Monday, January 26, 2009

The Little Engine that Could

I'm feeling a little overwhelmed with my work load but also at how much life is going to change in about 8 weeks or so. I'm so grateful for the projects I have been asked to make this year - but at the same time I kind of just want to sit on the sofa - watch soppy movies and prepare myself for what is to come. Actually - it is probably best to keep myself busy and occupied!

So I've been very busy working on lots of projects which I will share with you soon. I am a list maker and I tend to plan my days, down to the last hour, around particular projects and when they are needed by - so when I was asked to make a little baby quilt/wall hanging of 'The Little Engine that Could' ... I was slightly concerned about whether I had time to fit it into the schedule or if I should just give myself some breathing room and turn the work down.
After re-reading the book for ideas - I felt I just couldn't turn down the project. In fact - it inspired me ... and I think at the moment I feel like that Little Engine.
Of course - life would be simpler if I read the fusible instructions before I spent a whole day constructing a beautiful little blue engine out of fiddly little pieces of fabric ... ... and now I have to start again ...
'Puff, puff, chug, chug, went the Little Blue Engine. "I think I can - I think I can - I think I can" ... it might be my new mantra in life.

16 comments:

LizzieJane said...

I love this book and I love your little blue engine even if you do have to start again!
x

Sue said...

Cute little engine. Be sure to schedule some rest for yourself, too. You won't be getting much after the little one arrives.

Charlie P said...

Awwwww, the train's looking brill- is there anything you can't do?!? Now it just goes to show how much work I've had since October that I had no idea what you meant by 'what is to come'- it was quite a relief to find the thanksgiving post as I was worried there might have been some sort of illness you weren't telling us about! Very belated congratulations from Mr.P and I!

I absolutely LOVE Gerald and Cabbage. You should definitely branch out into sewn as well as woolly toys.

x

periwinkle said...

awww - I'm sure you'll do it. So which is your favourite soppy movie?
lisa x

hetty said...

How cute! I know you can! But take time for yourself. You won't get much of that in a couple of months!

Bumpkin Bears said...

Gosh Rachael, that is going to be great - how frustrating after sewing it all up! Do take time to rest and watch soppy movies! HUGS, Catherine xx

C. C. said...

I can't wait to see your quilt of the little engine. I have always loved that book. I found your blog when your giraffe went to the zoo and laughed out loud. How creative you are!

C. C.
Ribbons and Lace Cottage

Sarah said...

Great engine Rachael!

Take a moment to do a bit of soppy movie watching on the sofa. You deserve it.

Hugs, Sarah x

michelle brown said...

oooooh! i remember that book, or one like it, i remember chanting.....i think i can....i know ican.....i think i can....i know ican .....i think i can....i know ican! over and over again.
wonderful...

Chocolate Cat said...

Ohh I'm looking forward to seeing this one!!

UK lass in US said...

Aw, what a shame. I can't wait to see how it does turn out.

bunzi said...

i think you can! ;)

Jenny said...

I love your mantra. I know you can do it! My mantra is 'No thank you Mum...I don't need it.' I use it waaay too much as she tries to offload her stuff onto me!@ Ha!

mellyandrosie said...

Hmm, I think I need to adopt that thinking too!! I cant wait to see your finished wall quilt - how cute it will be!!

dottycookie said...

Gosh, is it really only 8 weeks away? Best go and put your feet up while you can!

Jess said...

Hehehe, you just solved a problem of mine in this post. i am making an applique quilt and couldn't work out why i was having so many problems with sewing the birds on to the quilt....I just checked the fusing package only to find i too have a DO NOT SEW pack!!! Oooops!

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