Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Ready For Big Stitch Quilting

I've been in an odd state this past week. So surreal that 2018 is over and done with and now we're well into February of 2019? We've had some tough challenges in the past couple years and it appears that we are starting to make the transition into better times overall. 2019 definitely looks more promising than I had hoped for and that's a huge relief.
Improv. Postage Stamp Baskets ready for quilting
No doubt we will still be confronted by the issues of our parents failing health and those sorts of concerns, but we'll have to cross that bridge when it gets here. My husband laughs and tells me that if life gets too good then I'll probably lose all my creativity. Hah! What does he know? But in fact, I sort of fell into a funk this past weekend and without any resistance whatsoever, curled up with a trio of books that absolutely riveted me. I know I'm way behind the times, but I picked up 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and subsequent sequel in a $1 a box of books sale. Luckily my daughter had the third book so I didn't have to wait for the library to open! Down the rabbit hole I fell for all of four days, only putting the books down for necessities like making dinner etc.
The new one in the hoop!
But finally I have came back to the land of living and addressed more important things like quilting. There's a new quilt sandwiched and pinned and after the most basic of machine {stitch-in-the-ditch} quilting, it's all ready for the hoop. It's been very cold here and so this quilt feels like a great one to have in my lap. All the blues and greens against the pale backgrounds remind me of early spring. When we're young we think that life just gets more simple as we get older, but in reality, things just change and our challenges are different. Yay for the foundation of a good life and a wonderful family all around me! Just one last thought.... Why is it that women {often} have to deal with so many life challenges at a time when their hormones are whacked? I don't want to be a man in any way shape or form, but wowsers, at least they have the ability to dial back on the emotional roller coaster at a moments notice.

16 comments:

  1. I like the color scheme on this one. I have liked blue greens for years. They aren't always plentiful in the fabric selections but I have had good luck finding them the last couple years.

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  2. love the quilt - sometimes I get in such a reading mode that I barely quilt for several days on end!

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  3. I'm happy to hear that life overall is looking up again for you. We all go through what you are at the moment and can commiserate. No answers to the age-old questions, except that what doesn't kill us makes us stronger. Hand quilting in the evening or even taking a couple days off to read a good book or two doesn't hurt either! My next hand quilting project is definitely going to be big-stitch, that is really relaxing. Your current project will definitely sing springtime. Can baby birds be far behind, maybe hiding in those setting triangles?

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  4. Oh my gosh, I've fallen down that same rabbit hole myself. I read the first four Harry Potter books in just a few days. I think it's better to 'binge' on a series because with my memory, it really keeps things from getting confusing for me. LOL
    I'm so glad you are feeling optimistic about the year ahead, but I'm sorry about the hormones...that's another thing we have in common. Sigh.

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  5. I just love this quilt, Audrey. The colors and, well, everything! I hear you on the hormone thing. It's been a strange couple years for me, too, but I feel the optimism returning as well. I'm glad you took a break from routine to enjoy a good book.

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  6. LOL...same thing happened to me when i picked up book #1...lovely quilt but ok to put on hold to read that series...they were awesome!

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  7. I love the colours of this project! Enjoy your hand quilting time Audrey!

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  8. This is a great quilt all those stripes were well worth the effort Glad things are looking up but I am with you were are already in February and I am not sure where the time has gone.

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  9. I'm glad the year is looking up for you. Dealing with aging parents is tough but wow, I wish I still had that problem. We are both fortunate to have such wonderful families.
    This is the time of year to hand quilt a big, warm quilt and your baskets make a lovely choice.

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  10. Quilting all that blue and green seems like a wonderfully soothing project. Hope the motion of thread and needle is good for your soul! I was the same with Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - couldn't put it down!

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  11. I also enjoyed Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the next ones. I feel like it's OK to take a totally different sort of break periodically. I think it whets our appetites all over again for our true passions. Beautiful quilt you've got going there, Audrey! Wondering about the binding you've chosen or will be choosing. Whatever you decide will surely set off those lovely baskets!

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  12. Love the quilt pattern Audrey and the colours are beautiful.

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  13. I'm glad it looks like 2019 will be a good year for you, you've certainly chosen a joyful quilt to work on as we head to spring.

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  14. Glad the year is headed in a positive direction. Quilting can bring me a feeling of peace and contentment and I know you feel the same. Keep that needle moving.

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  15. I love reading, sometimes I have 3 books on the go :) Love the colour scheme for that quilt, silly me I didn't realise they were basket blocks until I read further, they make for an interesting look.

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