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It doesn’t really matter…

This is my new mantra. It’s not that I don’t care; it’s just that I need to care less about things. Take for instance, my Less is More quilt. I was originally going to enter it in our local modern quilt show but ended up being laid up for several months. Quilting 20 minutes a day could not get the job done. Now I’ve blocked this quilt and will probably be able to save the arrow points, but not other points at the edge. This means I will not be entering this quilt into the modern quilt exhibit at Houston International. It did not need to be perfect, but better than what it will be. SO, it really doesn’t matter because this is for me and soon it will be on display in my dining room. I have another quilt design in mind to enter at Quilt Con in Nashville next year and it will be a better product. I got a new toy to aid in squaring up quilts–a laser level/square. I will also use this next time I want to hang framed artwork or photos.

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I finished this little (32×32) trip around the world quilt–it just needs a label.

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I was looking for some handwork in the evenings, so pulled out this hand quilting sampler which I started in 1991 or 1992. I finished the hand quilting, then did some machine quilting to frame it. I don’t know what to do with this–pillow, tote bag? It’s not perfect and my stitching would win no awards, but it really doesn’t matter. It’s a happy memory of how I started quilting–cardboard templates, scissors, hand piecing, beeswax to coat thread, and Monday mornings spent hand quilting on a frame with the Pine Needle Quilters in Carlton, Minnesota. Every year, we raffled off a quilt at the local nursing home and funds were used to purchase big-ticket items such as a big screen TV. After removing the thread basting, I pin basted and echo-quilted. The corners were getting a little off which signaled to me that I was either tired or it was time to be finished with this project. The stitching is not consistent or perfect, and there are some ruffles on the back, but it really doesn’t matter. Note to self: roll your projects to prevent creases.

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Next week, I’ll trim Less is More and face the edges. In the meantime, I’ll be hanging my summer quilt which is reversible. I made this quilt after watching a Sewing with Nancy episode with Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr (Magic Inch Quilts). Thanks to Dana Crocco for the suggestion of using swivel hooks to hang a reversible quilt. After I finish a table runner to match Aurora Borealis, I will attach the quilt label since I don’t want to sew it onto the quilt itself. Oh no–a quilt without a proper label. Sometimes, it really doesn’t matter.

Weight Loss Update: After two months, I have lost 6.5 pounds and 8.25 inches. I still can’t fit in my clothes (which made we want to give up), but it really doesn’t matter because my lab results (especially the cholesterol) show I am actually making a difference healthwise so I’ll keep on keepin’ on. In the meantime, I have walked 9 out of 10 days, despite the heat and humidity.. I only bring my camera one day a week so I can focus more on the exercise. It really doesn’t matter that I missed photos of a female blue bunting with baby, numerous blue heron photos (adult males, a pair, and two juveniles), some large turtles, and wildflowers that just didn’t make it in the heat. I am grateful that I can walk again relatively pain-free and my husband has started walking with me when he can. It’s all good.

Here are a few photos from last Sunday. It’s been too hot for kids to play on the playground equipment so several groups took to the water instead, including the turtles.

Trumpet vine, sweet peas, leaf eaters.

One final message, till next time:

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Quilting, Crafts and Getting Things Finished

The year before I retired, I took a lot of quilt classes and because I was still working, did not finish one thing.  Some of those projects are still not finished for one reason (or three).  Somehow I can’t let go of them because I still love them.  If I ever get caught up, I will have a  new procedure–no more than three ongoing projects at once.  Sometimes you can finish something from beginning to end, but sometimes you need to put something aside because you just don’t know what to do next.  So I have this sample for hand quilting practice.  I pulled it out today and did one line of stitching.  Anything that requires crunching my hand in a fist quickly brings on cramps and finger triggering.  So my only recourse is to either do one line a day or learn a different way to quilt.  Liuxin Newman has a different thimble (hole in the top) and a different way to quilt, placing the thimble on the middle finger and quilting with the hand open.  Check it out.    http://www.thimblelady.com/

A huge thank you to Thomas Umstatdd for the excellent tutorial on inserting a hyperlink into wordpress.  http://www.authormedia.com/

I only have one section to finish.  What am I going to do with it–probably use it as a background or as a journal cover.  My pencil lines are fairly faint so you can’t seen them in the photo so I have outlined the entire project and the last triangle which is about a third finished.  One of the things I do not like about the project is our instructor had us use polyester thread to match the muslin.  I guess it will be okay when it’s finished but I wish I had used a slightly darker, heavier  thread.  It will not win any prizes for hand quilting but at this point, it just doesn’t matter.  My stitches are smaller on the back than on the front.  All of this kind of gets my vote for big-stitch quilting (or quilting by machine).

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Today I did quite a bit of cleaning up and putting away of things.  Oh and here is another use for your favorite stiffener. Silk flowers are often bundled up to save space in packaging and so the petals on non-wired flowers can get folded.  You could iron them carefully with a tiny iron but I sprayed some product in a little container and painted the backs with a stiff brush, pinned them down a little and let them dry.

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I love these little flowers–they remind me of Dogwoods, which are a favorite of mine–they just make me happy.  The dogwoods here will be in bloom in a couple of months, maybe three, depending on the weather.

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Next week I will be diving into the dreaded basket and bringing out all of my unfinished angels.  I used to crochet a lot of angels and snowflakes and baskets, and as you know, doilies.  I no longer have any styrofoam forms but I usually had to make up my own forms from tag board and cover them with plastic wrap.  Oh, goodie–I still have that Press and Seal–should work like a charm.  I feel like this post is a little disjointed.  I have bronchitis and need to go rest now. Typing is acting up anyway. May fortune smile on you today and may you stay healthy.

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