As you know, finding a work/life balance can be difficult. It’s something I struggle with and I’ve discussed it here before. Over the past several months I’ve spent a lot of time analyzing why I have such a difficult time and trying to find ways to get more done and stress less.

I found that my biggest roadblock is my energy level. I feel exhausted all the time, and that keeps me from doing the things I want to do and need to do. I believe that a big part of the reason I’m so tired is because my diet is crap. Seriously. You know the saying  if you put in crap it runs like crap? (Or something like that..) Well, I’m putting crap food in my body and my body is barely functioning.

So last week I experimented a little. I cut out some of the sugar I’ve been eating, and switched out some of the crap food for healthier options. You know what I’m going to say, right? I felt a bit better, had a bit more energy, and managed to make progress on multiple projects. I even felt joy again at being in my sewing room and working on some personal projects. It was a good week.

So what did I spend my time working on? First, I managed to get together all 8 blocks and 2 half blocks for my Midnight Mystery quilt. Can you believe that? I barely can believe it myself. I mean, I started these blocks three years ago! Now to get them all put together.

Midnight Mystery Quilt Along blocksI also finished quilting another customer quilt. There were two of these quilts to do – in different colors and the center block was a bit different. I quilted both of them essentially the same and enjoyed every minute of it. The quilting is a mix of ruler work and some free motion. It was fairly quick and really easy.

Melanies brown/plum quiltThat dark color that looks brown is really a deep plum color. I think it shows a little better in the close-up pic below. Who knew plum would be so difficult to photograph?

quilting detail ruler work free motionThis week I’ll be putting the binding on this quilt and then I can get both quilts back to their owner. I know she’ll be happy to have them back!

Okay, so remember I told you I was going to try to keep up with the #100Days100Blocks2018 quilt-along? The good news is I managed to make a block a day for the first seven days. I’m behind by two blocks (three if you count today). I hope to catch up today or tomorrow. I have a good excuse for being behind already, no really! I’ll tell you why in a minute. But first, here are blocks 3 – 7:

Wish me luck in keeping this project on track. I only have 93 more blocks to make! LOL

In addition to the above projects I was able to quilt and bind three mug rugs for the quilt shop where I work, and piece a lap size quilt for them as well. This week the shop is participating in a shop hop and there have been lots of samples to make. If you’re in the area be sure to stop by the shop starting Wednesday – I bet you’ll find something that just has to come home with you!

Now to the DrEAMi! project that I had to start and the reason I’m behind on my mini blocks. (If you’re not familiar with a DrEAMi! project, click the link and read all about it.)

On Thursday I found out that my niece’s grandmother is terminally ill. Kayla is extremely close to her MaMa and the news is hitting her hard. It is so sad, especially because MaMa is one of those very special people that goes above and beyond to help others. As soon as I heard the news my immediate reaction was “this lady needs a quilt”.  Because that’s what we quilters do, right?

So on Friday I pulled a layer cake from my stash and got to work making large (8-3/4″) half square triangles.

Half square triangles from layer cakeThe layer cake is Chestnut Street by Fig Tree. I chose it because it has bright, happy colors. I didn’t have a plan – I just started sewing. Over the weekend I put the blocks together and began sewing them into rows of large flying geese. My hope is to get this quilt finished and quilted this week, so wish me luck. I’ll be working a lot of hours at the shop today and later in the week, but this project is worth staying up late nights and working on. I feel an urgency to finish it quickly.

Whew! I feel like I’ve been talking forever. That happens when there’s a lot to share! But now it’s your turn to share your projects. What has you excited to be in your sewing space this week? You can link any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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