Saturday, December 29, 2012

A Challenge

I am following a few blogs and Prairie Moon Quilts...
posted a challenge today which I thought might be a motivator for me... Here's how it went...

Locate your UFO that’s closest to being done, and do something about it.

OK... So that sounded pretty easy..but there's more:

And I’ll be back tomorrow with your next task, so as My Cowboy would say: “Don’t dawdle!”

so that meant it had to be finished today...

Well I started.

I went to my sewing room and the first UFO I saw was a Christmas tree skirt that I started 2 years ago and was determined to have under my tree this Christmas... WRONG! Didn't happen. I quilted it this year, but that cursed binding never got on it, so it stayed in my sewing room while the rest of us enjoyed Christmas.
11:48 am

I figured... easy peasy, I can get that done today. But as you all know, that's not so easy for me because I don't like or enjoy binding anything. I could have switched to something else, but there it was, staring me in the face and I figured it was today or never. So I started.

First challenge... find some binding material. Since I made the skirt 2 years ago, there was no matching fabric so I dug into my resources and found a solid red that looks somewhat like the red in the skirt.

Second Challenge... Finish it! I got the binding cut, pressed and folded, sewn on and then came the problem. I had to hand sew. Grumble Grumble Grumble. I asked myself many times why I started it when many more future UFOs were rumbling around in my head. I put on a new Craftsy class I just purchased and while I watched the first three lessons I plugged away and after about 3 hours of grumbling... I could see an end to this project.

2:48 pm  Yippee!
Then I started feeling good about this whole thing! What a great way to force yourself to finish a grumble project... And Reminding myself not to "Dawdle", because I decided to take this challenge without a gun at my head, made me persevere and finish it up...

I wonder what Prairie Moon Quilts has up her sleeve for tomorrow...

And just because I am the Notion Nanny... Here's a notion I used today while working on this project.  I love the John James needles. This particular package is the 3/9 Quilting needles. The thing I like the best about these pebbles is you can take them anywhere (except on a plane) and they don't fall out of the case.

John James Pebbles are designed to store the finest quality hand sewing needles safely, making them instantly visible and easily accessible in a sewing boxes, a craft bag, a top drawer, and even a handbag. Each needle style comes in its own elegant and distinctive color Pebble for quick identification.

1 comment:

Shelly said...

Awesome! I'm so proud of you!!!!