Saturday, February 6, 2016

What's up?

I had a wonderful sew day with LeiLani and Cindy on Sunday. We were missing Katrina (she was ill), but we are a true group that falls under the category of "Stitch and Bitch". We stitch, we share, we conspire, we lift each other up. It's all good.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Progress and an Occasional Tuesday Tool Tip

I was working on the 96th block of Trick or Treat on Sunday when I hit basket overload. The pattern in Blackbird Designs' "When the Cold Wind Blows" calls for 291 basket blocks.

Photo from Pinterest

Monday, January 18, 2016

Musings and passings...

I had hoped that this post would have been the "Finally Finished" reveal of Pinetree Village, but it's still on the frame.
It's been a weird week. I was in the I-want-to-hibernate-I-don't-want-to-go-to-work phase of the year, but the necessity of a paycheck wins over staying under the covers, every time.
I was off from work last Monday and spent most of the day in the studio, ignoring that ugly pile of year-end paperwork that desperately needs attending to--another day. It was also that morning we learned of David Bowie's passing. My oldest was working in his portion of the studio and streaming Bowie's music all day. I'm sad for his passing, but I'm grateful for his musical talent that will live on. RIP, Ziggy...
Today I was off from work again and after tackling the year-end paperwork yesterday, I rewarded myself with a day in the studio. I'm back in the Girl Gang (YAY!) and our annual retreat is next month. We're making a quilt and I'm doing my part by making 10 blocks for it. I cut the fabrics last Monday and made the blocks today.

My worktable today
First block
It's my first time back to the retreat in three years, and I'm counting the days. Working on those blocks today really was good for me; the euphoria was such that I'd really like to call in sick tomorrow, but that's not happening...

And here's some random musings for you:
  • Read on a blog: "Have you gotten used to writing 2016 on your checks?" No, because I don't write checks anymore! (Not that there's anything wrong with that.)
  • Hibernation: I finally figured out that instead of taking off 2 weeks at Christmas, I should take off 2-3 weeks in January so I can do that hibernation thing.
  • Have you heard there was a hurricane in the Atlantic? Hurricane Alex, first recorded hurricane in January since 1938.
  • It's finally hit me that I haven't been keeping up with what's happening in the quilting world so much as far as new products, fabric lines, etc. But what I have read this week is the latest diatribes on men and quilting. This topic rears it's head every once in a while and here it is again...
  • And I need to follow my own advice. I have gone back to spending time in the studio only on the weekends, and I need to go back to weeknight time in the studio; I'll get more done.
And passings...first David Bowie, then Alan Rickman, and just a couple of hours ago, Glenn Frey. Oh, how I loved Glenn Frey. I saw the Eagles back in 1977 when they came to Little Rock; one of the best concerts ever. I couldn't afford the tickets to see them when they reunited, but it's just as well...
That's it for now. Go quilt!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 Year End Wrap Up, and Learning to Let Go

I learned a lot of lessons this year. One lesson rears its head each year and repeatedly tells me that there is only so much I can do. This year, I fell short of my self-imposed goal to complete more quilts than I did last year, which was 5. I wanted to complete at least 6.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Finally Finished: The secret project!

Steph got a tattoo for her 50th birthday...and a quilt for her 55th.

You ever have an idea for a quilt that you can't get out of your mind? This was one of those quilts. FAIR WARNING: LONG POST AHEAD!

Saturday, December 26, 2015


...My name is Shari, and I am a quilter who blogs. It has been just under 4 months since my last post.

I've been out in the weeds...I had a whole lot of "meh" feelings about quilting this much so that I squandered the entire summer and did not work on the secret project until the end of July. I hosted a sew day with the Girlfriends and Cindy suggested that the Girlfriends needed to help me with the project. Normally I would say "No!", but I caved. I am trying to be more receptive to offers of kindness.

And thanks to the Girlfriends, the secret project is finished and gifted. More on that in my next post.

The biggest reason for my absence from the blog and quilting is the Hubster--he found out the day after my last post that he was building the Great Wall to China in both of his kidneys, and he has since had 8 surgeries. He's much better, but there's more to come and we'll learn more about that this coming week.

Other than the secret project, no quilting has taken place, but the quilting mojo is slowly coming back.

Here's a few shots from our family Christmas:
New Christmas tree, old ornament

Garland made by my co-worker, Patti

Hubster chilling before the presents are opened

Sydney and Jack enjoying the conversation

Emma, David and Britta wolfing down the breakfast goodies; those are
haystacks cooling on the parchment paper. Cinnamon rolls,
sausage rolls, cheese rolls and spicy egg casserole for breakfast.

Another shot of the breakfast goodies and haystacks

Syd modeling her new Ray-Bans

Emma's "E" is for "Elephant" bag

Ross' new bluetooth thermometer

Emma's new pajamas that I finished ON TIME!

Steph and Holly admiring the photo collage the kids and Phillip and I gave them

This photo was taken by my stepdaughter;
these are the quilts I made for our granddaughters

The dinner table; it was a bit crowded this year (and I love that)

Desserts on the buffet

I'm off from work for a few days and I hope to get Pinetree Village quilted over the next week.

Go quilt!