Wednesday, 28 September 2011

School is cool - WIP Wednesday

My son started at nursery school this week so I've been mostly sewing name tags on everything and trying to stop myself from completely crumbling at the thought of my baby growing up. I didn't think I'd get quite so emotional but it is a huge change and I'm not sure I'm doing that well with it. He, on the other hand, has been brilliant and loves his school! So I'm being brave, drying my eyes and soldiering on.

(See Lucy leading the way!!)

I finished my UGLY Blogger's BOM. Not sure yet if I might make another one or just leave it as is. I still have so much to learn.

So on to my WIP. I need to make a back and binding for my daughter's quilt. I'm going to use some or all of this:

I'm no further along with the blocks for my son's quilt either. All the excitement of school has left me just too tired to sew. Sometimes my emotions leave me more tired than physical activity. Not sure why.

I've made some progress on my secret quilt but man it is hard work. I've made so many mistakes it's untrue. More on that soon!

I think this week my WIP has mostly been family and me dealing with change (can you tell I'm no good at that!). I'm determined to get some focus back though and crack on with the sewing - fantastical husband has agreed to put the kids to bed so I'll have a bit more time :)

I'd love if you would tell me what things make your sewing suffer? And if you have any bright ideas how to stay focused please share...
(I'm not at all suggesting we don't put families first, I just mean focus when you have the opportunity to have sewing time!!)


  1. Blog reading is the one thing that makes my sewing time suffer the most. It keeps me from focusing on what I want to get accomplished in my sewing room. Yet...I'm not sure how to change things. So this is completely NOT helpful, huh?

  2. I've always been torn between creating and my loved ones. It is awful because when I am deep in a project I completely zone everything out (including food) and it is really bad for the people around me. Now that I am a mommy and not a full-time artist I have to snap out of my focus zone really quick. Plus, I get so tired so quickly now because I am up so much of the night with little ones! Add to this blogging, taking photos for blogging, reading other blogs...oh my gosh when do I ever get anything done??? I guess we all have a creative itch we just will never abandon and we make it work. Speaking of, love the fabrics for your daughter's quilt back, cannot wait to see it all cut up and pieced together!

  3. My oldest son started preschool almost a month ago, and it is a hard adjustment. I think it will definitely be harder when my baby goes, though! Can't wait to see your daughter's quilt finished! And I am no help whatsoever in the quest for balance and focus in your life. I had nearly two hours this morning between taking my son to school and leaving to pick him up that I could have used wisely. The only thing I really accomplished was doing dishes. Other than that I made an even bigger mess in the boys' bedroom sorting clothes, completely ignored my binding that needs sewn, and read blogs. Not much focus there!

  4. Being tired makes my sewing/knitting/general crafting suffer. I try to prioritise project first, read about other people who did similar project to get motivated again... I don't have ki but with the travelling for work sometimes it seems unfair on my husband to spend time on my craft projects and not with him... You'll find the balance, leave yourself some time.

  5. I feel your pain! My son started preschool, too. It is definitely bittersweet.. fun to watch them grow, but kind of sad at the same time. The thing that keeps me from sewing is the house being a mess. I think I have a bit of A.D.D. when it comes to housework, and cannot focus on it until it is all done. I do a little, get distracted, do a little more, stop and play on the computer, etc etc. I'm sure you don't have that problem though, even though you call your sewing corner a hot mess. ha! It didn't look that way to me.. Go easy on yourself.. Love the fabrics, too, for your daughter's quilt back.
    P.S. Does anyone want to come and clean my house? ha!