Lazy Day

Yesterday I woke up with what I'll delicately refer to as "distress in the lower tract".  It woke me up at 4:00 a.m., which was a tad earlier than I prefer to rise in the morning.  The same thing happened this morning.  I'm not sure what's up.  Ordinarily, this doesn't happen until cherries are in season, if you know what I mean.

In any case, I finally got my rear-end around a little and did some housework.  It was required before I could do any sewing.  The same is true today.  Sometimes I have to take a hard line with myself.  Give me an inch and I'll take an entire mile of thread and do nothing but sew all the time.  Fortunately, our house is fairly easy to keep clean.  With just the two of us--make that two of us and a pair of cats--the house doesn't get very dirty.  Sadly, it's not self-cleaning either.  (Making a note to work on developing the self-cleaning house.)

After paying my housework dues, I got to work on my latest quilt . . . the one I'm cleverly calling "Daisies & Dots".  The name is starting to grow on me a little.  Oh, never mind.  Those are just my freckles.

Yesterday I was able to sew together the strips so that I now have the three main components of the thirty blocks I need to make.

This is what a single block will look like once I've sewn the three parts together.

Here's a little peak at how the quilt will look when all the blocks are sewn together.

I think I'm going to like it.

If you're like me, you get bored sewing together block after block after block of identical blocks.  Yesterday I decided to set this aside for a while and work on some of the other items I have on my to-do list for the week.  I might return to it later on before the week is out.

Since I ran out of floss and couldn't finish the Vintage Miniature Sewing Machine block, I went ahead and traced out the next block for the Promises and Borders quilt.  If I don't have something to embroider in the mornings, my day is not complete.

So this morning, I told myself once again that I'm not allowed to sew until I do a little bit of housework.  Of course, that sent me straight to the computer . . . which does not qualify as housework.  Shoot.  Maybe I could rewrite the rules.  Hmmmmmmm.


As long as I'm here not doing housework, I thought I'd let you know that I'm participating in a blog hop this Sunday.  It's going on all week.  Check out the list of blogs here at Lily Pad Quilting.  There will be giveaways on participating blogs all week.  Giveaways are sponsored by the folks at Colonial Needle who generously provided gobs of sewing notions.  Here's what I'll be giving away to three lucky winners.

Each winner will receive a stitch ripper, a retractable measuring tape, a magnet for picking up those pesky dropped pins and needles, safety pins, snap fasteners, and a one-yard cut of this hollyhocks fabric.  How does that sound?  But not today.  You'll have to come back on Sunday.  That's when I'll give you the scoop on how to enter.


Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

Sure hope you don't wake up the same way tomorrow. 4:00 is my normal wake up time :) Love the Daisies and Dots! So bright and cheery. Enjoy your embroidery fun.

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

Hollyhocks--one of life's coolest flowers. I was out planting my flower garden one sunny afternoon in SW FL back a few decades now and had just finished the sunflower row and opened the envelope of hollyhock seeds when I was approached by a team of Witnesses who wanted to convert me out of my atheism and into their faith.

Well, I don't convert easily and I haven't seen a hollyhock yet. The seeds were jinxed by the traveling proselytizers, or so it seemed to me at the time since everything else (petunias, bell peppers, the aforementioned sunflowers, annuals of many colors...) sprouted, grew, bloomed and I think we even ate a pepper or three. Nary a hollyhock.

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

Hope your "tummy" settles down and allows you some easier mornings this week.

meg said...

For most of my adult life, I wouldn't allow myself to sew if there was housework to be done. It took years but I have finally figured out something's gotta give if I'm going to get anything sewed!
Love your new blocks~ hope you're fully functional again! :)

laurawilson25 said...

The red daisies are so cheerful!

Needled Mom said...

The day is seldom great when it starts at 4:30!!!

I have to discipline myself too when it comes to cleaning. I do like the idea of self cleaning!

Kate said...

Hope you can ditch your 4AM wake up tomorrow.

Daisy and Dots is going to be lovely! That daisy fabric is just so bright and fun.

quiltzyx said...

Gosh, I think you were just getting up when I was just going to bed that day! I was watching tv, playing games on the computer, etc., and thought, hm, I think I should hit the sack. It was just after 4am! Did better last night, only up until midnight.

The Daisies & Dots looks interesting. Love the red, white & black combo.

I might try that do the housework before...stuff.... The housework fairy seems to be on strike again.

Anonymous said...

Hope you are feeling MUCH better!
Question about the dots block - that little red piece is NOT appliqued on is it ??? it is all pieced yes???
Love how it will look when finished - all offset that way!
And as soon as you get the self cleaning house figured out - I will buy two! one for me and one for my daughter!
Will definitely check back on Sunday - i need a new ripper- mine walked off again! Looks like a wonderful giveaway.

greelyrita said...

If your tummy/guts are still giving you grief, boil up a handful of rice in say two cups of water. Boil until the rice falls apart - about 30-40 min. You strain out the bits. You can add some honey. Drink a small glass once it's cooled. Store the rest in the fridge. Don't use 'converted' or whatever processed rice - just the normal boil for 15 minutes type rice. Don't use sugar either. This will keep you hydrated, feed you slightly with very easily digested food energy and it will do no harm. It will calm your whole digestive system. This works for babies, old people, everyone in between and pets. I don't remember where I found this but my children even asked for it. Chinese people call it congee, cook it a bit longer and don't strain it. There it's breakfast and what you feed sick people.