The past few weeks have been pretty crazy here. I always thought that when my daughter grew up and moved out of the house, things would settle down. I envisioned myself sitting on the sofa with a good book or a ball of yarn. Oh, lets not forget the hours I would spend quilting or in my garden!
We all know that is a dream! The movies that show women with lives like this are truly fiction! I think I am busier now than I was 5 years ago! I have been making more of an effort to balance my life. I have been working hard to put the computer down at night and focus on a book or some handwork. Sometimes I even pay attention to Big!!!
A couple of weeks ago, I went to a quilt shop with my good friend Lisa. We saw a quilt and I fell in love with it. It is a block of the month quilt and we found out that the class was still open for sign ups. We both immediately signed up! A few days later, I signed up for another quilting class. Crazy right?
The block of the month quilt is called Housewarming Party and is a traditionally made quilt. I am enjoying this quilt very much. The blocks are easy and I really love the colors. Since it has been such a long time since I have done any quilting, this one is getting my skills back in order!
The other quilt called, A Place In The Sun is by Jenny Haskins and is a quilt that is made in the hoop on my embroidery machine. I love the colors Jenny Haskins chose, but I decided to choose my own. I am going with reds, blacks and greens. My sashing fabric is black and white gingham with cherries on it. That is where I came up the the color scheme. It takes about 2 hours to make a block. Much of the time, I can walk away from the machine. I do have to be present while appliquéing.
My knitting is coming along well also. I have one more section to go before I can bind off on the shawl. Then I will begin to make the leaves that will be attached. I hope to have this shawl finished before it gets cold! The photo below is an older one. It is so cloudy here today that I couldn’t get a good photo! The shawl is now about 4 times this long!
One more thing I am making is a lace angel. I am making the lace in my embroidery machine and I am loving it. The piece I am sharing a photo of takes over 4 hours to embroider! The nice thing about it is that I can start it and walk away. Of course I check on it periodically to make sure the thread doesn’t break or the bobbin runs out!
So what are you creating this week? I would love to see!