Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Rather anti-social in real life!


Is it wrong to sign up to Let's Bee Social when in real life I am being anything but social?!  I have 4 1/2 days left to have all my quilts ready to deliver to Malvern for Quilts UK.  When I filled out the entry form, what seems like months ago, I decided to be brave and enter 4 quilts .... only one of which was actually made.  My reasoning was that with a deadline I would actually start AND finish the quilts and push myself forwards on my quilting journey.
 
Fast forward to today and I think I am certifiably insane and am cancelling everything that I had in my calendar until next Tuesday!
 
There are reasons that I am so far behind 1) my husband, rather unexpectedly, went back to New Zealand for 3 1/2 weeks which meant all the Home Ed and family and home responsibilities fell to me 2) lots of people requested a pattern for my Union Jack block so I wrote one, whilst aforementioned husband was absent! 3)  I fell down the stairs 10 days ago and I am only just able to move freely but it certainly wasn't conducive to rotary cutting, sitting still piecing or quilting on my longarm machine.
 
Which brings us to today and the following list:
 
Quilt No 1 - ready - hooray
Quilt No 2 - requires binding, label and hanging sleeve
Quilt No 3 - requires quilting, binding, label and hanging sleeve
Quilt No 4 - still needs strip to be pieced, then assembled, quilted, then binding, label and sleeve attached
 
I can do it, right?  Yesterday was a disaster on Quilt No 2 requiring lots of unpicking, repressing and reloading.  Today some stippling and matchstick quilting went well and my Polaroid Quilt is now ready to bind!
 
 
Quilt No 4 is my flag quilt and I have made good, but slow, progress .... the New Zealand flag is now finished!
 


 
I still have to decide how to join the Union Jack and the NZ flag together.  They need something between them otherwise they lose their demarcation.  I better get my thinking cap on whilst I bind my other one!

18 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear that you fell and I am glad to hear you are doing much better. Good luck finishing up these quilts in time!

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  2. Man, I love that NZ flag quilt. Those red stars are perfection! I think you have everything under control and will have lots of lovely finishes soon!

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  3. Not to say that I haven't done just as equally crazy commitments, but I've shifted to the under promise and over deliver way of life. I guess since kids came on the scene, it's kind of forced me to do it this way... that way I actually have time when "life" gets in the way. Good luck with your deadline!

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  4. Don't you just hate how deadlines sneak right up on you? You've had quite a bit on your plate, but it does look like you are making progress right toward those goals. Sorry to hear that you fell, I hope you are feeling better. I'm over here cheering for you! YOU CAN DO IT!

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  5. Four quilts - brave or mad, or both! I'm sorry you hurt yourself - there is no good way to fall on stairs - but am very impressed that you are going to make your deadline anyway. The NZ flag looks cracking.

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  6. Love those flags. Good luck on hitting that deadline!

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  7. Good luck with your deadlines!

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  8. Ouch! I hope you are recovering from your fall. Although it is quite stressful, most of us do the same waiting game. Good luck these last few days.

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  9. Wow, what more can I say. Well done you for getting this far😀 keep going.... Xx

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  10. Love that Polaroid quilt so much! You are definitely brave for choosing to enter 4 quilts!

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  11. Gosh you are brave. You must have very well behaved children! I plan to go to the show next week so I shall look out for out for your quilts.

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  12. The problem with longer term goals is they have the habit of sneaking up on you. I'm glad you are recovering, good luck for Malvern. It's a bit far for me but I'll look forward to finding out how you did.
    Smiles
    Kate

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  13. Abigail I hope you don't mind me using this comment as a test. You know the problems I've been having to become a reply blogger. I thought I'd cracked it with my comment above but it tells me that it wasn't sent to your email address and its a permanent failure - which in this area I do indeed feel like! Anyway I've played again my settings and hoping this time I don't get the dreaded failure message! How you bloggers cope is beyond me....

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  14. Of course you can do it!. Both the Union Jack and the NZ flag look brilliant. So pleased you are doing a pattern at some stage as my daughter will love making one. Sorry to hear you fell, but glad you are feeling better each day. Your quilts are awesome! You go girl!

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  15. You can do this! And think of how satisfying it'll be to have all those quilts done! Fingers crossed for you!

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  16. Wow! Getting all that done without all the extra calamities that befell you would be an accomplishment already! So it seems there are at least two ladies from the UK in our hive, Fun! Looking forward to getting to know you.

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  17. WOW! I love the look of the NZ quilt. Hoping that all goes smoothly for you and you meet all the dead lines. Just remember to take a few deep breaths along the way.

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  18. Did you make the deadline? Sorry to hear about your fall, are you ok?

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