 hours!   No fear of flying here.

Another candidate to take along on my flight is the Boo to You witch I am working on.   I frogged and restitched her face in the proper color.  She looks better.  One would think this was an easy stitch because it is on a large (18) count.   Wrong, lots of counting here.

Some of the fabrics I selected at the quilt show as possible backings for the witch when I am done stitching.

And then there is a Will update.   No, he is not standing already.   Mom or dad are holding him up.   My D-in-L is so good about sending pics and videos each week.   I hope to see him in the new few weeks.   He saying yes, Grandma, come see me!

Happy stitching all.   I for one will be taking it one day and one task at a time and before I know it......things will get checked off my long list of things I need/want to do.


Susan said...

Will is such a cutie! Makes me happy when I see that smile. Congrats on getting Ranfom Thoughts mostly finished. I think that will be on my list of things to stitch in 2017 (I can't even believe it's that close).

moosecraft said...

I use stitching/quilting as an escape from it all too! lol! It's therapy at it's finest and has less calories than chocolate! :-) Concerning the shows.... i think it has a lot to do with having so many "digital" forms of advertisement that the shows aren't cost effective advertisement any more? "Before the internet".... trade shows were the number one source of gaining customers and sales... these days, not so much. I know that I have so much stash from online shopping, that I purposely avoid the shows so I don't buy more? Does that make sense? Enjoy your time with Will! :-)

Robin in Virginia said...

Will is a cutie and how can your day not be brighter by seeing the precious smile of his. Congratulations on getting the main part of the Random Thoughts finished! Your motto is a good about taking it one thing at a time and yes, things will get marked off your list. Have a fabulous time in OCMD.

EvalinaMaria said...

OMG, somehow I did not think about Christmas yet... just like you I have a lot of work to do and I'm hiding behind stitching. It's time to face the reality!

Cathy said...

I love that sampler. Everywhere you look, you see something interesting and fun, especially all of the little animals. Great idea to stitch that border on the plane. Hopefully it will make the time go faster. Your grandson is adorable!

Weronika said...

Oh Will is so adorable! Congratulations of your finish, it looks wonderful.