Sunday, December 20, 2015

Slow Stitching and Week 51 Stash Report

How can it be the Sunday before Christmas?  I'm sure there was supposed to be another week in there somewhere. It's been a bit hectic the last week and not solely due to the holiday.  There has been some shopping and gift wrapping thrown in here and there.  I spent the last couple of days at my Mom's.  She had knee surgery a few weeks ago and isn't recovering as fast as she'd like.  I went home to help her with some Christmas preparations as she's just not up to speed yet. 

Needless to say with all the extra activities, there's not been a lot of stitching going on.  I did get to spend some time playing in the sewing room last night.  I managed to get another 15 inches or so of binding stitched on Back to Square One. 



I'd hoped to do more, but the nail on my right thumb split down into the nail bed and it's amazing how much it hurts to hand stitch with it in that condition.  I'm hoping it won't hurt so much this afternoon when I'll have some more time to stitch. 

I spent some time getting the fabrics cut out for step 2 of Allietare.  Yes I'm that far behind.  I do hope to make some progress on steps 3 and 4 before the linky party tomorrow.  But as I'm not counting any of the Allietare pieces as going out till they become blocks, the stash report is a bit anemic again this week. 

Used last week:  0 yards
Used in December 0.64 yards
Used year to date:  44.77 yards
Purchased year to date:  30.25 yards
Net used for 2015:  14.52 yards

There was nothing in to go with the nothing out, so it wasn't a bad week.  With just one week to go, it's been hard to resist some of the end of year sales, but I'm keeping my eye on the prize of finishing this year with more out than in.  That makes resisting just a bit easier.  That and I'm being ruthless about deleting all those sale emails.    

You can see more slow stitching over at Kathy's Quilts and more end of year stash reports over at Judy's Patchwork Times.  

17 comments:

  1. Put a bandaid tightly over that split nail and you should be able to stitch without pain. I had that happen once and that helped immensely. I hope you can finish your stitching. Life doesn't stop for the holidays. We just have to go with the flow.

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  2. Christmas is the same time every year but like you it always comes in a rush! I hope you manage to get some sewing done though.

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  3. I have the same problem every year with the last-minute rush of getting ready for Christmas. You'd think we would learn...
    Your numbers are looking very good. Stay strong for the final push past the sale emails!

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  4. I agree, I am missing a week too!! Nice quilting. I have been saving Bonnie's pattern, no time to start another!! (:

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  5. I'm not ready for Christmas or the end of the year. Nice quilting on your square one quilt. I chuckled when I read your sentence that you went "home" to help your mother. Hubby and I have had our own home longer than either of us lived with moms & dads, but going to mom's is always "going home."

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  6. I agree with Cathie - a tight bandaid will do the job (been there) with that split nail. Lucky I scheduled a lite month as 2 unexpected events came up.

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  7. We always seems like a crunch time when it should be a relaxing family time. DH has canceled Christmas gifts for the over 25 crowd this year since it is his year to buy presents for that group and I refused to do his shopping! The under 25 presents are all ready except for 1 teddy bear.

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  8. Ouch! Hope the nail starts feeling better and real soon. You aren't so behind on Allietare, I'm still collecting fabric. :)

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  9. Ouch I hope your nail gets better / your mama is lucky to have a good daughter and that's what is most important :)

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  10. Hang in there. I know exactly how bad that finger hurts. I use liquid bandage on many of my cuts and owies and it seems to make them heal faster. It really is a drag though when you are trying to get things finished for a deadline. Hope you are getting to work on your quilt binding today. The quilting looks great!

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  11. I hope your thumb nail heals soon and you are back to hand stitching without pain.

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  12. Ouch on the nail! I hope it heals so you can get back to work. I still have two quilts to bind, but they're for the kids, so I don't have to worry about anything to mail anymore! Good job staying in the black. I haven't started the mystery - I want to see what it looks like first! ;)

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  13. Hope you manage to get your quilt finished this year - it can be hard to find time at Christmas but sometimes a few quiet moments sewing is just what's needed!

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  14. It is an extra challenge to get our stitching time in at this time of year, isn't it?
    I hope your Mom's recovery starts making better progress & your nail stops being so sore.

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  15. I'm trying not to buy fabric too. It's hard for me because I have a Fat Quarter gift certificate burning a hole in my pocket.

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  16. OH I have had that issue with my thumb nail too and it is painful to stitch!
    Take good care of yourself!!!

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  17. Oh that does sound painful, I hope it won't take too long to heal. I agree, where has the last month gone or this past year for that matter. The first couple of months after my sons death dragged but the latter months have just flown by. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas, best wishes Wendy

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