When others whine and complain about not being able to do something it always irritates me. How do they know they can’t do it unless they try? Then I heard myself complaining and whining about not being able to machine quilt. I was looking at the latest AQS Magazine and moaning over all the fabulous quilters and how I could never do what they do. Well, of course I can’t. I’ve never tried very hard. A few attempts now and then, but when my workmanship is less than ideal, I give up. So today I decided to start working at it – practicing. Yes, practicing. If I practice a little each day I just might eventually improve.
I gathered all my books on machine quilting and the things I have printed out from the internet, and I sat down to read and study. Then I went to the machine and practiced different types of machine quilting.
I tried stippling.
I made these stems of triangles
Yesterday I finished this quilt top, Scrap Pumpkins, a pattern I purchased from quiltsbycheri.com. Once it is quilted I plan to embroider some curly vines at the stems.
Now I’m working on some Christmas projects – a table runner and a table topper.
Last night Kim Diehl was the guest speaker at our quilt guild. She was wonderful. She did her trunk show and I loved every single quilt she showed – some 40 quilts. What a talent. I have several of her books and love to look through them at the excellent pictures and beautiful quilts.
For those who know me well, garden pictures is most unexpected! My gardening experience is about one hour per year. Hot weather, bugs, digging in the dirt, and weeding are last on my list of things to do.
This year a friend, who is a master gardener, was available to help me. He has cleaned out dead wood, planted flowers, bushes, and a tree, and plans to mulch and hopefully pull out some ugly old bushes that block my street view from the kitchen.
Today he planted a colorful beech tree.
Look at the wonderful leaves on this tree.
The bright green of this little bush will add much needed color along the side of my house.
Yesterday my doorbell rang and it was another friend delivering this wonderful pot of plants and flowers.
At last I can be proud of the outside of my home.
Today I am grateful for –
1. Wonderful, talented, generous friends.
2. The glorious colors of nature.
3. Crossing “garden worries” off my ToDo list so that I have more time to sew.
After two weeks of going nowhere near my Quilt Studio because of company, church events, and visiting my sister in the hospital, I finally got a day at home where I could play with fabric.
First I started in again on the scrap piles, cutting useable squares and strips. Then I worked on making exchange blocks – 35 completed.
Today I am grateful for –
1. A day at home.
2. Time to play with fabric.
3. A juicy, crisp apple.
4. No bills in the mail.