Not only am I ready for the weekend to be here, I'm especially ready for Spring. We've got another cold front coming in, which plays havoc with my arthritis. And it's so crazy that the northern part of the state is supposed to be 19 when the southern part is 70 - and Arkansas isn't that big!
I cannot remember if I showed you this little quilt or not so lucky you - you get to see it again if I did. :) This is the February Kathy Schmitz BOM...
I also finished this springtime one - I think it's May.
Next week the Think Ruffles Blog Hop will begin and I'm betting this one will have some amazing projects. I'll post the schedule for you Monday morning....my day will not be until the 13th.
And lucky me - I won a fat quarter bundle on the Moda Blog Hop that just ended - can't wait to get this prize in late March/early April when the fabric is available!
I'm working part time this spring so I'm not sewing quite as much but I've finished a couple of things for the Ruffle blog hop. I'm also going to Physical Therapy three times a week so my sciatic issues are better but the inactivity of the last two months has manifested itself in a few added pounds. So...it's back to Weight Watchers on Monday for me. Anyone want to join me? I have a double incentive, or maybe even triple....a wonderful trip in July, a grandson's wedding in August, a high school reunion in October. Any tips for maintaining your enthusiasm over the long term? Maybe I should stitch a big banner with those three things on it and hang it in my kitchen!
For those of you who saw one of my recent wool pieces and my question about quilting it....I decided since it's a primitive piece I would go with a big stitch done in diagonal lines. I'm pretty pleased with it. A friend brought me a beautiful sashiko pattern but I decided to save it for a different project.
And of course I'm back with another piece to ask what you might do with this one...I've just finished the stitching and it's not even pressed yet.
The appliqué is wool and even though it doesn't show in this picture the head, body and tail of the sheep are different fabrics. There's not much definition there at all. This was a kit so I used what they sent me. I'm thinking about taking the head off and redoing it in something from my scraps. But if I do what color would show up and still fit with these colors/style?
And for those who asked me about the cross stitch you glimpsed in the background of another picture...
After my last child was born in 1976, my third child, there was little time for anything remotely related to crafts or stitching. At the time I was really loving counted cross stitch and used stolen moments to do a few stitches. I had a dear, dear friend who lived one block down. Like me she worked full time and raised children. In our desperation for both me time and friend time we would put on our pajamas and robes and about 10:00 one of us would go to the others home and we would stitch til midnight in the quiet of a sleeping household.
This piece, completed in 1979, was one I did during that time and gave to my mother. When she joined our "Little Pappaw" four months after he died I brought this home with me. The fabric has yellowed but it is precious to me. It's in a very cheap, dollar store frame...all that I could afford at the time. I will keep it that way as a reminder that any gift given in love is priceless.