Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Procrastination - thy name is embarrassment.

Four years ago I participated in a block swap using designs from this book (the favorite book in my library). The blocks languished in the cupboard until two years ago when I finally decided to assemble them. I chose to make them into pillow covers rather than a quilt. I found a fabric in my stash that made a perfect back and loved the finished piece.
So what's the problem, you ask. I only completed one of the two pillows. This week when I was unpacking Christmas decorations, there was the second top - neatly folded with its backing fabric. Two more years of waiting have finally ended. A second pillow has been born.
Balance has been restored to the couch and I can enjoy the fruits of my friends' labor rather than the guilt of putting off a job that took under an hour to complete.
I did dangle a little carrot for inspiration.
Now I will allow myself the pleasure of hand-stitching the binding down on Old St. Nick.

31 comments:

Sandy said...

Darling pillows....what a great memory for you!

Milah said...

You are not alone, I have many UFO's...I don't know why I continue to do that. Thanks for sharing...I feel motivated right now. ;D

Carol said...

Love your pillows...what a perfect idea...can't wait to see your Old St Nick.

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

Love your pillows, they are a perfect ensemble for your couch. Isn't it amazing how things pull together and you ask yourself why you waited. Enjoy your handwork on your binding, I love that step!!

paula, the quilter said...

The pillows look fab. I signed on to Finn's finish by new year and have only completed one thing so far. I signed on for 3. Life has just gotten away from me.

paulette said...

LIBBY!!! Your pillows are gorgeous! Better late than never is my motto! Well done!
Paulette

Quilt Hollow said...

Fantastic idea to use those adorable blocks for holiday pillows! They would look great in my house too!

Colleen said...

Oh I love the pillows! And absolutely love that book. It's also on my shelf :o)

WoolenSails said...

Those pillows are wonderful. I was thinking of doing some with removable covers, so I could change them out, still thinking;)

Debbie

kjquilts said...

Love the Christmas pillows and quilts! As far as the procrastination (UFOs)...been there done that. Actually, I'm still doing it! I think UFOs are like losing weight-you lose some and then gain it right back! It's a never ending story.

Judy in Michigan said...

I love your pillows - I will have to look for that book - very nice! Also, your "title" picture at the top of your blog is wonderful too. I loved November's leaves and acorn - you take such beautiful pictures!!

Jeanette said...

I love your pillows. That book is one of my favorites, too. I'm hoping to make a quilt out of this year for next year. :-) Also, I may have to make Cheri's nativity quilt, too. I really like yours!

Sharon said...

Love the bias cut plaid bindings, my fav these days! Pillows are wonderful too, an easy dec item for holidays.

Quilter Kathy said...

You just sound so much like me! I have no idea why some projects sink to the bottom of the UFO pile to languish in "unfinishedness" until they resurface?!?
And I also promise myself rewards for things I do that I don't enjoy!

Carolyn said...

Very sweet pillows...and what a sense of accomplishment you must have!

Darlene said...

Very, very cute, Libby!

paulette said...

What a gorgeous header!! Well done!
Paulette

Beth said...

Your pillows are adorable!

Karen said...

That was a good idea to use your blocks for pillows but funny that you waited so long to finish the second one.
I absolutely love the manger scene quilt in your header photo!

Vicki W said...

The pillows are great!

The Calico Cat said...

I love your blacks - I know, I've sadi that before. I should come up - maybe if we sewed together I would actually get some stitches taken...

Lori said...

The pillows are so festive! Way to go on getting the final one done!
I love the quilt in your header!! Do you know if the pattern is still available and who the designer is?

McIrish Annie said...

love the pillows! what a good idea! and i see your lizzie has found her home!

Guðrún said...

I love these pillows.

Red Geranium Cottage said...

I love your pillows Libby. They are very cute. Great idea.
And love the new quilt,St. Nick too.

Julia said...

I love your banner picture! What pattern is it?

AnnieO said...

Isn't it strange what we deny ourselves by letting these little projects pile up? I have a couple of embroideries I've been "meaning" to make wallhangings out of for years. I'm gonna get on the stick and get them done this weekend, so I can enjoy them! Old Saint Nick looks inviting and cozy...

julieQ said...

No embarrassment needed, those pillow covers just needed to age appropriately, and wait for the perfect moment to come live on your couch! Speaking of...I have nine-patches for 5 years that my friends gave me, only recently worked into a quilt!

Stephanie D. said...

Everything in its time.

Love the new header!!

Kathie said...

I love your pillows and I have that book
always wanted to make a whole quilt from just the blocks
Lorre and I decided this year when we get together every other week we will pull fabrics for a block or two and then trade kits with each other
the key will be to make those for the next time we get together and make more kits!
will be a fun quilt to make
or pillows ;)

Paula said...

I really like that book too. Haven't made many things from it, but love to look and dream! :D