I have to put another plug in for the Mysteries For Relay group.We share a new mystery ever six weeks or so,
all it takes is a donation to my Relay For Life page to join.$5 gets you one mystery and $30 gets you a
whole year’s worth.For more
The spring retreats are just a little over month away
now, let’s home spring has showed up by then.
PS - I am sewing, but
they are all top secret projects. I
actually started and completely finished two gifts in February, and started and
finished a new mystery top also. And I
finished one UFO. Plus I made quite a
few BOMs for my BOM sampler, and I even made a few squares for my postage stamp
Yes there is some progress, in several subjects too. First and most importantly, the 2015 Relay For Life year is officially under
way. I have a head start on my fundraising thanks to the fall retreaters
and the Mysteries For Relay ladies. Delaware Quilts will once again be an
official sponsor of the Wicomico Relay For Life. http://main.acsevents.org/goto/MargeGordon2015
Today is Super
Bowl Sunday and the Mysteries For Relay group just got the final clue for the
latest mystery. If you would like to join us and get this pattern and a
new mystery every six weeks or so, all you have to do it make a $30 donation on my Relay page. (Anyone joining in February will get the latest mystery as a free
pattern.) Go to https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MysteriesForRelay/info for more information.
Sometime last year I decided I wanted to make ALL of the
blocks I have on the BOM page. There are over 125 blocks listed and more in
the works, a lot of blocks. I decided to
make my samples 9 inch blocks, and use a variety of blues, yellows and
white-on-whites. What I’m going to do
with all the blocks I’m not sure, no real plans yet, but I can report that I
have 50 finished and several more already cut waiting to be sewn.
I have not worked on my Postage Stamp quilt since the retreat in the fall, but I haven’t given up on
it. Actually the only sewing I have done
are the BOMs. However that’s about to be
set aside too as I begin work on a special order. (Top Secret for now)
I’ve had them before, but usually had a reason, illness,
vacation, moving etc… This time I just don’t have any inspiration. I have BOMs to do, and I have new patterns to
write and make and I have zero willingness to even walk into the sewing
Yes the cutting table is cleaned off, well most of it
anyway. And yes I have fabric and stuff
to do… I just don’t have any desire to even work on quilting on the computer…
I’ve tried, for the last week I’ve tried to make myself
do something….. but that’s all I’ve
And don’t tell me not to worry about it… I have BOMs to
do and I have mysteries to finish and I just don’t want to...
Quite a few friends have asked what’s wrong, are you OK,
and one friend wanted to know if I’ve been on vacation since October. I’ve decided it’s time I reply honestly so
you will stop worrying about me.
I had two enjoyable but stressful weeks of retreating in
October/November. It was only stressful
to me and I wasn’t real sure why. The
conference room was bothering me for the first time ever for one thing. See I have claustrophobia and have for years,
but thought I’d beat it. However I found
it was gradually creeping back and more and more things were bothering me.
Because the conference room has no windows I'd tricked my
mind into believing there was a huge picture window behind me as I sewed. For
some reason it wasn’t working this year and between that and all the normal
chatter and noises, I was more and more uncomfortable. Some of you noticed I wasn’t joining in the
group meals and was keeping to myself a lot.
I already had an appointment with my family Doctor when I
got home, and he noticed something was bothering me. (OK, I broke down while waiting for him in
the examining room so it was hard not to notice.) We had a good talk and he put me on some new
If you know me you know I hate taking medicines. Adding another one to my already too many was
stressful in itself. But that I needed
it was even worse. And I realized that I
did really need it when my house filled up with eight extra people on
Thanksgiving. All that “company” even
though it was all family was just too much for me.
And we had this planned vacation to Disney, the most
magical and crowded place I can think of.
I wasn’t sure how it would go and well… it went so so. I had a panic attack the first day, and
prepared myself mentally for the rest of the week, and I made it through with
some anxiety and a lot of encouragement from my dear sweet John. In the end I can say I had a delightful but
chilly trip but boy am I glad to be home.
Please understand I am fighting this, but it’s going to
take a while. Just don’t crowd me and
don’t push me into something I am uncomfortable with. I’ll be OK.
First I was going to take this, then I decided to take
that, then I decided to take them both of I could get them in the same
container and now I want them both if they fit or not… I’m sure everyone goes through these decisions when heading on retreat.
And I took a serious look at my “stuff”. If I was not the host of these retreats I
would be taking my sewing machine bag which has all my sewing/cutting/measuring
tools in it, a project bag with things to do, and a suitcase. When I fill my car tomorrow it will be full,
barely any empty space, and a friend is bringing up three totes for me.
What could I leave home? That is the question of the
Not leaving for a few more days but I think I am almost
ready. I have all the sewing stuff ready
and all the retreat stuff ready. I just
need the “me stuff” like clothes etc. I
think I will get it all done. Now I just
need to figure out how to get it all up there… that may be a problem!
You would think after 18 years and 49 retreats I would
have this routine down by now, but that’s far from so. And I’m not real sure why, but this fall I
seem more disorganized than ever. I
can’t decide what projects to take, I can’t decide what clothes either… will it
be hot or cold? I know… layers, t-shirts
and sweaters. And a jacket, I always
forget a jacket if it’s a warm day when I leave home.
But ready or not, it’s almost time and I need to start
packing up the many piles I’ve made on the back porch and start getting ready…
the way I’m going that’s what I’ll be doing all week long!
Yesterday we worked in the yard because the weatherman
said it was likely to be our last warm day of the year. We still have a half a bucket of tulip bulbs
to plant. We went out and decided where
we wanted the tulip bed to be, in a circle around my thorn bush. Just deciding where was probably the hardest
part… we thought.
John got the tiller from the shed, brought it to
the front yard and tried to start it, and tried to start it, and tried to start
it. And that’s all we got done.
Well not quite true.
While he was trying to start the tiller I dumped a bag of potting soil
in to the old wheelbarrow that sits under a tree in the front yard, kind of our
country decoration. In the summer it’s filled
with petunias and I decided it needed crocus for the spring. I stuck a whole bunch of crocus bulbs in
there and now just have to wait for spring to see if they come up… will be a
while before I can show it.
PS, glad we did go out yesterday, quite chilly today!
I can’t say finished because nothing new is, but I’m working
on things. I’m more packed than I was
the other day and all the patterns are printed.
I planted another 500 and some bulbs this morning, mostly because I was
up early, it was cool, and it’s going to rain which will cover all the holes I
Now I’m going to spend the rest of the day (maybe) in the
sewing room cutting strips and squares.
I cut more 3 inch squares yesterday and got a start on my own 2 1/2 inch
strips, but I still have a long way to go on both.
No, I don’t think I’ll have any finishes to brag about
for a while, but I’m making progress.
It’s almost retreat time so I’ve started putting together
my “stuff” to take with me. When you’re
the host, you have a lot of stuff, an awful lot of stuff… more than my car can carry so I’m very
thankful for a local friend who is coming up too.
And I’m working on a few new projects. I’m making sampler blocks from some of my
BOMs, some old and some new too. And I
am starting my postage stamp quilts.
Yes quilts… I’ve decided to make some eye spy postage
stamp quilts for kids, using up fabrics I have on hand. I thought I had enough to make some great
quilts and started cutting. With two of
each square in a quilt, how much of a fabric would decide how many quilts I
could make… I cut and cut and cut for
three days and ended up with 18 piles of three inch squares. However, there are only sixty some squares in
each pile and I’ve used up all of my kids fabrics… so I have some digging to do
and maybe even some shopping.
In the meantime I also starting cutting for my own
postage stamp quilt or maybe quilts, time will tell. I’ve decided my squares will be 2 1/2 inches,
that way I can use up some of my left over strips from jelly rolls and other
projects. There is lots and lots of
cutting in my future before I can even begin to sew.
Yesterday I got sidetracked… the yard needed some
work. I have had a huge bucket of
bulbs that needed to be put back in the ground.
And since it rained all day Saturday I thought the ground would be soft
and easier to plant some of them… and I was right. We worked about four hours, me digging holes
and putting bulbs in and him weeding another small garden. I only got half the bulbs planted but he got
all the weeds pulled, until they come back. And when we finished we were both too tired and sore to
do much of anything else, so we didn’t… he watched TV and I read.... and thought
about what other fabrics I could add to some eye spy postage stamp quilts…