I needed a nap today. My younger daughter left this afternoon after a six-day visit and my older daughter and her husband and my grands (Malachi, 4; Olivia, 2 1/2; and Isaac, 7 months) left on Tuesday after a busy, almost hectic, four days. I love having all of my family here together no matter how crazy it gets. I also end up tired beyond making sense of things by the time everyone leaves. It's times like these that I realize I'm no longer young (no matter what my brain tries to tell me).
Needless to say, I did nothing on the quilting front over the holiday weekend, nor the week before while I was preparing for their visit. I hope tomorrow I'll have a little more energy and focus. Unfortunately, tomorrow is Friday and I don't start projects on Fridays. My mom used to stay, "Never start a project on Friday that you can't finish on Friday." As a child and youth that never made sense to me because, after all, there was the whole weekend ahead to work on the project. But I've since found that when I start something on Friday my enthusiasm wanes by Saturday evening, even if I began knowing it was a long-term project. Perhaps there's a subconscious expectation of not finishing planted by my mom?
(Okay, to be honest, I've set myself a sub-rule for this no starting on Friday thing, just in case you're wondering. If I can successfully finish all of one step in a bigger project I allow myself to begin on a Friday, such as cutting out all the pieces for one quilt block; sewing a quilt block till it's finished; cutting out a pattern for a dress; layering and basting a quilt; etc. That usually works.)
So tonight --Thursday!-- I cut out a little basket to applique. (I was in advance of Friday by an hour or so.) I don't have any specific result in mind, just the idea to applique an autumn-ish basket and flower, and maybe several baskets.
On Saturday I'll resume my quilting efforts in earnest:
- thinking about my Gwenny medallion and "something fishy" for the last border
- finding/making backing for the Mornings Star quilt for Baby Isaac
- cutting and sewing more Buckeye Beauty blocks
- appliqueing this basket
Just out of curiosity: When do you decide it's time for a nap? And, do you start projects on Fridays? If so, do you have success finishing them if they take longer than one day? I suppose there probably aren't any other moms who planted that idea in their children's brains, are there?
I'm going to link this post to Brave Quilter for September at Pink Doxies. I expect to make several of these basket blocks. My "brave" this month will be pushing myself to use something other than a pale neutral background, i.e., a safe background, on at least one or two of these blocks. I may or may not like them but at least I will have tried something different. Thanks for hosting, Julie.
Happy Friday to you.