This has been an unusually crazy week--first of all, because of the blog hop and all the comments I needed to respond to--quite a time-consuming task, but lots of fun meeting so many new people and getting their great comments!
The other out-of-the-ordinary activity for this week was our pig butchering. We didn't raise the pig, a friend did and we didn't butcher the pig, a meat processing place did that. But we got 31 pounds of pork cubes one day that I had to figure out what to do with (I packaged and froze it, but put some in the crock pot for dinner-YUM!) Then yesterday we got all the frozen meat to put in the freezer and probably 15-20 pounds of lard. I ended up with 3 crock pots full of bubbling lard and when I was done I had rendered 9 quarts of the stuff. They say it's actually supposed to be good for you, so I hope they're right!
But let's get away from all that and get on to quilting!
Superior Threads (a GREAT company!) probably on Monday and the package was here by Thursday or Friday--and that's without paying extra for expedited shipping! This is the project I promised to do this month for A Lovely Year of Finishes. Today is their mid-month check-in. I think I should be good to go on this one!
My embroidery project for the Stitch Me Up Embroidery Blog Hop is completely finished--such a relief! Be sure to visit all the blogs that will be presenting their projects those days--March 20th-26th. My day will be March 21st. This will be my very first "project" blog hop!
I did NOT get the hand applique pillow made. I really need to get that done...
My previous post was the one that I had planned about the evolution of my quilt studio. Writing that was rather time-consuming too, since I had to go back through all my files and find pictures from the past. But I'm so glad I did it--it's fun to see where I've been in comparison to where I am now.
So...all that was this last week's accomplishments. For next week, I hope to do the following:
- Quilt, bind and finish the Cosmos quilt
- Put together the top of the Small Ugly quilt
- Make the pillow with that hand applique piece
- Work with Laura in getting her 4-patches made
- Come up with something Easter-y for a mini and table topper
- Present my embroidery project in the blog hop on Thursday
- Put together these two blocks from January and February from the Quilt Studio shop (and see about going and getting the March block)
- Mary Ann (one of our winners) mentioned a monthly paper piecing project by Quiet Play: And Sew On that's super cute. I downloaded the project, found some fabrics that might work with it and hope to get it put together this week.
This was for the March block. After the month is over, the designer puts each block pattern up for sale on Craftsy. I like the project so much, I went ahead and bought the January and February blocks too. But I'm only going to try and get the March block done this week.
I think that will be enough to keep me busy this next week! Actually, most of these are fairly small projects, so I really hope to make progress on all of them, if I can't get them finished.
Another thing I've been trying to do is kind of "close up shop" in my quilt studio Saturday night. I usually don't sew on Sunday, except some hand projects (need that day of rest, you know!), so I want to get everything cleaned up and ready to go for first thing Monday. I clean and oil the machines we're using, rinse out and empty my iron, wipe down the cutting mats, dust, sweep, empty the trash, etc. It just makes it so nice to come in here on Monday morning and be able to go straight to work. Oh, and I also try to put all the fabrics, tools and projects away, but I usually do that at the end of EVERY day (at least, I TRY!)
So...how about YOU? What have you accomplished this week? And what do you hope to get done next week? Maybe next week, we can "Get More Done...Together!"