There is a gob of stitching going on right now in the realm of the internet. I am glad to see people can still come together and do something. I think this is a long lost art. We only come together in bad times. Perhaps this is an awakening.
Onto the quilty side of life, not much has been done here. I did get frolic finished on the longarm, it is quilted. My hobby allows me to stab something a million times, and it is not a crime, but is considered art! When life gets tough, we therapeutically stitch. Knit. Sew. Quilt. Tat. Hobby. And that motor running on the machine I swear is part of my heartbeat now. 🙂
Because of my odd work schedule now, it appears stitching will only afford on the weekends. So, I am going to try to bind two of my large quilts this week. My poor middle finger that pushes the needle through the layers of binding seams is already sore. I will be using the dreaded thimble. Those of you that quilt, do you use a thimble?
I find the thimble a necessary device, but I cannot find one that fits. The best one I have found is made by clover and is plastic. It is open on one side, which allows for stretch because, apparently I have quite a large stub. I really like to touch and feel, and with a thimble I cannot. I feel clumsy. It impedes me to hold the needle, and to pull the needle.
I have tried the adhesive pads with the metal. Those work. But after you use six of them up, you have to buy more. I don’t like that part. I am the type of person that once I make the purchase, I am stuck with it forever.
Let the binding begin!!!!
These are the two I have slated for the binding process. I have already rounded one corner on frolic. I am binding that with the backing fabric and chose to cut the binding to make the striped edge cut perpendicular to the stripes for a neat undulating affect on the very edge. I am adding just a bit more noise and busy-ness to the quilt.
I showed a few people the quilt this weekend. I had one person swear (the one who gave me the backing fabric. She was mad that she gave the fabric away. it is pretty fabric, she liked it very much). And I had two more people ooo and aaahhh over the back too. I guess I got the backing right LOL.
I am also going to bind the disappearing pinwheel quilt with the leftover from it’s backing. One of these quilts is queen sized. I think the other is full size. This is going to be alot of stitching with the thimble on.
And the temperatures have finally started warming up. Warming up enough that I will probably have to do all my stitching on my lap either early in the morning or late in the evening.
I saw where Danielle Stout from Cozy Quilt Designs is giving away a mystery quilt free pattern. I think I may do this. Her quilts are beautiful and thoughtful. Very wise with fabric and templates. And the pattern is free. If you are interested in the Sew Quester quilt along, click here for step one. And click here for step two.
My 356 blocks are getting further behind. This year because of all the problems in the world, there are glitches. People are not getting the pattern sent to them in the email as a subscriber. I have not even checked mine. I am too far behind to care if two days did not get sent. I will catch up eventually.
TOGA was rescheduled for MAY. I hope all this blows over so I can go. I still need to work on those pinwheel blocks.
It has been a bit difficult to concentrate on things. Focus has never been a problem. But in the last two weeks, work suffered. People talk. People worry. And misery loves company. And then they say what they say, and then you kind of dwell on it. And you worry enough about it, that no matter how hard you try, you cannot focus. Your mind keeps that weird scenario going, like a bad dream.
Being by myself at work was a very good thing. I could actually accomplish and was productive. All the energy around me, feeding me really did create a problem. Working this weird shift is not so bad. I no longer have to get up with the alarm clock. I either wake up on my own, or wake up because the children are up. It is nice to drive to and from work and not feel so drained. This is working for me.
What hasn’t worked is a laundry schedule. Before I would wash a load or two during the week, and everyone else at the house would wash what needed to be washed while I was at work. But now that I am home, the laundry facilities are usually full of everyone else’s laundry. This is just a wrinkle and it will get ironed out. 🙂
Cooking is a bit more erratic. I cook at 2:00 in the afternoon. I make supper for the house, and then don’t even to make a meal for me. Go to work, and then eat at 7ish. I need to change that because I am not really eating much of a lunch because when I should be eating lunch I am in the shower! It is just all weird right now.
I do have a long weekend ahead of me combining two weeks worth of weekends into one. That is nice!
March came in like a lamb, and that probably means it will go out like a lion. I dread Monday and Tuesday. I hope no one is sick. I hope there are no tornados, or car accidents. I hope the whole extended family is hospital free and healthy.
The trees are leafing out, much has bloomed and the blooms morphed into leaves. The winter wheat is amazing right now. The rains we have had have really greened it up. It is a lush green carpet you just want to take your shoes off and walk in it. Soft and cool, green and alive.
The momma cat had babies, or I should say baby. Only one Kitten, oh boy is that kitten going to be spoiled. There are no favorites amongst 5 others babies, there is only one to choose from, and he is everyone’s favorite. The right name is so close, but yet still to be determined.
I hear the cardinals, the robins, blue jays, squirrels, and for the last 15 years the night owl in the neighborhood who is really a mockingbird. Yeah, he does his calls and starts this at about 4 a.m. His call is really beautiful, and they do mock very well. I recall a time that bird could make the sound of the chirp of the alarm on the car. That was quite annoying at 4:00 a.m. But he is a neighbor that I have grown used to. I did not hear him for a couple of years. As I write this, the door is open it is 1:46 a.m. and he is doing his calls. I wonder where he was for those few years. Kind of glad the old friend is back.
Well this old bird is busy with her nest. I apologize in advance for upcoming infrequent posts. Life is happening faster than the speed of life. The blog is bound to suffer. But let me tell you this, I enjoy my readers, your thoughts, your likes, you are the wind beneath my wings! Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog.