Keeping it real and staying on track

by kath_red on 11/05/2012

in Books, Newsletter

My life in this very moment is just all about quilts, quilting, fabric, stitches, threads, rotary cutter, sweeping the mess, scrap bags of fabric piling up, making space for more quilts…

In between I am trying to keep the sanity by staying real. Real life keeps butting its head into my sewing realm. Kids. Dinner. Dishes. Responsibilities. Friends. Health. … so to stay real I have to stop procrastinating, need to use my time wisely. Need to be organised. Have to stay on track. Stay focussed. …

How to stay on track … Keep lists. Use the blackboard planner. Not in fact plan too much. Be realistic. Delegate. What do you do to stay on track?

Some organisation tips:: from Elsie :: Organising the family paperwork.

Check in on our creativity series:

We also hosted: Maya on her blog tour for her new book Reinvention.

Interesting links: 

Happy mother’s day this weekend to all the mothers out there. [I share mother’s day this year with my husband’s birthday — so … kiddos you better buck up! :)]

This week I am reading some traditional quilting books from That Patchwork Place:

Foundation-Pieced Quilts (Dec 2011) :: Civil War Legacies (March 2012) :: Pretty Patchwork Quilts (March 2012) and Kaleidoscope Paper Piecing (Jan 1012). All of these quilt books are full of traditional designs and techniques that have taught me a thing or two. That Patchwork Place always has such excellence in their quilt books. The instructions, diagrams, templates and images are straightforward. Don’t get these books for the pretty styled pictures or the conversational dialogue – you won’t find it. However do get these books for a good foundation in technique and some lovely traditional style quilt designs that will challenge your skills.

[Thanks to publishers and distributors for sending me books to review, I don’t get paid to post reviews but I am an amazon affiliate] (Australians can purchase craft books online through can do books or booktopia or else browse booko for the best prices.)

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1 Dace May 12, 2012 at 1:44 am

Your comments about staying real and reading ELSIE’S blog and the link to surviving with 8 children, made me rush to empty my rubbish drawer in the kitchen and throw away half the items, the rubbish drawer in the hall is next and the 2 in my bedroom after that. But before that, I must read a couple of chapters of “The hare with amber eyes” because we are discussing it at bookclub next wednesday! Also its snowing and I can’t do anything in the garden.
I don’t know how you keep it all together, our Kath.


2 kath_red May 13, 2012 at 12:48 am

someone emailed to remind me of – so do check that out too!


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