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

Thursday, January 25, 2007

SLEEPING BEAUTIES AND A DECISION MADE...


While sorting out some "oldies" from my shelves, I found a "sleeping beauty" that I started quite long ago (3 years, I think). I was in my Thimbleberries period, and bought their "safe haven" pattern. I hand pieced 3 blocks out of 12, and now I'm feeling a bit guilty for having put them aside. I think they deserve some effort and perseverance. No rush, but I'll try to make one block, now and then....
Thanks a lot for your kind comment and encouragements about my AD blocks. Well, I finally made the decision to take the "instinct road", so I'll start all over again with my second color scheme (better now than later !). As I told May Britt : I'll make this quilt only once in my life, it has to make me feel good about it... OK, let's work hard now to catch up ! I'll try to make 2 blocks this weekend, and 2 other ones by next week, so that I reach my January goals, anyway...
I made some progress on the "Spring is here" stitchery quilt, and finished block 2...

GRATITUDES

According to the weather forecast, my garden will be all white by tomorrow morning

Fresh veggies to make good soup tomorrow

A glass of wine to sip in front of the wood burner

The bloggers siggie swap that May Britt and Cynthia are preparing for us

The conscience to be grateful...

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

"Years wrinkle the skin, but lack of enthusiasm wrinkles the soul." Norman Vincent PEALE




Tuesday, January 23, 2007

APPLIQUE DESIGNS... DILEMNA ...



Well, this week brought some progress on Applique Designs blocks : I made 3 more of them , which brings my total to 7. January being not finished yet, this is a good result......BUT this was too nice !!! As days went by, I couldn't help feeling more & more uncertain about my colors choice... I can't explain it, but you must have experienced the same "trouble". Maybe I'm not in the same color mood ? Each time I passed by the blocks, I thought "nice, but this is not really me !"....

What could I do ? I told about this with May Britt (Abyquilt) this morning, and she said it was time to take the big decision NOW, before making too many blocks and regret it, she even proposed to slow down a bit, so that I could eventually catch up (good girl !).

So I decided to make an additional block, following my instinct, and you can see the result on photo 2.


Now, my friends, I really need your help ! What do you think ? Which way do I go ?

I'm waiting for your (kind) comment....... Decisions, decisions ...........

THANKS !

Sunday, January 14, 2007

PLANTING FOR SPRING......



It seems I'm busy working at flourishing my quilter garden, this winter... A few months ago, Lucy ("Quilting with the Past") had shown a wonderful tulips quilt top. I literally fell in love with these tulips, and she kindly shared her pattern with me. Well I've been a good girl and today I can show you my work on them, up to now...


There will be 16 blocks in total. The background is cream and blue. I have absolutely no merit for that, as I was totally inspired with Lucy's choice. Some might think that I'm just copying her, without trying to be original, but I 'd rather consider this as a tribute to her. And why would I change something beautiful ?


Up to now, I completed 5 blocks (first photo). The second photo shows my fabrics for the sashings, cornerstones and borders (on the left). On the bottom center, you can see one tulip made by Lucy, placed on some fabric she sent to me : these will make the label of my quilt ("Lucy's Tulips"), and on the right are some other tulips in preparation.........


I really love that quilt so much and I'm delighted with the process : easy and rewarding.

THANKS, LUCY !!!


So this Sunday was devoted to "planting the seeds of love". I also prepared two more Applique Delight blocks, ready to be made this week, my goal being to reach seven( maybe eight ?)blocks done. I'd like to catch up with May Britt, but it's an illusion : each time I make one block, she makes two !!! LOL This challenge is funny and very stimulating, a good way to achieve good and quick results......


Now I'll spend this evening on my stitchery ( still dealing with flowers)........


GRATITUDES :


- Sipping my coffee, while "talking" with my quilt friends


- A delicious soup I made, following Judy L.' recipe (see her blog's last posts). A MUST !


- A nice outing with DH


- Very sweet weather today (strange for the season, however...)


- A good book to read.


THOUGHT OF THE DAY :


" Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable, that we have to alter it every six months" Oscar Wilde


And to finish this post, just my best warm thoughts to my friend Darlene, hoping she didn't find too much trouble at her mother's, in Texas. You're in my thoughts, dear !










Friday, January 12, 2007

GETTING ORGANIZED......



This week brought slight changes, as I was getting back to work after 4 months absence....Did I mention earlier, that I experienced some troubles with my feet ? Well, actually I had bone spins in both heels and could hardly walk, last September. No surgery could be safely considered and the orthopedist advised a laser treatment, + daily kinesistherapy for 3 months. It was long and sometimes painful, but successful. (You should see me dancing now !)



That long break allowed me to discuss about half retirement with the school : my schedule has been quite lightened, as I 'm now teaching 12 hours a week (5 on Mondays, and 7 on Thursdays), and that for the 5 coming years...when I'll become fully retired. Who's complaining ? This is really what I needed : a lot of time for my family (and my quilting !), and still some professional projects...... All in all, I'm very, very pleased : I knew that ageing would bring some advantages ! LOL...



Aaaah, good news about my quilting too :



Applique Designs challenge : I made 2 additional blocks, and prepared 2 other ones.



"Spring is here" stitchery quilt : I finished the first block and prepared the second one.



Note : you may see some "bubbles" on my blocks : these are due to the fact that I iron them on freezer paper, to prevent them from fraying until final assembly (good tip, isn't it ?)....



I also basted Laura's African quilt, and bought some nice wooden buttons to tie it...



On another subject, I have noticed that I can't anylonger leave a comment on some blogs, what a pity ! Be sure, that I read you,and admire your work anyway !


GRATITUDES :


- Nice plans for the future.


- My students missed me...


- A new vanilla scented candle, in the sitting-room.


- The fire, burning in the chimney


- TGIF !


Thought of the day :


"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea..." Robert A. Heinlein.











Wednesday, January 3, 2007

A GOOD BEGINNING...



I had decided that the first project to finish as a top was Laura's African quilt >>> done !
I spent the whole afternoon with the sewing machine, and I'm quite happy with the result. I don't know yet, whether I'll hand quilt it or tie it (it's due for next May). I made it with all my heart and love for my daughter, and I love that piece very much, but I'll be glad coming back to more traditional and "softer" quilts

I'm also working at the first block of "Garden Gatherings", of which I'll post a photo tomorrow.I don't know why, but strangely, I just don't "feel" that one.... We'll see.....

Again I'd like to thank you, my blog friends, for all the kind messages I got for Christmas and the New Year. Blogging has brought so many good things to my life ! That will be my gratitude for today....


Thought of the day :
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You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses. (Ziggy)