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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

15 Minute Tackle: Preping Quilt Blocks

Last week I decided to work 15 minutes a day at "decluttering"... another way to put it, straightening, my home. I'll be honest... I did it twice. That's right, only 2 of the seven days. Someone commented that they were impressed I was trying it with sick kids. What they didn't know is that my kids were starting to get better, my husband was very sick (didn't even go to work Wed or Thurs) and then I got sick Thursday. I'm still not at 100%, but I'm grateful that we are sleeping better (I've been coughing) and I'm feeling better with each new day. One of these days I'll just be well. (And then a kid will be sick again, but what can you do? It's winter!)

I remain grateful for the 15 minute tackle, and I'm giving it another shot! Instead of replacing last week's with this week's, though, I've decided to add on. I know this isn't the point behind it all, but I'm doing it anyway. I found (the couple days I did it last week) that it's amazing how much you can accomplish in 15 minutes... especially if your house isn't a total wreck (just a minor one). So, my plan is to keep 15 minutes set aside for each morning (at least week day mornings when My Beloved is at work) devoted to household tasks. Notice, I'm not saying "decluttering"... it's not just that. This morning it included clearing the non breakfast related things (breakfast was already cleaned up) off the kitchen table, folding laundry, and putting away a handful of out of place things. Tomorrow it may include sweeping the kitchen floor, wiping down a mess somewhere, organizing a pile by my computer or any number of other things.

In addition to this, I have a special task to tackle this week, 15 minutes at a time. I want to get 60-90 squares of fabric cut out for a springy throw quilt I have planned for our couch. I finally finished the snowman quilt I'd been working on (off and on) for nearly 7-8 years, and it has been so nice to have it available for cuddling under. However, it's snowmen, and as hard as I tried to avoid any Christmas reference when picking out the fabric, it's there (it sneaked in when I wasn't looking). So, I really don't want a snowman quilt to cuddle under through March, April and May. I need something springy!

So, this weeks 15 minute tackle is dedicated to cutting out a LOT of 6 1/2 inch squares. We'll see how it goes!

(Note: The reason I was trying to avoid "Christmas" on the snowman quilt was to make it a winter thing, thus being able to keep it out for January and February also... not to avoid Christmas! We love Christmas... and cherish opportunities to celebrate and worship Jesus Christ!)

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At January 26, 2010 at 1:48 PM , Blogger Coupon Clippin' Mommy said...

Good luck with the cutting. Maybe you could work on it while watching TV. Can't wait to see the finished product.

At January 26, 2010 at 4:03 PM , Blogger ~Alison~ said...

So sorry to hear that you've been sick! I spent the 2 1/2 to 3 weeks after Christmas feeling pretty sick...and it makes it so much more difficult to get anything accomplished!

Good luck with your quilt squares this week! sounds like a wonderful project!

At January 26, 2010 at 8:32 PM , Anonymous The Domestic Contessa said...

I love your idea for an add-on... As you might notice in my post for the 15-Minute Tackle this week, I kinda did the same thing: I'm planning to tackle two things each day for 15 minutes each! I love how motivated just knowing that I have 15 minutes to devote to something keeps me - and you're right, it's amazing what you CAN accomplish in such a short time when you set your mind to it!

Keep up the good work - I look forward to hearing more from you in the future!

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At January 27, 2010 at 12:37 PM , Blogger Little Mommy said...

I love snowmen things too...I've added many snowman things into my "Christmas" decorations so that I can put them out early and leave them up late and not feel like such a dork. So I kind of decorate for "winter" then Christmas, then take down Christmas, then take down winter.


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