So, I was all over the show on this long, holiday weekend. After posting about how I’d started quilting the Rainbow Stripes Quilt (shown above in the beginning sandwich stage) and how I’d surely finish, I didn’t. I got myself into a snit and didn’t finish the binding on the corners. Trimming and mitering; meh! I quit and watched mediocre television and ate junk food.
Notice the water bottle next to Gretchen, my beloved Pfaff? Its purpose is equal parts cat-misbehavior-deterrent as it is pressing assistant.
That is all I have left to do on it – handstitch the corners. But, after my moody surrender on the quilt binding, my supply box from Dick Blick arrived on the doorstep. Woot! This, of course, meant that the invitation print pulling session (block is already carved) immediately became the top priority. Which also meant that I didn’t feel guilty about folding up that quilt and shoving it into a nearby laundry basket for later attention. I did a test print with the freshly arrived cards and paints, which gave me a chance to audition some colors. I have arranged a different scheme than I originally planned and will have to do a spot of mixing to get the red just right. But, then I simply quit and spent time with Slick. Besides, I had two more days – no problem, right?
Not right. After a nice brunch with Ymabean Saturday morning, I came home to find Slick ready for the world. I’d had such a good time being out of the house already, I suggested we nip down to Fort Collins for a different view. He agreed and we spent the entire evening romping around buying toys, liquor and eating delicious pizza (try out Positano’s on College – good!) before a leisurely coffee and driving home. There was also a stray dog search derailment in there, but let’s gloss over that for now. Then Sunday required some massive sleeping in, some playing with our new toys, a movie, a sofa session and by the time we’d done a bit of straightening up, the day was over with.
The summary is that I did absolutely NOTHING on the invitations, the quilt or the three other projects waiting patiently in my workshop. The fifth one, well I don’t actually know where it is. I shoved it in a box when clearing off the counters for furniture building (which is now pushed out into next year) and I don’t recall which box. Dammit. So, I have finished ZERO of FIVE November projects. The invitations are precisely 24% done, the Rainbow Stripes Quilt is 95%, Project Three is about 60%, Project Four is 80% and the final, missing, Project Five is about 40%. Combined, this means I only made it 59.8% through my November projects. Dammit, again. I’m going to round that up, at least, fear not oh my battered ego. It seemed entirely reasonable when I laid out my plans, but I obviously failed to account for my considerable ability to throw my projects to the wind (or in a box, or an empty laundry basket) and run off to have non-productive fun, instead. In the future, I will try both to account for more slacking time and to minimize the slacking itself.