Wednesday, November 2, 2011

What Was I Thinking?

I signed up for another mystery and I never finished the last one, now I have a new UFQ. I also have a list a mile long of things I want to make and projects waiting to be started. What is wrong with me. I have a pile of UFQs to finish and gifts to make and I started another long term project that will take me awhile to do. I must be a glutton for punishment.

I think I am one of those people who function well under pressure, but sometimes I put too much pressure on myself. I do the same with my quilting by overloading myself with projects that have deadlines. I also have a lot of UFQs that need to be finished and really should not be starting any more new projects, but start them I do. For
example last weekend I started a new mystery. I picked out my fabrics:

Then I spent over six hours cutting strips, rectangles, squares and triangles and another six hours sewing triangles together to make squares. I then sewed those together with squares and rectangles to make sections of the quilt prior to class. Then on Saturday I spent six more hours sewing and cutting and have only completed two panels of the quilt.

 I still have the last mystery I signed up for to finish,

and now I have added the one to the list.

I also have a baby quilt to finish and the baby is due very, very soon. I have to top done, but need to piece the backing and quilt and bind it.

Then I have a class on Sunday to start a Christmas Tree Skirt.

I also want to get my Kitchen Sink Jacket quilted and got put on the back burner when I broke my arm last spring.

Please tell me what was I thinking? I know I retired, but that did not mean I was suppose to fill every waking hour. I am still teaching as a substitute and working two to three days a week, and there are only so many hours in a day. I have hit the point of feeling overwhelmed which I was not suppose to do when I retired. Now don't get me wrong I love subbing and I love quilting, but sometimes I need to say NO! I have friends who convince me to take classes, which I love doing and I have a great time, but sometimes I just need to say, NO!  The good thing about subbing is it pays for my habit, quilting.

I need to rethink things and get some of these UFQs off my pile and onto beds or couches or walls, and I need to get more focused on my blog. Except that today my blog is frustrating me as I am having technical difficulties posting pictures.

I am working on the process of getting myself more organized and setting a schedule for myself that allows me to focus on both my blog and my quilting. I started out a plan and then got lost along the way. I just need to get myself back on track and stay on track. It will just take will power, which I do have. Now should I buy that batik kit Schoolrn1 posted that she bought, it is a beautiful BOM.........


  1. I totally understand your way of thinking....sometimes it is just fun to start fresh on a new project!! Somehow...little by little the projects get done....have fun along the way!!

  2. OMG...we are twins. Really. I have mountains of ufos and yet I keep starting new quilts and buying fabric and more fabric and kits. Holey Moley! Is it a disease? A new syndrome? A form of OCD?
    AHHHH who cares. It is fun. Let the mystery begin.

  3. It is a disease it is called quilted itis.....and we all have it. I plan to quilt the baby quilt, work on a gift for my secret pal, and work on mysteries tomorrow. I also hope to get my strips cut for the tree skirt, but if not I can cut on Saturday, class is Sunday. I have lots of time to cut the strips. :) I also need to work on Christmas gifts.

  4. Don't worry yourself Wanda. I too, have many UFOs, kits, and fabric bought for unstarted quilts. I get bored with or tired of working on a project and set it aside for a future date. Or some new exiting project catches my eye and I'm off to and running! Now with Bonnnie starting a new mystery... I'll just add one more to the list and just plod along.

    I love what you have done so far with the trees... and your kitchen sink too! .... and I'll look forward to your finishes when you get there!

  5. Oh yes, I vote for the BOM - It's reasonable enough and it's batiks! I know you love them. If you wait then you may regret it, and won't be able to get it - doesn't mean you have to start it right away. I have more kits to do that Carter has liver pills, yes I do!!!
    If Beth is your twin, I must be a triplet!!! No wonder we all love each other -LOL!!
    I think I'm going to make a list of my kits to do, and then a separate one for patterns I want to do. Use something as your "Leader & Ender" and maybe together we can dwindle the pile and list down. High Five, GF!! xo

  6. But it's just so fun to start new stuff! If you really love what you've started, it will call to you & you'll get it finished.