Sunday, August 05, 2007

Unveiling - Hawaiian Star, Finished at Last

My Hawaiian Star quilt is finished - and won a Blue Ribbon in the Coos County Fair. It was very enjoyable to make and is one of the most beautiful quilts I have made. I really enjoyed, and agonized, over the process of machine quilting it. I knew exactly how I wanted to do the border, but the rest I made up as I went. I was thrilled to see that the judge at the fair remarked that the quilting was well thought out, and well executed. I have entered it into the Coos Sand and Sea Show, and am really hoping it does well there as well. I must admit, I am competitive and I really enjoy those blue ribbons (not to mention the awesome goodie bags you get for a blue ribbon at the show!).

Today I put the borders on a commission quilt. Then I relaxed and rested. That's something I haven't had too often lately, I have been pushing myself a little too hard and I know I can't keep up this pace for too long. It's hard to just do nothing, there is always so much that needs to be done and so much pressure to push on to the next thing that I hardly ever take time just to relax and breath. But it is necessary, not only for mental health, but for my physical well being. It's hard to accept the fact that I can't push myself until I drop and then do it again tomorrow, but I really can't live like that anymore. Plus that, my husband likes to see me a little more, instead of getting lost in my projects.

The projects I've been working on are some home improvements. I have painted my upstairs bathroom, which was a 6 hour project. I did my living room ceiling, which took 8 hours. It's a 12 foot ceiling, and I discovered my comfort zone on the ladder is the third step. I really don't like getting up on the fourth step at all! And I spent an entire day scraping and scrubbing wallpaper off one wall and painting it. Two walls and the stairwell left to do, but I plan on doing one wall a week and not pushing myself to get it all done in a hurry. This weekend I spent doing all the sewing projects I put off for the rest of the week, including the task of making a slipcover for a wing chair. At least it's done now and it will be delivered tomorrow and out of my hair!

Of course I have so many other things I want to work on, but I plan on taking time to rest and think every day, who knows I may take up my morning pages again! Maybe I'll even take time to update my blog more often - heaven knows it wouldn't hurt to do that once in a while.

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