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Actually finished something

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I have actually finished something. I’m not sure what it is, possibly a table runner. It doesn’t really matter, what matters is that it actually has some binding on.

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Mostly, I think I need a new project. Sorting out photos and writing a business plan are just not very exciting. I have to keep reminding myself that at times making 1000 quilt blocks didn’t feel exciting either but it was good when it was done. I’m sure the business plan and sorted photos will be the same.

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Making tops

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I am making great progress in making tops from all my 1000 blocks. Mostly due to the fact that last weekend we had our first 35 degree day. In a fit of pique I moved my sewing stuff into the lounge room where the air conditioner is. This means I am constantly confronted by all my sewing stuff every evening, so I usually get some sewing done, even if it is only a little bit. Later in the year, I am going to have to have a mammoth quilting session to deal with all the tops I am makling.

My other goals, I am still struggling with. However, I am getting little bits done. Not as much as I would like, as fast as I would like, but I guess I just have to accept that any kind of progress is good.

Anyway, here are some pictures of what I have been up to, sewing wise.

Re-evaluating goals

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I have arrived home from my travels safe and sound. Before I got back I had the best of intentions. I was going to be driven, organised and efficient. I was going to waste no time and get stuck right into finishing off the remainder of my goals. However, after four days back at work with little sleep because I am still adjusting to a new time zone I have to confess that I have accomplished nothing. Well, other than what I did at work and a little bit of gardening I did this morning.

I have lost pretty much all my enthusiasm at this point and am having a serious rethink about my goals. One in particular, the aim of turning all my 1000 quilt blocks into something by the end of the year. Firstly, I am starting to doubt that it is possible given the amount of time I have left. More importantly, I am starting to question why I am even doing it at all.

All the other goals I have set myself I can see the point of. There are of course moments when I hate the goal and I really don’t want to be working on it, but I can still see the point. Lets face it, losing weight isn’t fun. I don’t particularly enjoy having to watch what I eat. If I could eat chocolate all day instead I would. But I can see the point of it. I can see that there is a benefit of a healthier me at the end of it.

Similarly with my other goals (making 1000 quilt blocks, writing a novel, going 100 places I’ve never been before). While sometimes I have to force myself to work on them I can see that I am learning about myself and the world because I do them. In these cases a time limit is important too, because without a deadline procrastination is always possible.

Making these blocks into things is bugging me though. While there is a bit of a challenge in trying to make the blocks fit together, I usually don’t like the finished quilt. They are okay, but I don’t love them. Do I really want to spend the rest of the year making quilts I don’t love? I think the reason why I decided that making the blocks into things should be a goal was because I thought it would be an emotional drain having these blocks sitting here not being used. I thought I wouldn’t be able to move onto other things until they were gone. I am not entirely sure I was right about that, even if they were an emotional drain there are a number of other ways I could deal with them.

  • I have a cupboard in my laundry I don’t use because I need a ladder to get to it. They could sit in there for years and never bother me.
  • I could give them away. Plenty of people love receiving stray blocks, either to make quilts for charity of for themselves.
  • I could use them as pieced backings for other quilts.
  • I could even throw them out. Though that last one does sound like a tremendous waste.

But it could just be that I am going through a phase and what I really need to do is rummage through the pile of blocks again, find something simple to get started on, and just start working.

Blah

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Everything just feels a little bit blah, at the moment. Not sure why. Possibly stress at work, not helped by the rumours circulating about job losses. Getting sacked doesn’t really bother me – except for the worry about how I would pay my mortgage – but not knowing does. If you know you can make a plan, and get on with things. Not knowing leaves you in limbo. I don’t know, it could just be because I am so close to going on holidays, but not so close enough that I need to pack, and I can really feel excited about it.

Things are plodding along nicely here. Except for my slight hiccup with Telstra. In their infinite wisdom they have decided that, despite having let me do it the last five times, I am not allowed to recharge my mobile broadband with my credit card online. Though I will give them credit, the nice man on the phone did give me 250MB of credit to tide me over until I can either get to a shop to buy a voucher, or the case manager calls me back to reactivate credit card payment.

I am making good progress on the quilt to take with me to the UK. I already have 1 border quilted – only three more to go, and then the binding and I will have something finished. I am still not really happy with the back, which has gone a bit pinched, but as my Dad said, who’s going to look at the back. Well, other than me, that is. It’s really not that bad, and I am probably over reacting. There have been worse quilted quilts in history anyway.

I did receive a bit of new stash in the mail. I know – I have to stop spending so much money. However, I like to think about it as an investment in achieving my goals. How am I going to finish making something from all 1000 blocks if I don’t have any fabric for backing and sashing?

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A little bit melancholy

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Not sure why. I am going to blame it on the rain. Yes, it is raining again here. It seems like it’s always raining of late, but I think after 10 years of drought I’ve just forgotten what a sub-tropical summer is all about.

I thinking I am starting to go a little stir crazy from too much time inside. I am trying to stay away from the shops so I don’t spend any money, and it is too rainy to do all the free outdoor stuff I had planned.

Though I did finally finish the quilt top I’ve been working on. I was struggling with it. Not just because it was so big but also because I wasn’t sure it was working. I’m still not sure that it does. I think that the background fabric might be a bit too busy for the blocks. Anyway, I forced myself to finish it this morning. Told myself once it was done I could spend the rest of the day on the couch reading. So, that’s pretty much what I’ve been doing, except for about an hour between rain storms when I went outside and dug in my garden. At least all the rain is making the ground soft.

Pictures of the quilt are below. It was really hard to get a decent shot of it because of the size. It took up nearly the entire floor of my sewing room. 

 

Finished

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I am finished.

647 pages of Sartre and 1002 quilt blocks.

In the book they go up to  1003* but there is no 548. A while ago that might have bothered me, but it doesn’t now. There are other errors in the book too, but overall I think given its size and scope there are surprisingly few. It’s no more perfect than my blocks are, probably more so. One thing I have learned over the course of this journey is that I am not a perfectionist, and I think I am okay with that.

I don’t think it has quite sunk in yet that I am finished. My brain is still in the what do I have to do next kind of thinking.

Thanks to everyone who has read and commented and given me encouragement over the last year. I really don’t think I could have done it without the sense of accountability the blog has given me.

Here is your last lot of blocks, then I am going to go update the gallery, then I am going to go to bed. I will probably not blog for a while. Will post some pics when I make something out of all these blocks.

*I know I said in an earlier post there was 1007, but if there is one thing that you should have learnt by now it’s that I really can’t count.

Getting there

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Finally feeling like I am making some progress, after a week of what felt like loads of effort with not a lot to show for it.