Archive for April, 2010

OCD: Obsessive–compulsive disorder

April 18, 2010

OCD: Obsessive–compulsive disorder

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

This quilt is just like me!
All over the place!
My day today…
up at 730a
came downstairs on the computer too see what was new on Flickr, check my mail, and read a little.
Jude, Is offering online classes now and oh goodness would I like to take one.

My Mr said yesterday we got a lot done and we did.
I wanted to take our son to the district pine wood derby but……..
when my Mr woke up and checked the mail his paycheck did not come in from the temp agency. It “should” have been here yesterday! Of course he had already written checks that were going to bounce…
I checked online and moved money around and wrote him a check from my account and sent him off to the bank…..
my savings for my birthday vacation to the Galapagos dwindles this week from over 700USD to 56.00 and we have a reunion in San Diego that we ****Must**** go to. I feel very strongly about it.
Once back and after a strong coffee…
He cleaned the gutters
He finished power spraying the deck
He repaired the front cement steps (the best he can with limited experience)
It was so beautiful I wanted to be outside so I….
pulled dandilions from the front yard…about 50 of them.
Went and got a bag to put over my hand and took out itch week. I break out from roots of some plants.
we cleared off the deck so Mr could finish spraying.
I took a moment to get the young one outside and finished up a game of
Worddrop – a new game we started the night before and hadn’t finished.
The sun was beautiful and warm.
The little one has been running a fever off and on all week and very congested.
His brother called and has reinjured a quad muscle and had to go to therapy.
I told him I wanted him home for a while (he lives in his own apartment at school) so Dad took him to therapy and brought him home. We made a big dinner and sat together as a family. We haven’t all been together at home for some time.
I edged the sidewalk. I started edging the front flower bed. I weeded the hosta beds on each side of the front walk
Needless to say my body aches everywhere….
At night the little one and I cuddled and watched “Jafar” an Aladdin movie from our bed. The movie drove me crazy with the scratchy yelling manner of the bird. I forced myself to spend this time with the little one but believe me…… that bird was driving me crazy. I also have anxiety to force myself to lay there when I know I could “should” be doing a million things. But….. this time with our little one is a treasure.
I got his nails cut too…..which is a chore in itself!!! I guess I did get something accomplished.
It is beautiful outside again today and the deck will get stained….
first my Mr only got one can of stain….I advised we will need two! The stain was discounted from 25.00 down to 7.50. He said the other can that was discounted was more of a red tone than a brown….I said go get it. We will mix them together. (He’s using his SEARs cc) Not the best idea but we can get something done.

Six hours later the deck is finished. The color is satisfactory. The frame around the sliding glass door need to get done but that will wait for another day. My manager called me at home today and needs me to come in 2 hours early in the morning to handle chaos from the volcanic activities in Iceland.  They need volunteers to stay until 10p tomorrow night. I won’t be able to stay that long with my commitment to boy scouts.

3 loads of laundry have been processed today.  The floor of my son’s room was swept and mopped. The laundry and clothing in his room has been put away. I turned the light on on my sewing maching and pinned a piece together but then was called away.. after my thread dropped into my coffee!

So I was thinking. I started taking things out of one room then walked into another, put all the mess from the floor onto the bed and started sorting, then had to walk to the kitchen and started a load of dishes and then walked downstairs and moved laundry to a bin and wash into the dryer. Took the laundry upstairs and folded in the sunshine from the diningroom table, finished the dishes while the mopped bedroom floor dried, back to the laundry then the 6 hours staining the deck and a run to the grocery store and now…..the little one goes in the bath so he can read for an hour before lights out.

My body hurts from all the yard work and staining and going up and down the stairs. It will be a break to sit at my desk at work tomorrow and not have to move for 11hours! Yeah right. I start turning to stone the longer I sit there.

I counted the socks today before putting them away. 11 pair for the young one, 10 pair for the daddy and 3 pair for mom….. when I don’t stop myself I count them every time I fold another pair together. It is a compulsion.

I sometime sew and then catch myself counting and recounting the number of blocks or inches I have sewn.

When I read a book I sometime count the number of pages I have read and the number I have to read before finishing that chapter.

I have difficulty reading the newspaper because I want to cut out articles that fascinate me and tuck them away for later.

When I sweep the floors I tend to sift through the dustpan to make certain I don’t toss a treasure. I tend to put the dirt into a separate paper bag and am fascinated by how much is collected in a days time.

I don’t finish many quilt projects I start so I cherish the process and sometimes make a game out of how many different projects can I work on in one weekend…..and of course I have to count them. (I like this soft pastel piece and especially how the black dances in and around the pastel green and yellow and then to top it off the pretty purple flowers.)

I am just realizing this about myself.  I love Flickr because I can bounce from galleries to favorites to groups to blogging to whatever I fancy.  (This soft pastel piece of fabric could be the basis for an entire quilt. I love the color combinations)   Hmmmmmmm.  It is no wonder I drive my MR nuts some times!

I purchsed this quilt in order to use the fabric to repair some vintage quilts I have that are in desparate need of repair. For 10.00 I thought this was a great deal. Purchased in Sept 2009 with this Pink Star quilt.

The center block is  pastel bow fabrics with this weird mix of florals.  The fabrics independently are very nice but I don’t understand how they are put together.

This top is really in rough shape. There are units that seem to have been made at different times and then sewn together.   There are large pieces of fabric that would work nicely for repairing other works. I have had this for over a year and have not taken it apart. We’ll see what happens.


Church Tied Quilt

April 10, 2010

From the Church I was at December 27th 2009.

It is difficult to get the white squares to line up.

I’ve done something like this and ended up doing ripping to get it to line up correctly.

I really like Tied Quilts.

I find this so interesting that the ties are inside the block and not at an intersection. It adds more interest to the quilt.

Left Side Above

Right Side Above

I think a quilt like this would be great to do with a group of cub scouts!

I am in training all day tomorrow to improve my knowlege of scouting and being a den leader.

Camel and blue tunic

April 8, 2010

Camel and blue tunic

Originally uploaded by lorimarsha

I found Flickr and wordpress when I found the artwork and designs of Lorimarsha. It is fitting that this would be my 100th post! I have really enjoyed these past few years discovering a new online family with Flickr, Etsy and blogging. Lorimarsha is an inspiration in so many ways. Here is a wonderful write up about her…

I feel like we could easily be soul sisters.

Thanks Lorimarsha for being you and for sharing your creations online.

You can link to Lorimarsha’s online stores from her profile on Flickr or to her own blog.


P.S. The tunic above is in two of my favorite colors. It is fun to see them in your works.

The view from my front door

April 3, 2010

The view from my front door

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

As the rains fell outside…I proceeded to do 4 loads of laundry. How can that even be possible? I did not sit at my sewing machine once today. I didn’t sleep well last night and it has been one of those lazy dazy days.
My son and I laid on the bed and watched “The Neverending Story” while eating lime jello with little Easter bunny marshmallows on it. Then we watched “ET” and ate peanut butter crackers. All I had was chunky peanut butter which he doesn’t like so I spread the peanut butter on the cracker then took all the nuts off and put them on my cracker and then handed the none nutty cracker to my son!
I could/should win the Mom Of The Year award!

I love working with 1 1/2 inch strips – it’s my trademark I guess.

April 1, 2010

One of my Favorite quilts

Originally uploaded by treasureup

This quilt was made by treasureup. I likes the green in it so much I am trying to make my own rendition of this quilt. Today I made the third block and will add it to the two existing a did last year. I am not certain out of all my projects why this one spoke to me this morning. It has been hanging up over the door to my studio for 4-5 months. I walk past it just about every day.

I did buy 11 fat quarters earlier this week. One of the light music fabrics I put in the block I worked on today. That fabric will also go in Leah’s musical quilt……which really “should” have taken priority!
The “shoulds” rarely win in my life!