Kicking Butt and Taking Names

A short break from blogging. Uninvited stress seemed to be taking over my life and I wasn’t happy about it. Who is the only person that can fix it? Me. I’m the only one who could possibly shake things up and get back to being me. The positive, happy person who loves to write and to sew and to laugh and visit with friends. I’m back, baby. Hang on, while I give you a short update. We’ve been kicking butt and taking some names on anything that got in our way.

Butt Kicks aka Sewing Time

Keister, dupa, butt, or whatever term you’d like to use . . . we’ve been kicking it here in spades. Sewing, that is. Not on a schedule. Not even, shockingly enough, following a list per se. But you know Sue has been keeping us in line and notating updates as needed on The List.

While I would be randomly sewing on projects here and there with little focus, Sue keeps us on track. Three car quilts were cut out and ready to be sewn right after Christmas. Remember, five car quilts had to be quickly finished for no reason other than they were cute – two Barbie, one Hot Wheel, one Coloring on the Farm, and a Thomas the Train version.

Before the pieces got lost, I was determined to sew those last three car quilts together. That determination paid off and no pieces were lost in this portion of the kicking butt process. It only took four months after the initial push . . .

Long Forgotten Butt Kick

Way, way, WAY back in 2019 we were on a Dr. Seuss kick. We managed to sell a few quilts in our Etsy store plus a special commissioned one. I even turned down a request for another commission quilt. Shocking! Back then, I even had to quilt these on my Elna domestic machine using the crosshatch pattern.

Fast forward a few years (at least three!), and here we are. There had been a Dr. Seuss quilt top in progress and I wasn’t happy with the way the columns were lining up back then. Those five rows didn’t find their way into the closet to wait for more attention. Oh, no. One row sat, folded, right by my bedroom light switch. Each and every time I turned on the light in my bedroom, I was reminded about the Dr. Seuss quilt top. Finally, I’d had enough. Its timeout was over and it was through irritating me. I’m d.o.n.e., as Dominic would say.

Oh yes, I got that sucker together. All five rows of it. Sue reminded me that there is still one more to piece with 20 more trimmed panel pieces. What??!! Was I nuts back in 2019?? ~smile~ Once she finds the pieces which she already did, I’m going to get that puppy together, too. They are on the design wall now. The newly finished quilt top is in the going-to-the-longarm bag, along with batting and a backing. Oh yeah, we’re kicking butt big time!

Happy Happenstance While Kicking Butt

Underneath the Dr. Seuss row that was doing its best to nag me was a completed small quilt top. Huh. Who even knew that was there? Since I was doing such a good job of ignoring the Dr. Seuss piece, why would I look below it?!

It’s a piece that has been hand quilted by moi during my lunch break at work circa 2018. It’s all ready to be listed with some new photos. Our Etsy shop is going to have more than three things listed in it. I’m actually starting to look forward to a new and improved shop launch. Although, I am also thinking about trying a different platform. Amazon Marketplace takes 15% of the sales price but there’s no listing fee. Amazon has excellent market share exposure – does anyone have experience using Amazon? Just curious.

Just a little positivity to start your day! You can expect another longarm session update soon. Maybe we’ll branch out from the “Loop the Loop” panto design. Who knows? Also, we are committed to making THREE baby quilts and a Positivity quilt. Someone in our immediate family is having a baby . . . and we’re making Zoey the Zebra. ~smile~

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13 Responses

  1. Pretty amazing Roseanne! Does Sue hire out to keep others on track? 😉 Love the Dr Seuss quilts, and how fun to “find” that darling hand quilted one!

  2. Hi Roseanne and welcome back! I’ve missed your happy, positive posts and the littles. Good job on kicking butt! Your kids quilts are amazing.

  3. Good for you for just tackling these (annoying) need-to-finish quilts. It feels SO good when they are done. Ask me how I know, and yes I have a certain Canadian Women quilt patiently waiting since 2018 that I see every single day… Good to look after yourself and take a break from blogging. It just gets overwhelming at times and I do not visit and comment nearly as much as I used to. I want to SEW! Well, and also enjoy outside time now too. I’m glad Sue is keeping you on track – lists are awesome.

  4. Chrisknits says:

    Yay!! You are back with a vengeance! LOL. All adorable and all just what you needed for a return to sewing.

  5. Great to know you took care of yourself and make sure you keep doing it. Oh wow hand quilting during your lunch break – very impressive. Love the car quilts. Don’t know if we get cold enough for that here but you never know!

  6. Diane says:

    You GO GIRL! So incredibly happy for you finding your MOJO. Look at all those finishes! I’ll have to take a page out of your book. My UFO’s though can date back to the 1990’s so there is that. Maybe I’ll start closer to the top of one of the piles.
    Will be interested to hear your thoughts on Amazon vs Etsy.

  7. Kathleen McCormick says:

    Look at you go! So glad you conquered some of the lingering projects, but the one under your light has to be a huge relief! I hate when I have a nagging one like that…I had a hand project that took me years, and was on a portable design wall staring me in the face! Sounds like you are on to more stress free quilting, hooray. Don’t have any idea of amazon marketplace, but if you hear good things, let us know!

  8. Rochelle Summers says:

    Oh, Congratulations!!! Taking time outs is really a good thing. I love hearing from you and seeing your latest projects. I have a few (or more) that go way back. Someday I might finish them, or not. But I’m looking forward to more posts from you. Love the ones about your quilting sessions. It’s so nice to spend time with friends and have something to show for it too. Hugs.

  9. Wendy says:

    Yay! You are back, and look at you go! I’m glad you are feeling the groove now and sharing with us. You have some fun projects going on, too!

  10. You kick that fabric bootie (and anything else that get in your way!), girl!! Way to go! So happy to see you back and having fun with stitching! Wow, those Dr. Seuss pieces really do go way back. I love the little hand quilted wall hanging. I hope your anxiety is now totally vanquished to oblivion. Great to see you back! You and Sue have a wonderful week!

  11. Vicki in MN says:

    Well good morning to you gals! You are rocking it and I am so glad everything is working out. I don’t know anything about the Amazon selling but wishing you well with whatever you choose to do;) Congrats to whom ever is having a new little one!

  12. You go, girl! It’s good to see a post from you this morning! I love the Sr. Seuss quilts – especially those book covers. They make axreally fun quilt! And a new Little to love on – that sounds wonderful. I’ll enjoy seeing Zoey the Zebra!

  13. Sometimes when we are ‘d.o.n.e.’ that frees us up to “git ‘er done”! 😀
    BTW: I remember your Dr. Seuss binge! However, having that nagging reminder by the light in your bedroom for several **years** – yuck! That certainly added to the overall anxiety vibe.
    Your hand quilted alphabet quilt is the gem in this pile of finishes IMHO!

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