September ALYOF Goal

Thanks to this post, you know that I typically juggle several projects at a time, working on them in short, focused bursts. It works for me, but sometimes I just. need. to finish something.

Thank goodness for A Lovely Year of Finishes!

My ALYOF goal for this month is to finish the flimsy for my Guild challenge. (Bonus points for quilting it!)

Here's where I left things in June. (Can you tell what it is yet? Ha!)

If you are thinking "landscape", you are so right! (Smartie pants!)

I painted the dramatic sky, thinking of the vibrant blue sky in my inspiration photo.

We made this last summer.
With so much raw material, who could resist?

Last summer my husband and I spent a day exploring Pipestone Creek. It was one of those gorgeous summer days we wished would never end. We made funny rock sculptures, took pictures, had a picnic, waved at the only boat that passed by on the creek, and soaked up the sun.

The place was deserted until mid-afternoon. As we were leaving, a family of three arrived. We could hear the young boy (maybe 8 years old) exclaim his delight at finding our handiwork. When I turned back to look, he was posing with our Inukshuk, ever-so-carefully, for his parents to take pictures! This memory makes my heart happy. :-)

We haven't returned, but I often wonder if our little bit of guerrilla art still stands. Or, maybe ours has inspired others to make a whole army of sculptures!

Here's what I've been up to the last couple of days:

My "crazy impulse quilt" is cut, stitched, pressed, and ready to assemble.

The edges of the triangles will eventually fold back and become curves.

I also managed to zip through a couple more customer quilts.

Time management is a big part of my juggling act. I can sit down and piece when I need a break from quilting. When I'm tired of piecing, I can turn my attention to dreaming up ideas for an art piece. Each project is pushed forward in its turn, and I feel like my quilting time is well used.

I think this has carried over from when my kids were small and I was working full time, parenting, homemaking, volunteering, and sustaining relationships with family and friends. (I'm exhausted just thinking about it!)

Mmm, I can smell the ribs roasting in the oven. It's time to push forward with supper preparations, so see you next time!

Linking up with:
A Lovely Year of Finishes September Goals, at BitterSweet Designs
Let's Bee Social, at Sew Fresh Quilts

Try, Learn, Grow!

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  1. Sounds like you have good balance. I just have to say that I love that dump truck quilt!

  2. Ah Carole - it's neat to find someone else who likes to leave rock sculptures in creek beds! And it is fun to hear how you jump from one creative interest to another.
    Did you know that your quilt is featured by Kelly on Needle and
    Thread Thursday this week? And a well chosen feature it is! Wahooo!

  3. I am not a good juggler.... Will have to take a cue from you, Carole! I usually get focused on one thing and can't break away to work on anything else until it's finished. All your works in progress are amazing!

  4. I too am a juggler, doing many projects at, I think that is why I don't get bored too easily! Can't wait to see your landscape quilt.

  5. Fun projects! Good look with your goal!

  6. You seem to get lots done as well as have lots of projects on the go. And 2 of my children just passed as your rock sculpture was up on the screen and were very impressed, they frequently make rock towers but I think you've inspired them to get a bit more ambitious.

  7. You certainly stay busy! Fun rock sculpture, and fun projects. I recognize the popcorn quilting design in that last photo - a favorite!

  8. Can't wait to see the finished quilt, loved the rock sculptures, so fun!

  9. You've been zipping through a lot of work. Good for you. I love the idea of guerrilla art and I bet yours is still standing.


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