It’s not a Race!

On warm summer days, when the temperature is perfect and the kids come for a visit, I get NO sewing done.  None, nada, not a stitch.  And that’s OK … I really, really enjoy the kids company and we have fun!   Sewing can wait … I do have deadlines, but they will hopefully be met.  These days, I’m realizing just how precious time with the kids is!

It’s not a Race!

Design Wall


I had hoped to get the project(s) on the design wall well into the next stage … but it can wait. These are pieces of what’s happening.  Can you guess what it will be?  My Island Batik boxes arrived and so I immediately had to start on my July project.



I had hoped to sandwich the 2nd Dog/Cat quilt.  But alas, that didn’t happen.  My DH and I went through almost every box of fabric that I had and there was literally NOTHING that would work … so of course, I had to go shopping.  I found the most PERFECT fabric for the backing!  Hopefully sandwiching will happen soon!  But, it’s NOT a race, right?  It will get done when it gets done!UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_38c9

Stash Report

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Dog/Cat Quilt #1 used 10 yards of fabric.  You can see more details of this quilt HERE. I did need to buy backing for the quilt and so that added 3.5 yards to my fabric bought this year. FiOaRMozTJC4F8d7x83UrA_thumb_38b6

  • Fabric Used this week      10  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        213 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   3.5  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      23.5
  • Net Fabric used                    189.5  yards


Stitchin’ Time

I am aiming for 30 minutes/day – at least!  I switched from 15 minutes / day to 30 minutes/day in April! No stitchin’ on the 19th … ’cause it’s not a race!

  • 15 minute days:  January – June:  181 / 182
  • 30 min days/  July:   18/19
  • Total days in 2020: 197/ 200
  • Percentage = 98% 

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces


I’m linking up to Roseanne & Sue’s “TO DO” Tuesday. Their blog is “Home Sewn by Us.”

Last week’s list:

  1. Quilt Dog/Cat #1  √   done
  2. Bind Dog/Cat #1  √   done
  3. Quilt Dog/Cat #2    xxx   not done
  4. Bind Dog/Cat #2   xxx   not done
  5. Spend at least 30 minutes this week CLEANING/ TIDYING my sewing room.  √   done
  6. Work through another Artistic Digitizer lesson.   xxx   not done

This week’s list:

  1. Sandwich, Quilt & bind Dog/Cat #2   
  2. Finish IB July project
  3. Work on IB December project as a leader & ender …
  4. Spend at least 30 minutes this week CLEANING/ TIDYING my sewing room.  
  5. Work through another Artistic Digitizer lesson.

A few words about CLEANING/TIDYING

A few weeks ago, when I was Zoom quilting with my sister and cousins, one cousin says that she always cleans up when she finishes a project.  I commented that by the time I finish one project, another is already started.  She then said something like, “that doesn’t matter, I clean up from the finished project”.  SEW … this past week, as projects were finished, I did tidy up from them.  Left-over fabric was placed in appropriate bins, the pattern (if out) was put away.  For Summer Solstice – this included putting all of the paper templates into the recycle bin.  A quick vacuum and I was good to go!  Thanks Connie for your words of wisdom and the encouragement to tidy!!!

What’s in the plans for the rest of July?

  • July’s Island Batik challenge
  • Unboxing video – of my July Island Batik boxes!!! I’m scheduled to show the video on July 27. MorewoodMysteryLogo
  • Working on project for Christmas in July (Then and Now) Blog Hop
  • Another Mystery Quilt!!!   Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs is hosting a mystery quilt.  I haven’t had a peek – but if you hate not know where the quilt is going, she will give you a peek.  The fabric requirements are up … With this mystery, she will be releasing a clue once a month, so it should be a nice leisurely mystery.

Screen Shot 2019-12-06 at 11.47.00 AMIn the past week, I finished 1 ½ UFOs.  I finished Summer Solstice (click HERE) and one of 2 Dog/Cat Quilts (Click HERE).  But alas, there have been 4 new starts this month … and none of them are finished.   Hopefully soon – but it’s not a race, right? Screen Shot 2020-07-19 at 9.59.08 PM

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    


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15 thoughts on “It’s not a Race!

  1. Hi Gail! That dog/cat fabric is SO darn cute and just perfect (or purrfect) for that application. I don’t have a guess on your IBA project but I sure do like that fabric. Especially those in the low-value block – gorgeous. Thanks for linking up this week! ~smile~ Roseanne

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    • Thanks, Roseanne!
      I’m glad you think the dog/cat fabric is purrfect! 🙂 That made me smile!
      You might be surprised when you see the finished IBA project … but maybe not! All of Island Batik’s fabric is pretty neat! I’m SEW in LOVE with each and every one! 🙂


  2. I’ve been practicing these exact words the last few days. I constantly push myself and while most of the time that’s how I get things done, there are those times when I know it’s not healthy for me so I agree: it is not a race! As for cleaning and tidying, I do this between every project myself. I put everything back in its place and dust and vacuum before I bring out a new one. Has just always been my routine but I know some people work better in a clean environment while others need everything around them to be inspired and to create.

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    • Cheree, I have nothing but admiration for those that clean and tidy between projects. I usually have at least 2 projects, if not 3 or 4 on the go at one time … just to challenge myself! 🙂 So, attempting to clean and tidy when one project is done is certainly helping to keep me organized! 🙂


  3. I love this – it is not a race. I am trying to live into it more. I love having my room ready to work the next day….perfect days I do it. There are far more imperfect days than perfect ones, but I am willing to live with that right now. Hope you get done what you want to this week!

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  4. You’ve had an excellent week on the stitching front and an awesome year on the stash management. Sometimes you just have to make a purchase to finish a project. I agree it’s not a race, though I really like getting a project finished.

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  6. So glad that it’s not a race, because I do hate coming in last!! There has been so little sewing happening around here that I barely recognize myself…but somehow it seems that I’m constantly cleaning up the studio. I don’t understand. Oh, well! I hope your new habit sticks with you, and congrats on the 1 1/2 finishes!

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  7. You’re right – it isn’t a race, although sometimes trying to have something to post feels like a race. But even then, I have to check myself. It’s not about posting, it’s about enjoying the process. And those grand kiddos – enjoy them, because time flies!

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