Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Why do we have to sleep!?

I read somewhere that the great Thomas Edison -- inventor of the light bulb and a million other things -- rarely slept, and when he did, it was in "power naps" of twenty minutes or so. WHO can live like that!

Well, I would LIKE to, of course. There are ONLY 24 hours in a day, and I could fill them all with the things I need, want and like to do! There are the books I want to read (not to mention actually being consistent with a quiet time to read scripture and pray!), the dozens of quilts I have in the process, the dozens more in my brain wanting to get out. AND I'm a homeschooling mom! -- so there are lesson plans and activities and actual teaching and learning I need to do with my boys (Sam, 16, and Will, almost 11). And, of course, I'm certainly not going to give up eating! :-)

Then there's the Mountain Laurel Quilt Club Sampler -- a quilt I had the privilege of designing and showing/teaching (with lots of help!) to my quilt guild. The top was completed, hmmm...January 2008? and I started hand quilting it. I've gotten 24 of the 48-8 inch blocks and their immediate sashing strips completed. But it's getting embarrassing! At our October 2009 quilt show, there were TWO of these quilts, one hand and the other machine quilted!! I designed the dern thing! Why wasn't mine in the show!? Why won't it be in Oct. 2010?

Because there aren't enough hours in the day, of course!

Scripture tells us there is a time and purpose for everything under heaven....The time of this quilt is ...? The purpose -- CLEARLY -- is to teach me patience, endurance, and persistence :-), one of which, Patience, is a fruit of the Spirit.

Hmmm...maybe that consistent prayer time would help! :-) Or maybe I just need a nap!
Mary Lou

Monday, February 22, 2010

A Not-Quite-So-New-Year Resolution!

Last year a good friend explained that when she made New Year's resolutions, in addition to the usual weight loss and improvement of her character, she included at least one new skill she wanted to learn during the next 365 days. :-) I like that idea!! So for 2009 I vowed to learn traditional needle-turn hand applique' ...and would you believe I actually learned!

Granted, it was DECEMBER! when I finally picked it up, but with the help of a good teacher -- namely a video, How to Applique' the Piece O' Cake Way -- and some insistence from my LQS (Local Quilt Shop)'s proprieter (Paula Philpot at Paula's Quilting Pantry in East Bernstadt, KY) that we do a class on the Circuit Rider Quilt (seen here:
(especially since I'd ordered the Block of the Month kits from the Cotton Patch!) -- I tied in.

And I LOVE it! Hand applique is portable, relaxing, artistic -- what better way to demonstrate that quilting really is "cheaper than therapy!" I'll post some photos of my blocks so far in the coming days.

In the meantime, if you want to purchase the Circuit Rider Block of the Month, buy from Cotton Patch Fabrics -- they are generous with their fabric, have great service -- and if you mention my name I might get a discount on the (embarrassed now...) two other Blocks-of-the-Month I'm doing with them! :-) If you are in or near London, KY -- check out Paula's shop and the classes she has there!

Now, what is for 2010? Well, it's machine quilting - particularly free-motion. And I'm getting an earlier start on my New Year's resolution than last year! I just purchased a Bernina Quilt Frame on which I'm using my 440QE to quilt. There's definitely a learning curve to stitching on a frame, but already I'm better than when I stitched on the same machine at a table. We'll see if I take to this as quickly as I did applique'!

Mary Lou