Sunday, August 7, 2011

~ Decisions, Decisions ~

After completing my first week back at work, I was finally able to get back to working on my husband’s quilt. I have to admit, I have been totally and completely frustrated with how the quilt is coming along. Midweek, I decided to give up and start another quilt for my husband!! Fortunately, I wasn’t able to do much quilting this past week, but was able to do a lot of stewing thinking. After much reflection (I still hate the word, but find the process very useful), and a pep talk from my sister, I realized that, yes, I CAN do this!!  So, I got back to what I have the most difficulty with…squaring the blocks…all 121 of them. I’m about half way through with this and thinking about how I want to lay out the blocks for the quilt. The pattern gives 4 possible layouts. While my husband was outside grilling, I quickly laid out the blocks in the different patterns and snapped pictures…

I'm going to have so many colors to place just right. Before starting the quilt, I had chosen which layout I was going to use. But now, well I’m just not sure. I love all of them!!! At least I have a little more time to make a decision J

Have a great week!!
~ Michelle ~

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

~ On a different page ~

My "frustration" and I are on a different page this evening.

Devlin's plans ...working on Glen's quilt...

My plans...

~ Michelle ~

Monday, August 1, 2011

~ Manic Monday ~

Today I returned to work after my almost entire summer vacation. I seem to remember summer vacations being much longer as a kid!!! Anyway...being the prepared, slightly OCD SLP that I am, I arrived with my husband's hand truck ready to rearrange my therapy room (a skill that, as mentioned by my sister, runs in the family). 

It took a little longer than I expected, as I had to first remove furniture that was mistakenly placed in my room before I could get to my "stuff." But, no worries!!! The first day back is always exciting, bumps and all.

Having had a successful, if a little back breaking, day at work, I am looking forward to continuing working on my husband's quilt. Sunday I was able to finish making the blocks, save for setting and pressing the seams. As I am working on improving my techniques with quilting, I am trying really, really hard to press seams and not iron the crap out of them!!! But, I was not happy with how the material was laying. So, taking the advice of my sister, I pulled out my Best Press and got busy pressing. The blocks are really looking good!!!

I only got about 1/3 of the way through, but I plan on finishing tonight during the Braves' game.

Have a great week!
~ Michelle ~