Monday, June 02, 2008


Friday I worked all day in the yard. I only meant to work for an hour or so, and then go sew, but there was always just a little more to do, and it looked so good when I finished, and it would be almost a week before I could do it again....and so I OVERworked in the yard. I mean, you know you've done too much when you take a hot shower and still walk around like Methuselah on a bad day.

Consequently, I hit the hay before dark, totally wiped out, only to awaken at 1am. One am is my usual bedtime, not when I get up! What the heck was this about? So I lay there with my C-PAP on, for 2 hours, trying to get back to sleep, and getting hungrier and hungrier. (Actually, I find that C-PAP rather comforting and it usually lulls me to sleep, but not this time.)

I gave up the fight, got up and had a bowl of Go-Lean cereal and was far too awake to even think about sleep for a while. Not wanting to wake the hubby or the dog, I decided to cut some fabric. I have several baskets of scraps in all sizes, and periodically I cut them down into 6 1/2" squares, 4 1/2" squares, 2 1/2" squares, and finally into 1 1/2" squares (because no fabric is ugly if it's cut into small enough pieces). It's a nice, no-brain kind of activity when I want to be a bit productive, but not really into a major project.

After slicing and dicing awhile, said neck and shoulders, already tired and sore from yardwork, began to complain. I decided to sew some of the 1 1/2" squares together, because I want to reach the ripe old age of 108 with a postage stamp quilt on my bed. I started pulling random squares out and sewing them together, and after awhile, I saw a few squares sewn into pairs, that I'd forgotten. They were scraps left from a preemie quiltlet made when I was a part of the Quilting Angels. (Sorry the photo is so fuzzy--it was done with my last camera phone a couple of years ago).

So I fished the rest of the scraps from the bag and began sewing them into pairs and 4-patches again. Finally about 10:30am, I began to get a little tired and sleepy and had to stop and go to bed, as I had to work the next 3 nights. This is what I've done so far:

Not sure what I'm going to do with these, but I still love the fabrics and colors and will just have to figure something out. Any suggestions, anyone?


Penny said...

Doing stuff like you described relaxes me, too. It is nice to have that sort of project to work on when the rest of the house is sleeping or off somewhere else. A mental health break.

Mandy said...

Man I would give ANYTHING to learn to sew. I even buy fabric sometimes. Isn't that crazy. I don't own a sewing machine. I must learn to sew. Your quilt is amazing!

Jacquie said...

I'm not sure what to do with them. I'm sure you'll think of something. I love how you said no fabric is ugly when it is cut small enough. I'm going to remember that!

Stephanie said...

Mandy, how sweet of you to say that! You know, you can take sewing lessons at a community college, or local quilt shop. I'll bet you could check some sewing machine repair shops for good deals on second hand machines to get you started.

It really is therapeutic to create something.

MightyMom said...

mandy, I have put up learning how to sew for beginners posts. come and see check the sidebar for the sewingforbeginners topic. Has written instruction, pics and videos.

Steph, wow...a postage stamp..I'm impressed. I think they're cool, but do NOT have the guts to start one.

Libby said...

What cutie little 4 patches . . . I've seen some double 4 patch quilts around lately - that could be an option *s*
I spend a good deal of time in the yard yesterday, too. I want to try to 'play' outside for at least an hour a day - good to get out and get moving and take in a little vitamin D all at the same time *s*

MouseChirpy said...

I don't have any suggestions for you but I just wanted to tell you that I love the color combination.

Perry said...

Use these as a border around a quilt made with these colors in it. It would be terrific. Iknow what you mean about yardwork. My muscles' muscles hurt, lol.