Well this blog has sadly been neglected for the past several months. A lot of things have been going on that have kept me from doing as much sewing and I would like to be doing. I finished all my Christmas presents and they went over really well. I was pleased with how much everyone liked their gifts. In January I kind of hit a lull in my quilting. I just didn't know what I wanted to start. I made a New Years resolution to only take one quilting class a month. Although this has really been good for my relationship with my boyfriend, I kind of miss classes. I was going to at least 2 nights of class a week. This was a big change. In January I took an embroidery class for my mom to help her learn her new machine. We had a lot of fun playing with this machine. The last week of Jan. was Stock Show week which is a big deal for me. We usually go to rodeos both weekends and are at the show almost everyday. This kept me going nonstop for a week. Mom and I traded sewing machines for 3 weeks so I could take some embroidery classes. I learned a lot, but not having my machine was hard on me. Her's is just different. When I got my machine back, it needed to go to the shop where it spent 2 weeks getting cleaned and fixed. Talk about a long 2 weeks!!!! Then I was on vacation and spent a week at home with mom. We did a lot of embroidery and I worked on a sweatshirt jacket, but I didn't get as much done as I would have liked. I also went to a quilt retreat with her and a sewing slumber party. I finished up my sweatshirt jacket too! For National Quilting Day, I went to a class by Kay Capps Cross. She does a lot of design work in black and white with a zinger (one bright color). This was really stepping outside my box as I am pretty traditional. I learned a lot and almost have all the blocks done for this quilt. I had bought some fabric for a denim rag quilt for my boyfriend several months ago. I decided about March 21, that I could get it done by his birthday on the 30th. I had to work on it when he wasn't around or was asleep, so I spent many late nights working on it. We just tried to do too much and I didn't quite get it done. I have all the blocks sewn in rows, I just need to connect them together now. He got other things, so doesn't even know he is getting this quilt. The first week in April I took a quilt class on paper piecing a tablerunner. I wanted to make it for my boyfriends mom's birthday which is today. I worked really hard both nights of class and all day Friday to get it done. I had to quilt it Monday night and bind it last night, but I got it done and she loves it. Now back to the rag quilt. I think I've finally gotten out of my slump. I'm working on a lighthouse wallhanging for a coworker too, so need to get that finished before the end of the month. So much sewing to do, Sew little time!
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Wednesday, April 11, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Wow, 2 classes a week? You must have lots of UFO's to finish! They all sound like a lot of fun though. The denim quilt, will you have to sit and rag the edges after it's complete or is it not that type of pattern? I was really busy taking classes, most were tablerunners I finished in class. Sometimes I was going to sit and sew one night a week too, so I finished some there. I have have 3 UFO's which need to be finished. I usually have to finish something before I can do something new. I have the fabric for a new bag, but have to finish four projects before I can start it. I need to do a lot of sewing! Yes I will have to snip the edges, but I can do that at work during my lunch hour. I'm always looking for ways to sew at work without my machine. I do a lot of Hardanger for this reason. I can get a lot done in an hour!Edited by MoneikQuilts on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at 05:30 PM
Thursday, April 12, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Pictures! We need pictures! It sounds like you've actual done quite a lot in the last few months; it probably just doesn't seem like much since you appear to be used to a much busier sewing schedule. I sometimes struggle with spending time with my quilting or spending time with my husband. Last night I forced myself to put my quilt down and go snuggle with my husband, and I'm so glad I did. It is important not to take our relationships for granted. I love snuggling up with a cozy quilt, but nothing beats snuggling up with someone you love!Edited by Vesuviusmama on Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 08:41 AM