Two Goals for Today

I haven’t posted in a few days.  I’ve been busy working on several different things outside of my normal work day.  I have all my pinwheels sewn, and the alternating blocks are now cut, ready and waiting.  I have laid out all the blocks on the bed and positioned them the way I want them. 

Goal #1 for the day: 

blocksSew the blocks together.  I don’t know if I’ll get ALL of them sewn together, but it’s a goal.  This is for Samantha’s twin size bed, but the blocks were laid out on my queen size.

Goal #2 for the day:

Greader2Catch up on my blog reading.  I use Google Reader, which I love, but when the number of items I need to read gets above 30, it puts me into a panic.  Why do I let it do that?  Over the past three days, I’ve been busy with other things and haven’t even scanned the blogs I love.   So to my dismay, this morning the number is three times what I’d like it to be.  But then, I turned around and saw that the Woodworker is on his own Google Reader, and his number is 1000+, so I guess I need to put things into perspective.  It’s not a race, right?  There’s no punishment for having a big number, except now that you know I haven’t read blogs in a few days you might think I’ve been ignoring you.  And in talking about this with the Woodworker, he’s sure I’m off my rocker.  Aren’t you glad YOU don’t live with me? 

Keeping up With the Joneses

Do you read very many quilt blogs? I do. I have 146 blogs loaded into my Google Reader account, and every day I read/skim through many of them. It’s a way for me to see what other people are working on, what fabrics people like, and learn new techniques that others generously share. I enjoy the blogging process!

One thing about reading quilt blogs that bothers me: YOU DO TOO MUCH! How do you make so many quilts/purses/table runners/pillows/pincushions/tote bags/and more? I usually have a few things going at one time. I like to have something to hand quilt on when I’m in the mood. I enjoy doing embroidery and applique’ by hand, so there is usually a project or two that falls into this category. I like machine piecing, and there is a project on my table downstairs waiting for me. I MAY finish two or three projects this year. That’s all. If more is accomplished, I will be proud of myself and it will be close to a miracle. This is a busy year, with my youngest son and his fiance’ getting married in July, and parents who need caring for in their twilight years.

So… how do you do it? How do you squeeze in all that sewing in the midst of life? What is your secret? REALLY, readers would like to know. Could you please leave a comment below and tell us how you accomplish what you do?

I have mentioned before that I use to keep organized. Here is a look at my “to do” list. If you look closely, you will see right in the middle of the list my 2007 BOM Quilt. At the bottom is my Christmas Siggie Quilt. That’s from 2008, and is a DJ siggie exchange quilt. I have the blocks. I just have not touched them since I received them! I would work on them if I had more time. But I have other projects that seem to rise to the top of the list.
That’s how I work through my projects. Please share your process!

Keeping Track of a Multitude of Blogs

Are you hooked on quilt blogs? I know I am! I have a long list of blogs I read, and reading quilt blogs is how I start my day! A strong cup of coffee, a snuggly bathrobe and my blogs and I start to wake up. I have so many blogs I read on a regular basis, I needed a way to keep them organized. I needed a way to know when someone posted something new. I got a blog reader. It was cheap. Free, actually, and I love it!

I use Google Reader. Again, it is F R E E . You register, you start adding the addresses of blogs you read, you learn how to search for more quilt blogs right on Google Reader, and you’re on your way! Bloglines is another blog reader, but I haven’t tried it. You might want to give it a go.

While I really like using a blog reader, there is one part that I’m not especially thrilled about. Bloggers use different sites and programs to publish their blog. You are reading my blog, which uses . Some other people use Typepad or WordPress. There are many others. When I use my Google Reader, I can see portions of blogs and scroll through each one. But the settings on some individuals blogs are such that the pictures don’t show up in the Reader.

Here is a view of what I see when someone has their blog set so that blog readers can see their beautiful photos. Thank you, ! (The beautiful colors you see to your left.)
Sadly, some people have their settings such that the beautiful pictures and colors don’t show in a blog reader. So sad. If that happens, you can still get to their blog by clicking on a link, but it kinda defeats the purpose of having a blog reader! If the writing isn’t interesting, I don’t click through. If it IS interesting, I’ll go for it.

How many readers are YOU turning away? Do you know what your blog looks like in a BLOG READER? Maybe you should give it a try and see for yourself. Sure makes reading blogs more organized!

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