Thursday, August 24, 2006

The 1-Hour quilt

I worked on the 1 hour quilt for about an hour and a half today. Managed to get all the sashing done and the top itself put together. No pictures, but I'm really loving this quilt already! Tomorrow I'll start on the borders.

I've been reading a book the past week or so -- The Simple Living Guide by Janet Luhrs. I bought the book because I was going to take a class at BN university a few years ago and needed the book for the class. As it turned out, and, as usual, I had too many irons in the fire and didn't keep up with the class and the book ended up in the sewing room patiently waiting. Anyway -- I picked it up and started reading (thinking that if she tells me I have to move to a commune, etc - I'd just toss the book!). I have ten more pages to read (and there's 300 or so). There are quite a few "roll your eyes and 'get real' points" like do all your clothes shopping for yourself and gifts for others at resale shops -- that's not going to happen. But she also makes a few good points like live below your means, and on a cash basis so you don't have to work forever to pay off things you don't really need, etc. One point she made was that we, as Americans, live in bigger and bigger houses and then we fill them up with stuff, and then we must work much longer to pay them off. While, in most parts of the world, people live with less stuff and smaller houses and are probably happier than we are and probably less stressed also. I can vouch for the fact that we live in bigger houses - we live in a very large 3 bedroom log home that I really can't wait to downsize because I have to spend too much quilting time cleaning it! vbg My ideal house: One very large room with a bath w/shower, a hot plate and microwave, futon for when I need to sleep and all my quilty stuff surrounding me. But I digress. The book has chapters on money, health, exercise, housing, gardening, decluttering, travel, etc. and I am really amazed that it really is interesting reading.

Anway, soon as I finish it tonight it'll be back to the applique blocks for Briana's quilt!

Gratitudes:
1. I am grateful for the house we live in, even when I have to clean it (like today!).
2. Wild turkeys -- a whole family of Tom & Tina and at least 6 babies in the woods.
3. Sewing time.

4 comments :

Libby said...

Sounds like an interesting book. I agree with you on the shopping and gift buying. I do try to make gifts instead of purchase whenever I can and I certainly love to receive a homemade gift.
Looking forward to seeing your 1 hour quilt.

quiltpixie said...

Sounds like the book has made you think a little, which is good. Simplicity is something you must self-create, as its about your values and your priorities -- you can't just follow someone else's recipie. But books are good for feeding the thought process.

Susan said...

I need a house big enough for my DH and I to have separate areas for our hobbies. Of course, now, his room is outside and my room is inside. =)

EileenKNY said...

I've realized that if I ever have to move, I'm going to have to burn my house down. We've got way too much stuff. Mike and I have pledged to purge a lot of it this fall. Yeah, right.
The book sounds very interesting. I'll see if my library can get it for me.