Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Wed WIP 6-11-14

Last weekend I finished UFO #6 for the year.  I know that should be a point for celebration, but instead it's time to decide where to put my next focus.   Things are never as simple as they appear.  This photo represents my dilemma.
1) Seasonal:  My cherries are ripe.  I should be picking them instead of making this post.  My garden needs a lot of attention, more than I have time to give to it.  I would at least like to give priority to growing food, and will let the neighbors judge me by my poor weeding attitude.
2) Events:  3 major events over the next month will be altering my plan from normal.
A) 30th Class reunion.  This involves time off from work, travel, and a wardrobe I've been planning for months but haven't started sewing (or buying).   I'm only behind on outfits for the 2 main events, a formal dance and a Turkey Trot.  It's Idaho.  That's code for a cowboy themed cocktail party.  (Sorry, I don't make this stuff up, just report on it.)  Good news is that the logistics are all worked out, and I guess I could always show up in flip-flops and cut-off jeans.
B) Ride: A 6 day long distance motorcycle ride with the Motorcycle Club.  Last week I took my longest single day ride (350 miles) and started to panic.  I ordered an extra set of pegs for a 3rd foot position on my highway bars that arrived today.  I also ordered (not pictured) a USB port charger that fits on my battery tender wiring so I can charge my phone and music while I ride.  I ordered it on Amazon and needed 1 more thing to push me over to free shipping.  Thus the Aunt Millie's Garden pattern that was on my "wish list".  Now it's just another Bright Shiny Object to distract me from the UFO list.
C) Drama:   I have a 20 year old daughter.  That is probably a complete story without details.  Short version is that the latest transition involves the end of a boyfriend, moving out of an apartment, and moving with a (girl) friend hopefully closer to work.  Bad news is that there is at least a 2 week gap in which her stuff and self will be with us.  Sewing room becomes a guest room and garage a storage area.  Happy to help.  Hopeful it really goes as planned.
3) Projects:  With all of the above, I'm trying to think about all low volume hand work projects.  The "bad mustache frowny face or masked man evil eyebrows" (depending on the angle) project on the bottom right is actually the June block from the Benjamin Biggs Quiltalong.  This is one of the few projects I consider a legitimate WIP as compared to a UFO.  I'm keeping up! (ish).  OK, there are some missing buds.  Don't judge.  I'm thinking about transitioning the Esther Aliu Love Entwined to a baby quilt.  Sorry.  I get excited about certain aspects of her projects then wander off distracted by more bright shiny objects.  May move this up the queue just to remove it from the WIP list.  I'm also considering dropping the William Morris Quilted Skirt from the plan, considering it a "proof of concept" project and turning it into a rather dull baby quilt.  (grey??? maybe with some fuchia or teal).


Karen said...

I learned something about you today. I never knew you are a motorcycle person. Those things scare me but know how popular they are with so many people.

Amy said...

I wondered what that circular shiny thingy was in the pic. Thanks for explaining. I just love following your WIP journey this year. You've got an itinerary and are allowing side trips. Great inspiration for like- minded travelers. ;-)

Karens Quilts, Crows and Cardinals said...

Oh my gosh Marjorie you make me laugh out loud! Your dilemmas sound all too familiar! 35 class reunion for me this fall... Group of 6 of us Biking the Finger Lakes soon and I haven't been on my DynaGlide yet this year! Quilting the Garden in progress but way behind, Ben downloaded but not even one block made... Hahahaha!

It will all work out and thanks for the smile and reminder that we all have our challenges...

Good luck with all of above!

Archie the wonder dog said...

I wondered what on earth the shiny chrome thing was!!

Aunt Millie's garden looks gorgeous - I can see why it jumped into your basket!

I'd comment on the rest but I'm still reeling from the idea of a cowboy themed cocktail party and the fact it's called a Turkey Trot...