"Whatever your hands find to do, verily do it with all your might" Ecclesiastes 9-10

Sunday, October 29, 2006


I can't believe we're almost in November, time flies so quickly !
While doing some handpiecing, this afternoon, I was thinking about my quilting goals for this coming month. Better write them black on white, before they vanish :
"Gratitude" >>> Judy Laquidara's 1 hour a day new project.
"Sunbonnet" >>> finish the top (= piece the borders)
"Shipshewana Blessings" >>>> piece 10 blocks. (2 or 3 a week)
"Country Bears" >>> finish the hand quilting. (evenings)
Redwork enbroidery >>> make 4 more squares. (1 a week)
I'll stick to these five items, as I want to give me reachable goals, in order to avoid any frustration by the end of the month (I've learned my lesson...).
I should also work on my "Primitive Folk Applique Group" project, but I feel a little bit "lost", discouraged, way way behind. I 'm not very far with my 2006 project (I think I chose it tooooooo big), and we're already planning a 2007 one (which is logical). I should have passed my turn for the coming year, but once again I was "trapped" by my enthusiasm..... (did I say I'd learned my lesson ?).
I was feeling kind of blue these days. The tradition here is to flourish the graves in November, to celebrate our beloved ones. I think about my mum, my grandmother. I miss my mum. Not for the good moments we shared (there weren't so many), but for the ones we never knew. Now I know it was not her fault and I know she loved me her way... I miss my grandmother, who did sooo much for me, trying to "balance" my life. She laughed (and loved) so easily, and she could make miracles with one penny ! She would be 100 years old now. I bless her....
So I decided to fight against that blues. Guess how ? A new project, of course !
For a long time, I wanted to try some machine piecing "à la Bonnie Hunter"... and I did ! I pieced a nice "Trip Around the World". Oh, I just love it ! I still have to put borders and then I'll send a photo...
* A peaceful Sunday.
* A good Belgian home made lunch : "chicons au gratin"
* My grandson Andrea walks since this morning !
* Today, we tasted (and approved) the Lemoncello liqueur that we made last summer with my sis'-in-law. (Next week she's going to Italy and will bring back big jars olive oil for the whole family...).
* Feeling better now.


  1. Quilting does heal the heart, doesn't it. I'm glad that you were able to move past the sad memories to the blessings. I can't wait to see your quilt!

  2. Oh Nadine, you are so right--November is knocking at the door, and where has October flown to?? I love Autumn most of all...but it is truly a 'bittersweet' season :D. I'm glad you were able to move post the 'blues' and start something new! ;) Can't wait to see your Bonnie Hunter quilt.

  3. So glad you are feeling better. Can't believe that Halloween is almost here!

    What was the PFA project that you were doing - I can't remember. Did you get tired of it or did it get pushed aside for other things. Maybe you can take it out after the first of the year and try again - maybe it'll seem almost like a new project.

  4. You are going to be busy this month with your quilting projects. I like your Halloween mat. It's horrid having the blues isn't it? Losing yourself in crafts or a book always helps - I'm glad you are feeling better now.

  5. Looks like a great list of goals. Congratulations to Andrea and enjoy that lemoncello and the olive oil, too!

  6. You're right, time is flying by so fast. You have a good list of goals to work on. Good luck to you.
    It is a good time to remember the departed. I have spent a good deal of time wishing for moments we could have shared but didn't, with live and deceased people.

  7. Now that would also heal the wounded heart -- Lemoncello and good Italian olives.

    November and February are both hard months - dark, wet, rainy. Good months to quilt I guess - and heal.

  8. your halloween mat is very very nice.ciao from Italy.

  9. Hope that blue mood is beginning to lift, Nadine.

    Your goal list looks manageable--I tend to put way to many suggestions on mine and then end up moving them to the next month. Some gets done and new things added that I never even planned. You too?


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