Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Houston, we have lift-off!

Looky, looky....

at what's on the pinning table tonight...and look carefully....see all the pins? Woo hoo!!!!

As you can see by my sidebar, I was fortunate enough to make it into a motivational group effort....One Project A Month. Seriously, now how hard is it to complete one project a month? (Well, if we consider that this one's been under construction for about 3 months now, I guess it's safe to say that at times I need all the help I can get). Anyway, this is going to be my finished project for January -- I swear! And I hope to gain  a lot of inspiration and enjoy the camradarie of the other bloggers participating in this endeavor. Thanks so much to Peg and Kris for setting it up.

With this new motivation after I cleaned up after dinner I went upstairs, put on my jammies and my Uggs, packed all of my materials in a tote bag, folded up the pinning table and schlepped it all downstairs to the family room where I could park it in front of the tv and watch American Idol with the hubs while I pinned. I told him I thought the reason I was avoiding it was because it's such a long process and it would be so boring to do it in my workroom. Well, that definitely did the trick. It took all of 2 hours to sandwich and pin, and it's done.

The fun part was I got to use the wonky little safety pin tool the hubs put in my Christmas stocking, and amazingly, it worked really well and I love it.

You press it down on the sandwich (which is why my thumb looks so fat and flat) to hold the fabric steady and avoid wrinkling the back and you stick your safety pin in and bring the end up over a little notch in the tool. Then all you have to do is press the head of the pin down and it fastens.

So now we have conquered the Beach House sandwich and pin procrastination madness and will now most likely focus on Beach House quilt freemotion procrastination for the rest of the week.

The Dear Jane book arrived today, so I am one step closer to becoming a Jane-iac (envision me in off the shoulder sweatshirt, leggings and sweatband pumping my legs furiously to the music...okay, bad mental image, I know you're seeing that woman from Quacker Factory, so let's just forget I mentioned that.). The hubs said he didn't quite understand my fascination with this quilt, but if that's what I want to do, go for it. 225 blocks.....definitely daunting. And to think that I've got this snowman quilt (about a million pieces of Piece O Cake applique) book that I've printed the patterns from, cut the templates, organized in a binder and have yet to start on since I acquired it about 4 years ago. Makes me think that this Dear Jane might take a while to launch.

Well, after finishing the BeachHouse quilt, I'll be whipping out a little table quilt for Valentine's Day, that is if I can fit it in with the Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend Challenge. I'd also like to make some little yoyo heart pins, and since I did a Valentime themed tutorial on the blog last year, maybe I'll make that an annual project and get back in tutorial mode with the yoyo heart pins.

If only there were as many hours in the day as I have good intentions.


  1. How did you know that I was watching Quacker Factory?!? You must be psychic. LOL

    ttfn :) Yuki

  2. Wow the colours in that quilt top go beautifully together!

    Congrats on your pinning success. Onward and Upward!

  3. That's a cute little gadget - glad to hear of one that "does what it says on the packet", thanks, Lis x


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