Monday, January 30, 2012

Slow Quilting or Just a Slow Quilter?

Sandy at Quilting for the Rest of Us has talked about slow quilting or taking her time to enjoy the process of making a quilt.  She posts every Monday on the subject and has many thoughtful insights.  Me?  I think I'm just a slow quilter.  I participated in my guild's UFO workshop on Saturday.  Was there from 9:30-2:30 with a short break for lunch and I got three of these blocks done.  Keep in mind that I had already sewn the flying geese, the half-square triangles, and the strips for the rest of the block construction during the class for this project back in October.  See what I mean about being a slow quilter? 

These blocks will be eventually become a tablerunner.  The fabrics are mostly Kansas Troubles.  The pattern, Geese in the Valley, was created  by Susan Shively of Midnight Owl Quilts* for a workshop for my quilt guild. 

In other stitching news, I'm continuing to work on Grace Mason.  I'm down to a little bit on the border, a fairly large over-one motif, some over-one lettering, a little blackwork and three large motifs on the bottom right.  In my head, that's about two nights worth of stitching, but in real life, it will probably be two to three weeks.  I'm getting anxious to finish this although I still enjoy working on this piece.

*No affiliation, but I have purchased several of her other lovely patterns

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Friday Night Sew-In

Go on over to http://www.craftyvegasmom.blogspot.com to sign up for the first Friday Night Sew-In of 2012 and join in the fun.  I'm planning to plant myself on the couch with Grace Mason, and hope that I have significant progress to show you on Saturday morning.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

WIPocalypse Check-in #1

ABCs of Aging Artfully - Lizzie Kate

Grace Mason
WIPocalypse is being hosted by Measi.  Although sign-ups are now closed, you can still stitch along with everyone throughout the year.  Here's my first check-in showing my progress on my two most active projects.  Grace and I survived a small crisis.  I ran out of the DMC 316 that I was using and the new skein I bought is a lot lighter.  Who knew DMC would change dye lots?  DMC 316 is the lavendar needed to fill in the flowers on the basket and in the red flowers.  I rummaged through the stash left from my mother's things and thought the skein from there was a little too light also.  I explained my problem to an employee of my local needlework store and she offered to run home and bring me what she had from her stash.  The bottom line is that I have a pretty close match and the store has a very grateful, loyal customer.

I've been busy as always since my last post.  All five of us enjoyed a week on Sanibel Island on the Gulf coast of Florida between Christmas and New Year's.  The weather was gorgeous and the shells were plentiful.  I ate grouper every chance I got.  We flew back on my husband's last day of employment.  Thanks to his frequent business travel, he and I were upgraded to first class.  Not only first class, but the very front row of the plane.  The flight attendant saw my husband take some snacks back to our children who were crammed into coach seats and we struck up a conversation.  As the plane was landing, the attendant announced to the enitre plane that there was a special passenger in Seat 1F who was retiring after 37 years.  Everyone on the plane applauded, and my husband, who doesn't let much bother him, was slightly embarrassed.  I thought it was a nice way to end his career.

I seem to have the rhythm of my daily life back again after winter break and my two younger children are now back at college, so I promise to be a more faithful blogger in the next few weeks.