My vacation has begun! I am already stuck into all the things on my ‘want to do’ list. My husband says that in the summertime I turn into a one-woman sweat shop. Ha, that’s because I’m so pent up from the normal pace of things where I have a lot of obligatory things to do in my day, and often I just want to sew, knit, read, etc. You know what I mean! When I dream of being on vacation, I think of myself in the sewing room, knitting on the patio… I have a lot of wonderful images in my head about how it’s going to be. Well already some of that has become a reality.
As a college professor, I opt to take the whole summer off – and so I’m just luxuriating in the time that is stretching out ahead of me. I don’t have many real plans, but in a way, that’s part of the luxury.
On day 2 of my vacation I managed to move things around in my little sewing room to make a place to hang a design wall (also known as a piece of batting!). I’ve knitted on the patio, I’ve fondled yarn, one that happened to match my nail polish, and it’s only just begun! The quilt on my design wall is called The Lucky Penny quilt and it is made with half hexies. (Pattern and template from MSQC)
Naturally life throws in the unexpected. We were thrilled when on the morning of her graduation ceremony we were told that our daughter was indeed eligible to graduate and walk! What joy – we dropped everything and had the most wonderful day.
Yesterday we saw a pine squirrel coming out of our eaves with a big wad of insulation in his mouth! We put out a live trap, and will drive this little dickens enough miles away where he won’t likely return.
I’m feeling super creative, how about you? What does the summer mean for your creativity, do you just want to be active outside, or are you like me ready to craft!?
Knocked Back But Creating
It seems that just about when I get my quilting mojo back, something happens to take the wind out of my sails. That’s just what happened after my last post. I don’t want to have my blog be a downer, but it is, after all, about my life and creative pursuits. So I’ll just tell you that my big sis died unexpectedly a few weeks ago. We still don’t know why for sure. She was only 57. I know I don’t have to explain the kind of sadness that this has left me with. For some reason my default grief mode is to sit quietly and knit. So I’ve been doing a bunch of that still. However, I did just put together a simple low volume quilt top for myself, and as I was making it, Psalm 42:11 came to mind. So I’m calling it my ‘Yet shall I praise Him’ quilt. I like the idea. My soul gets downcast, but in the end, I find my needs met by Him.
It’s actually an extremely cheerful quilt, wouldn’t you agree? I’m going to embroider a tiny bit on it and then I’ll layer and bind it. I think it’s far too happy looking to make me sad, and rather than reminding me of loss, it will remind me that there is constant goodness. *update* finished pictures of the quilt on this post: https://happydancequilting.wordpress.com/2015/05/30/wordless-praise-quilt-photos-and-knitting/
Do you love plus quilts? I do too. I saw Jen Eskridge’s pattern on www.ReannaLilyDesigns.com and just had to try the mini version. It was done in a blink. I’ve yet to bind it, but that will also be a snap.
Finally, I joined in an IG (Instagram) QAL called the Pop-Up Mystery Quilt #popupquilt being hosted by @richyjr16 https://instagram.com/richyjr16/ It’s a fun project.
So, my last post promised quilting, and amazingly I’ve done some, but it’s been a bit different than I expected. Isn’t that the way life is?
May your spool be endless…
Okay, so there is not much to show you yet, but things are just ducky. Mr. gorgeous on the right was spotted on a guided birding walk in urban Seattle the other day. I feel as if my inner quilting mojo has been refilled to the brim like a new printer cartridge! I’ve been ogling fabrics, and playing in EQ7, and generally feeling some creativity buds forming.
This week was pretty exciting for me since (completely without prior warning) Craftsy featured me as a designer, and of course my free pattern downloads went bananas, with my Charming Pachyderms quilt reaching #1 on the top 20 list. Hee hee.
I couldn’t help but spread the phenomenon on IG. You know, Instagram. I’m there, constantly wishing it were a bit more… something, but I do have fun with it. My name there is Lettybhdq if you want to follow.
Here are a couple of very recent scores that have made me super happy. First, a Yoko Saito book. I adore her designs, and know I have a taupe quilt in me or at least a version of one.
Also a fun panel and a few FQs. What I’d like to do with some yummy fat quarters I’ve been hoarding is possibly a Lizzie House Meadow Quilt. She has not published a pattern, and only teaches this quilt at workshops, but I’m pretty sure I can figure out how to make one. Here is my mock-up. Isn’t it fun?!
I’ve been sewing other things. A Juniper Kitty by Alicia Paulson (Posie). This was a Christmas present from a bestie, and she knows it was one of my absolute favorites!
And an ear bud case, tutorial by Dog Under My Desk. I’ve made so many of these. They are the handiest things ever, and always a very much appreciated gift.
So, no actual quilt to show you today, but honestly, stay tuned, I’m going to get busy.
May your spool be endless…
Don’t you think these have a related feel!?
Here is my block:
And here is the Necco Wafer Quilt I envision:
I’m excited to have had a bit of design inspiration. I’m still knitting more than sewing – but who knows, this may just get me into the swing of things again?
Wish me luck. I’ll enter my block on the 30th of this month, and a winner will be chosen soon after.
May your spool be endless,
Contest Update: picture me making a game-show buzzer noise here… :( Ah well!
This will be my second Christmas without my mom. Having no mom is my new normal. I’m adjusting, but it isn’t the same. Most of the worst of my grief seems to be behind me (other than the stabbing, out-of-the-blue stuff that does come occasionally). So, I’m noticing how things are different, and I’m trying to be kind to myself.
One way I’m doing that is by lessening the self-imposed ‘have to’s’. There are many Christmassy things I still want to do, bake cookies, decorate, etc. But there are others I don’t. It’s all in my head really. So I’m doing what I like! It feels like a kindness.
I’m sewing less, and knitting by the fire more. That’s soothing and cozy. Speaking of suddenly doing what she wants – my dog D’Arcy, whom we’ve had for over 12 years has suddenly taken on a whole new persona. She has stopped complying with the house rules quite a lot! Here she is, completely unauthorized on my bed! This really never would have happened before. We rescued her at age 3 to 5 years (yes, she really is that old), and she’s been the most obedient dog ever – uh… until now. I’m thinking this is the dog equivalent of the Red Hat society!
Debbie at A Quilter’s Table nudged, those of us who participated in the Postcard QAL, ever so politely, to link up for a finish. I’m so glad she did as it was the very thing I needed to give this fun little quilt project priority. Today I pin-basted, free motion quilted, then bound this little quilt. It was fun, and so nice to have a quilty finish!
Check out her blog on Monday to see other quilts in this QAL in a linkup!
I’ve been busy and creative lately, but haven’t done very much quilting. Hence my lull here. Did you want to see my other pursuits? You tell me. Here are some recent photos I’ve taken.
I’ve been knitting.
I’ve been cooking, and doing all sorts. Oh, and yes, I do have a big ‘ol day job, so I don’t do a ton of sitting around, but I’ve never known if I should share my other creative activities on what is clearly a blog about quilting. So here you are, a bit of both.
Thanks for stopping by, and may your spool be endless!