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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueChicken
    76?!?

    Dude... you're my hero! lol

    I'm thinking to myself "no way in hell I'm listing mine, I'm too embarassed". But now, I might just do it. lol

    It would be a really good way to get organised and get a handle on what I have going.

    I'm envious of k3n not having to work, and GailG being retired. I have wonderful fantasys of how much sewing I would get done. Truth is, when I have a day off I tend to waddle around and not really achieve anything!

    I'm an interior painter, but generally work school hours. The afternoons after school are taken up with washing, kids sports, etc. And I sew in the evenings after dinner. Not every day though, sometimes it's nice to just sit and watch tv with my partner.

    I'm inspired now, going to go and make a list of my wips.
    You hit the nail on the head when you said that it is your fantasy to get a lot of sewing done after retirement. HA! It hasn't worked that way with me. People find out that you're retired and the phone begins to ring for you to volunteer your time for this and that. You want to do it, or you don't want to say NO, so you put it on your calendar. Then the kids need you for baby-sitting, driving the kids to the dr., to dancing, to school activities (because their parents are still working).

    When I retired, I became a tour guide at a historical site in a nearby town (one where I had taken my students on field trips every year), I began teaching catechism at night, tutoring after school, etc. etc etc. I took classes here and there and got involved in quilting. The rest is history -- I don't have time to do enough. Before I retired, I boasted about the things that I was going to do once I "was at home." :lol: :lol: :lol: Retirement is great. At least I know that I can say NO if I want to say NO. But usually I don't want to say NO. What I have done is this: I have a calendar next to my phone. If I write something in the box for that date, I don't add anything else. If someone calls, I just say, "Oh, I'm sorry I have something else scheduled for that day. The caller doesn't need to know that I have only one thing scheduled. Maybe I should write SEW or QUILT in some of those boxes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GailG
    ... Maybe I should write SEW or QUILT in some of those boxes.
    That's a mighty fine idea! I like the "one thing a day" idea too... we need to implement that in our household. The weekend arrives and we have so many things booked to do that by the time Monday morning rolls around again we're exhausted!


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    Yes, that is one thing I try to stick to. Even if whatever is on the calendar is early in the morning. I still do only one "obligation" per day.

    The only thing that isn't working is that I've been writing "line dancing" every Tues. and Thurs. for quite a while, and I still have not gone. :?

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    K3n wrote:
    QNC - I did know about mpeters' thread, I think I've even posted there myself - shouldv'e posted over there instead of starting a new one! Sorry - I sometimes leap before I look!

    OK, THIS IS EXAMPLE #1 (going to show you something, lol)

    #2 - K said: I feel guilty sometimes when people ask what are you doing and I have to say sewing - why is that, We're doing something constructive, right?!

    Ok, here's my point, lol. Showing you how two ppl, (or more), can look at the same thing, differently.
    About the other post...no sorries,...that's not why I mentioned it, just thought I would let you know where all my 'stuff' is...you know me, if I tried to put it here, too....whew,...not even I want to read all that! lol.
    So, no worries about this thread, I love it. Besides, those of us, that have been using that thread regularly, still visit all over the board, but I told Melissa I was all for it, bc it gives me one place to keep going back to...and I am a person, that if no "base"...I am all over everywhere, and get lost...you know, lose track.
    Ok, bout #2. I am so proud to tell ppl I am sewing when they call, bc everybody that knows me, knows I have a lot of stash, etc. and always moaning that I have so much to get to. I love to be able to say I am sewing, and I am not an eat off the floor gal either. I just have to do a certain amount, to keep myself happy...ain't nobody coming to do it for me. No cleaning fairies around here.
    I'm glad you posted pics here too, cause I get to see what colors, etc. you like. You seem to like a lot of darker, or maybe autumnal colors, right?
    I am like, Tiffany, don't want to list all my ufo's. I think on other thread, I just listed the ones I hope to work on this year, and those are the ones, i have actually started and not finished yet. i have dozens of bundles, but they have never been started, so I don't think of them as anything that got started and didn't finish. Geesh Louise, if I did that, I wouldn't sleep at night. I am embarrassed by the size of my stash, but I'm also ecstatic....weird I guess. It's my one vice. I can't help it, but most of them are for other ppl. I just hope I am not taking all that with me, to finish on the other side...don't think I could afford the postage, lol!
    :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

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    K, those are all wonderful. It's good to have something to do when the kids and hubby are gone. What else are you going to do? Clean house all day?!? Like you, I don't do a whole lot of housework but, it's just me here anyway so there isn't a lot of mess. I eat lunch at work and don't usually want dinner so not much dishes or kitchen cleaning to do. I don't watch TV, also just listen to it as it is behind me in the sewing room.

    As for WIPS, I've got 3 tops done waiting to be quilted, one that the applique on the pillow area is being worked on (haven't decided on a border yet though), an old, old one that is in the hoop frame about 1/3 quilted (I think), a star quilt that the wedge borders just aren't going to fit and I've about given up on it. I have 6 more planned and have the fabric for that I want so badly to start working on. I just can't let myself start down that road, been there, done that, and it doesn't make me feel good about it when I have so many things to do but nothing gets DONE.



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    Quiltncrazy, I just had the funniest thought. Bringing the stash along to "the other side" would really be TO DIE FOR. Oh what a joy it would be sitting in the same circle with those lovely Saints. I just know that Martha would be there. We have so much in common. And my favorite Therese would be there, too. And perhaps, little Philomena would be there, too. I'll bet they could teach me a lot (about a lot ot things). OK, I'm awake now. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by GailG
    Quiltncrazy, I just had the funniest thought. Bringing the stash along to "the other side" would really be TO DIE FOR. Oh what a joy it would be sitting in the same circle with those lovely Saints. I just know that Martha would be there. We have so much in common. And my favorite Therese would be there, too. And perhaps, little Philomena would be there, too. I'll bet they could teach me a lot (about a lot ot things). OK, I'm awake now. :lol: :lol: :lol:
    Oh Gail, you know there's got to be a quilty heav'n...has to be...and if we do find all our stuff waiting for us...we'll have new bodies, so we'll just whip right through them! no breaking our backs, to pin and baste layers, no sore fingers, no stabbing ourselves with seam rippers...bet we won't even need seam rippers...if I didn't have so many ppl here to hang around for, i'd just go now, lol! yup, you bet those gals are gonna be stitchin away, and happy, happy, happy to show us all kinds of lovely stuff. ah...I just feel contented knowing, there's got to be more quilty stuff, and my melvin will be waiting for me too. (my genius, adorable, loveable lab :wink: )

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    Oh my goodness.... I've added mine up and taken a few photographs. It's not quite as bad as I thought. Almost, but not quite! LOL

    1. The Ugly Quilt - these fabrics were given to me, and I thought they were the ugliest I'd ever seen. My partner then pointed out they matched the very old decor at our family bach (beach house that hasn't changed in 50 years). So I whipped this up in a night to throw over the couch at the bach. Just needs to be quilted, and is next in line when I get out the quilting frame.

    2. Blue and white stars - my favourite project at the moment, working on the last border. Made from blocks swapped with women around the world.

    3. Orange and Lime - made with the x-block ruler. Had this top complete and hanging on my design wall when I discovered the very central block was horribly out of line. Couldn't stand it, so pulled it apart and started putting it back together. Kept putting borders on backwards, upside down, back to front, you name it I stuffed it up. So put it aside for another day.

    4. Penguins for Speedway - this is a quillow, or will be when I put it together. Another top needing sandwhiching and quilting.

    5. Temple Guardians - siamese cat quilt, block of the month. Just recieved the last pack, month 10. I've just finished block 2. ;-)

    6. Cherry Topper 2008 - block of the month quilt from last year, country colours on tea. Stunning quilt, have most blocks done and just the applique border to do. All packed up from when I was away, so no photo sorry.

    7. Cherry Topper 2009 - this years block of the month from my local quilt shop. I'm doing two colourways this year, of course. Have month 1 and 2, neither is done yet. Don't tell them! lol

    8 & 9. Mckenna Ryan's Sea Breeze, and Faith Hope & Love both started.

    10. Black and white and blue blocks from last year BOM, no idea how to set them at this point.

    11. Country Colours - set of blocks bought as a UFO from another sewer, have found perfect fabrics to set them off, put aside for the moment.

    12. Last but certainly not least.... my hexagon quilt. A labour of love that will take years. I can live with that! LOL


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    Couldn't fit these ones in....


    Penguins for Speedway - this is cheap fabric and a quick design, will be sandwhiched with a woolen blanket for the kids to use at Speedway.
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    Blue chicken I love your work! It's the complete opposite of mine - so bright and beautiful! This is one of the things I love about this board! It inspires me to get out of my old, dark, dingy repro fabric rut (oh, but I do love those oldy fabrics, can't help myself, maybe I'm a pioneer woman reincarnated!) By the way, I don't think that quilt is ugly, why do you call it that? Oh, and I LOVE the cats BTW, and I spy stashshshsh in the first pic! :D

    QNC - I can't believe I missed your work on Melissa's thread - am going to look PDQ!!!!! :D

    Gail and QNC - there absolutely must be quilting in heaven - like our pets MUST be there - wouldn't be heaven otherwise, right? If we don't meet in this life then I'm sure one day in the far distant future, we'll be sitting on our clouds together having one huge celestial quilting bee! :D

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    Barb - I wish I could be that organised! And you're so GREAT to do so much for other people!

    Pam - I know what you mean by being afraid to start new stuff when you've already got stuff to finish. I used to be like that - thought I had to finish one thing before I started another - then my Mum's neighbour (French and a quilter!) said to me - why do you keep working on something when you're fed up with it? (In French though, obviously!) I said because, because, because... I SHOULD finish it! She said 'says who?' since then I made the mental switch and now I love my WIPS. It gives me choices. Of course, it's different if you're working to a deadline on a gift or charity project, but the ones that are just for me or for fun, I only do them if I really WANT to! :wink: :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    I don't think that quilt is ugly, why do you call it that?
    LOL
    I'm not a "flowery" person... I like strong and rich colours, and especially brights. I like geometric patterns, optical illusions, repetitive patterns, that kind of thing. My only "girly" habit is butterflys, I have an extensive collection of butterfly fabrics. :-)

    Because I didn't like the fabrics, I was determined to not spend too much time on that quilt, and just "threw" it together. And as the lady at my quilt shop predicted, it became one of my favourites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueChicken
    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    I don't think that quilt is ugly, why do you call it that?
    LOL
    I'm not a "flowery" person... I like strong and rich colours, and especially brights. I like geometric patterns, optical illusions, repetitive patterns, that kind of thing. My only "girly" habit is butterflys, I have an extensive collection of butterfly fabrics. :-)

    Because I didn't like the fabrics, I was determined to not spend too much time on that quilt, and just "threw" it together. And as the lady at my quilt shop predicted, it became one of my favourites.
    Ain't that always the way?! I love those pansies - would make great kaleidoscopes, I'm thinking - no DON'T tell me what it's called or where to get it - I've already got pansy fabric for kaleidoscopes not even STARTED yet - there are limits - even for me! :lol:

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    LOL

    You're safe... they're not pansys, they're geraniums. It's a Kafe Fasset range apparently.... which makes the frowns even deeper when I say it's ugly! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueChicken
    LOL

    You're safe... they're not pansys, they're geraniums. It's a Kafe Fasset range apparently.... which makes the frowns even deeper when I say it's ugly! lol
    Just had a closer look - duh, of course they're geraniums ! :oops:

    Oh pooh, now you told me, I know EXACTLY where I can get Kafe Fassett!!! (btw he's not one of my favourites actually, but I'm looking at fabric differently since I got interested in kaleidoscopes!)

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    Don't be blaming me! LOL

    I don't like most of his stuff, it's not my thing. A friend of mine goes nuts over it though. She's highly unimpressed when I said it was ugly!


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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueChicken
    Don't be blaming me! LOL

    I don't like most of his stuff, it's not my thing. A friend of mine goes nuts over it though. She's highly unimpressed when I said it was ugly!
    Actually, I'm with you - I don't think I could bring myself to buy it, even for kaleidoscope! :lol:

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    ROTFLOL

    I must thank you... you've got me inspired to get organised and finish some stuff. I've always sworn I would not allow a massive pile of unfinished projects to mount up, but I've got around it by not really paying attention to what I have on the go. ;-)


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    You're welcome OR I'm sorry - not sure which!!! :D

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    I love all of your quilts. And your "ugly" quilt is not ugly at all. I love the colors. It's will be just perfect the the beach house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    You're welcome OR I'm sorry - not sure which!!! :D

    K x
    LOL...know just what you mean!!! :lol:

    BlueChicken...gotta say, liking that geranium quilt, but I AM a flower person...my kids think...ugghh!!! mama! not so much anymore. My tastes have definitely improved.
    I can't believe the things I used to think I wasn't even remotely interested in, then see what ppl can do with fabrics on here...and just go ga-ga for things, that I was missing out on!
    Believe it or not, I didn't care for:
    kaleidoscopes
    bargellos
    black and whites
    scrappies
    lots of geese (think the problem there, was intimidated by points, that I have since learned how to do)
    batiks
    I'm sure there were more, but thanks to many talented ppl here, I have projects in mind for all of the above...eventually, lol!
    I love the broadening of my taste palette...but need a bigger purse!(more money, lol)
    thanks for showing your work, Blue...loving it! :D

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    I love the heart pattern. Could you please share this with me?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chamby
    I love the heart pattern. Could you please share this with me?
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    Do you mean my bed quilt? It's not really a pattern - just a nine patch alternating with appliqued hearts. I made a template myself - drawn on folded paper so it was symetrical and appliquéd over freezer paper. :D

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    Blue Chicken - Bach is definitely NOT ugly. I can barely see the cabinet with your stash, but it is LOVELY. Please post a picture of it all by itself!

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    i have waiting:

    blue and white grandmother's fan:i'm so tired of looking at it, she can have it back

    rob peter--all different colors and prints: need to finish putting it together. this was a big mistake.

    square dance: i know it by another name, all the blocks are cut. and sewn, but not to each other.

    silk courthouse steps: cut of silk ties. i need more pale colors. strips are being cut all the time.

    someone gave me bits and pieces that i sewed into strips. i now have almost three yards of 30" wide, dog-ugly fabric. i was thinking of cutting circles for applique on a solid black ground but someone already did the black ground so maybe red. or use the strips for the ground and have solid circles?

    AND for the grand finale---i have a wall hanging, 48 x 62, on the frame since november. i hate it.
    it's a gift and i'll be glad to see it go! happily, my sister will love it.

    i've sworn that i will NOT work on anything until that wall hanging is done. or i die, whiever comes first.
    (anyway, i can't use the frame. only cut!
    :oops: )

    sooooo, i'm not nearly as bad as some of you really bad girls! LOL.

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