Sunday, November 8, 2015

FINISHING - Report #1

Two weeks ago I reported that I was determined to finish things that were half-finished or mostly-finished or cut-out-but-not-quite-started.

Two weeks later I have very little to report. Not one to make excuses, I have however been gardening a lot since we got our new vegetable patches. I've started riding to work again in the last couple of weeks which just makes me exhausted and lazy by the time I get home. But riding! YAY! Also back injury rehabilitation takes a lot of spare time - like an hour a day of exercises. Probably gardening is not the best thing for rehabilitation but my physio hasn't complained about it yet!


BUT I do have things to report, even if there are very few of them.


This is Mary Trayner from the Chester Criswell Block of the Month I started a couple of years ago. I think I've made a total of 8 blocks now - and by "think" I mean that I seem to have lost one. I'm sure it's in the spare room somewhere...


It gave me the opportunity to start the next block already prepared with freezer paper - Mary Watkins. She's a bit of fun, mainly because all I can see is the Batman symbol over Gotham City.

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I finished three bags for my online store - these were already made and just needed the lining attached and topstitched down. Should have made them much sooner than this - I've already sold two of them. I have more bags cut out and ready to sew up and I'll be making more tonight.


Finally, I finished the skirt, which I am calling The Skirt of Multiple Inappopriate Patterns But I Don't Give a Hoot. The skirt was already made and the lining cut out. All I had to do was sew the lining up, attach it to the skirt, face it, hem both lining and skirt (the skirt all by hand) and add a hook and eye.  Phew! It actually took me longer than I expected but I was so relieved when it was done. Bonus points for really loving it too.

My finishing has to take a bit of a break for the next few days as I now have to make a top to wear with my new skirt (and it's urgent, because not only do I have very few clothes to wear to work, I need this top to wear to a wedding next weekend, along with a skirt I am refashioning from a too-big dress). Once they are both done though, I'll be free to garden to my heart's content finish more things. I must admit it's satisfying to finish UFOs - but it's also frustrating that I ever let it get this desperately bad. I'm on a bit of a minimalist research binge at the moment and I expect there will be some massive changes in this house over the summer.


  1. I'm jealous in a good way over your garden...... The love of my life passed last yrs and I sooo must the garden.[all over our 2 lg lots] He put a 15 X 30 Herb Garden for me....2 4X6 spaces for lettuce and such. I just have that now and this is what he was going to do for me but passed.... I have no family to help me and anytime someone walks on my property,their hand is out!!! I'm a Cancer survivor and not able to do what I use to do, so I'm at anyone mercy...I'm not giving up; God will send someone for me.......PS Have you ever heard of Lambs Qtr??? It grows in a garden,especially if you use horse manure???? A very mild green and delish!!! I let it seed and going to try to plant it next spring..Have a Blessed day!!!! Love your quilting too. I too quilt but not doing to much lately.

    1. Theresa I'm so very sorry to read about the loss of your partner. Keep up the struggle! That's all I can recommend. You sound very determined, so maybe you'll be able to find someone to help you take those baby steps. I found just doing a little bit each day, even 5 minutes, helped me feel more on top of things.

      I haven't heard of that plant, but I've heard mustard greens are a good green manure, and delicious too!

  2. Very jealous of those veggie beds, they look fabulous ... ours are languishing sadly full of weeds. You may be inspiring me to do something useful!


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