From Procrastination to Completion

Day 442 Friday November 9, 2012

Posted by Beatrice on November 9, 2012

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today. You can see my website at www.fcp123.com.

 Date: (Start: August 26, 2011) Today: November 9, 2012

From and including: Friday, August 26, 2011
To and including: Friday, November 9, 2012

It is 442 days  from the start date to the end date, end date included

Or 1 year, 2 months, 15 days including the end date

How to find the number of days:

8/26/2011    http://www.timeanddate.com/date/duration.html

Project Accomplishments: OK, I do think it is important, my 11-point star project that is, but you would not think it was based on how much time I committed to it. — But… I have accomplished other things. If you scroll down, you will see things I also committed to and some are very close to completion. In particular, the 50th wedding anniversary quilt. I will finish the top today and next week it will go to the machine quilter. The bridge is also very near completion. This is awaiting cost estimates to move it into place. Because of these two projects, I have not participated in my usual quilt group or in band or church music. Sometime you just have to give up one thing to do another. Over the days since my last entry, I have also planned and implemented a large birthday party for H. Except for one grandchild, our entire family came home for the weekend, travelling in bad weather and at far distances. Another event was a presentation for LAP, which I prepared and gave to varying degrees of success — I had computer problems. During the cutting and sewing of the 50th anniversary quilt, I listened to a number of books. You will see those 6 below.

My grandson’s quilt should be my next priority. I need to keep that in the forefront of my mind. Perhaps a good Christmas gift.

Author: Sandra Brown
Comments: It was about a corrupt judge and the detective that sees he gets his just due. It was OK as I like mysteries.
Title Winding Ways Quilt
Author: Jennifer Chiaverini
Comments: It was about numerous changes in the Elm Creek Quilt staff and how people dealt with those changes. I listened to this book before.
Title: Peaches for Father Francis
Author: JoAnne Harris
Comments: It was about a gypsy gal, Vianne, and her children’s return to the town from which they moved. It was about relationships and prejudice and resolution. It was just an OK book.
Title: Sharpe’s Fury
Author: Bernard Cornwell
Comments: It was a glimpse of war during European battles in Spain and France and discussed in detail the horrors, plots and fighting. The British, Spanish, Portuguese and English were aptly described. I like history and there was a lot of history in this book.
Title: The Lost Symbol
Author: Dan Brown
Comments: I have listened to a number of books by Dan Brown and this is the second go-round with this one. I liked the symbolism and stories behind the story. It was a good second read.
TitleLow Pressure
Author: Sandra Brown
Comments: It was about an author who wrote a book about her sister’s death during a tornado and the fact that it could have been a murder covered up by the storm. It was quite good and I would recommend it.
Exercise: Over the past few days my exercise has waned as I primarily sat and sewed. 
Tools: basic sewing and cutting tools, sewing machine, computer….
Observations: I have not worked on this blog for many days. Time passes before we can keep track of it.

Prayer: Lord, I love the sunshine today. With the leaves mostly off the trees and the color of the sun and the short days, winter will soon be here. As I finish the fall outside chores and ready for the settling of snow and crisp days, let me appreciate the beauty of that season. Thank your help in making H’s birthday special.

Diversions: Over the last couple days I have had to catch up on personal and business accounting. That is good because it means money is coming in for those tasks to need attention.


I have a good start on the 11-point star project and simply need to dedicate time to it. – The design for this  project, completed on October 8, 2009, was the primary topic for beginning my 2011 blog and I worked on it until various diversions took me to other arenas. Some of those follow:

  1. My granddaughter and grandson requested stuffed toy chickens. I purchased the supplies, have five cut out and have three nearly completed and parts of the others ready to sew once I change thread colors on my machine. This began February 19, 2012 when my visiting grand children requested this. finished  five large chickens. Of those 2 were brown, 2 were white and 1 was a pink and purple print. This project also included six small yellow chicks and 8 plastic eggs. I completed this project on Friday July 20 and mailed them out on Saturday July 21. Yipee!
  2.  My Grandson requested  a quilt. I made the pattern for the quilt but have to print it.
  3. Help husband build a 27-foot long bridge across a creek. This project began 4/6/2001 when we purchased a magazine featuring a small attractive bridge.
  4. The making of a 50th anniversary double wedding ring quilt for my sister and her husband. I purchased some of the fabric and ordered the remaining. Ordering took place on July 16, 2012. The quilt needs to be done by the first of November, 2012. I scheduled machine quilting already. On
  5. I purchased machine embroidery designs to make a machine embroidery quilt and tested the designs on scrap fabric. I was unable to find the fabric I had in mind so this project has been waiting for “inspiration” to arrive. I purchased the designs on February 5, 2011. On July 16, I ordered some of the supplies to proceed with this project.
  6. I started another book quite a while ago I sent a book proposal to a company in 2008, which was rejected so I set it aside while deciding if I could self-publish the topic and make it a popular subject for quilters. The materials sit in a project box.
  7. While in Paducah, KY, in April 2012, I purchased supplies to make a cloth purse. I have yet to start this. The materials sit in a project box.

I can probably come up with more but should probably organize these by date or importance and probably put my grandchildren first.


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