Really I have no idea where the week has gone! I've been working all day and then stitching for a few hours every night. One thing I can say is that being this productive really doesn't make for really interesting blogging! (sorry!) So I thought I would just show you the progress I've made on my three main projects!
Project I - Homeward Bound BOM Quilt - Month 2
OMGoodness!! How could it take me this long to hand applique these little suckers?!? When I first started quilting (BT - before Tessa), I would do hand applique blocks in the evenings and just slowly work my way through them. Now I have a deadline though and I need to get them done by the end of February. I'm over halfway through and little by little my circles are getting smoother. It's all in the way you press them AND the way you hand applique them. But I do like how it's coming and I was sooo right...changing the color palette sure gives the quilt a different mood! You can see the original palette here! And this is my palette - eggplant, turquoise, red-orange, yellow
Project II - Big Stitch Quilting Rain, Rain
Putting my quilting frame in the little den off the kitchen (also known as Tessa's den) was one of my
better ideas. Whenever I have a little block of time, I sit down and get more quilting in. Plus I put the old TV in there and have been watching favorite shows as I quilt at night. It's fun. It's out of the way but not too out of the way so I feel isolated. In the past, I would set it up in the family room and it always seemed in the way. Now it has its own spot. I mean why own a 14 room victorian if you can't give your quilting frame its own room right? Anyways as you can see my big stitch quilting is really "In-between" quilting. I've given up totally trying to retrain my stitches to a quarter inch and just let them go naturally a bit bigger with the choice of pearl cotton and a bigger needle. It's fun to see how the line of quilting really has a big impact on the quilt. Now the quilt finally seems like it's raining! Plus, it's super satisfying when it's time to roll the quilt because I finished another whole line.
Project III - Dressing/Fabric Room
This really isn't my project....it's Paul's. But GOSH!! What a difference!! It makes me think why didn't we do this earlier. He's so sweet though. He includes me in the plans. So when he started talking about how much the new shelving wood would cost, it was in the same conversation about how the big old church pew was in the way of his woodshop. The pew came from his home church and they were going to throw it out so Paul rescued it. I suggest upcycling it to become my new shelving. The wood is so gorgeous, already finished, and of course heavy duty! So that's what he did. He cut up the pew and it's going to make the nicest shelving! I love upcycling. So we are getting closer and closer to putting everything back in. (This dressing room sits in the once attic of my house - off the master bath that is up there. It's accessed through stairs in my master bedroom)