New Projects

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In one of my quilt guilds, the president has challenged us to complete unfinished projects this year. She asked us to submit a list of projects. Then, as we finish projects, we bring them for show and tell at the monthly meeting. She has a point system with prizes at the end of the year. I’m not looking for prizes but I consider this a good way to make progress on projects I’d like to see completed!

So far I have started and completed a new purse for myself–not an unfinished project from the list, but a satisfying accomplishment. I used ByAnnie’s Soft and Stable to give it body and stability. I also upcycled some parts from old purses. I’m pleased with the results.2016-02-13 17.06.46

This morning I started another new project. This is a year-long project called Splendid Sampler. Over 80 quilt designers have compiled 100 six inch blocks that will be released one at a time twice a week. This sounds like something I can keep up with. The first block is a heart, perfect for Valentine’s Day.At least I am on track for today!

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As for the unfinished projects? Maybe later….

Changed Plans

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It seems like every time I make plans lately they get changed. The surprisingly pleasant thing is that usually the changed plans are better than the original ones! My conclusion is that God’s plans for me are much better than my own.

The most recent change was precipitated by a medical condition. We had to cancel plans to fly which meant we were home to prepare for the impending blizzard instead of coming home just before it started. I’m sure our stress and anxiety levels would have soared had we been away from home! Big blessing!

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Time for a change

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Since I had to take the clock down in my sewing room to change the time today, I decided to make the “Quilt in a Clock” kit that I purchased at Quilt Odyssey in July from Dianne Springer Designs. The kit included acrylic sheets cut for front and back, the clock and battery. I found a lonesome quilt block, quilted it and put the clock together. Now I can see a finished project and an enjoyable addition to my workspace! 

 

Steamed Eggs

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Who knew! The easiest way to make hard or soft cooked eggs is to steam them. Gil, my sweet husband, found a video showing this technique and we tried it several times. You boil water in a pan with a steamer, add cold eggs, steam 6 minutes for soft, 12 minutes for hard cooked and that’s it! The duck eggs take about a minute less than chicken.

There are several videos on the internet showing the same technique so I’m not doing one. We are going to have some deviled eggs!

Morning mist

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This morning we walked toward the mist. It looked like we would enter the mist but it was elusive. The quiet was broken only Watkins8by cicadas and our occasional words. It was a lovely, cool start to a very warm day. As we walked I remembered this little quilt I made in a workshop with Lauren Kingsland. She showed us how to draw the design and couch it with a single piece of yarn. Yes, it is one continuous line. The button in the center is from my great-aunt’s collection. I quilted it with my serger using an overlock stitch. I call it “Healing Meditation”.

Spiderwebs

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Most mornings we drive to the local park to walk before I go to work. A few days ago we enjoyed the spiderwebs gleaming in the sun. We’ve seen the webs before, but not every morning. The angle of the sun, the moisture in the air, and I don’t know what other factors affect what we see on the fences. Hard to photograph too. I’ve included a few.2015-08-22 07.16.372015-08-22 07.15.352015-08-22 07.09.07 2015-08-22 07.10.17 2015-08-22 07.09.41 2015-08-22 07.10.52

Hanging on a wall in our house is a spider web quilt I made in 1996 in a class taught by Rose Hahn. Very different from the real ones in nature, but what a fun class with a creative teacher!

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Mindfulness

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I read A New Vision in Quilt Making by Mark Lipinski in the August/September 2015 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine. The subtitle summarizes: “Slow down and reconnect with your creativity.” Mark’s “Slow Stitching Movement” fits right in with the mindfulness and single-tasking that I have been embracing. Mark describes his practice of slow stitching and it really appeals to me. Here’s a quote: “Stitching with intent will help you trust your creative instincts and learning through practice, how to be in touch with all your senses, emotions, and the creative muse.” Taking time and effort to create can be really fulfilling, just as slow-food can be really satisfying. I think I will be doing this more, this mindful stitching, putting aside distractions and concentrating on the work at hand–enjoying the process. And then I’ll balance that with the quick projects that give me the satisfaction of getting something done!