Wednesday, November 18, 2015

HIP Wednesday (Holidays in Progress)--or is that WHIP?

I spent most of today doing FMQ. It was a windy, rainy day, so quilting seemed the best thing to do. And it was going well. I did not have to pick out stitches on 1 1/2 patches due to tension problems like I did on Sunday. (Did you know that if your thread wraps around the screw that holds your presser foot on, the back of your quilt ends up feeling really ratty? And if you haven't done a check for a while, you get to spend a whole evening unsewing? It's all kinds of fun. Try it and see.) 

So, anyway, as I was quilting, my mind started wandering around thoughts of the remainder of the year, which includes not only some major holidays, but also three family birthdays (and prep for another birthday early in January). Which also means several little quilting/sewing projects that I can't show here until after the holidays. Oh, and there might be a painting project that's been waiting, oh, maybe 10 years or so. 

Here's my conclusion from all the thinking I did: It's time to take a little break--a blogcation. I think everyone's probably totally sick of seeing my slow progress on the Big Quilt. I have made some progress on the Fall Leaves quilt (but nothing earth shaking to show), and I've done nothing on the Lake Michigan quilt in the last couple of weeks. Given the time of year, I think my progress will be even slower over the next few weeks. And there won't be much else I can show because anything I do work on is secret for the time being. I do plan to do my monthly link-up post for Throwback Thursday at the beginning of December, but otherwise, I'm going to just enjoy seeing what everyone else is doing--when I'm not celebrating. After the first of the year, I'll share my holiday projects and any progress on my quilts, and then I'll get back to my usual blogging routine.  

As I finished quilting today, I looked around the room. 




This bed has looked this way for the past several weeks. Actually, it looks like this most of the time. There are at least three projects and several project inspirations on it and assorted quilting paraphernalia. I'm going to need this bed for my daughter's family this weekend. There are also two other rooms that are part of my "studio," so obviously I have a little cleaning up to do. And then? Bring on the celebrations!

I'm linking up this week with Sew Fresh Quilts and with Val's Quilting Studio (with apologies to Valerie because this isn't an archive post but is what my space looks like right now--the theme for her linky party this week). The linky party buttons are on the right.

Here's wishing you lots of fun celebrations in the coming weeks! See you again in the new year.

10 comments:

Bernie Kringel said...

I totally understand your need for a break but I will miss you! I hope all of the birthdays are a blast. I keep thinking about some small projects that I want to sew - stocking stuffers to make, etc. I need to figure out how to fit it all in. Life takes a bit of juggling sometimes.

Guess what? You and I have the exact same decor in the sewing/guest room. When my son comes for the weekend it takes forever to dig the bed out from under all of the projects! Love seeing the state of your sewing room. I would feel right at home there.

Are you really going to paint just before the holidays? Yikes! We were going to have our living room and kitchen painted (we have to have it done because of the high vaulted ceilings) but I just rescheduled it to January. It seems like there is too much going on to tear those room apart just now.

Have a nice blogcation!

Valerie Reynolds said...

Hey friend NO apologies needed.....I love seeing your spot as it is this very moment!! I know what ya mean about the holidays and sewing. I think we all slow down and when we are sewingmost of it is "secret sewing" right now. ENJOY the holidays....esp. as a new grammy!!! See ya in the new year!

Sue Kelly said...

I understand your need for the break, good call. Before you go, I have a question about the machine in your banner--I think a Singer Model 15-??, right? It's a beauty. Do you do your FMQ on that machine? I've got a 15-90 head that I've been thinking of dropping into my treadle irons and giving it a "go". I have a couple of other treadles, but neither of them quilts very well.

Mari said...

Oh, Janine, we're not bored at all! I understand the need for a break, though. The bed in my guest room looks the same as yours. I suspect it does in most quiter's houses. Hope you enjoy the holidays, and we will see you in the new year!

Lisa in Port Hope said...

Enjoy your projects and your holidays! Family is the most important, not the stray threads on the carpet :) And my spare room looks like yours, with three quilt projects on the go...maybe four.

Lara B. said...

A Blocation sounds like the perfect thing right now Janine. Especially after such a rough quilting weekend (poor you!) May your Holiday weeks be both productive and joyful!

Lorna McMahon said...

Glad to hear your quilting progress was improved for the day. Who doesn't love when you don't have to unsew? Sounds like you have a lot of celebrating to do in the coming month or more. Looking forward to reading all about it when you get back here! Merry Christmas!!!

Kaja said...

I for one am not at all bored, but still understand the decision to take a break. I hope it allows you to get everything done and enjoy your projects into the bargain. Enjoy your holidays and look forward to catching up with what you have been doing in 2016.

Cheryl said...

I love your term holidays-in-progress! Great looking quilts.

Sandra Walker said...

Breaks are good from QBL...this time of year we all feel pressured. Enjoy your time with family, and especially that new little pumpkin. Ha ha, no pun intended, just realized what I typed! Love the organized chaos on the bed...my basement sewing area is much the same.