Thursday, January 6, 2011

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!

Catch Me If You Can-
the first block in Barbara Brackman's Civil War series.
It is so hard to decide which of the many new projects offered in blogland to do!
I've joined Christine's doll quilt exchange and look forward to getting assigned my exchange partner soon.
Next choice is Lori's doll quilt sew along and it is small, just like I like em!
Then there is Madame Samm's mug rug contest, and it has prizes!
Of course, there are all the other ongoing projects out there as well. 
Just too many quilts and sew little time!

So after the last affront to my dignity I could stand today...
which is worse??--mammogram, pap smear or the annual all over skin check by a dermatologist with magnifying glasses on!...
all of which I have put myself through this last month...
I made a decision.
I will only add the Civil War Quilts project to my commitments.
It is 52 blocks over 52 weeks.
I think I can handle that.
And besides, I have a use for the end product.
I have been wanting to make a donation quilt for the Quilts of Valor, and this will be perfect for it.
So my colors are chosen--red, grey/white, and blue.
I may decide to join Lori once I get a handle on all the things I have cooking right now.
Her little quilt is so darn cute and a reproduction of an antique!

Finally called the machine quilter today to get my place in her queue.
She is in high demand around quilt show time.
I was secretly hoping she would not have room to fit me in, but alas, I am scheduled the first week in February.  Can't use that one as my excuse and now have a second deadline to meet!
She did call me last minute Miller, though.
My fingers are screaming STOP! They are so sore from the frantic hand appliqueing I am putting them through.  I use a straw needle and it punctures the skin every once in awhile.
My quilt entry form is due Jan. 15th, accompanied by a picture of the quilt.
Off to the quilt shoppe to get something to protect my finger!

10 comments:

Aunt 'Reen said...

Your "Catch me if you can" block turned out lovely!
I couldn't resist - I too signed up for Christine's doll quilt swap.
Glad to hear your quilter was able to fit in your quilt top!
You may feel frantic now - but I know you'll be so happy for it later on!

Happy Quilting!

Elyte said...

Good luck Cheryl, I too am tempted by all the new and wonderful projects out there, yours included. Don't forget there are the swaps too. I hope things settle down a little as the frantic pace can take away the enjoyment of it all.

Ned's Place said...

Love the colors of your block, It's hard to enjoy quilting when we want to do everything and get overwhelmed.(I do it every year).I use straw needles all the time and the best item I've found is ThimblePad (12 in pack) it's a little suede patch you put on your middle finger, it's re-stick-able over and over again,I've tried normal thimbles and just hate them. But the thimblepads I have them everywhere and I sometimes forget I've got one on. Here's a website http://www.createforless.com/Colonial+Needle+ThimblePad/pid29584.aspx

Kathie said...

oh I know so much to tempt us! Love your fabric choices for this block
I think I may just have to join you with this making a block a week is doable!!!! Have a great weekend
Kathie

Stray Stitches said...

I love the deep, rich colors you are using for your blocks - gorgeous!!
There are so many wonderful opportunities out there that sometimes it is hard to decide and even harder not to join. You are always so busy I don't know how you do it.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I too am following the Civil War Quilts weekly blocks. Yours turned out great.

Lori said...

Let me know if you found anything to protect your finger. I find that I need to be able to feel the needle.

Love the CW BOM and will enjoy watching yours progress!

Sharon said...

Your Civil War block turned out wonderful, love the fabrics you picked out. I'm ready for tomorrow, and also decided to join in on Lori's quilt along.

Denise said...

I'm sure You made it too :) It's a tempation quilt for who love antique quilt!

desertskyquilts said...

I love the colors and fabrics you used in this one.