Thursday, April 12, 2018

What's On Tap for Q2 Finish-A-Long?

I've come to the realization that my husband truly believes there should be a finite end to my quilting projects.


That is such a foreign concept to me, that I don't even know how to process it. And he thinks we have enough quilts. What???

Help me set him straight. What do you tell your significant other about The Need To Stitch, The Need to Create, The Need To Do Anything Other Than Watch TV???

So in this vein of thought (that one can never have too many quilting projects), I've come up with my Goals for the second quarter of Finish-A-Long. Let's see what I can accomplish between now and the end of June:

1.  Quilt up my Star Quilt (carry over from Q1).

2.  Quilt and bind a replacement quilt for our son.

3.  Quilt and bind my Turtle Baby Quilt

A reader pointed out the error of my ways, and I've since corrected the placement of the bottom section. Doh!

That's enough. In fact, if I crank through all that, along with everything else that we have going this time of year, I'll feel quite accomplished.

Yep, yep. Good plan!

P.S. My husband retired last week.........

Quilting with a smile,

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  1. Haha.....My hubby is always asking, "who is that quilt for?" It doesn't have to BE for anyone, I just like to create. My family has all the quilts they can handle so I make a lot of charity quilts and Quilts of Valor to satisfy my addiction! So I totally understand. We used to live in Idaho, south of Burley...nice to see other Idaho quilters.

  2. Get that husband a hobby fast!

    And if that doesn’t work, I can tell him how many quilts I have around my place :)

  3. We have that conversation now and then, too! I just tell him it's my Thing, and everybody needs a "thing!" Fortunately, he loves golf, and likes to make his own clubs, and there's always a reason to make another golf club, right?! :)

  4. Oh no! What in the world are you going to do with a retired husband who thinks you have enough quilts? YIKES!! I have no good advice because I was blessed with a hubby who indulges my passion. Tell him you would curl up and die if you couldn't let those creative urges out! :)

  5. Every quilter I know wants to adopt my DH! He's bought me a serger, my HQ 16, quilt store gift certs for every occasion imaginable, he's sent me to quilt retreats, and this year we'll be shopping for an embroidery machine. He encourages me to quilt whenever I want and praises every quilt I make, regardless of the complexity or beauty. I am one lucky girl and I try to remember that every hour I spend in my quilt room (which he also designed in when we built our log cabin).

  6. I think your goal setting is spot on , not adding too much stress just time to enjoy your quilting. Cynthia has a good suggestion - get him a hobby!! My husband paints in all mediums, he has a small studio by the side of mine - his original idea was that wouldn't it be so nice for us to share on large room and both work in there together, I think you can guess what my answer was!!!

  7. Congratulations on your hubby retiring! That's great for both of you. My husband loves to create with wood, so he has a shop full of wood and tools, so we enable each other, haha. I think that as long as creative people are breathing, they have a need to create and be expressive through craft/art. I like how organized you are and how you have a plan for finishing your projects!
    Happy sewing,

  8. Um no, you can never have enough quilts, just like you can never shut off the creative juices tap. You could be doing a whole lot of worse stuff than adding beauty to your world. This is you. Do authors say okay now I've written 10 books I'm done? No, and thank goodness they don't! It's who you are, and you are a happier human when you are creating and fondling fabric, and dreaming and scheming about the next project right? My husband loves to create too, so I never have to explain a thing to him; his hobbies, cars, metal work, some wood work, require a lot of expensive tools and materials as well. We NEED dreamers and creators always, but now more than ever. And retirement is a major readjustment; he'll have to figure out his pace/routine. Both my husband and I went through it, at different times (and he retired and I quit teaching at the same time), but we both did go through an adjustment and a process of figuring things out. We are still married so that is a good sign ha!

  9. Good luck with your quilting projects, and especially with your husband's retirement. Your husband needs a hobby himself, and failing that, a bus pass to the nearest mall, so he can meet some buddies for coffee (the bus'll take longer than the car). In the meantime, happy sewing. That turtle quilt is sweet.

  10. Tell him it’s cheaper than therapy.


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