Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
This is much more difficult to explain in writing then verbally. I hope it makes sense.
On another front, I made 18 postcards and mailed them to my fellow retreaters. They looked a bit like a 3rd grader did them but oh well. In my mind they were magnificent but the translation didn't get through to my fingers. I didn't take a picture of them. I saved the two rejects for myself. One of these days I will actually save a pretty version for myself instead of the rejects!
Sunday, January 21, 2007
This was the first day. Only the brown logs were finished. I really want the star but, as usual, did things backwards so the star ends up white instead of brown. It was difficult to see with the naked eye. The camera shows it beautifully. See the blocks next to the star. A dear friend is making those. She is meticulously choosing the fabric from an enormous number of choices. I think the extra time has really paid off as they are turning out beautiful. As you see, my "seat of the pants" attitude leads to white stars instead of brown ones while her hard work produces beauty on the first try! LOL!
This is the first brown and pink setting. Like it so, so.
This is a lovely star setting that shows up only on camera. Naked eye it is very hard to see.
Like this but don't like the cross in the middle. It's all I see.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Retreat! Ahhhhhh. If you've never attended, find one. If you have, you know what I mean. It is like living in an alternative reality for a few days. We had a good time, the world iced and defrosted while we just whirred away on our sewing machines. This is a picture of my personal nest. The tool box top worked just divinely! I lined up all of my log cabin strips and was off and running. The food, as
Sunday, January 14, 2007
I always have to edit immediately after posting.....it looks one way in the draft and another in the blog. Ish!!!! Trying again..... and again....
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Monday, January 08, 2007
I have many thoughts today. Because you can't cut and paste when you are writing and I am too lazy to rewrite this, I'm just going to continue on....pretend they are two separate posts.
I just finished reading Margil's blog and had some thoughts...We all start out by saying "I don't know who would want to read about my life/thoughts/projects ect. But her blog struck me at just how little we get to know people that we only see once in a while and how we get a different insight into one another with the written word. In this world of instant, we are writing letters again. Maybe they are in a setting that our grandparents would not understand but putting thoughts to paper are putting thoughts to paper. We aren't necessarily sending one letter to one individual but these are letters just the same. We transmit our happiness and sadness, joys and disappointments, not just our quilting, and it isn't at all dull to read about. We learn so much about each other. We learn how similar we all really are and that is interesting.
I always forget to write what I'm grateful for...what does that say?! But tonight, I am grateful for a good husband and hope I have at least another 26 years with him...we can keep the 50yrs. married tradition going...My grandparents, his grandparents and earlier this year, his mom and dad.
Sunday, January 07, 2007
On other notes.....I finally figured out the right size for my snowman pincushion. I saw this on someone else's blog but can't remember who's. If you read this, thank you for the great idea! Since I am so certain that my Secret Sister won't see it, I figured I'd post the photo. I made it as a 1st draft and then decided that I didn't feel like making another. Unfortunately, I used dark thread but just modified things. I turned it into a pincushion to store needles. I marked a few of them but figured she can label them how she wants. Now I'm nearly ready for retreat.....................
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Has anyone else noticed that the their posts didn't begin a new "folder" in Jan.? And that the sidebar has the 2006 posts labeled as 2005?????
Friday, January 05, 2007
...and this is a picture of the emptied (YIPPEE!) bin......
...and this is the pictures of the strings left from these bins. I am taking these on retreat with me. Hopefully the women there will all do a block or two so we can assemble one top for the heartstrings project.
Now how much more interesting was this dull post because of pictures..........LOLOLOL!
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
My room was a disaster. So, I spent all weekend cleaning up and cleaning out. I felt like a little kid rearranging their baseball cards. I was busy arranging and rearranging. At one point DH called in and asked if I was ok. He said I had been quiet for so long he was concerned! This is my cutting table before cleaning. Who could cut anything??? I had to clean it because I finished my terra cotta quilt and needed to trim it. See the sampler quilt on the right? It is hiding a padded piece of wood that is hinged to my cutting table. When I lower it I have an ironing surface nearly as large as my cutting table. Even my quilts in the background are messed up. ( I had it all nice and neat but I've already put stuff back on the table so will need to take an after photo later. )
I want to post a picture of my stash. This is what I need to use up in 2007. Don't ask me how I plan on doing it but I am going to give it a good try. I've been lining up my WIMM and my very few UFOs and trying to formulate a plan. If nothing else, I've cleaned up and gotten the thoughts out of my head and onto paper so I can refer to them. This photo is the cleaned up version.
I'll post a picture of the terra cotta quilt another day. Gotta save some picture for another day since I only show finished projects!