Monday, December 19, 2016

Busy Elves






I have been stitching away like one of Santa's elves. Work, work, work...


I finished the corner blocks for the Rowdy Flat Library Quilt, and I'm currently stitching on Block Five. "The March Of The Ladybugs... The borders are coming up shortly. I need to finish this block, and then one more. The borders are all appliqued flowers and bugs, of course. I've finally seen a photo of the finished quilt online. It's a mystery quilt and I only get one block pattern a month. As you know, there were a few months when I couldn't stitch because of my hand surgeries. I'm trying now to catch up.






I also started another quilt that has been quietly waiting for my attention. Now you know why there aren't many finished quilts in a year. I have a short attention span. At least it must seem like it, but in reality I spend about six hours a day stitching, sometimes many more. When your stitching involves nothing but needle turn applique and hand quilting, the progress must seem very slow.





The new quilt that I have started is called The Aunts Quilt. It has twelve pieced blocks, which I have done and six appliqued squares. There are also appliqued half triangles and appliqued borders. For some reason I thought that it would be a nice easy quilt to work on when I needed a break from some more challenging quilts, but I don't think it's going to be.


 Some days I don't get to stitch at all, because things like Christmas get in the way. I have been baking cookies, and wrapping gifts. The house has been decorated for weeks. The shopping is done. I need to do some more baking and cooking this week and the house really needs a quick dust and vacuum. I guess I better get back to work. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas with your family and friends.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Sadness




I belong to a weekly quilting Bee. I'm not even sure how long the group has been in existence. I have been a member for fourteen years. The women who are my fellow members are like my sisters. We know everything about each other. We know everything about our families. We share patterns, and projects. Each of us was invited by a member to come see if we would like to join. I was invited by a friend of my Mother. My friend is Lynn Merrifield. She and her husband just made a move to the beach. To be closer to their dear daughters. I'm going to miss Lynn very much.


We shared some of Lynns quilting fabric that she didn't want to pack and take with her. I found a treasure, and I wish that I had taken a photo of it last evening when I got home from Bee, but I didn't.  Then you could have seen it when it was in pristine condition.  It is a completed, hand appliqued block. I inked her name on it this morning. I was going to quilt it, and make a pillow using it. Change of plans...


I am so mad at my dear dog, Walter. I went upstairs at O-dark-thirty, to make a cup of tea, and when I came back downstairs, Walter was chewing on Lynns block. It has holes in it. In more than one place. I cried.

I think I'm going to press a stabilizer on to the back of it, sew a backing on to it, bind it, and pin it to my sewing room wall, where I can see it every day.

These photos are really bad, but it's dark and raining here this morning, but we are still in a horrible drought, so I won't complain about the weather. Plus I adore rain.

I'm sorry Lynn.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Beginning






It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and I'm beginning to stitch again. 








Three weeks ago I had my right (dominant) hand operated on. It's called a Carpal Tunnel Release. I quite frankly was terrified, because I was afraid that something would happen and I wouldn't be able to stitch or knit again. Thankfully my hand surgeon was able to take care of everything and I will be fine, I think. I'm still sore and stiff, but better every day. The numbness and tingling have almost all gone, so I think this is a success story, and hopefully I never have to talk about it again.








The house is decorated. I've had my quilt group here this past Wednesday, which is always the beginning of Christmas for me. I managed it all last weekend, after a wonderful trip to see our oldest son and his adorable family for Thanksgiving.






In my next post I will show you the blocks that I've completed for the Rowdy Flat Library Quilt, but this one is just to let you all know that I'm back and looking forward to a lot of new knitting and stitching in the weeks and months ahead.