Quiet times

Sometimes things need to slow down and be quiet. We have had a couple of those weekends recently. This weekend was one. I have to say, I felt tired. I had no real reason to be. I haven’t over done anything. I have been resting well, taking care of myself. But you run into times of being tired. During July, my husband gets tired too. It’s mid Highland games competition, long unheard of hours at work and lots of travel.
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We went to a Beatles tribute concert at Alpenfest till 10 on Friday. It was a fun to be nostalgic with them. Then we decided to go to our 30th High School reunion. It was touch and go weather or not it was going to happen.

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2014-07-21 02.32.39Reunion pics were taken by my classmates

It turned out to be great. Saw many people, caught up. I felt pretty good about myself and didn’t feel bad that I was overweight. So were tons of other. I didn’t feel bad about greys and wrinkles. It is part of being 30 years older. I have to say that it was a time to feel refreshed. A time to see that everyone else has the same struggles and triumphs with jobs, family, parenting and finances. For one night we were on all a very level playing field our age and the common ground was our times in school. We were able to talk about who we were and who we are. It wasn’t weird at all.wpid-20140720_122901.jpg2014-07-21 07.05.59

 

I have been home more so I have been quilting more. I have two of Alisons three done. I am finishing up some clothing for the grand daughters. There is one top, one dress, one diaper cover and 4 pair of shorts. Here hoping that they can wear them!!!

Vicki

Longarm quilting…..and other things

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Here is my lttle art quilt , I think that the first picture is the way I want it to be oriented. I am going to long arm it next month. I like it. I think that it reminds me of the Great Lakes—water, spinning winds and sky. It’s an abstract, lol.

2014-07-17 18.27.20 2014-07-17 18.27.37 2014-07-17 13.02.47Here is a quilt made by an Octogenarian. She said it is supposed to be fish. I did a loop and swirl with little bubbles occasionally. I decided that I wanted to use a cotton batting because I couldn’t baste it on with a poly batt. I am so glad , it turned out to be really cute. The flying geese border is a really beautiful!

 

I am loading one of three baby quilts. They are like instant gratification!

Life notes: We have had our fair share of car troubles over the past week, guess where our bonuses went, o yeah to the mechanic. I have been adjusting to my diet, higher doses of thyroid meds (ugh) and rehabbing my bruised Achilles. I am trying to plan the big studio reorganization next month but so far no action. I am also planning my gear and clothes to take to Scotland on our vacation this fall.

 

I can’t believe how much I got done in just a few free minutes today. Ahhhh, felt good.

Vicki

 

 

Zentangle!

2014-07-05 18.24.43 2014-07-09 21.11.31 2014-07-10 07.16.59I have been doing a lot of sewing lately. But, I needed a quiet thing to do while the others in my house are trying to sleep either in the morning or evening. We all seem to be on a different schedule around here!! I dug out my drawing things. I have two new books for Zentangle inspiration and here we are! I do like to relax and draw. I have tiles I am going to draw on but I feel out of practice and once my confidence is up I will draw on the expensive papers.

I have tons of paper, art paper, trading card paper, Zentangle Tiles, sketch book, water color paper… my favorite is the Stratmore sketch book 6×6 and the tiles. I think I am going to make several tiles and frame them. I need new art at my offices. Plural. That’s gonna be a long term arrangement I am told, sigh.

I am looking forward to so much happening in the fall- our vacation, the holidays, etc… I don’t want to wish the summer away. This weekend my Husband and I are going to a Highland games in Saline. I get my annual trek to Ikea! I think it’s gonna be great! Until then I am going to load another quilt on the frame, finish sewing the baby dress I started, tangle on a tile and crochet grannies. I have plenty to do. But I think there will be a ton of junk TV also. The Achilles if feeling better but I am not going to push it at the gym this week.

 

Vicki

Three day’s off…

And I spent time at home. It was nice to get some things done. I have to say that staying away from the crowds and stores was fab. I looked a local nurseries for a future fairy garden. I did get groceries. I went on a bit of a ride in the forest and saw elk.  I relaxed. Hmmmm. What a concept!!!  I didn’t waste time looking for stuff I don’t need. Saved money, too! Next weekend is a Highland games and I am saving my money for things I need from Ikea. A once a year trip to that part of our state.

I did a lot of stitching and a bit of drawing.  Here are a few pictures. I have to say that it feels good to be creating things.

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2014-07-06 17.45.58I started an art quilt with some of my stashed fabrics. I love the idea of making mini quilts or sketches as Gwen Marsten called her concept mini quilts, I went to see them at a museum last winter. I am machine sewing and then long arming the quilt. I have tons of scrap battings to try and experiment with different textures in stitches. This picture shows some ideas I am playing with. This is just the beginning of this little project. I expect that it will not look anything like this when it is done.

 

Vicki

Ideas are in the air

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I have been hearing talk about Pantone’s color of the year and I found it plus inspiration colors at the paint center at Lowe’s. It gives me ideas in color trends and combos.  

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I did it!  This is the new solid line by Clothworks. All American made. I spent gift monies  on the 21 colors at the lqs. Here is a link about the fabric. It looks and feels great, nice price too.
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I wanted this book so much . I T’s one of the first I looked at when I started to quilt. Nostolgia for 2$. Can’t beat that!!!!

Now if I can bring myself to cut into my new fabrics purchased …..
Vicki

On the eve on a long holiday weekend….

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I am really feeling like my time management has hit a stand still for the past month. I guess that is what summer is all about. I am relaxing more and getting less projects done. I am focusing more on slow stitching. Even my customer quilts. Read what it’s about a http://www.slowstitching.com.
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The journey for a slow stitcher is the focus. I can’t do hand sewing much or hand quilting due to arthritis, but I may try hand sewing small projects. My start in slow stitching this week is that I have done a little crochet just because. I made 2 grannies for coasters. I have a couple of amigurumi’s to finish. I haven’t decided what they are going to be yet…..

Slow stitching is about planning, dreaming and finding where your creative process takes you. I have patiently waited for fabric to get in to the quilt shop…. July was the date and guess what — it is in!!! I can’t wait to try the American made Cotton Solid line. I have a few art quilts in mind and a little bit of Birthday money to spend. Maybe this is the project to hand quilt. I have some crazy detailed long arm slow stitching patterns in my mind too.

Lots of thinking, now for doing.
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I am getting back in to the 3 times a week to the gym. My injured achilles is healing with new shoes, heel cups and KT tape. I remember now what I may have done to hurt it before the stairs and hills I walked recently. I slipped in a tub in a hotel a few weeks ago. Yea, I am feeling old and decrepit. I have to rehab this before our vacation in Scotland in Sept. I am so excited about it but my realism keeps waiting for a bomb to drop and that we will not able to go. I don’t know why I do this. I am really excited and look forward to all the wonderful things we are going to do as well as the Highland Games my husband will compete in. I feel like Penny in the Big Band Theory, she doesn’t allow herself to get too excited about things. Yea, it may be a Midwest thing.

We had three things break in our house this week. The Air conditioner froze solid, just needed a new filter and a recharge. Whew. The spring on the garage door broke so it wouldn’t open. Fixed easy. Then the ongoing vehicle hummmm. Mechanic can’t find anything wrong so we are out a diagnostic fee and we know it’s safe to drive. I feel like a weight has been lifted!!!!
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On lunch hour I visited Lowe’s garden center near the new office I work in part time. I found Fairy Gardens and it is exactly what I want. I am going to wait a week or so and see if they go on clearance. I have a love for all things miniature. You will see this in upcoming projects!!!

Vicki