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Sunday, 24 January 2016

Forget Perfection

If you are anything like me, that is very difficult to do. And the problem with this is that it makes it very difficult to actually start something. I mean, what's the point of starting something, if I'm only going to get it wrong and everyone will judge it and know I'm a failure, and, and – well, you get the picture.

So, today a friend was on Facebook, and I commented on a post he had made. I followed this up with a note through Messenger. One thing led to another, and I ended up sending him a picture of a quilt top I had made. The quilt was intended for his son, but it was so busy, and so bright that I figured he would hate it. Plus I made a booboo in the quilt.

Well, as a result, he has told me that he has plans to come and pick it up from me. I told him I would have to go and buy backing and finish it. So – guess what. Off we went to the quilt shop where I bought suitable backing, and some extra fabric for the binding (in case I don't have enough on hand). Next, I'll have to clear off my quilting frame, and start practising like crazy. I know exactly how I want to quilt this, and it's going to take some work.

But. Despite the booboo – and how busy it is – he likes the quilt! I showed it to the owner at the quilt store, and she told me it's great! (She also commented on the small kennel quilt I had made, saying that all the corners meet and it's crazy. Did I mention it's made from 2” squares?)

The bottom line is – I need to remember that perfection isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Wonder how long I'll actually remember.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Help, I'm drowning!

Hello, my name is Peggi. And I have a lot of clutter. This is a picture of my long-arm frame, with STUFF piled on top of it. I am trying to spend 15 minutes in my sewing room every day, organizing. But, truth be told, organizing, in my case, simply consists of moving things from one location to another. Perhaps it's stored in a different container, or in a different place - but it's really just moved. It's not sorted. So - while it looks neater, it doesn't make it any easier for me to find it later.

It's so easy to know what the answer is - to take the time and truly sort and then store/use/give away - whatever. But it's REALLY hard to get from here to there.

So. This is my goal. To have a more decluttered life. And I'm going to try to document it here. Since the blog already exists, and this is my quilting room, after all. Who would like to join me? And who would like to offer support?

Please understand that comments such as - "Just dump it all." or "Clutter is clutter - just clean it up." aren't helpful in the long run. This is a journey, and it's not an easy one.

Who's up for the long haul?


Monday, 5 October 2015

Baby Quilt

The top is finally finished. Isn't this the most busy quilt you have ever seen?


Sunday, 4 October 2015

And More Recycling

A while ago, the local Humane Society listed "file folders" on its wish list of supplies needed. I've been saving them up - because I just happen to have too many. Now I'm told they have enough, thank you very much. It's getting more difficult to recycle, it seems.

Natter, natter, natter...

Clearly I need to do more sewing.


Friday, 2 October 2015


In related news (well, it's related because it's me that has the question), for reasons only partially known to me, I have become infected with the recycling bug. (Okay, I already had it for fabric, but that's different, right?) I have been looking for places close to home for recycling floppy disks. Our local community is having an e-Waste collection event tomorrow - so I asked them. Nope. Put them in the trash, they said. There must be some place that takes these. (As in, it's not a good thing to clutter up landfill, right? And let's not even think about environmental effects of throwing out lots of plastic!)

So - wish me luck. Because I've got a LOT of these suckers, and I only need a small number of coasters. (Oh, wait. I've already got lots of those. See what I mean?)

Keep sewing,


Thursday, 1 October 2015

Almost there

Only one more seam for the baby quilt I've been working on, and then I'm off to start a new project.

Why yes, that means I still have to quilt and bind the baby quilt. But that's a task for another day - when I actually have my other sewing machine desk cleared off.

What are you working on today?


Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Echoes in an Empty Room

Hello? Hello? Is this thing on?