Saturday, May 05, 2018

Happy Derby Day!

Kentucky Derby day is a red letter day in this household, which I am glad of because it means no house painting today!  What it does mean is that I can sneak off to my sewing room and work on the baby quilt I need to make for the Quiltsy team Baby Quilt Challenge!  I have half a yard of this sweet fabric to use in a baby quilt:

If you would like to see some of the quilts that have been made so far check out our team Pinterest Board - Lewe the Ewe Quilt Challenge.  Some serious cuteness going on there!

I also want to finish up a custom order for a bible cover.  She had me use the word Trust for the cover and I am loving it!

I've been thinking of making myself a cover for quite a while, so I think I may just make myself one while I am at it!  I was a little intimidated by trying to edge stitch these skinny appliques, but a size 10 needle and Aurifil 50 wt thread in red did the trick!    Now I am going to quilt the pieced background in swirls and I will be ready to assemble the cover. 

Here is where we finished up on the house yesterday.  I'd say we've got less than a quarter of the front to finish.  The garage was terrible - it faces west and was sooo dry with the paint falling off of it!  It really soaked up the paint and looks so much better now - we'll be doing a second coat over the summer, one side at a time.  We'll also be trimming those hydrangeas back and painting behind them...for now we just did around them as best as we could.

We have definitely learned a few things from this process, and yes, they apply to quilting as well!

1.  Don't put off the inevitable.  You are going to have to do it sooner or later, might as well start now.
2.  Don't be intimidated by something hard.  You are capable of more than you think! 
3.  Don't worry about perfection.  Finished but flawed is better than unfinished.

Think about all those UFO projects - can you apply these lessons and get one of them done this month?  Give it a try!


Barb Neiwert said...

Congrats on getting all that painting done. On one of the painting photos I say, it looked like you need a taller ladder - yikes! And great finish on your challenge quilt!

kupton52 said...

We have put off painting our house for 2 years now. I think we're ready to tackle finishing it up as well as my detached studio. You gave me words to live by...I not only need to apply these "steps" to my accumulated UFO's but to a lot of things as well. It's almost like a bolt of clarity hit me as I read the post. Thank you...your home is lovely. I do enjoy your blogposts so very much.