Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sickness promotes Organization!

Here are the trim samples (hundreds of them) my Sister-in-law gave me.  Are you jealous?
Now, what to do with them?

I can't believe it has been so long since I have written anything.  I was so frustrated and overwhelmed with life and the commitments I had made that it was hard to get motivated to do anything.  So many of you were so helpful with your suggestions.  Thank you!  You were all very encouraging and I think I am back on track.  My challenge is almost complete (I ended up shopping for more material and that did the trick), the mystery quilt top is done (ready to be pinned and quilted), the baby shower (church block quilt is ready to be quilted), the baptism (all at my house) are over and the church memorial day picnic (recovered 8 outside chair cushions) at our house will be over tomorrow.  All this and then sickness hit our home.  It has taken a week to feel better.  I can't remember being that sick!  It spread though the family but everyone is on the mend now.  Since I had no energy to do anything, I reorganized my fabric drawers and am donating some to the guilds.  It does feel good to get it done.  Every now and again I have to go in and straighten up the draws because I tend to dig around in them and not put things back the way I should.  This is why I can't have my fabric stacked on shelves.  Now wouldn't that be a mess! 
Looking forward to this week because my friend Barbara is coming for a few days.  Quilting and watching movies together for three days.  Can't wait!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Motivation - Please anyone!!!!

Not motivated at all.  Spent sometime in my Studio cleaning it up hoping I would be motivated by space.  We'll see.  There are too many things looming over my head that need to get done.  I really need to be working on my 60's challenge that is due in a few weeks, which I haven't started.  Also need to finish the mystery quilt, work on theme quilts for two different guilds. Today I will vow to at least get something cut out for my 60's challenge.  My sister-in-law has a bag of trims for me to pick up and we keep missing each other.  She has a drapery business and has saved me samples.  Maybe those will motive me.  I'll also make an effort to pick those up today.  Sometimes we have to find new ways to motivate ourselves.  Any suggestions of things that motivate you?

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Motivation needed here!

Waves of Purple III - 12" x 12"
Not feeling very motivated today.  In fact, I have been feeling that way all week.  What's the matter with me.  I'm more motivated to do laundry than quilt today.  If you know me you know that's serious!

Anyways, I took one of my Purple Waves quilts and beaded the center.  I'm thinking of sending this one to SAQA for their auction.  I know the beading is hard to see on the computer, but I think it adds to it.  I'm off to visit with the grand kids then Common Threads quilt guild tonight.  Our program tonight is different stations with different techniques being demonstrated.  I'm showing how to do curves.  Maybe a project with come out of my samples.  We'll see!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Becky's Quilt

Feeling overwhelmed with life yesterday, I couldn't get interested in all the work waiting me in my studio.  The only thing I could manage to do was stitch in the ditch (which I normally hate).  So out came Becky's quilt I started when she was born.  Her birthday is this month.  She will be 2 this month.  It's about time I finished it.  Just in time for a big girl bed, but the quilt is only 60" x 60".  It is backed with apple green flannel; very cozy!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Please Help

I have been exploring a new (to me) piecing and design technique and would encourage you to critic my work.  I started with the series "Waves of Purple" (see April 30 post) and have continued with the following.  Please do not hesitate to be constructive in your comments and do not hesitate to be truthful.
Backed Into A Corner 1A - 15" x 15"

Backed Into A Corner 1B - 15" x 15"

What's The Point? - 18 1/2" x 18 1/2"

Here's your chance!  What do you think?

Sunday, May 2, 2010

A day of Dyeing

Here are my fat quarters that I dyed yesterday.  Next time I will use a different dye to get more true red verses fuchsia.  I really need more yellow in my stash so I am going to dye some more this week.

I am hoping to have the small quilts I am working on done tomorrow.  They are abstract and I am not sure what others will think so I will ask for your comments.  Keep an eye out for your chance to critic!