Here’s what has kept me busy this week:
A trip to Portland this week required a stop at Cool Cottons of course. I finally got my hands on some Pearl Bracelet! And I met Linda, who blogs at Surrounded By Scraps. She’s so lucky to work at Cool Cottons!
Linking up at Freshly Pieced, hope to see you there too!
All you quilters out there are probably familiar with that point in a quilt project where you can see the finish line, you can feel the satisfaction of having it completed, it’s just so close to being done… but you have no desire to even look at it any more!
Andrew’s quilt is at this point. I pushed through and completed the quilting, but I’m not happy with how it turned out. I could not figure out why the tension was so off — I’d move the dial one way and it would get too tight, I’d move it the other and it would be too loose, but there was no happy middle. So I pushed through, hoping it will all look lovely after a nice trip through the wash. Or at least less like it was drunken sewn. I try to keep that to a minimum!
My other work-in-progress this week is my purple-themed scrappy trip around the world. I finished almost all the squares, but one just did not lay out right (must have been drinking with that one!), so I’m short one. But I love how it’s turning out! There is always that moment of doubt (after I’ve cut up scads of fabric, of course) where I question my choices. I’m the only one who does this, right?
That’s it for me this week! I’m off to drool over the QuiltCon pictures posted by the lucky attendees. How about Portland next year, Modern Quilt Guild? A girl can dream, can’t she?
Oh! I’m linking up at Freshly Pieced!
Much work this week on Andrew’s quilt… still quilting, but at least diagonals are done! My son chose the red backing fabric, against my better judgement, but it is growing on me.
Some things I have learned:
1) When quilting either side of a seam, I should press the seams open rather than to one side.
2) When using spray adhesive for basting, a walking foot isn’t entirely necessary, and may be detrimental if said seams are not pressed open. Some of the corners had many thicknesses of fabric which made using a walking foot unsteady. This, in turn, made the thread tension wonky (and killed my walking foot!).
Here is what’s happening in my life… what’s happening in yours?
Works In Progress:
2012 was a year interrupted for me. Perplexing health issues early in the year were eventually diagnosed as Fibromyalgia in August.
My quilting took a hit mid-year as I tried to fight my way back to some sense of normalcy. Thankfully, a medication routine started in October began helping by November, and I was able to pick up my quilting again.
Undoubtedly, after feeling like I had lost much of my regular life, being able to accomplish some quilting each day was uplifting and reassuring that all was not lost.
Learning to navigate life with Fibromyalgia, like with any chronic illness, is all about adapting to a new normal. If you are on this journey as well, I would love to hear from you.
Now, here are my accomplishments from the end of 2012.