Friday, December 31, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
So another successful SSCS with Chookyblue.
Hope you all had a great Christmas! And here's Cheers to the New Year!
Saturday, December 25, 2010
What a perfect little quilt for me. I keep Christ firmly at the centre of my Christmas and always have at least one Nativity scene on display. This little beauty will fill me with joy all year round... Thank you so much Laura for such a thoughtful and meaningful gift!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Oh! Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way,
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
I've shown Louise some of my quilt tops and she wants to know why they aren't finished... good question. Did I have a coherent answer? Not really. No excuse. Too lazy to quilt? Scared of ruining the top by trying to quilt it? Hit a design wall regarding borders? We've all been there and done that.
2011 is a finishing year for me. I'm determined and mentally ready. There will be finished quilts flowing from my sewing room. I will work only on projects that are started already. This is my promise to myself. I am resolved.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Same angel with flash.
My present is safely tucked under my tree until Christmas.
And no peeking!
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Ron was my husband's younger cousin. They were quite close. He was only 45 when he died. His kids are the same ages as ours. I wanted to make a quilt for his wife Jo-Marie.
At first I was just terrified of touching the shirts in case I somehow ruined them. Around that time Bonnie Hunter published her book 'Scraps and Shirttails' so I got a copy and read through that. My husband wanted to select the pattern though and he chose the 'Turning Twenty Again' that he had seen me use before.
I got a good start at a retreat in April '09 and more progress at the next retreat in Aug '09. I kept at it with a little prompting from my husband. I seemed to have a mental block about it. I worked through all the problems with the fabrics and finally got the top together. My husband said I could pay to have it quilted (not usually in our budget) and a friend who has a quilting business did it for me. It took a little while for me to bind it but I finally put in the last stitch. The label will go on in the next few days - we are pondering what to put on the label - the basics plus a little more info about Ron.
In finishing this quilt I feel a little weight off my shoulders. I had to really push through some creativity barriers as well as a few psychological. I recently read on Jacquie's blog (Tallgrass Prairie Studio) about a book called 'The War of Art'. It's a book about breaking through the barriers to our creativity. You can read Jacquie's blog post here. My local book store couldn't get the book for me (imagine that) but I easily sourced it online. It's been ordered and hopefully I should get it in the next week or so. I’m thinking that this book will help me to gain control of my quilting life – to help me finish those UFO’s (let’s not kid ourselves by calling them anything else) and gain control of my stash - to break the life-long habit of procrastination…
Do you have barriers to your creativity?
Sunday, December 5, 2010
The journey continued here.
And of course there was this.
And it culminates in this quilt.
I found $15 in this pocket. I returned it once the quilt was finished.