I am participating in an online, worldwide quilting bee called Bee Balm. February was my month, and even though I was quite tardy in getting my materials out to everyone, I have already gotten some back! Thank you Beebee and Tara!! Both of the blocks with your 30s fabrics are perfect!!
I sent everyone pieces of an old UFO I had cut out many years ago that I decided to re-purpose/recycle into something fresh and new. An optional challenge was to take the extra white pieces I sent and add some 30's pieces from their stashes to make an additional block. I am going to add some 30's HST's to make these into funky, bigger blocks (more on that later).
I am finding it necessary to repurpose some of my UFOs to generate the interest in finishing them. With some of my older projects, I cannot even figure out what I was originally doing! I can't set myself up for that anymore...now when I start something that looks like it is going to be longterm, I include notes, drawings, the pattern, etc. into the project box. Who knew that turning 50 would mean being so forgetful!
I am still suffering from a sinus infection...again. Unlike the one after Christmas, this one includes lots of sinus pain, sore ears and throat, and a nagging cough. I find myself wanting to medicate and sleep...a lot. This keeps me from getting much done, but also keeps me from coughing. I am behind on so much between being out of state for 9 days then being sick. I know I don't feel well when I'd rather sleep than hand quilt!
Hand quilting on "All Around the Town" is progressing, between the naps - I'm almost through with the boring part...all the outline quilting. Then I can go back and do the interesting "fill" work. THEN I will post some pictures (the outlining is not very interesting).
I still think that the hand quilting is my favorite part of the quilt process. I love how a flat, featureless flimsy gains personality and depth as hand quilting stitches are applied. I can sense how the rocking of my needle mingles with my breathing and the beating of my heart. I get into a zen like state of peace and nothingness, floating on the surface of the warm, fragrant water, looking up at the cloud shapes. I am one with the thimble...ah-h-h-h...then the cat pounces on my hoop, from out of nowhere, and I have to stop, re-group and re-hoop. BAD kitty...LOL!
In stitches (and suddenly yanked back from la-la-land...),