This has turned out to be a very frustrating day.
I got a later start than usual, and worked in the garden. With rain coming in, we pulled the tarp with the herb cuttings to the compost pile, and covered two bales of straw, and then I came in for the afternoon.
I have numerous quilting projects underway, and I’ve been trying to finish some of them before starting new projects. I managed to get a twin-sized signature quilt top finished today. I pieced the back, too. Now all I have to do is pack the top, back and batting and mail them off to the ladies who will machine quilt them for me. Perhaps I’ll have a special Christmas present for my mother if they finish in time.
I finished a second signature quilt top, too. I had the ladies at my niece’s bridal shower sign fabric rectangles, and I pieced them into simple blocks. I used a variety of fabrics in black, brown, tan, gold and dark red to create the scrappy blocks, and used a batik fabric in the border to pull it all together. The piece is ready to be quilted, and I’ll probably show it to my niece tomorrow.
I also spent the day doing some of the ironing that has built up over the summer. I prefer to use cotton napkins at the dinner table when we have guests. Heck….I prefer them even if we don’t have guests. But that means that someone (guess who) has to iron them if they are wrinkled when they come out of the dryer. I think I ironed three sets of mats and three sets of napkins, and then I ironed the fabrics for a baby quilt that needs to be finished by December, and cut out half the blocks.
I know…..I should have started sooner. The worst of it is that my stepdaughter is going to have a baby in May, so I need to do one for her, too. AND there’s a quilt in the frame for my niece that’s close to being done, if only I could spend a little time on it, AND I’m working on a quilt for her mother, too. On top of that there are two pillows that I should have finished last winter.
That’s where the frustration has come in. I need a few large blocks of time to get all these things done, and it doesn’t look like I’ll be seeing any free time until February. I still have gardening to do, Thanksgiving is coming with Christmas hard on its heels, and there’s bookkeeping for the company to be done at end of year, as well as the W2s. I don’t want to give up blogging, but it’s one more thing that drains my time.
I need a clone, or a double, or pills or SOMETHING to help me work faster and longer! I know that my siblings get a LOT more done than I do, and the only thing in my defense is that they don’t care for Mother. I sure wish we could have a live in housekeeper. (sigh) If I could take a pass on preparing meals, doing the dishes and laundry and shopping, maybe I could get everything else done.
It’s hell to have to grow up. How does everyone else get everything done??