Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Friday, September 18, 2020
If you haven't reached the age of Medicare, you may not realize what a scary question that can be. You see there are these nice, well-meaning (younger) medical types who ask us mature ones that question regularly. It's part of the question battery to confirm one's mental condition.
I'm pretty sure I would have flunked that question this week!
It seems everyday, I've had to figure out what day it is -- thank goodness for date books and calendars!! That and a conversation with a friend a couple days ago made me realize September is on the way out and I've not done one thing to reach my studio goals for the month!?!
I haven't even been in my studio for a week! What is that all about??
It didn't take a genius to figure it out once I walked through the door! It's a mess . . . again. And avoiding it means it's time to tidy up. So I tackled this mess just inside the door.
Monday, September 7, 2020
I'm not sure what triggered such a positive approach to today but I'm grateful for it. Willie (my faithful black cat) and I were rudely awakened this morning by a monster clap of thunder right outside our bedroom window!?! A quick look at the local weather radar made it clear that this was the leading edge of a huge thunderstorm that would last the rest of the morning.
It was obvious I'd get too wet and too dirty even doing some deadheading or starting the end of summer clean-up of the borders.
The morning glories tried to bloom but it's mid-afternoon now and today's blooms should have waited until tomorrow. I guess they just couldn't avoid their destiny?!? Today was their day to bloom!
Happily, I had the inspiration to change my plan to an activity that would lift my spirits and cross a few things off my never ending list -- I would dedicate this dreary day to finishing! Finishing something always gives my spirits a big lift!!
But first sourdough pancakes with fresh peaches and maple syrup to get the day off to a special start!
Saturday, August 29, 2020
Machine quilting and finishing some projects has carried me through the past couple weeks! That is all good for sure!! Last week, I finished my youngest grandson's "big bed" quilt -- major goal reached!!
I made this quilt during the #littlemisssawtoothquiltqal led by Melanie at @southerncharmquilts via Instagram. I used a layer cake I had stashed with 1 1/2 yards of background fabric for the blocks. I moved through this project pretty quickly, starting the blocks last September and finishing the quilting this week -- not even a year!?!
So this week, I've been working on a small charity quilt. Remember this "sashed 9-patch" block I shared with you in March? (Here's the original post with my directions for piecing these scrappy little blocks -- it's at the end of that post.)
I pieced twelve of them and set them together with sashing to make a wheelchair laprobe and my charity quilting crew layered it at our July gathering (outside on the front porch, of course).
My current strategy is to alternate quilting one of my own pieces and then a quilt to donate. The idea has worked well for me because the charity quilts are generally small and by keeping the quilting simple I've been moving through them quickly but this time, after ditch-stitching the sashing, I froze.
My quandary was how to keep the quilting simple while enhancing the piecing. None of my straight line ideas were inspiring me to continue. While I don't consciously assign design tasks to my subconscious, I'm glad it goes to work on my creative blocks anyway. Between looking at the quilt everyday laying on the machine table and some Instagram scrolling, I was inspired to adapt a four-point star motif someone shared so it fit my blocks. As I worked with chalk sketching the idea, I enhanced it with a pumpkin seed flower to fill up the central space of the block. Thank you subconscious for the inspiration!!
Here is my chalk sketching of my idea. I've understood that I'm a visual person for a long time and sketching on the real thing helps me make decisions more easily. I use "chalk wheel" devices that lay a line of chalk which I can brush off if I don't like my lines. My original idea was to bisect the center square with straight lines that connected to the inner V's of the star but when I couldn't figure out how to stitch that without back stitching previous lines or extras stop/starts, I experimented with the pumpkin seed flower which could be easily worked into the design with no back stitching and no extra stop/starts.
Monday, August 17, 2020
Did we even know what "rebooting" meant until the computer age? That's what I've been doing over the past three weeks. First, I said all the "right" sentences to my doctor last month and she urged me to start an anti-depressant to ward off impending depression. Having already dealt with it a couple times in the past, even though I'm reluctant to start the meds I realized right now I don't have the energy to talk my way out of it this time. So I'm phasing into the little blue pill!
I'm also strong arming my way back into a more regular walking routine since I've become very sloppy about regular walks. I've still been birding a couple times a week but that isn't walking -- it's ambling very slowly and I need a bit more go-juice! The challenge is that it's just so much easier to stay home and stitch and I don't feel guilty because I'm being productive.
At least I think I'm being productive (though being productive may be a bit more important to me than it really needs to be . . ). So this morning, I flipped through my work journal to see if that has been true since being at home so much since mid-March. Yep!!
I've made all those masks! It's been so impressive to see so many of you part with some of your stash to mask up the folks around you!!
I'm almost finished with the third quilt in the set I'm making for my triplet grands. I'm starting to think about graduation quilts for the two older ones -- must keep the momentum going!
I've knit three pairs of socks with a whimsical fourth pair in process. I'm hoping this will eliminate the Christmas sock knitting panic later in the year! I've never had almost half my goal finished so early!
I've finished one shawl with another just past the halfway point. And more importantly, I resisted my favorite designer's shawl mystery project that is currently underway. Must knit what I have!!!
I've pieced and hand quilted a lap size Halo quilt based on Jen Kingwell's pattern -- binding is ready for the hand stitching this evening! To move through a quilt from start to finish in a few months feels like such an achievement for me -- definitely not typical!