Wednesday, May 2, 2012

WIP Wed: Tag and Tops

I'm afraid we got 2 pieces of bad news in our family this week and last.  It's left me sad and reflective.  It's hard to live so far away from family during times like these.  I wish I were closer to help.  One thing I can do though is make a quilt.  I decided to pull out a top that's been in my "UFO" (unfinished object) pile and get to work.  I now have 2 quilt tops pin basted together, and hope to have a few in the mail by the end of the week.  So these are my big "WIP"'s this week.

On a lighter note, I was "tagged" by Amy at "Harriet Homemaker Strikes Again".  She left a post answering a set of questions, then tagged 5 of us to answer another set.  I decided instead of tagging another 5 bloggers, I'll ask you a question to answer in the comments, if you feel like playing :-).  Here's the questions she asked me:

1)    10 years ago, what occupied the majority of your time during the day.
Easy... my 2 boys, who were quite young then!!
2)    What motivated you to begin quilting and when did you start.
I've been sewing since I was a kid, started my first quilt 20 years ago for my fiance(now husband), but didn't finish it, or start another until about 2004, after discovering rotary cutters and rulers.
3)    How big is your fabric stash and what color do you have the most and least of?
I have 2 small bookcases where I store my fabric.  I'd guess about a square yard of fabric :-O.  Over half of this is fabric for garments though, including polar fleece, which takes up a lot of space. I probably have more "cammo" than anything else LOL.  I gravitate more towards the cooler colors in quilting, purple, blue, green.  I have very little red or orange.
4)    What is your favorite munchie snack or treat?
I go for salt over sugar, so Goldfish crackers are my favorite, at home, and french fries are my biggest restaurant vice.
5)    Where do you craft?
Wherever I can find room.  Lately it's been in a corner of our bedroom and the front door entryway.
6)    How many projects do you have in active (3 months or less since you working on it) progress, and what are they?
Oh my!  Can I plead the 5th on this one?
7)    Who do you make things for most and why?
My family, 'cause I love them...
8)    If you could live anywhere in the world, not including your current home, where would it be and why?
Wow.  I'm not a world traveler, so I'm not sure.  I've always wanted to see Australia!

Thanks Amy!  Now my question to all of you!   How do you plan to spend your summer?  Trips?  Pool-side?  Gardening?  Work?

I'm also linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced WIP Wed.  Come see what others are up to over there!!


  1. Thanks for playing Becky! I will be spending my summer taking kids to and from various summer camps and hopefully getting some hobby time in.

  2. Sorry to hear about the sad news. Service is a great way to handle rough times.

  3. Hi Becky,

    I'm here by invitation of Monika, so "HI!" from Central Alberta (go East to Montana, hang a left and drive North for about 6 hours). Ten years ago I spent most of my time nursing a sick husband (he died in 2006 of complications of Type 1 Diabetes -- that's the kind that affects children and relies on insulin only for survival). My children would have been 17 and 21 then...I began to quilt because of his illness; cutting strips (1996 or so) was recommended as therapy when my knitting wasn't enough. It worked! In light of your recent losses, I recommend cutting strips. It will not only soothe you, it will enable you to re-organize your stash. :-) I won't admit to how large my stash is. I have 3 stashes: fabric, fibre and floss. Could probably open a shop, but I won't! I too began as a garment sewer but once the kids began to refuse to wear what I made, I stopped. My favourite munchie? I can no longer snack on cookies (preferably oatmeal raisin) because at almost 60, I have to curb such urges. However, nowadays I enjoy apples with a bit of low-fat cheese, or GORP (Good Old Raisins and Peanuts). Now that I live alone (with my cat) I have an entire bedroom for a sewing room, and stitch and/or knit and/or spin all over my 1000 square foot house. We don't have the Fifth Amendment up here, but I would still like to plead it when it comes to my WIPs! I mainly make things for family, but my art quilting is for sale, and I take on commissions, should there be any, in both knitting and art quilting. If I could live anywhere besides Central Alberta, I'd say it would be Kilsyth, Scotland, or nearby there, where my father's family originated. Next to Canada, Scotland is the most beautiful country in the world. Summer? In my garden, and my Outdoor Studio (a faux wicker bench, with cushions, wherein I knit, stitch or spin while drinking dark roast coffee and listening to either classical music or jazz.

    Best to you for blogging success!

  4. Salty snack lovers represent!! Summer plans are low-key as it will be my work busy time. But there will still be fun to be had. So sorry to hear of sad news - I'm far from family, too. It's very tough during sad times.

  5. For me.... it's fall going into winter... but it will be mild compared to Chicago! so not much will change... maybe add a sweater/light jacket for when I am outside. Hopefully a bit more time in the sewing room. But winter here is a sunny season too. Summer is the cloudy rainy season.... although a bit warm...

  6. So sorry about your sad news. Being far away must be challenging - my thoughts are with you. Summer plans - summer school for me, chauffeuring the boys around, a quick trip to Northern CA with older son and sewing/quilting/gardening.