Tuesday, July 20, 2010

What Happens When My ADD Rears Its Head

I have to give a shout out again to Valerie once again for winning my giveaway.  I'm so thrilled you won!  Actually I wish that everyone could have won, but I don't think I could find enough flower frogs.  Perhaps in the future!

I have made so little progress on stitching.  I don't know what it is - summer?  And I notice a lot of my blogging buddies are experiencing the same thing.  I know that I have a hard time sitting down at night.  But I got a little more done on my A&E sampler:

Not much since the last picture.  It's been too hot to sit under the Ott light even after the A/C was fixed.  I even started a new stitching project although there's not much to show - a non A&E!!  Hopefully, I'll have a progress picture next time.  All I have now is a lot of green!!

All this weekend, I had a song going through my head - Let's Go Crazy by Prince.  Not my most favorite songs by him, but I couldn't get it out of my head.  My intentions were to get into my craft room and clean out the closet for my sister's arrival so that we could put the shelving in.  Well, one thing led to another - resulting in a huge mess.  I know, my blog started off as a stitching blog, but bear with me - you just gotta go with the flow, right?


All the Farmer's Wife blocks done for the month.  The pink and green one at the bottom was the one I had to recut and piece over.  Now I'm caught up and awaiting next months!!

Next part done on the red, black and white quilt!!!


Two more Civil War blocks.  Although the one on the left seems to have a serious problem that I didn't notice until I went to iron it out.  I know what I did and have since ripped it out to resew, along with those blocks from my last post - UGH, I hate ripping things out.

Now this is where the ADD comes in.  Those pictures above were done here and there during the week when I could catch an hour or so. Then I thought it was time to get into the closet and clean it out for the anticipated shelving, but what resides in the closet?  Well, pizza boxes with quilts in some form of cutting, or finishing - along with a multitude of other things that catch my attention.  I've posted a picture of the infamous pizza boxes before.  They're just the right size for holding my projects.  Anyway, I start peeking into the pizza boxes (even though they're all labeled) and I come across projects all cut out and ready to sew.  I have a tendency to go through marathon cutting sessions so that I can sew to my hearts content when I have the time.  Now my mind is much more into sewing than clearing out the closet, so ADD kicks in and this results:


Four blocks from a quilt called As Time Goes By.  Aren't the colors wonderful?  Do you see why I just had to sew and not clean???  They were all cut out - calling my name!

And if that wasn't enough, more ADD kicked in and I decided to now start on something else.  I posted these blocks a while ago:

At the time I posted them, I had good intentions of moving right along with the quilt.  But I think that was when I painted the room and packed everything up.  Well, I couldn't find the blocks after.  Not anywhere.  Well, they made an appearance in the closet cleaning (in an unmarked box), so I started on the next section:

Nothing much to see here except 12 blocks in progress with the next row pinned on and ready to sew!  The quilt will look like this when it's finished although that will be awhile seeing as I have some kind of problem sticking to just one quilt at a time.  But variety is the spice of life, isn't it?

All this quilting craziness resulted in this mess - it looks like a bomb hit this chair:

Now surely you can see the garbage bag to the left side - I honestly was trying to clean - honest!  LOL  Well, it has been cleaned, but that's what everything ended up looking like when I was finished for the day.

And then to add to the craziness I had to purchase these - like I don't have enough going on, right?  I couldn't resist - I saw them on Amazon and had to have them.  Just love Amazon for those great prices:

I just love working on the Farmer's Wife quilt so much that I want more!!!  I think I have to be totally certifiable with the Nearly Insane quilt though.  I've seen it done in red and white fabrics.  Stunning.  I'd post a picture, but hate to snatch a picture from someone's blog that I don't know.  Just let me say, that my heart did a thunk when I saw it.  So in addition to starting on Dear Jane here in the near future, I'd say I'm set.  Or perhaps crazy!  Crazy is good, don't you think?

Well, that's been my week.  I'm off now to string lights into a huge (stage sized) piece of fabric to replicate a night sky for my DD's play.  I can't believe the performances are next week.  This summer certainly is flying by.  The next couple weeks are going to be crazy ones with my sister coming in and a small vacation, but hopefully I'll find time to keep up with blogs and maybe some stitching and quilting too.

Thanks again to everyone that entered my giveaway and to all the new followers - I was overwhelmed how many new ones I saw.  I'll be tracking down your blogs soon and  I hope that you'll stop and say hello every once in a while.  I love reading your comments!  Have a great week!

60 comments:

Teresa S. said...

You are a busy lady! Love that log cabin block-really beautiful!

Margaret said...

Wow, I love all your quilty yumminess! And your stitching WIP too! I forget what that one is, but it's pretty! Those two books look interesting. I think I'd just buy them to look at though. lol! Have fun with your DD's show!

Annie said...

Isn't this kind of quilting called 'sane quilting' as opposed to 'crazy quilting'? You seem to rushing around like a madwoman, but what beautiful quilting projects! And the A&E is coming along nicely as well, slowly or not.

I live in a constant state of clutter so your chair looks normal to me!

KarenV said...

All your quilt blocks look fabulous Deb, you're definitely in mad quilty mode at the minute! Love your A&E stitching - I have my eye on this chart too - are you stitching it in DMC?

Denise said...

Love all of your quilting. Only insane people cut up perfectly fine fabric and then sew it back together! ;0)

Enjoy your crafting - the mess will still be there when you go to clean again!

Smiles - Denise

Bertie said...

Your quilts are just amazing Deb, the black,red &white is definitely my favourite.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Holy moley, girl! How many quilts are in progress? How many have you made? What do you do with all of them? Do you need a new best friend to gift one to...lol?
They are beautiful!
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Siobhan said...

Yeah, you're all kinds of insane, but there is a good kind of insane, you know. ;) I love love love what you've been working on! Fantastic stuff. YGG. I love the A&E, too.

Missy Ann said...

You are killing me. ;)

Already had the Bridal Sampler wishlisted, just added Nearly Insane.

Annemarie said...

That will teach you never to take songs by his Royal Purpleness too literally, Deb! I would go insane if I were you, what with all of the quilts in progress and the STITCHING in progress too. Having said that, all your projects look super. My favourite is the red, black & white quilt, though. Oh my. I nearly wished I had a better relationship with my sewing machine...

Littlebit said...

Oh my goodness!! I want some of your ADD! LoL! What BEAUTIFUL blocks, Deb. I'm always so torn between stitching and quilting..since my eyes are feeling a little strained, I'm putting in some time at the machine.

Terri said...

Your sampler is really looking good! And it may look like a bomb went off in the chair, but it was a very pretty and colorful bomb! LOL!

valerie said...

Aww, thanks again Deb! I do have to say that all the comments on your last post were so sweet...they made me feel all warm and fuzzy! :)

I have no idea how you manage so many projects! I've got 2 wips and crochet...and even contemplating 2 new starts...my head's about to explode! But I am loving your quilt blocks. That purple one is amazing! How fun that you found them. Cleaning can be done another day...I'm sure your sister will understand. She's family! The red/black/white quilt is a stunner as well!

Great progress on your A&E. My stitching has slowed some. It's hot under that hot ott...but I just hike up the fan and open the windows and I can get into my groove again.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Deb, I like all your WIPs. Sometimes it's just too boring to stick with one project. lol

My 1st Bambina! said...

Wow ! So many beautiful projects !!!
I have The Farmer's Wife book and love it ! (I'm new at cross stitching and quilting). I'm thinking I may try hand piecing some of the easiest blocks by fall/winter.
Are you using a sewing machine to piece them ?
Have fun working on your wip's !!!
Thanks for the eye candy and motivation !!!

julieQ said...

Wow, your sewing scene reminds me so much of mine! I have so much going on too...enjoying every minute. I have the SBS book, you will love it...I do not have Nearly Insane yet...but am tempted! It is really fun to make all those tiny, crazy blocks!

Peggy Lee said...

OK now I might be dating myself but when I was in 10th grade Purple Rain was the theme for a formal dance. I wore my mothers dress and I was smashing dahhling!!

I want to learn to quilt long enough to make JUST ONE!

Your talent continues to amaze me.

Deborah said...

The black, red and white quilt isstunning. I also think the purple one is great. You do excellent work.

Mylene said...

Your A&E stitching project is looking beautiful!

WOW! Love the blocks, all looks gorgeous!!

Elaine said...

Deb all your quilting projects are just amazing.Have a wonderful time with your Sister.

BrendaS said...

WOW! I love all your projects. Variety is the spice of life and you certainly have quite a selection. I LOVE it!

Thanks for sharing and enjoy the time with your sister!

Farm Girl said...

Loving all your WIP's! You are so brave to tackle something like Nearly(or should that be Probably) Insane!

Katrina said...

Love your sampler and all the quilt blocks are gorgeous.

Jackie said...

I love the glimpses into your pizza boxes! You've got some lovely projects in progress. I have the Sylvias Bridal Sampler book too but have not cracked it open. It is something I'd like to do one day!

I think we all go through periods where we're out of sync with working on our projects. I think the heat is part of it and we're generally busier in the summer.

Sherry said...

I think your chair looks right comfy - just push the items to the side and sew/stitch away... Love the red/black/white! And wow on your new books. I am working on motivation to stitch as I sit and type! It seems that by the time I sit in the summer, I'm just too pooped from the heat and humidity. But I have spent some time in the sewing studio - with the fan on the dresser, blowing directly from the vent with a/c on to my hot self (and not "hot self" in a good way) :-) Enjoy your visit with your sister and DD's play!

WoolenSails said...

Well I am going to bed, you made me tired, lol.
The heat has me in slow motion these days, so doing easy lap projects for now.

Debbie

mbroider said...

The harvest song quilt is going to be lovely... Pls do more of that, LOL!!

Cant wait to see the Dear Jane one either.

Happy quilting!
Sharmila

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

You are one busy gal! I don't know how you do it all - really!? I LOVE, love, love the black and red quilt - ooooh, so pretty! Your stitching looks great and man, all those quilts you've got going are gorgeous!

Good luck to Miss C on her big performance.

Sally said...

Wow all your quilt pirces are gorgeous! I wish I could quilt but then again maybe not!! I'd never get any stitching done!

Your A&E is lovely.

Brigitte said...

I've been drooling over all your blocks adn quilts and patterns. And I decided that I have to have at least one of the books you bought (maybe both). That's what I call enabling, lol.

Cari said...

Holy Smokin' Quilts Deb!! Your quilts are beautiful...and yummy! And I love the 'Nearly Insane' book. How much fun will that be to start quilting? Hugs girl!!

Sherry said...

Oh, I want to pull out my machine and fabrics so bad now! I just don't know if my brain could handle balancing sewing and stitching! lol. Your blocks are so wonderful! I can't wait to see more!

Nancy said...

I think your A&E sampler is looking beautiful! Wow, your quilt blocks are so pretty. I don't know which is my favorite! I think we needleworkers all share the same type of insanity!

dianemi said...

omg Deb. Everything is beautiful (as usual)! Love, love, love the red, black and white block.

Insanity/ADD can be a very good thing. ;)

Stitch By Stitch said...

Wow! You have so many amazing projects in the works it's just incredible. Love the Framer's Wife and the red, black and white blocks, wow!

Michelle said...

Everything is beautiful!! You're inspiring me to get into my sewing room pronto!!! Now if I could just get hubby to move the computers off my table! Love everything, and cleaning can wait for another day - look what you found!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow! I love all of the stunning quilts you're working on! The red/black/white one is of course my fave!

Lois said...

Deb, yes lots of quilting projects but, oh my, what lovely quiltiness is going on in your home!!! I can't even pick out a favourite as I love them all!!

Enjoyed seeing your stitching progress. This is going to be a beauty. Yes, I think lots of us have a stitching slump in the summer. I can't even blame mine on the weather being too hot (it's definitely not!!) but it just seems like I potter around more and don't actually park myself in one spot.

Alice said...

Oh boy, I get the serious droolies over so many of those quilts! The red/black white one looks spectacular. Elm Creek Quilts! I love those books. Don't worry about that ADD thing, it just means that you get so many things done....eventually. I like the idea of pizza boxes for storage, they stack so nicely.

Sue-Anne said...

No wonder you didn't get much stitching done on your sampler, you have made lots of beautiful blocks! Good luck with the shelving.

samplerlover said...

Hi Deb, Holy cow Deb, you have a lot going on at the moment lol. All your quilts look lovely and I wish that I could sit down and have a go at one. I think my DH would hit me over the head if I suddenly started doing one again.
Your A&E is looking lovely. What is this one called again? - Sandra.

Alice said...

Oooh, I did not know you started a new A&E. I sure like what I see. Those quilts...DEB!!!!! Now I can finally also say "be still my heart"!! Just incredible....all of them. I am off in a bit to England and will not have internet for the next two weeks. Hope to read and catch up on all the news when I get back.
Alice
xxx

MyLifesAStitch said...

Dude(tte)!!! Where to even begin?? I love your new A&E. The colors are just beautiful!

And woo hoo!!! The red & white quilt!!! Love love love that fabric!! Can't wait to see more.

All of your blocks are coming along beautifully for the Civil War quilt... and the ones you pulled out of storage to work on? Bee-you-tee-ful. :)

Love the title of that second book. Sooo appropriate, lol!!

Thank you for showing your chair, hehe. I am so glad I'm not the only one that ends up with a room that looks like a bomb was dropped when I'm actually in the midst of trying to get things organized and put back together. :)

Tammy said...

Oh wow, what a beautiful quilt to be working on!

SimplyStitchingintheGarden said...

I just love all your quilts that you are working on.

Angela P said...

All those quilt blocks are just beautiful, it looks like you had a lot of fun cleaning, LOL!

Isadarena said...

Hi Deb, I love all your wips : as you, I like working on various ones :-)
Have a great week-end ,
isa

Hazel said...

Goodness! The quilts are stunning! Lovely pieces. x

Karoline said...

The quilt blocks are all gorgeous

Nancy M said...

All your quilts are awesome, makes the one my mom did for me pale in comparison! And I haven't got it finished (front to back) yet!

Loraine said...

Gosh Deb, I swear I had looked at this post, but I don't see a comment, so I must have gotten busy.

I love, love, love all the quilting you've been up too! I love that Totally Insane quilt too, I just don't know if I can commit to that one right now. Good to have in the stash though. :)
I can relate to the sewing room mess. I'm beginning to wonder if mine will ever look normal.
I really admire your Farmer's wife quilt. I'm going to start cutting that out this coming week, if life cooperates with me! I'm trying to get some quilts cut, so I can just take them out and sew on them when the urge hits. This one is just wonderful. Love the colors!
Take care and many hugs.

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Solstitches said...

What a fabulous picture show of your quilting.
The black,white and red one is absolutely stunning.
Beautiful work!

Margaret

doris said...

The quilts! The quilts! Too beautiful for words. I'm especially enamored with the log cabin group, but I think the colors thrill me.

Nice progress on the new A&E. Can't wait to see what else you're up to. Where do you find the time?

Suzanne said...

Love the progress on your A&E, love the colours too.

All those quilt blocks are great. I hear you on the ADD, as you can see from my last post mine manifested itself with my stitching, lol.

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woolwoman said...

WOW Deb - you made me dizzy looking at all those AWESOME quilt starts - lovely fabric on all but I am partial to that farmers wife - Some days it's just fun to pillage thru stash and see what treasures we have put away for another day. Looks like you have plenty ! Mel

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

Do you know the name of the fabric collection of that fabulous black and red fabric? I have been looking for a focus fabric in a floral like that.

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