Wednesday, August 3, 2011

WIP Wednesday

It's that time of the Week again for updates on WIP This Wednesday.
I'll start with projects that are outside.  Fencing, lots and lots of fencing.  LOL  We started this project a couple years ago, and add a little more every year.  We have turned the corner now and are going up the north side of the yard.  These little 18 fence boards was our budget for last month.  Well that and the primer and the over paint... I sure could have bought a lot of nice fabric with what this little section of fencing cost.
And were doing a small lattice fence in front of the garden.
We raised the whole garden area earlier this year, then put in RR ties for a retaining wall and added plants (actually I planted seeds and they are just now getting up where they look like something - lol).
We had some 2x8 pre-coated lattice panels so we decided to use it as a border fence at the top.  All in all it will take about 7-8 pcs and we only had five so we'll have to buy some more of the lattice as well as the top rail to hold it taunt.
While it was yet cool this morning I went out and weeded on my front flower bed ( a never ending task)
I couldn't resist multi-tasking and decided to make some Sun Tea while I was slaving away in the beds.
It tastes oh so good after sweating in the gardens.  In the jars I put some Lemon Verbena leaves.  That will give it a little lemon flavor since I didn't have actual lemon. LOL
Ok, outside chores done, I'm charging my camera batteries and looking at my schedule for inside things to do today.  My schedule book looks like this:
It's a three ring binder with tabs.  To Do's for today, My shopping list (which also includes my Needs, Urgent needs, and Wish list); Future (which are things that I do only once a year or twice a year - you know seasonal things); How To's (tips on getting things really clean, organizing etc., and my to Schedule in later projects).
I print out a months worth of blank forms at a time.  I make these up to fit my life - so if you decide to try this, you would adjust to fit YOU.  Oh can you see the little WIP Uploads on my schedule for Wednesdays. LOL  
I have lots of blank lines to fill in the things that change or come up at the last minute.  But I do have certain things I have typed in that never change - like my morning routine of making the bed, fixing breakfast, washing dishes, etc.  I have it set up for morning (which I try to do all my outside stuff during before it get's hot); then I have my afternoon (which my my main sewing/embroidery time, as well as housework); my later afternoon time is almost always computer and more sewing/embroidery; Evening which is hand work in front of the tv.; and since my house is two levels, I have my upstairs project space which I have located at the bottom of my page to tear it off each day.  My sewing is upstairs as is my office, so I just tear it off and take it with me upstairs so I dont' forget anything.; I also have a space for scheduling in things.  If I run out of a certain color of thread for example, I'll write in to order it.  I am still revising my schedule somewhat, but it is working better then anything I have ever tired in the past.  One thing I make myself do is to try to do as much as I can that I have planned in that day and not slack off.  It is flexiable, and my Weekend list has a space for those project that for one reason or another I didn't or couldn't complete during the week - to be completed.
Since I am now upstairs in my office, I decided to clean my office up - it wasn't scheduled but it needed it.  : )
Next it is into my sewing room - Oh goodness, I left it mess last night.
This is what happens to my cutting table when I have several projects all going at once.
So here is my WIP for my sewing/quilting/embroidery.
Table is cleared off, and I laid out my Hearts Desire Block four (or three of them - the other one is downstairs having the torns stitched on).  I have most my vines, some of my leaves and all my next pcs. cut out on freezer paper.  I have my new green too, and it matches really well. : )
On my design wall is "flying colors".  I finally got the center pc. put together.  I am now laying out possible border colors to go around this section.  Next I have to make the blocks for the right/left/top/bottom sections that will sew to this.  It's a large quilt and I really do not have to have it done until March 2012 - but want to keep doing  a little every couple weeks so that I know I'll get it done on time.
My newest project is the "Flower Garden" Hexies.  I've never done Hexies before and they are a lot of fun to do.  Fast and easy to take with you when your traveling or visiting someplace.  I did all these last evening.  And I especially love how they are like a puzzle and you can re-arrange and make the design up as you go.
Since I've been doing applique  and feel a little more comfortable with it, I decided to add appliqued leaves here and there to my flower groups.  
Well that is all that I'm doing today, other then cooking dinner, washing more dishes and drinking my Sun Tea.


  1. ooo - I really like the fabrics in your Flying Colors!

  2. You sure have been busy gardening organising and stitching.
    Like the way you put a few leaves on your lovely hexies flowers.

  3. Hi Rhonda,

    Thanks for your lovely comments on my Heart's Desire. Like you, I only have a tiny bit of that olive green fabric which I have used for the circular stem in block three and for the thorns in block 4. It is nearly gone and no longer available.

    You have a lovely blog!

  4. Your are a busy gal. I love your HD blocks and your quilt is going to be gorgeous I love that green. Your hexies are too cute. I enjoyed your blog.

  5. Wow are you busy! And organized! I love the hexies; I've yet to try them!