On Friday I delivered the Blue Doll in a bag to Sheri then went on to the cottage to sew on the Bethlehem wall hanging. I am blanket stitching the backing to it around the sides. I got almost one side done, before it was time for lunch and time to decorate for the annual Stitch N Rippit's Christmas party.
Annette the owner of the cottage has so many decorations - it's amazing. So we dusted and cleaned and swept and mopped and the started laying out decorations.
Doesn't it look festive? We gave all of our decorations to our daughter before we moved. Guess I need to start collecting again.
Then Saturday I went to "Strip Club" at the quilt shop. It's a monthly club that gets together and Sheri shows us how to make a quilt out of strips. The class is only $5. and includes the pattern and demonstration. Well this month she had small projects, a table runner or a table topper. So I decided I would give it a try. The table topper looked kind of like poinsettia's and I thought that would make a great present for the gift exchange for the Christmas party.
So I ask Sheri how long it took her to whip up the two tops that she had made, she said she made both tops in one day with interruptions. Okay great - factor in that I'm not as fast as she is and that I don't have the special ruler that she used (they only had 5 and I missed getting one) but I have templates and then the fact that I will need to quilt and bind it also. 2+2+ 35 carry the 6.... ha ha Yep I have rest of Saturday, Sunday Monday and Tuesday morning. I can do it.
So I worked on it the rest of Saturday - and on Sunday - had a couple of hiccups. I thought I was doing everything right but my black didn't come in the center like I wanted so I had to adjust the half square triangles too.
But it worked and it was still pretty. And by Sunday evening I had it to this point -
Yay - now all I have to do it quilt and bind and I still have Monday and Tuesday morning to do it.
Monday came - we had things that we needed to get done - errands to run. And I knew if we left the house it would be several hours before we returned. So I tried to just leave it alone and enjoy the time while we were getting stuff done. And told myself that no matter what time we got home I would have to stay up until Midnight to get it done. Because now - the other options that I had for a handmade gift would take me just as long to finish as quilting and binding this table topper.
We get home after 5pm I make a salad and some soup - be eat and now it's after 6. I go in and my backing isn't big enough. What I bought extra. I looked for an alternate black - nope no luck. So I have to piece a the back on this little topper. Then I get it ready and I'm done pinning it and
I HIT THE WALL
It was almost 8 pm and I just couldn't do it - I couldn't figure out how I wanted to quilt it - I'm trying to calculate how much longer it's going to take me. I can't decide on a color to quilt it with. And so I said enough. I looked around at what alternates I had to give as a gift and decided one of my Dolls in a Bag would have to work. Then prayed someone that would love it, would get it. :)
I pondered my little issue that I had - and wondered how someone that plans as much as I do can run into these situations of not having enough time. Because as all of this is happening I also see two other things that the deadlines are fast approaching on and not sure if I will be able to meet them. It's like I have all this time and then poof - times up. I've come up with a couple of ideas that I think are factors. One I get too creative and want to do too many things. I used to be so honest with myself about how much time something would take and even factor in that I may have life interrupt and take one of my sew days away (Monday) - so I need to go back to that. And then the other thing I have realized is although my planning is wonderful - I need to plan less and do more.
Have a Blessed Day!