Sew Day

Saturday was a sewing bee to use up the stash of our friend Kathy Sheldon, making quilts for charity. She would have had so much fun with us, so we enjoyed ourselves as much as possible using her fabric!

There were a number of people sewing, some cutting, some pressing and people came and went so I’m not sure of any totals.

Sue Gilmore, Kathy’s sister, got things set up and rolling.

We acted goofy when Jim tried to take a group picture!

Sue and Kathy’s relatives came in from the west side of the state, too!

Everything was done quilt as you go, with a table in front to show us how to do several strip piecing options.

As a block was finished, we rang the bell and counted the blocks. We finished enough blocks for two quilts and got started on a third!

And of course we had food!

My job became the ‘assembler’ since I know a very easy way to put those blocks together, thanks to Mari at The Quilting Edge. Here’s a link to the tutorial http://www.thequiltingedge.com/p/tutorials.html

Sue hopes to organize another sew day soon, but my calendar is pretty full and I’m not sure I’d make it. However, I’ll fill the gap by taking care of the ‘homework’–pretty appropriate since Kathy was a teacher!

You know how I just said the other day that I’m tired of working with scraps? Somehow it’s different and okay to be working with someone else’s scraps and making quilts for charity!

Itty bitty steps

Projects sometimes don’t get done very quickly around here. I have a tendency to procrastinate and waste time, looking at stuff on the computer or reading and sometimes napping! All I accomplished all day is putting the binding on that scrappy baby quilt.

It looks cute with the orange binding and a little more quilting.

I put an edging on the small embroidered piece that I showed last time. I took this picture before I glued it to the canvas…just in case I mess it up!

That’s the sum total of my accomplishments for today. Yawn…maybe I’ll get a nap in, too!

Couch potato life…

That’s what I intend to explore as much as possible for the next several days! Traveling is done for a while and I’m so happy to be home again.

My last hotel carpet inspirations for this trip show a theme that is carried out throughout the facility.

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I particularly like the white outlines in the second photo.

There were also a couple of other favorite tourist photos that I hope to work with at some point. Falls Park in Greenville SC has been a favorite of mine since we first visited there about 8 years ago.

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The rock shapes make me sigh with contentment, but I have not yet tried to interpret them into my artwork. Future plans…

And the beach always inspires.

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It’s time to hibernate in the studio for what remains of the winter and concentrate on developing some of these inspirations into actual artworks.

Sooooo looking forward to this!

It does rain here…

Yes, indeed, sunny Florida does have rain, but it’s still warm and so much better than snow. And after the rain, the sun shines and the flowers continue to bloom!

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And I continue to sort my mother’s stuff, finding everything that no one needs anymore!

On the sewing front, there is not much to report. My project-that-I-cannot-show-you is coming along. I brought embroidery materials to finish it, but now that the main elements are together, I think machine finishing will be better and that will have to wait until I’m home with a machine.

I did go overboard with my pieces of sheer fabric, though.

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You can’t tell from the picture, but this is about a 6″ wide and tall pile of leftovers. The thought had crossed my mind to make a series using this sheer fabric concept…I think I will be obligated to do it now, just to use up those fabric strips!

Just a few more days to enjoy the warmth and sunshine and then back to a more typical spring in Michigan–cold, rainy and gray. Can’t wait!

Quick carpet fix…

I know you love these carpet designs as much as I do….here’s the latest!

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And the chair fabric that is paired with it.

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Love the combo!

And that’s it for the carpet for at least a few more weeks. Hope to have more quilty things to blog about!

Lost in the wetlands…

Not me, thank goodness! The wildlife refuge where we walk has nice paths raised above the wetlands so that it’s easier to see the birds and alligators. When I am standing on that path and look in any direction, I see to the horizon, but it’s all the same…grasses, water and a few trees.

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Hot sun, even in February and nothing but that sun to give you direction. When I step off the path, down to actual ground level, this is what I see.

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It makes me realize how foolish it would be to leave these nice, safe paths. And how hard it would be for anyone who was camping or tracking birds to try to find their way out of the wetlands. You could so easily lose your way.

No metaphors, or philosophy today. Simply the physical reality of this environment…AND there are alligators!

Lectures and teaching this week then it’s real vacation time. Still funny to think of vacation when I am retired but it’s essentially a change of routine and a break from “should be doing” to “whatever I feel like doing.”

Aaaaahhh…