Tuesday, July 27, 2010


"I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." Douglas Adams

Here's my Keep Me Sampler (Moira Blackburn) in all it's wrinkled glory. I finally finished it on July 22nd after having it has a WIP since August of 2004. It wasn't finished in time for Robin's WIP Challenge but I can count it for my sampler guild's 2010 WIP "stitch-along." (Instead of doing a group project as a guild, we are each choosing a project to complete during the year.) After all this time, I still love the colors in this sampler. Here's a close-up of the willow tree that attracted me to this piece in the first place:

We had a willow tree near our garage for many years. Although it was a pain to clean the leaves off the driveway, we were sad to lose the tree in a storm and it's nice to have a memory of it. One other thing--this piece is heavy! It has a lot of solid stitching in it and that added weight.

The other deadline I missed was a 3 for 2 quilting special that my longarm quilter was offering. I have one quilt top entirely pieced and was racing to finish two other tops but things just weren't coming together. I did make some progress on a top that's been hanging around for about two years and now need to put borders on it. The other quilt is pieced and needs to have sashing and borders. So a couple of afternoons of sewing should take care of those. Pictures will follow in due time.

I certainly didn't mean to take a month off between postings. I blame it on long run of 90 degree or higher days we've been having here. In the interim between posts, I've read a lot, been to a college orientation for my daughter, finished unpacking my boxes at work, done a lot of deep cleaning of my house, had lunch with friends, gone to a quilt show and a couple of quilt shops and celebrated my younger son's 21st birthday--in short, really enjoying my time off from work. In addition, we've had some computer drama that resulted in having to purchase a spiffy new laptop (it has a red case!) and a new wireless router, both of which will make blogging much easier. I've kept up with all of you as best I could and it sounds like most of you are having a good summer, too.