Friday, November 11, 2011

Like falling off a log...

Yes, a picture of actual sewing about to happen on my sewing machine...FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 5 WEEKS!  I'm happy to report that I still know how to drive my sewing machine...it was like falling off a log.  All the stress of the past 3 months just melted away as I pieced blocks today.
Those of you who know me are thinking, "Teresa doesn't usually sew with those fabrics!"  Bingo.  These are blocks I owed to my fellow Bee Balm quilt bee stitchers.  I have been such a scoundrel and they are VERY tardy.  These modern, funky, scrappy log cabins are for dear Lizzie.  Sweet Sue is going to assemble them into a top for Lizzie, who has her hands full right now. 
These two blocks are for Vivian...can you believe I had no Kaffe Fassett and very little modern and bold in my stash?!?  Good excuse to go fabric shopping, agree?  I found a local place with both, and then it was 'Katie, bar the door!'  I wanted ALL the Kaffe Fassett!  I think I don't own these fun fabrics because I'm scared of them...don't know what to do with them.

I really am alive, although right now I am sick and have been sleeping for two days.  The concert was last Friday night, and as usual, my body just gave up when it was all over.  I was a huge target for getting sick, as exhausted as I was.  Three out of four of us got sick...the drummer is far too cool to get stressed...

BUT, the concert was great!  The four of us raised a lot of money for the music program...here are some pictures (taken from the side, where my husband wasn't in the way), but I think they will give you an idea of what went down...
This was the instrumental opener, "Blue Bosso."  Then Jill came out and the four of us did "Hallelujah" (K.D. Lang).
Then we did "Send in the Clowns" (Barbara Streisand), "The Rose" (Bette Midler), "Amazing Grace" (my arrangement), "Wade in the Water" (traditional Spiritual), and "Fever" (Peggy Lee).
Then we did another instrumental, "Spain" (Chick Corea), followed by "People" (Barbara Streisand), "Sway" (Michael Buble, Dean Martin),"One and Only" (Adele), and "Happy Days Are Here Again" (Barbara Streisand).  The lighting makes it look like I was appearing with The Blue Man Group, doesn't it?!?  The drummer's cute, shiny head beautifully displayed each color beautifully.  The color was constantly changing, thanks to some great professional LED lighting...it's so dark it's hard to tell that I am sitting at a black grand piano.
Steve got one picture of me by myself...and a not-too-flattering one, at that.  Note to self - keep mouth shut while playing, unless I am singing, and make sure people take more than one snap of each pose.

I'm happy to get back to my dull (by comparison), little life and I look forward to lots of sewing and pattern designing.  I can only take so much of that stuff in the spotlight.

What else happened in the past 6 weeks?  Mr. Fabric Therapy and I celebrated 18 years of being hitched.
We continued our tradition of REALLY doing up Halloween right.  Here are half of the pumpkins we carved (mine - Steve and Riley's are inspired by pretty obscure references - it's no fun to me when I have to explain them to the confused parents of trick or treaters...).



Oh wait...Tonya of Lazy Gal Quilting will get this one of Riley's (you have to be a Dr. Who fan to get that it is a representation of the TARDIS)...2 people in the neighborhood recognized it...it seems that most parents of small children do not have time to watch BBC America...
Anyway, I am excited to catch up on blog reading and projects, projects, projects.  Christmas is coming and there are a lot of exciting things going on in my local quilting community right now.  It's good to be back!

In stitches (finally...),
Teresa  :o)

12 comments:

  1. Glad you are back. Love all the pumpkins. Great log cabin blocks with the wild and wonderful Kaffe fabrics.

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  2. Very, Very cool pumpkins!! My kids enjoyed seeing them too :0) I recognized the Tardis - my husband enjoys Dr Who. I love the fun, colorful blocks you made. 5 weeks away from your machine - Wow - you were busy!! Sounds like a great concert - did you make a cd?

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  3. Sounds like a wonderful concert! You have been busy! Great to have you back...

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  4. Oh wow..and she sings and plays piano and remembers how to use her machine ...bravo...lol
    NO really sew nice to see you sewing again...

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  5. Welcome back! Looks like you were having a good time at the concert!
    Halloween at your house is fun!!

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  6. Enjoyed your post. Welcome back!

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  7. What a busy life you have. I'm impressed with your cleverness. Don't forget to find time to rest too.

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  8. So glad to see you back with us so you can inspire me some more. :) Sounds like you've been really busy. You are a multi-talented lady, for sure! :)

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  9. Howdy stranger! Glad you are back. That was some concert you guys put on. I like the colorful bee blocks you made. I am drooling over the new Kaffes. Need to update my collection!

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  10. Hope you are feeling much better.
    Look at you working in those modern fabrics. I was kind of surprised too when I started scrolling down through the post.
    Really great blocks.
    And look at those pumpkins! Really cool!
    Congrats on your anniversary!

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  11. what a fun post!
    You and hubby are so cute, and you look great!
    Love those creative pumpkins. I didn't even carve this year, first time in a million yeas, but they were small and $$ this year.
    I couldn't believe you were working with those color, but they are fun and cheerful!

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  12. Great to see all your carved pumpkins; it's something we don't do/celebrate here but I admire them and the skills all the same. So pleased your concert went off well - it looks like a neat atmosphere with that lighting and all those fabulous songs - well done!

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