Friday, January 27, 2012

How To Assemble a Quilt Top and Clean Your House at the Same Time

 If I play my homeschooling cards right Monday-Thursday I have Friday off from teaching--and that means that I only have to do the week's laundry and clean the house between the hours of 9-3. What a bargain right? Of course, what I really want to do is quilt,  so I have found a way to sneak in what I really want to do amongst what I really have to do.  I am no genius--just determined and energetic.
Step One: Clean one room or area of the house.
 Step Two: Sew one row together and add to the top.
 Step Three: Clean another small area of the house

 Step Four: Add another row to the quilt.

 Step Five:  Pick yet another part of your messy house and pick it up.

 Step Six: Add another row to the quilt top.

And if you follow this pattern for about 5 hours three things will happen--
1) Your house will be clean
2) You quilt top will be assembled
3) and you will be exhausted-but happy


 And then on Saturday at sunset you force your husband to stop the car and hold up the quilt top--right there, no a little to the left--a little lower--please cover up your shoes--can't you just stop moving for a second! *SNAP* thanks sweetie--it's perfect.

I also finished this top this week--I love red and turquoise--it was fun and quite easy to put together--if you have never used this block before--check out this easy tutorial.

 I am linking up to Amanda Jean's Finish It Up Friday!
Hope you can get some sewing (and cleaning) done this week!


SherryB said...

Wow, you are very disciplined. I've tried doing this before, but when I "break" to do my sewing, I never stop! Then at the end of the day, I have half-finished dishes, laundry, or whatever. I like your energy; must tap into it. Enjoyed seeing your bright tops---fun!

Alison said...

I love your cleaning and quilting idea! I will definitely try this out this weekend. Only problem I might run into is that I'll have to finish my quilt top to vacuum the living room! Oh well! :)

Katie said...

I love how you reward yourself for getting some housework done! And what a fun quilt, such great colours!

amandajean said...

i like your system! but i bet it takes discipline to stop sewing after just one row and get back to the cleaning.

LOVE your quilt! so bright and cheery. (your backdrop in the photo is making me ache for warmer weather!)

thanks for linking up to finish it up Friday!

retstickan said...

Can´t stop smiling. And I´m impressed that you managed to stick to your plan! Genius!

Caroline said...

I like the way you think! I'll give your cleaning method a go tomorrow and I bet I'll get a lot more done than I normally would. :)

Heather said...

I love to work that way! A little here, a little there, you're never bored and you get SO much done. Love that quilt top, by the way. Amazing what can be done with a simple block in fun colors! :o)

tijerasycuchara said...

I like your works, they are beautifol
the colours are fantastic
have a good day

Abby said...

I love both these bright fun quilts! I'm going to have to try your cleaning schedule!!!

Anonymous said...

Yes, that ist the right way. I often do my small household like this, cleaning, sewing, cleaning, reading, ... I love your colours. Greetings from Styria in Austria, Chris

Kelli said...

Haha! I do that too. Only, I usually start off well and then end up sewing more than one row together because I just want to finish up whatever I'm sewing! My husband would be more happy if I'd finish the cleaning instead...oh well!

Anonymous said...

You are a genius! This older and should be wiser brain never thought of that. I clean first and then usually am too tired to quilt. Will give this a try. Thanks for the inspiration.

blessings, jilly