Thursday, July 12, 2012

Yep, it's me, I'm still here

I think I need to keep that title for every post these days as they are few and far between.

The house has been on the market for a couple of weeks. There has been lots and lots of interest and as of tomorrow I will have had almost 20 inspections. That's 20 separate inspections, not 20 people coming through in an open for inspection time slot.  As you can imagine that means that just about every day I've had to have the house spotless and I've had to leave the house for an hour or two and take the dog with me while prospective buyers come and look see.
I really haven't had a lot of time for anything lately. One evening I thought I would take time out to read some blog posts, when I opened google reader I had over 400 posts to read. I hope you will understand I've tried to keep up with as many posts as possible but it's just not possible to read in full that many posts. I've attempted to comment on a few posts too. I am really sorry if I haven't commented on your post, but I haven't hit the delete button yet and have skimmed through all the posts so far.
In between constant cleaning and tidying and having to leave the house, I haven't had much time to sew either. I really really want to work on a couple of projects that I started recently, but the thought of getting all my fabric out, playing with it, cutting it up and then having to put it away each day, has stopped me.  However I've found that it's been nice to pick up some hand sewing in the evening. It's been good to get back to that while watching tv and unwinding.

I've finished another Amitie Circle Game block. Not bad, not great. The centre could be better, but hopefully by the time I'm up to block eleventy hundred I should have perfected all the techniques I need to make a perfect block!

I've been working away at the starflowers too.  I've had a change of plan with them. Basically, because I couldn't face doing a whole quilt of them. The new plan is to square them up and use them as a centre panel for a quilt. I'm aiming to put a plain border and then a wider border in the same background fabric but with hexies or some other shapes appliquéd on to it.  This is Plan B, stay tuned, because there could be a Plan C or D, we'll just have to wait and see what eventuates.
More starflowers
Lots more to come.

I was able to finish a quilt before the mayhem of inspections started.

This pile of fabric, minus the cat paws,

turned into this, it's the backing.
Unfortunately I've misplaced my camera. I've been using my phone but I keep on taking really crap photos so hopefully I can take some decent ones to show you the rest of it.

I started on a VIQ Very Important Quilt as soon as the above quilt was finished. This one was to be a present for someone for a very special birthday which is only a couple of weeks away. I had every intention of having this finished in the next couple of weeks. I'm a slacker, and I'm annoyed with myself because if I ever get to finish it I think it will look awesome. The idea for this quilt started in September last year, and sat in a bag until the end of May when I suddenly realised I had very little time left to make it. I've thrown in the towel on this one. When will I learn that procrastination is stupid! It will be finished, but probably not until people stop wanting to look at my house or I move.
Image 2
A tiny peek.

Despite everything I still found some time to quickly surf the net and let my finger slip and purchase these beautiful books from Quiltmania.

Worth every cent, lots more wonderful inspiration for hand piecing and quilting.


  1. I've been doing my best to keep your blog reader total down as I haven't been posting nearly as often as I should :) Don't feel guilty about not keeping up - there is so much else going on for you! I can't wait to see how all these peeks turn out.

  2. I've been doing my part to keep your blog reader down too, so hopefully my lack of blogging mo-jo is also helping ;)
    Great projects!

  3. Good to hear your progress. It's a nightmare keeping the house ship shape for a sale isn't it, I am not a natural housewife but it is worth it.
    Your Starflower plan sounds good, less is more.
    And stop beating yourself up, we all have too many balls in the air, one has to drop now and again.

  4. God, keeping my house clean day in and day out would give me a nervous breakdown! Lovely hand sewing though.

  5. Wow, that's a lot of inspections! I dread the day I have to make my house sale-worthy...I'd need to hire a storage unit to hide all my stuff! Love your blocks :-)

  6. That's great that your house is getting so much interest. I'm sure it will sell very well. Keeping my fingers crossed.
    You also have kept yourself busy with several lovely projects. I know about procrastination only too well! But I'm telling myself that I work better under pressure!!

  7. Such a pain to have to keep the house clean. We did it for a few months and it drove me crazy. It's all worth it when the house sells though.

  8. So glad you were able to come up for air and blog a little. As you know we sold our house not too long ago and it is a pain. Hope someone brings a contract soon!

    I don't know how you can say you have not been busy with anything other than cleaning house! I love everything you are doing. I am not sure I could manage the round block. you even say round block?

    Can't wait to see the whole Birthday Quilt. The fabrics are wonderful!

  9. I'll keep everything crossed for you for the house!

    Loving the bits of sewing you have managed, hope you get more free time soon!

  10. Moving home is hard work - don't worry about blogland, it's supposed to be fun, not to make you feel guilty. Just delete the whole lot and start off again. Everyone understands that real life comes first. Good luck with the house, I hope you get it all sorted soon so you can get back to some peace and quiet (and sewing). x x

  11. Hoping that you have some buyers very soon! Love your circle block...I am finding I can only really concentrate on hand sewing at present!

  12. Can't blame you for not wanting to get all the sewing gear out, to have to pack it away again at the 'drop of a hat'!! Love the fabrics in the special birthday quilt! And your book purchases! I am very jealous!

  13. It's not the race - it's the journey. You'll finish that quilt. Meantime it looks like you have plenty of reading to keep you company!

  14. I feel for you Marg, having your house on the market and all, i wish you a quick and easy sale! Your hand pieced blocks look stunning and those books look like they will provide plenty of inspiration! x

  15. Good to hear that you are getting lots of interest in the house. Hang in there, it shouldn't be long before you can get back to doing what you love best. Hope you've tidied up by packing stuff into boxes ready to move!

  16. The blocks are lovely, and the quilt will be too. Hang in there with the sale, hopefully it will be done soon.

  17. Ohhh Lots of yummy, lovely fabulous projects!! I've been umming and ahhing about the Feathering the Nest book. It does look good though. I love the Material Obsession book. I hope your house sells soon. Having stranger go through is a bit ugh!! And keeping it so tidy means you can't find anything.

  18. Retail therapy (patchwork stuff of course) cures all ills, and those books are lovely just to look at.
    Keep Calm and Keep Stitching, reading, blogging .....

  19. fabbo projects - and i wouldn't gett too fashed about replying to comments - we all have these times and it's not worth the stress - it's supposed to be about having some fun :)

  20. Selling a house is a major chore. Thankfully the last time we had to sell one, we were gone for most of the time they did the heavy showing. Beautiful projects. I like the brown polka dot you picked to set the hexies together with. Hope you can get back to sewing soon.

  21. Good to see I am not the only one absent from their blog :-) Hope the house sells quickly and you can get your equilibrium back. Despite all the stress and pressure you are doing beautiful work as always!


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