Where oh where have I been?

Thursday, March 4, 2010

I don't know what happened, but sometime in October, the sewing switch was flipped to the OFF position.  My poor lonely machine has only been used once, and that was a hasty hem on a skirt lining!  In January!

I suppose I have a good excuse.  It was kind of a depression/holidays/basketball/studying thing.  You see, in October I found out that I failed the bar exam for the 5th time (the depression), then the Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years holidays were nuts, then came following my Wildcats, and re-studying for the bar again that I just took the last week in February.  For the last time.  EVER.  Whether I passed or not, Hubby and I have decided that enough's enough, and just maybe it's not God's will that I should actually BE a lawyer.  I get those results in April, and I'm so glad to have it behind me. 

Another thing that's kinda hampered my quilting is the fact that my two major WIPs, the Irish Chain and the "Path to Pembroke" went wonky on me.  I have the quilting about 90% done on the Irish Chain, but I couldn't settle into a groove for the quilting in the big open block.  I went round and round about what I was going to do, and ever since then, it's just sat, folded up, on the sewing room floor. 

Path to Pembroke totally went wonky, and I haven't finished piecing the top for it.  It's going to be a quilting nightmare, I'm afraid.  I think I got the bias stretched or something wrong.  So I kinda gave it up to frustration and ever since then, IT'S just hung, folded up, in the sewing room closet. 

I'm really bad about not finishing things and starting more things, so my goal was to finish (quilting on the IC and get the top done of PTP) those two things before I started anything else.  That poor PTP quilt has been in progress for a year now, and I was soooo in love with the fabrics and the initial piecing of it. 

Anyway, now I'm itching to start a new quilt for Hubby, even though he could probably care less about having his own quilt.  But over Thanksgiving I did collect some old button-down shirts from my parent's house and from Goodwill and cut them up for quilt fabric.  There's a great pattern in the June 2009 American Patchwork & Quilting mag called "My Guy" that I would looooove to make with old shirt fabrics.  And it's all rectangles, no crazy triangles or diagonal seams or seminole piecing techniques....so I'm thinking I NEED to do it to get another GOOD, easy quilt under my belt, right!? 

Then there's the Bridal Sampler...  Call me crazy, but I am seriously considering doing most of that by hand-piecing.  I know.  Insane.  But I really need a hand project to do and I'm thinking that would do the trick.  I've already cut pieces for about 5 or 6 blocks and put them in Ziploc baggies. 

This is why I don't knit.  I never had a long enough attention span.