Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Heart of It...

 So.  You all know that I retired 15 months ago.  I may have mentioned retirement once or twice.  ~grin~  Well, after the first 9 months, I set a daily schedule of sorts for myself (talking Monday through Friday).  I needed to do it because I have 2 sisters who like to call and/or text often.  Being continually interrupted wreaks havoc on my concentration and my creativity.  Because morning is my best time, I wanted that time with no distractions or interruptions.  Turn off the phone, you say?  No, I don't want to do that in the event that me Mum needs me.  So, I asked my sisters to not call/text until 1:00.  That way, I could have several hours to work with whatever project I had going, run errands, take care of Curly Sue (the Beagle I potty around noon Monday through Friday), and eat lunch.  It is working out really well.  And, would you be surprised to hear (read) that my phone rings promptly at 1:00 most every day? 

I lack self-discipline.  Which is not a huge surprise to me and really shouldn't be to you.  I am this person..."I should be working on this, but that looks like more fun!"

So, now that I had my mini-vacay/time away, I think I have come up with another plan.  Monday through Friday mornings are for business sewing, knitting, etc..  Nights and weekends are for whatever I want to work on.  (Like, you know, Snow Days.  Remember that?  It's now been over 3 1/2 years since I started it...YIKES!  I would love to get it done this winter.)

So, to start my plan off right, I did a fun-for-me project this weekend.  I made a 16" pillow cover.  I was planning to make two of them...one heart and one pumpkin (inspired by Cathy) but ended up combining the two ideas...the heart because I like hearts in the color orange like a pumpkin.  ~grin~

Here it is with all the pieces together and pressed...
     
I quilted the white areas with the same orange thread that I quilted the rest of it with.  I actually messed up the quilting in a few places, but not badly enough to be super noticeable...and it's for me.

I used Kona Cotton Solid in White for the backing.  Once it was all put together, I looked at it and said, "Oops!"  I had intended to stitch a line around the border.  Well, I was not going to take the backing off, quilt around the border, and sew the backing on again.  So, I decided that I could hand-quilt that line.  I did it and I am happy.


I actually cheated and made little dots where I needed to stitch.  Does anyone else do that?  Please tell me that you do!  In any case, I am very happy with this pillow cover.  And, I believe that the hand-quilting around the border really gives it a finished look.  Don't you?

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Remember the lap quilt I had 3 days to make for me Mum?  For the story on that, please click here.  Well, I finished it.  Yup, finished tying it an hour before I was to leave on Tuesday morning.  haha.  Here are a few photos (taken by sister Julie)...


In this photo, me Mum is talking on the phone.  With me.  She called to tell me that her little lap quilt had been laundered and that she was going to use it for her morning rest.  I am so happy that she loves it!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!





"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

5 comments:

Dog Trot Farm said...

Jacque, what a pretty lap quilt, I can see how nicely that will keep your mum warm and cozy...not to heavy and not to light... Love your heart pillow, the orange shades are a perfect touch, lovely job...Travis still totes his tractor bag with him...if asked he will say "Jacque" made it for me...Give old Tag a hug...greetings from Maine...

WoolenSails said...

The pillow is beautiful and I do love the look of hand stitching, borders. Your mom's quilt came out nicely too and i can see she loves it.

Debbie

LindaLee said...

Beautiful quilting and the schedule you came up with is wonderful. I'm retired also and hubby and I both found that we just have to say "no" when it comes to many things. Otherwise, what we really enjoy doing gets put on the back burner continuously. LindaLee

moosecraft said...

Your Mum looks so comfortable under that quilt! :-) Love that heart pillow too! The quilting and the added big stitch quilting on the edge really finish it off nicely! You rock! :-)

Farm Girl said...

I am so glad you had a nice time. I think I am going to have to do that too. I work very good in the morning and by afternoon not so much.I think that is a great plan. I love those pillow covers. It is nice your Mom is using your little blanket. It looks so nice. Glad you are home.

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