Thursday, June 6, 2013

Traveling Projects

I brought a variety of projects with me last week on my trip to Dad's.  The focus was to finish cleaning and purging, but after the 6 - 7 hours a day spent at the hospital, not much got done on the home front.  These projects each  seemed a bit fiddly, and yet, it has been enough to keep the hands busy during all this visits to the hospital.
 Circles for my Sacaqawia sampler.  Several blocks have berries and I got this batch ready for applique.

 The appliqued wreath.  After 5 or 6 hospital visits, this block got finished.  It's been rinsed out and ready for the bird and berries.


This is 140 blocks that will become the border on my 4 block applique. I used the paper method and had them sewn and cut before I left, and with the down time,  I got all the papers removed, pressed the blocks and got the dog ears all trimmed off.

All of these are what I call "busy work" or "tv time". They are all a necessary part of the bigger picture, but to sit and do these in the moment of the project doesn't appeal to me. I like to have these ready to take along, that way time spent in a waiting room, or while watching some tv in the evening, or just for those times I don't want to get engaged in a project, I can keep my hands busy for a few minutes and know that I'm moving forward on a quilt. I know it doesn't save any time, I just feel that I can keep some projects in motion by segmenting part of the process.

Sharon

7 comments:

Missie of Hallbrook Designs said...

Good job! I tried taking some little projects like this with me to the allergist since I have to wait a half hour after shots, but it does not work for me yet because my arms are so sore afterwards...maybe in a few months time I can though. I love the idea of snippets of time creating projects!

Janet O. said...

I'm with you. I often reach a point where a project needs some little detail work like this and I stall, until I can accomplish it without it being my focus, if that makes sense.

Lori said...

I do the same thing!! I think it is a perfect strategy!!

Kathie said...

I love your wreath block and have to agree with your method I do the same thing even 15 minutes sometimes afterwards I feel productive...
keep going
kathie

Kyle said...

Slow yet steady. That s my philosophy!

Linda C said...

Making time do double duty! We women are masters at it! Which reminds me to get my paper pieced triangles out again.

Mimi said...

All those berries brought back some memories!