Last week was one of those “life happens” week. It would be untrue to say that I quilt full-time. No, there are many other responsibilities that crowd in and take precedence. Those things may very well be enjoyable to me, and I certainly wouldn’t want to eliminate them, but they still keep me out of the studio.
I spent a couple of days with a photo shoot. It was time to get some decent pictures of some of my quilts. Even though I continually encourage people to document their quilts, there were a few that I had not photographed yet, and there were some others for which I only had very old, very bad pictures. So, for a couple of days, the living room became a photo studio. I’ll write more about that process tomorrow.
Two of the quilts which needed good pictures had to be retrieved from DD#1 and DD#2. Shown above are the Millennium Quilts that I’ve mentioned from time to time. I desperately needed a hand project to bring with me during the years DD#2 was playing two- and three-day volleyball tournaments, so both of these were hand pieced and hand quilted. Each of the quilts has 2000 hexagons, and each piece is different. During 1999, quilters were swapping packets of twenty-five 3″ squares of fabric. The packets were called “squishies” because they would fit in a regular envelope and it was soft enough to squeeze a bit. By swapping squishies, quilters could collect enough different fabrics to make a charm quilt in honor of the year 2000. I originally planned on making just one, but I was having so much fun (and I have two daughters who wanted one), I decided to make two!
Back to the events of the past week. I had the opportunity to help my mom set up her new Nook Color. We also got back into our hour-a-day walking routine. It was actually nice after all our traveling. We both put on some weight while eating out for a month, so it’s definitely time to get back to our previous disciplines. We shopped for supplies for the church, and found out we needed to shop for us, too. The cupboards were pretty bare after all our traveling.
I also started online fabric shopping for a Nancy Crow Strip Piecing and Restructuring workshop which I’ll be taking next May. I’ve wanted to take a workshop from her for ten years! Consider it “cross-training.” My goal is to become looser and more free with my art. Why start buying fabric now? There were lots of good Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. The boxes have already begun to arrive! I foresee plenty of prewashing and folding in my future.
Sweet hubby desperately wanted to declutter the garage, so we spent one day dragging out stuff and more stuff. Most things either went directly into the van so we could haul them to Goodwill, or they went directly into the trash, which is now overflowing. A small percentage of things were keepers. Even with all our efforts, we only reached a quarter of the garage, but at least we can see some floor space now! He’s all fired up now, and wants to make this a weekly event until the whole thing is done. I can feel achy muscles already.Saturday was filled up with women’s Bible study, followed by a craft day at church. I brought a bag full of inexpensive Christmas ornaments which I snagged in an after-Christmas sale last year. I spent our time happily and mindlessly stringing them on a bent hanger to make a wreath, which now decorates my studio door. I also draped blue twinkle lights around my studio. Next week, I vow to actually do something quilty in my studio!