Wednesday, October 1, 2014

I'm back....

Sorry for this second break this year. I really have no excuses other than just not feeling like myself. There have been some things going on in my life ... some I will gladly discuss and some that I will keep to myself so that they can't be used against me by anyone.

I didn't have the energy or the desire to do much of anything over the summer except to sleep and watch some mindless TV. I discussed it with my doctor and I had a couple of chats with a close friend who has a lot of experience with depression in her family. I took the advice of my doctor and the suggestions from my friend and started making some small changes and I felt a huge difference within a couple of weeks. And making those changes led to a couple of other things happening and I really started to feel like myself again.

Since then, I have been trying to catch up on everything. House work and reading and quilting, quilting, quilting. It's amazing the back log that is created when you only sleep and watch TV for a few weeks!

There have been some small changes and some big changes at the house and I am pretty happy with everything so far. Some deep cleaning of the house in preparation for summer guests led to multiple trips to the dumpster and Goodwill and some purchases and rearranging. My family room feels like an entirely new room and it's been a great way to get a bit of new perspective on a daily basis! I still have a few areas to go through and organize, but I am not in the almost frenzied state that I was a couple of months ago when I felt like I was trying to find something.

I have some quilt retreats coming up in the next few weeks and I am really looking forward to getting away and spending some concentrated time on piecing and projects that I have going on.

Things at work haven't really slowed down, but I am finding it easier to keep a work/home balance and work isn't taking over anymore. :)

I have a lot of pictures to show and will have to start posting when I get them all organized. They are mostly still on my camera since the laptop has only been turned on a handful of times since the beginning of July.

I hope you stick around to see what happens next!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Design Wall Monday - 7/7 - Quilt #28 - Snowflakes

I'm still catching up on the quilts I quilted during the month when I was blogging. :)

This quilt was quilted for Brenda and is the same pattern that I quilted last year for Jen in CT. Snowflakes!

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I used a light tan Glide thread in the top and a matching Bottom Line in the bobbin. When I quilted Jen's, I remember having to fuss with the tension quite a bit, but I didn't have as many issues on Brenda's quilt. In spite of the panto, it was a breeze to quilt!

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The quilting turned out well and the pattern is very lovely on the quilt.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Quilt #27 - Lynn's t shirt quilt

Last month, I finished this quilt for Lynn.

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I like using a medium gray thread in the top because it blends well. I think I used a gray in the bobbin, too.

And this was my favorite shirt in the quilt.

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I had to piece the backing for Lynn. A red and white chevron from JoAnn's. It was a nice fabric! JoAnn's has come a long way with their fabric in the last couple of years.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Design Wall Monday - 6/30

Friday night, I went to Stitches for a Stitch In. There was a big group there and, while I was exhausted from all the late nights at work, I was able to assemble this Sew Together bag! The chatter from the ladies really helped me get through it. :)

Sew Together Bag

I made this bag with scraps left over from the quilt that I made for my cousin for her high school graduation in her college colors - University of Ashland.

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I made the outside of the bag out of HSTs and sewed it to a piece of poly batting. To make it easier, I made the bag a little larger to accommodate the size chevrons. And for the most part, the full chevrons remained in tact.

Here is the inside of the bag.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Quilt #26 - Star Fall

Back in May, I quilted this quilt for Brooke. It's Star Fall and it was gorgeous before my needle touched it!

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I quilted it with the Star Dance panto and I used a silver Glide thread in the top and silver Bottom Line in the bobbin.

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In person, the thread shimmers and shines!

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Brooke is delighted with the quilting and that is all that matters! :)