Saturday, November 24, 2007

Lots of tiny steps make great strides

I guess it must be the run up to Christmas - but maybe it's just the age our kids are

Life seems to be one continuous race around a hamster wheel

I'm not complaining, I'm really enjoying life. My perception of my job and all it entails seems to finally be falling into place. Nigel is enjoying his work. The kids are all happy busy and content, okay Sarah has some pressure on her regarding ongoing coursework and looming exams but she seems to be coping just fine.
However it might be nice to have a little breathing space now and again :o)
In and amongst all this I've got lots of sewing done.
I don't feel to have had any big chunk of time to just sit and sew but I've obviously been chipping away at the list of things to do in and amongst everything else.
These are the star blocks (Dutchman's Puzzle) my quilting babes completed the other week. Sarah's foundation pieced block is still under construction so I can't show it yet.
The table runner for DB & DSIL is undergoing the applique to finish it to flimsy stage
I dashed off some more spotty and bright sawtooth stars for one of the quillows - I keep chipping away at this and realised that I'd have to put a good number of larger stars into it or I might be still stitching sawtooth stars this time next year!
And for my sister and my friend I'm working on something Christmassy - stitchery hearts appliqued on background fabric - then it's wait and see what I'll do with them, but it did involve a quick trip to the local haberdashery shop for red and green ribbons which were in short supply at home
Nigel headed off on the train for Bath this morning as he has an invite from one of his suppliers to watch the Bath v Bristol rugby match this afternoon with a sumptuous meal and after dinner speaker before hand - lucky boy!
Nick has his birthday sleepover (read that as wakeover) tonight so the house will be full of 11 and 12 year old boys from about 4pm - that'll keep my girls on their toes. The boys are all sleeping in the lounge below our bedroom tonight so I hope they're not too noisy
As for me I hope to fit in a bit of sewing around all this - catching it in more bite sized pieces I guess - all the tiny steps will get me there in the end

12 comments:

joyce said...

You've been busy! I remember when our 4 kids were young like that and life was a whirl. I sometimes miss it but it is also nice to be retired and have all the time in the world to quilt. And I love having grandchildren. Life is good at any stage.

Libby said...

It is a busy time of year - just relax and enjoy - it always seems to come together . . . somehow *s*

Karol-Ann said...

Bite-size pieces is all I get, but you still get stuff done in the end. You've done loads though!! All very nice indeed!!

Andrea said...

Everythings coming along really well - especially love the stitchery hearts.

julieQ said...

Love those neutral blocks. I made some blocks with the neutrals as stars and the colors and backgrounds and really like it!!

JulieQ

meggie said...

I agree with Joyce. Life is good at any stage. You still seem to manage to get quite a bit of sewing done! Very nice, too.

Kim said...

Your hamster wheel analogy hit the nail on the head! We all need to try to remember to work in some "me" time and some family time, as hard as it can be!

atet said...

Squeak, squeak (says another hampster running on her wheel). Looks like you've been doing well though -- love that table runner and the girls' blocks are lovely! Now -- if I could just clone myself so that I can get done all the Christmas gifts...

Cascade Lily said...

I can totally relate to that Anne...same old story here :)

I am chipping away at the sewing too :) Yours is coming along very nicely. I so wish I had my very own sewing/crafting space other than the dining room table, which also needs to be used for...dining!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

I think that looks like a lot of progress to me...and I know what you mean about life being good...why are we often afraid to say that....yet usually happy to complain when it is not! lol
tracey

kcamou said...

My goodness! How do you manage to do all you do? I'm extremely impressed! You'll have to share all your secrets with me, starting with where you get all that energy. I love all the pics, you and the girls are doing wonderful work!

loulee1 said...

Wow great catch up on the quilty stuff. The girls are doing well.