I'm not sure what this orange and yellow flower is, but I sure think it's beautiful.
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Thursday, September 23, 2021
There has not been much going on around here lately. I have done a little bit of sewing.
In fact, I spent an entire day cutting out the blocks for the complete quilt top. And have paid the price for it with a very sore back. Note to self: don't attempt that again. So rather than sewing things together, I'm spending time on the couch with either a heating pad or an ice pack, crocheting and binge watching TV or reading.
The "littles" were over for a few hours on Monday because there was no school. Mark made popcorn and they watched a movie. Ella added a friend...This is Sammy, her favorite stuffed animal who lives at our house. He has the best seat in the house.
I've collected memes here and there...
Christa sent me this picture of my dad, along with Ella and Gabe. I think this was from about five years ago. My parents still lived in their home, before my father lost his memory. Now my mother has been gone for three years and my father would no longer recognize these precious great grandchildren.
If I still had my piano, I would do this:
Do you remember when phone numbers began with words? When I lived in Oklahoma (until 4th grade), our number began with Adams, which was shortened to AD...and then the number, although I can't remember the actual number.
So I'm off to rest, along with the heating pad and ice pack. But I'm confident it will be worth it and that...
Thursday, September 2, 2021
Hello, September. I always look forward to this time of year. And every single year I'm surprised at how warm the days are. Fall in the central valley doesn't arrive until some time in November. I miss the crisp fall days of the Midwest.
Last Saturday I took a great class from Laura Loewen (@quiltfortco). It was the improv version of her Finger Paints quilt. So improv and I are considered more frenemies than friends, although I'm willing to become friends. :) The improv version of this quilt requires total free cutting--you cut your squares 4"-ish and 4 1/2"-ish. It really requires some discipline to get past the idea of using a razor sharp rotary cutter without the safety of a ruler.
I was able to complete one quadrant of one block, and initially thought: "Great. I took the class. I learned something. Moving on. I will make the precision version of this quilt."
I just finished crocheting a set of coasters. It was a new-to-me stitch that resembles knitting rather than traditional crochet. I like it--I already began another set.
I've read that learning new skills is good for your brain so that's my goal this fall-winter--exercising my brain. Fingers crossed.
Good advice from Minki Kim.