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.
I finished this little (32×32) trip around the world quilt–it just needs a label.
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.
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:
Besides my fun at Crystal Bridges with the outdoor sculptures, I also had wildflowers and happened upon a robin. I started at the overflow/shuttle parking lot to catch the Orchard Trail and it was the bluish cast of feathers in the mulch that caught my eye.
And a few wildflowers.
The hydration station encourages recycling.
It was such a beautiful day that I thought I would explore part of the Razorback Greenway in Bentonville. I was here a few weeks ago but didn’t have time to walk. There is a beautiful creek that runs along a good deal of the trail and then another secondary creek that looks like the result of flooding. At first I thought this was going to be a rather non-descript trail until I came across a sculpture and a field of poppies.
Here is PAC-Man, a sculpture of river boulders by Craig Gray, Florida, and the description. “Evoking the lore and imagery of the ‘Arkansas Traveler’ this work connects to local history and geography while providing a playful photo opportunity.” Doesn’t this just make you smile?
There is a mountain bike trail all through here with interesting signs.
I tried to put in my soothing waterfall video but evidently it isn’t supported. You’ll have to use your imagination. Till next time, be creative, enjoy the great weather if you have it, and be kind.
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And just as an aside. I’ve been keeping track of my steps daily, with the goal of 10,000 per day. I’ve finally figured out that means around four miles. Le sigh. So I better get going–we’re burning daylight.