Saturday, May 24, 2008

QFAH - Hour 5

Done! I am really on a roll today! I had 9 of these blocks finished by bedtime last night, and I finished the rest of them this morning. And I think I've finished 6 of the Orange Crush blocks today too. That's 21 blocks I've done today--it must be some kind of record! For me, that is.

I was thinking about something when I sat down at the sewing machine this morning. Judy said we should be able to make 12 blocks in one hour, which means it would take 5 minutes to put one block together, which is pretty impressive. When I first started making these blocks the other day, it was taking me 15 minutes to make one; but I was also watching TV, running the washer, chit chatting with my son, and I was up and down from the sewing machine...because... that's what I do.

So I decided to try a little test. I set a timer to see how long it actually took me to make one block with no distractions--no TV, no kids, husband, dog, or cell phones; and no way can I construct a finished block in only 5 minutes. I discovered that I CAN do one in 8 minutes, however, and using a timer certainly kept me focused on what I was doing. So I set that timer off and on all day to keep myself on track.

It also occurred to me that if I used the units from the Orange Crush blocks as leaders and enders, I could also get a few of those blocks made. I really should do that more often. I still have a bunch more Orange Crush blocks to go, so my goal is to finish 9 more today and 9 tomorrow, then I'll be done with Step 4. Woohoo!

I worked out in the yard, annihilating dandelions and wild violets, for an hour or so this morning in between sewing sessions, hoping to give my shoulders a rest. Now they're really hurting, so I'll need to take some Tylenol and several hours away from the machine to rejuvenate. Hope everyone else is getting lots done today!

3 comments:

dot said...

These are nice. You are so far ahead of me. I have one block done, yup just one. I am stripping wallpaper right now and sewing is in the back of my mind. I really like your blocks.

Amanda said...

Wow, you did do a lot today. I really like these blocks. We've had lovely weather here in the UK today, so I have been gardening most of the day and done very little sewing. Just a bit of hand quilting whilst watching the Eurovision Song Contest.

Kathy Wagner said...

Wow...you are really on a roll!
Very inspiring!