Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Postcard From Sweden Update

     Well I never thought for a minute that I would have to send out a notice cancelling my guilds Spring Bee Day.  That is until late Friday night when the severe weather warning for freezing rain was still standing. It came a bit later than expected but it came. I pretty much spent the whole weekend hiding out in the house.  Instead of working on guild projects I worked on my own projects.
    
 I'm happy to say that my Postcard from Sweden quilt top is finished. I finished it at 3:30 on Sunday afternoon. Let the photos begin!  I've given up on waiting for good weather to take the photos. There's no need to, really as Postcard does a lot to brighten up a grey day.


     I really love this quilt and as I've said before I found it such a great way to see how the different colours work together.  Dwight asked me who it was for.  For now I'm going to keep it to use as a colour reference.


     Here's a view from the other side.  The yellows pick up the light quite nicely in this view don't they.   There is a lot more red and pink and purple in this quilt than I would normally use.  I tend to be more of a blue and green girl and I welcomed the opportunity to work with these other colours. 



     I have to admit that I got a little sick of sewing all the half square triangles together during the current marathon of sewing so I took a break to sew a couple of blocks for community outreach ( I'll share those later) and I managed to make a small start on Rory's quilt (that is secret sewing for now) so all in all it was a very productive weekend.  I'll be joining the linkups at mmmquilts for the Postcard from Sweden quilt along, and at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social.

     Now I'm going back to waiting for Spring to Come.  Do you think it will....ever.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Second Quarter Goals

     Last quarter I managed to sew a fair bit but I only managed one finish.  I guess I was too busy working on new quilts.  Well it's time to set goals for the second quarter and we will see if I do better this time.  I'm carrying some projects forward and maybe I'll pull a few from the past.

1.  This is an older picture of the whale quilt.  I've got the quilt basted and ready for quilting.  It's my April goal so I expect to finish it before the end of the month.
     

2.   I need to get this quilt done soon as well.  Rory's mom may have given up on it but I'm hoping to put it in a blog hop in May so I've got to get a move on.



 3.  If I don't get quilt number two finished.  I'll have to make a pillow or something, with these as possible fabrics.


4.  I would still like to make this bag.


5.  And I'll add in the Postcard from Sweden Quilt just incase I feel inspired.





6.  I added this one on Sunday March 15th.  It's a donation quilt for Ronald McDonald House which Cyndy and I worked on as a round robin in a group.  We were hoping Wendy could quilt it for us but she thinks she'll be too busy.  So I guess it's on my list.


     It needs to be quilted by the second week in June.

     That's more than enough for me to work on.  I'm heading over to Felicity Quilts this time to join in the 2018 Quilt Along Quarter 2 linkup.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Lots of Sewing Happening Here

     I had another wonderful weekend of sewing.  I have a three day weekend although sometimes one of the days gets eaten up with other things.  I started my sewing on Friday.  My goal for the day was to get as much of Postcards from Sweden done as possible.  Here's where I was on Saturday morning.  About to attach rows 7 and 8 to the quilt top.



     I wasn't going to continue on Saturday but I was on such a roll I just kept on going.  I eventually had to stop because I got a pain in my right hip and butt from pressing down the foot pedal and a sore lower back from cutting ( I know I should have used the table risers).
     
   I switched to plan B.( this was actually plan A for Saturday but I put it on the back burner to keep working on Postcard).  I pieced the backing for Eli's Whale quilt and then ironed the backing and the quilt top and found the batting.  My new plan was to pin baste the quilt top before heading out to meditation at around 10:00am.

    After a good nights sleep I got up early with the cat and started working on the quilt.  I had to iron the batting because it was so creased. I am not a good estimator of how much time it takes to do things.  This is a really small quilt and I'm happy to say that I got all those pins through the layers in about an hour.  It was a wonderful hour.  It was very quiet in the house as Dwight had not gotten up yet and I got into a really nice rhythm with the pinning.



     I had lots of time to spare before leaving for meditation. I was going to work on the computer but Dwight was watching a soccer game on it so I spent some time fooling around with the ipad.  I recently discovered that I can take selfies with the ipad. I pushed the little icon by mistake one day. I know I am such a luddite.  It's hard to get them to look o.k. though.  Has anyone invented a selfie stick for an ipad yet?  Here's the best one.



     Those are rows 9,10 and 11 on the wall behind me.  You mostly get to see this because you can see how happy I am.  I'm not sure if its because I got lots of sewing done, or because the sun has been shining most days, or because I'm getting healthier.  

Linking up with Main Crush Monday at Cooking up Quilts.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Elm Street Quilts Post Card Exchange Blog Hop

      
      When Patty of Elm Street Quilts announced her postcard exchange I thought it would be a great project for me.  Online participation had been scant for me for a couple of years but  I figured one little postcard should be do able.  I liked the fact that we had to make a postcard only and didn't have to fuss over other things.

     This was my first postcard and the exercise was not without challenges, but I was up for them!  My partner Kim, gave the word Halloween as her prompt.  This was the first challenge.  I don't tend to make holiday projects, so I was going to have to stretch myself here.  Kim doesn't have a blog, and she was new to instagram so there weren't a lot of clues there on what she might like, other than a couple of posts with wool felt applique in them.  This was challenge number two.  I am not a fan of applique. 

     I needed to come up with something that would be true to me but that I thought she would like. I let it float around in my head for a while and then I remembered I had seen a pieced block on the internet at some point that would fit the bill.  I googled Halloween blocks and after a bit of sleuthing I was lead to this tutorial by Elizabeth Hartman.  I had thought it was cats but it turned out to be Barn Bats.  

     I picked some fabric that hinted at Halloween and set to piecing part of the block. I used the tutorial that Patty posted on her blog to make my postcard.



     The piecing and the quilting went together nicely but I had a bit of difficulty with the edging.  Edging a postcard is kind of like applique.  I put it in the mail well ahead of the deadline, and then  the hard part came, waiting.  It seemed to take forever to receive my postcard and even longer for Kim to receive her postcard. 

     Here's the postcard I received from Isabel.  It came all the way from New Zealand.  It was definitely worth the wait! My prompt was sunny, and I saw lots of postcards on instagram that could have fit the bill.  I think a lot of us were longing for the sun.


       I was expecting a yellow postcard but here it came all blue, my favourite colour and it meets the theme in it's title New Zealand first to see the sun.  How cool is that! You can see that Isabel loves applique and is a master at it.   I had a lot of fun participating in the postcard exchange and I would do it again.  I'm sure I'll be better at the edging the next time.  I might even try applique.

      Here are the bloggers participating in the hop.

Denise @ DottieDoodle
Karen @ Run Sew Fun
Laura @ LC's Cottage
Lisa @ Sunlight in Winter Quilts (thats me)
Michelle @ Creative Blonde
Paige @ Quilted Blooms
Sandra @ mmm! quilts

     I'm looking forward to seeing their postcards.  Let's go check them out!


Friday, 6 April 2018

OMG for April

     It's time to come up with a goal for April's OMG and I have decided to focus once again on Eli's quilt.  It just needs to be quilted and bound.  


     Here's part of the top on the backing fabric.  I'm thinking I'll do some sort of wavelike action across the width of the quilt.  Likely with the walking foot.  I'm aiming to get this quilt pin basted tomorrow.  
     Today we have been plunged back into winter with snow falling and staying on the ground.  I'm focussing my sewing efforts on piecing my Postcard from Sweden quilt.  I didn't bother with the last link up because my progress was very minimal, but I am making up for it today.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

A Mini Retreat

       On the weekend previous to the Easter weekend, my quilting buddies and I had a mini retreat.  We were back near Paris Ontario babysitting the dogs. We spent the weekend working on quilts for our Community Outreach program and we finished 4 quilt tops (more or less).  I'm going to share 3 of the finishes in this post and go into a little more detail on the fourth later.   It was a beautiful sunny day, but incredibly windy so it was really hard to set up quilts for photos.  Today is full of clouds where I live so it's nice to look at this sunshine.

     Here are two of the quilts.   We made these tops with a layer cake of Desert Blooms fabric, designed by Sherri and Chelsi of a Quilting Life.   The sashing is  a Free Spirit solid. I bought it as one of several possibilities to use for the sashing in my Quilters Planner Sew Along Quilt. I rejected it for that project but it looks great in these quilts doesn't it.  We based the design on a quilt we saw in a local quilt shop.




 The quilts are a little bit small to be used for community outreach quilts but  we managed to find some of this fabric on line at Fabric Spark and ordered two different prints to use as borders.  So the quilts will be similar, but different.

     Do you remember this quilt?



     The three of us put this quilt top together as part of Sandra of MMMQuilts FreeFall Quilt along last year.  We won a gift certificate from Fabric Please in the final link up and we used the gift certificate to purchase the Desert Blooms layer cake!

     The third top I will share with you was put together by Cyndy.  She had started this top at our last bee day but hadn't quite finished it.  



     The three of us have been trying to use up the batiks in our stash so we have pooled them together to use in the donation quilts.  Actually it started as me trying to use up the batiks in my stash but the two of them followed in my footsteps.



     I'll share the remaining quilt which was the one I worked on the most next week as there is a bit more of a back story to it.  I'll  be sharing this post at the link ups at Sew Fresh Quilts and at Slice of Pi Quilts.

     Last week Katrina and I brought 42 quilts to the Sexual Assault Domestic Violence unit bringing the number of quilts our guild has donated this  guild year so far to 97. Neat eh (thats so you know I'm Canadian.)

     I'm participating in the Elm Street Quilts Postcard Exchange blog hop on Saturday, so hopefully I'll see you here again.

     

     

     

Saturday, 31 March 2018

March Goal Completed!

     Well this morning I was pretty sure that I would be writing a post tomorrow saying I didn't complete my March goal, but here I am at the 11th hour letting you know that I did complete the goal.  I've been tired for weeks trying to fend off this bad cold Dwight has had and then I came down with it myself so I didn't hold out a lot of hope.  But after a boring but restful morning doing sudoku after sudoku I put my pedal to the metal and completed all the blocks.


     I've decided to hold off on putting the sashing on the blocks until I decide where they are going to go in the quilt.  I also might replace the red in the block on the right, but again I think I'll wait until I get all the blocks done and see how I feel about it in the quilt.
     I said that completing this goal would make me happy, and it has.  I'm linking up with the OMG completion link up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts.  Later in the week I'll share the sewing I did with my quilting buddies last weekend.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Finding Joy in Colour

     I find I have had little time or energy for quilting lately.  I've come through a fairly busy time and I'm starting to wonder if this is how it will continue to be. We have also all been walking around with a virus we can't seem to shake.  I'm longing for Spring and some warmer weather, although I am grateful for the sunshine we have been having. I have made some slow progress on Postcard from Sweden.


     It's looking very beautiful don't you think?  It's an interesting process working on this quilt, a kind of paint by numbers approach which requires a great deal of concentration.  I'm not fussing too much about points as I'm sure no one will notice in all this colour.
     Working with all this colour is such a wonderful thing.  I find that each time I get to introduce a new colour I feel a burst of joy.  Seeing how colour and fabric play together is what feeds my quilting energy.  Oh, and I've started to warm up to Peach.


     This photo gives you an idea of my process. I make four blocks then pin them on the design wall in correct order.  I repeat that for the whole row, making three sections.  I repeat this for the next row.  Then I sew the two rows of section one together, followed by the two rows of section two. 



   I sew these three sections together then move on. I don't mark.  I do it all visually referencing the finished quilt.   It's interesting seeing how we all do this differently.  My way is working out o.k. so far, but it might get more complicated as I get further down the quilt.

     I'm hoping to get a little more progress done before the next link up, but I'm going on a small quilt retreat next weekend and this is not the kind of project I want to bring along.  I'm linking up with Main Crush Monday and with the Postcard from Sweden linkup as well.


     

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

OMG for March

     I managed to finish fairly substantial goals for both January and February so you would think I would go for another big one, but I've decided to go smaller this month.  At the end of February I was beginning to feel a bit stressed about being able to keep up with my quilt alongs. I eased up a bit on the self pressure and all is good, but I know I am going to be quite busy this month so I want to keep it easy.
  One thing I will be finishing this month is my postcard for the postcard exchange hosted by Patty of Elm Street Quilts. Here's evidence that I have started.  Actually I've got the top of the postcard done so I just have to quilt it and then pop it in the mail.



     But this isn't my goal.  My goal for March is to catch up with the Quilters Planner quilt along.  I'm working on the on point version so I should have four blocks finished by now.  I decided to double up on the same blocks as Cheryl did in the original quilt mostly so I don't have to think about it.  I have one block finished for January, and this is as far as I've gotten with one block for February.



     So I have to make 4 blocks in total to catch up.  Two February and one for January, and then the March block. This  isn't a lot but I have to fit them in around working on Postcard from Sweden and getting things done for my guild's next Bee Day, Block of the Month etc.  Getting caught up with this quilt along will make me feel really happy , so it's my goal.  I'm linking up with Patty of Elm Street Quilts for the One Monthly Goal linkup.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

A Finish and PostCard from Sweden Update

     Last week I managed to finish this.



     It's a 12 l/2" mini quilt that I made for my co worker Erin.  The committee that organizes these kinds of things at my work was a little bit late in letting us know about our secret Valentine this year so that's why you are seeing a heart now.
It took me some time to settle on what to make her.  You see Erin is an master seamstress.  She taught herself how to sew from tutorials on the internet and she has made herself jeans and a all season coat.  For her secret valentine she made a dog coat.  So the pressure was on to make something good.
     I knew the colours she likes and I knew that she didn't like cutesy so when I saw the mini quilt designs on Carole Lyles Shaw's blog I figured it would be perfect, and it was.  She absolutely loved it , and she is going to hang it in her sewing room.




     I've also been working with these beautiful fabrics.  I'm playing along with Sandra of MMMQuilts and Helen of Midget Gem Quilts who are hosting a Postcard from Sweden QAL.  I ordered a kit of the Kona fat quarters from Mad About Patchwork.  So far the most exciting thing about this quilt along is getting to see 36 luscious Kona cotton colours up close and personal.  I have a colour card but it's not the same thing.  I'm really loving some of these colours.  The colour which had the most triangles in the quilt , peach is my least favourite colour, but I am thinking it is probably a colour which helps other colours to shine. Some of my favourite colours, Azalea, Breakers , Water and Capri, have the smallest number of Triangles.  I guess they will pop in the quilt.


     This is my system.  So far I've cut all the squares (I'm making the smaller size).  My plan is to cut the triangles as I need them and to construct the quilt by making the blocks for one row at a time and then construct that row. Thanks Louise for that tip. I have to move things around in my sewing room so much between my own projects and guild projects.  I think this approach is the only one in which I can keep my sanity.
I'm linking up with the PostCard from Sweden linkup and with Main Crush Monday, hosted by Beth from Cooking Up Quilts, but before I go I'll announce that the winner of my 4th Blogversary Give Away was Gayle of Pedal so Lightly.  I'll get your prize in the mail, within the week Gayle!




Tuesday, 27 February 2018

February Goal Is Finished

 
     I finished my February OMG on Saturday but it took a while to get the post finished.  It was difficult to get good photos.  It was either too cloudy or too windy or too sunny. 



      It's my first finish for the First Quarter of the 2018 Finish Along (you can find my original  list here.  I managed to finish the quilt  as many  quilting friends were enjoying themselves at Quilt Con in Pasadena. This was fitting as this simple little quilt had it's origins at Quilt Con, last year in Savannah.
     
     My friend Laura from the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild won this pack of charm squares and she felt she wouldn't use them as they weren't her style.  I offered to take them to make a donation quilt.  It only took me a whole year to get it finished.




    I opted to stitch the charms together into a couple of blocks and surround them with negative space.  These charm squares are so happy and I thought they looked really good sitting side by side.

      I had a lot of fun with the quilting which is done with the walking foot.  I quilted intersecting straight lines through the charms creating a starry look.  I picked up this method of quilting at the Jacquie Gering workshop I went to last summer.  I then quilted straight lines in the rest of the quilt.  I had a lot of fun changing the direction of the quilting and figured out what I wanted to do with the quilting as I went.   





     I'm linking up my finish with the OMG linkup at Elm Street Quilts and I'll link up with the FAL linkup later in March, but I'll leave you with this last picture where the wind turned my quilt into a flying carpet!  I'm also linking up with TGIFF which is hosted at What A Hoot Quilts this week.







Thursday, 22 February 2018

It's my Blogversary More or Less

     I was reading Anja's blog post about her 4th year blog anniversary and I realized it was my 4th year blog anniversary as well!  So both Anja and I started blogging in February, four years ago, although we didn't meet each other until the New Bloggers blog hop in 2015.  Carrie also started her blog in February, but 2 years ago.   I think there must be something about the middle of winter that makes people feel the need to reach out.

      Half the time I forget about my blog anniversary.  Probably because I'm usually sick in February.  But this year I remembered thanks to Anja and Carrie and I've decided to celebrate by having a give away. Come to think of it Anja won the first give away I had.  I've chosen 8 fat quarters from my stash that I will send to one reader. They could go together in one project but of course they don't have to. You don't have to be a follower of my blog to enter the give away but I would appreciate it if you did follow. I'll choose a winner next week on Friday.  It will be March then, but that's o.k.



     I'll put the names in a hat and pick a winner that way.  Good luck.

I had said I would have a Friday finish to post about today and I got really really close but not quite done and of course I'm hoping for some more sunny weather so I can get some good photos.  So it will have to wait for next week.
     

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Some Hand Work to Share


     Monday was the Family Day Holiday in Ontario.  I decided to take a weeks vacation around this holiday and Dwight decided to take a few days as well.  We went up to the Collingwood area and stayed in a Bed and Breakfast.  Part of our Plan was to go to the Scandinave Spa.  It's an outdoor spa in the Blue Mountains which has hot pools and cold pools along with a dry sauna and steam room.  We have gone to this spa in the winter before and really enjoyed it.


    
      It was great to get away but things didn't go exactly as we had planned.  Dwight came down with a cold so we spent a little more time in the B&B than we would normally have.  We planned to visit the spa on Tuesday after the long weekend, but found out it was due to rain on Tuesday.  The spa is great if it's snowing but we didn't think we would enjoy ourselves  in cold winter rain.  We attempted to go on Sunday but we found out that on the Sunday and Monday of a long weekend you have to line up  half an hour before the spa opens to get a booking for the day.
   
     So we didn't go to the spa.  We did go for a walk in the woods and we did go to a winery and a cidery (and came home with lots of goodies) . We also ate some great meals.
I brought along my E.P.P. project which I haven't worked on in months.  I've decided to start putting the stars together as I make them.  I'm liking this method of constructing the quilt top as I go.  This way I can reuse the paper pieces.  I also used silk thread for the first time on this project.  I'm not sure where or when I purchased the silk thread, but I think it was when I was working on needle turn applique.   It's a great thread to use for E.P.P.  It's pretty much invisible.  It does take getting used to though as it is slippery and likes to slide out of the needle.

     We came home yesterday and I spent part of today finishing the quilting for my One Monthly Goal.  I'll share it on Friday once I get the binding on.  I have continued to meditate daily and today I increased my time to 15minutes, although I found it difficult to focus on my breath as my thoughts were all over the place.  

     My plans for the rest of my week off are to do lots more quilting and to babysit the grandkids on Friday.  What are you up to this week?

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Goals and Meditation

     As we move through the year many of us are taking another look at the goals we set for ourselves and are working on implementing them.  Kim of Leland Avenue Studio wrote a post about her goal to meditate. She has found meditation really helps her creativity.  If you don't know Kim's blog it is worth checking out. She writes really thoughtful posts on the creative process.  She also makes beautiful and creative quilts.

     Anyhow Kim's post reminded me that I have wanted to write a post about goals, and some habits that I have found to help me meet my goals.  As it happens Meditation is one of the things I find helpful.

      I have practised meditation off and on for many years. I think my son who is 27 now was about 10 when I started. I have a memory of him plonking down beside me and trying it out for himself.  I am lucky to have a really good meditation leader in my city.  He follows a Tibetan Buddhist practice but the groups he leads are usually non denominational.  Years ago when I started a meditating his advice was to set aside 20 minutes a day.  His goal is to help as many people as he can to use meditation for stress relief and he now suggests aiming for 5 minutes a day.   The repetition is the important thing not the length of time. When we meet as a group we meditate for 20 minutes. 
     
  I'm finding that 5 minutes is not quite enough for me so for now I am aiming for 10 minutes a day.  Meditation helps to calm me down and helps me to deal with the stresses of my day. That in turn frees my heart and imagination  to work on other things that I love.  It also helps me to be brave and to take risks.

     The other daily practices I have found to be useful came from this article here written by Neil Pasricha. He suggests starting each morning by letting go of something negative, by noting something you are grateful for, and by focussing on three attainable goals for the day. You write all of these down in a journal.  I use my Quilters Planner. It takes a couple of minutes to do this.  I find that like meditation, these practices help me to clear my mind and move forward.  I don't use them all the time but when I do I am able to accomplish so much more and move towards my bigger goals.



   I started my day with a 10 minute meditation session followed by the journal exercises. It has been hard for me to sit down and get to this task. My cold/flu has left me feeling a bit fragile and I have had an incident with a friend on my mind. I found that the meditation and excercises helped me to focus and I managed to start working on my February Goal of finishing the quilting on this quilt.   But before I could do this I had to do this.


     
     I cleared and cleaned my sewing table to help the task go more smoothly.  I worked on my quilting in the evening as well and I am feeling like I just might be able to accomplish this goal this month.

     For the next while I will be joining Kim in working on meditating every day. What do you do to help you meet your goals?

Monday, 12 February 2018

Kits and Swaps and Quilt Alongs


     I have a virus.  It's kind of a weird one where you feel really sick sometimes and o.k. other times.  I thought I was better on Friday but after a morning pulling together fabrics for bee day kits with some friends I was bushed.  I think I'm getting better again now and I hope it lasts.
     So I have made no progress on my February goal as yet, but I have made some progress on cutting kits when I wasn't lying in bed browsing the internet.  I may have purchased a little too much fabric and I may have also purchased Cheryl and Paige's book of Plus Block patterns...and I may have signed up for a swap and a quilt along.
     O.K.  Well the swap is really easy. It's the quilted postcard swap organized by Patty at Elm Street Quilts and it's just the postcard, nothing else.  She's even given us a tutorial on how to make them.  
     I had been resisting the Postcard from Sweden Quilt Along, but then Sandra told me that Mad About Patchwork was selling kits and my resolve melted away.  Half of my resistance was sourcing all those colours of Kona.  The other half of my resistance is trimming all those half square triangles.   There is no way I'll have all those triangles together by the end of the month so I already know I'll be trailing behind.
     Getting back to the kits, four of which are pictured above.  We are really fortunate in my guild to have inherited a lot of fabric from a former members stash.  We are able to put together really great quilt kits by combining her feature fabrics with other quild stash fabrics and some of our own fabrics to come up with some nice combinations.  I'm really happy to destash some of my fabric into kits for donation quilts.  The kit at the bottom of the photo is all from my fat quarters. Yay!  Out with the old, in with the new.  

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Update


     I'm having a lazy day at home today ( I have a head cold) and I thought I would share some progress. These are the blocks I made for my Modern Guild's block lotto.  This is a scrappy plus block that is making it's way around instagram, thanks to a tutorial by   @stephkucera.  For our block lotto we were to make our pluses out of black with white fabric, with scrappy backgrounds in warm colours, reds, oranges, yellows.  I managed to make my blocks entirely from scraps.  I love the fabrics in the gold block.  It seems to be one of my favourite colours at the moment.

     I decided to join the Quilter's Planner quilt along this year.  My nephew is getting married and I'm thinking this sampler quilt designed by Cheryl Brickey of Meadowmist Designs will make a great wedding gift.  Here's my completed January block.



     I'm using Kona Silver as the background fabric with feature fabrics from Lib's Elliots Tattooed line, with the odd other fabric thrown in.  That's a Katarina Rocella fabric in the middle of the square there.  Some of the blocks have frames around them and I have yet to decide on the fabric for the frames. 



 I ordered some Kona periwinkle to use for the frames and although I love the colour and it works, I'm not sure I want to use it.  So now I'm waiting for some Kona Regal to arrive to see if I like that better.

     I was at my public library recently and this book pretty much jumped off the shelf and into my arms.  I have a hard time keeping up with the clutter so I thought I'd give it a read. One of my goals for this year is to come up with some better cooking, cleaning and eating strategies.


                The book was some what reassuring because she wrote it for people whose housekeeping is in worse shape than mine. So I could pat myself on the back because Dwight and I manage to get our dishes done everyday and I manage to get my laundry done and keep the bathroom clean.  However there are always piles of stuff around in my house and like the author I have to run around having a cleaning marathon when people are coming over.

    I've picked up a couple of ideas from her book and some good insights into why past strategies I've used haven't worked.  Although we do the dishes on a daily basis, we leave them in the rack and don't put them away.  So I decided to put the dishes away each morning. This also resulted in me cleaning up the cupboard under the sink  so that I could put the dish drainer there.  The funny thing here is that Dwight has started to put the dishes away each morning, so I've trained him into the habit and not me.  This is an unexpected bonus!

     I hope you are all staying healthy and getting at least some sewing done.