Did this catch your attention? It's from #10 way at the bottom. But I like seeing pretty things when I open up my email and thought you would too.
At the onset of August I had a list of ten main areas and what I wanted to see accomplished in each. I knew the list was extensive and there was not enough energy in my body to get everything done. But still I committed to write them down. In July I had 3! intentions that didn't get a lick of work done on them. So, a list of ten with even 1 progressing along would be an improvement. I was correct. I also found that the energy that builds from one item getting crossed off the list encouraged me more than I thought it would.
Here's how the month has gone:
#1. ✅ Follow a blog posting schedule. I have accomplished this and tried to keep everyone informed of what was going on when I came across some 'dyeing issues'!
#2. ✅ My plan was to finish binding four charity quilts. This was revised to: bind two charity quilts and make quilt backs for two tops that were given to our guild. I also quilted them with my new longarm.
#3. 💤 Princess quilt top.
#4. 💤 Canberra tree quilt.
#5. ❓ Deconstructed screen printing fabrics with lots of white background. This one was loaded on the longarm. I did a different design in each of the screen printed blocks, and then I just couldn't think clearly what to do next, so it's about 50% done and waiting it's next trip to the top of the list.
#6. 💤 Poppy field quilt.
#7. 💤 Improvisational pieces are still waiting.
#8. 💤 Three table runners made from hand dyed fabric.
#9. ✅ get at least 2 pieces out of the mending basket. I actually got 5 mended and decided a few others weren't worth the effort.
#10 ✅✅✅✅ this was where an enormous amount of my time went! I started out wanting to dye up a few small color wheels of fat/eighths of fabric. It ended up being 4color wheels having 15 steps (each 1/2 yard), a lavender & grey 7 piece group, and one giant color wheel/pyramid of 68 pieces that used 18 fat quarters and 40 fat eighths. I also did quite a bit of 'insurance' soaking and processing. This was precautionary but I needed to be sure things were done well.
I have had a very full month. Did a lot of other activities and all those mundane "housework" things we all do.
I want to share a little something special next. When I purchased this yarn I had no reason other than it was 8 skeins of a lovely variegated golden color. I often say that I don't know where, or to whom, something I am making will go. But I trust that God will get that part taken care of when the time is right. So as I started this little afghan I figured it would go to someone for warmth or comfort. I just trusted, started it, and kept on going. I put it to the side and left it for a couple of weeks. Then one Saturday, as we were leaving for a 'ride to the beach' I grabbed it and as we traveled that day, my fingers literally flew through each row. Usually they took almost 8 minutes per row, but I got more done than the trip's time could have given me. I just figured, things are going great, and I'll be done shortly.
As I finished the last row, I realized where it was meant to go. Our neighbors had lost their Golden to cancer that weekend. I never thought about it bringing comfort to someone that had lost a dog. But, it was her colors! As soon as I finished that last row, tied the ends in, put it in a small bag, we walked it over to them. I hope it brings them comfort.