Saturday, January 27, 2018

And the Beat Goes On....

For the past several weeks we have been preoccupied with making and following through with a major life decision.  It’s not a bad or even a particularly sad decision, but it is an irreversible one and requires major cleaning out and disposal of family memorabilia.  Consequently, I’ve little to share on the quilting front, but work does continue on my two primary projects.

My hexagon neutral borders on my Edyta Sitar project continue to grow.  I find this handwork project very soothing at a time when that’s much appreciated.   I have a really hard time letting go of family items, even when my head and heart both agree the time has come to do so.  

This was my workstation during Bonnie Hunter’s most recent QuiltCam.  After a morning spent sorting and rearranging, it was nice to sit down and work along.

My scrappy hexagon project is under the needle on my quilter. 

This is where I procrastinate the most, because I have the least confidence in my skills.  Since the top is so very busy, I decided to go with a simple meander.  I’ve also reconfigured my work space once again in an effort to reduce drag while I work.  I had been browsing Amazon for tables of a particular dimension when I remembered this one tucked away in a closet.  It’s a little longer than ideal and weighs a ton, but should do the job nicely….and it’s totally paid for.

We’ve had a series of very pretty days here.  I saw these water fowl on a recent walk.

Monday, January 1, 2018

A Finish as 2017 Ends

Happy New Year!  

I managed to wrap up 2017 with a finish.  This quilt project began with a February 2015 Bonnie Hunter workshop in San Antonio.   At 73 X 81 inches it’s the largest project I’ve quilted since converting my HQ 16 to a sit-down model.  It also took a lot longer than I thought it would, but it’s finally done.  It seems I keep making the same mistake time and again.  It would have been much easier to bind this quilt if I had not chosen to use a batik. The design is "Texas Tumbleweeds."

While the cutting table was still set up, I pin basted my scrappy bow tie quilt.  Hopefully, its smaller size will make quilting it less of a wrestling match.

The last night of 2017 brought snow flurries.  We did not get enough for a measurable accumulation, but for this part of the world, it was a noteworthy event.

We had a visitor just outside our back-yard fence recently.  The dogs never noticed her and she lingered for a while undisturbed.  We rarely see them this close.