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Sometimes I sign myself up to do the impossible, and decide to try to do it anyway. I have to say that I am apparently a glutton for punishment at times.
I’ve got one project where I’m hand-sewing the binding (and I’m about to swap to machine sewing the binding because I’m frustrated, and have about half to go).
I’m working on a baby quilt that is impossibly difficult to quilt (but I signed up to work on it anyway….and it’s so cute, too!).
I have another one that is a TON of applique. Did I mention ANYWHERE that I just really love applique? Good, I didn’t. I won’t. I like binding more than applique most days. Not always, but when there comes a point that you’re “over it”, you’re just going to be over it.
I have another that’s half-quilted. It’s been that way since 2013.
I have two other tops needing quilting. Can I just say my project list at the moment is longer than my finished list? Or at least it feels like that. At points like this I decide to go back and finish other projects, reorganize my studio, or look at my finished projects stack and remember how I pushed through on some projects. It’s sometimes really tough. Sheesh!
I went today to an artist drawing event here in Huntsville. It’s a great event for figure drawing artists. I can’t even do a stick figure well, though. I get quilt block inspiration, and that’s why I go each month.
Well, they wanted us to draw a cupcake with the model. I can’t even think cupcake. Isn’t it so sad that as a quilter, I don’t do well with food drawing? Anyway, got a couple cute drawings done. Go see them as a Patron on my patreon site (look up thesiberianwind)
So, other things DO happen in my life other than quilting and photography (and there’s a new photography thing coming up here soon).
My service dog, Bones, managed to get into bubble gum today. I don’t know how or when, but I discovered his vest stuck to him via the sticky, gooey mess. I had my little one (youngest child) help clean the vest while I set forth to clean the dog. Best way ever to get bubble gum out works on dogs and humans….peanut butter. Well, I sat in the floor with a spoonful of the stuff and attempted to comb the bubble gum off the underside of my dog. Another of my dogs would lick the spoon when I leaned forward to comb the guilty party. The third was waiting patiently for his turn. I think he cleaned the floor afterwards.
Because, well, peanut butter is well-loved by my dogs….Bones had peanut butter on his underside where the gum had been, on his paws, on the back of his head (don’t ask me how, I don’t know).
To make this more challenging, I was also wearing three spots of peanut butter on what I thought were my only clean jeans! And….should there have to be an “and”?….there is….. tonight is a school function for the little one (parent meeting with band students). This means that there is a HUGE risk of a peanut allergy at the school event, in just under 3 hours. And I thought I also had no clean jeans. So, go hose down the dog with Dawn dish liquid, have the little one help dry and comb him back out (no one likes wet dog smell, and we found brushing him out gets rid of the smell faster). Then, get lucky enough to find I have a clean pair of jeans waiting for me.
Moral of the story….next time, take photographs, or have someone prepped to photograph the hilariousness that ensues when one must clean errant bubble gum off a pup!
I’ve gotten the 4 stars done I started last night, and have nine more to go (I already had 5 done). So here’s a pic of the 9. More colors coming in the next ones. 😉 Join my patreon site to see the quilt pattern and these two pics. You’ll see what the plan is for this quilt!
okays, I’ve got one challenge quilt on the wall. I’ve got 3 quilts in progress… And this is what I’m working on tonight. This isn’t part of any of the others. Gotta love inspiration, right?
The hardest thing to do sometimes is the right thing. It’s really hard to admit defeat when it comes to a quilt project that you design and created. I’ve had to do this for the third time in my quilting career. I couldn’t even really talk about it much yesterday. I have a project that I’ve been working on for 3 years that is just due to be scrapped. It would take me another three years of stress and tears to finish it, so I’m about to repurpose the parts are important into a simpler version of the quilt. There hard version it’s just too hard the way I did it, and my patience has worn through.
So today, I’ll go get more fabric, and start the replacement quilt process.
In other news, I also scrapped another project because my hands just couldn’t do the work that was needed. It’s not a quilt, but a home décor project. Alas, some days just prove that you weren’t meant to be productive.
And so many more to go!
I got my fibromyalgia awareness quilt finished “Regardless, I Go On”. In spite of the pain, in spite of the body-crippling pain and fatigue, I choose to go on with my life. Doesn’t mean my path actually looks like what you’d expect. It kind of spirals out of control, but not in any kind of predictable spiral. It’s tough to realize you’ll never escape this path once you’re on it, and it’s incredibly tough just living with it. That’s the idea behind “Regardless, I Go On” and what it stands for.
It’s 20″ x 20″ square, and has crystals attached to it. There’s stars (and admittedly, in photographs, they really don’t show up as well), and then there’s a crystal at the front of each forward-facing point on the path. A “normal” purple day has a normal purple crystal, but each flare has an amber/orange crystal to signify it’s significance. The “back paths” where my path turns back on itself, you’ll see the backs of the fabrics. You’ll also notice that each time I have a flare (indicated with some color other than purple), my path darkens. Even if you’re just looking at the backs of the fabrics, you’ll notice the path continues, but you can’t see any crystals on those points.
You’ll have to wait a day or two for pics of the other one. It’s a bit big and I need good outdoor conditions to take the best shot of it. The one I can’t show you tonight due to the quilt’s size is going to go up on Etsy for sale.
If you feel that this fibromyalgia quilt is something you’d like to make, I have everything prepped to make it a pattern and include tutorial videos. 😉 Just let me know!
I finally decided to list my little ice-skating princess that I feature as part of my public facebook fan page. If you worked with me during 2014-2015, you’ll remember me working on her at my desk between tasks. All 100% hand made, hand sewn, the whole nine yards. I added fluffy yarn trimming, ice skate accents and snow beading. I feel so accomplished to be done with her, and hope she finds a good home soon. Please help me find a good home?
Okay, so I’ve been silent for a few days. I’ve been working on a HUGE project. Only my Patreon supporters get the details, so join my Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/thesiberianwind for the full updates! 😉 I need the financial support, so I must push it a little.
Here’s a little sneak peak into what I saw in my room while working on the first part of this huge project.
I’m also starting back on a “path” quilt as part of a challenge. I’m looking for a way for it to start supporting Fibromyalgia sufferers, so once it’s done, you’ll likely see LOTS of pictures of it EVERYWHERE! If you have anything to offer me, hit me up here, or get to my public Facebook page @ http://www.facebook.com/SiberianWindQuilting. To get notifications about updates, you can also sign up for twitter feeds at @wind_siberian!
This is what my sewing station looked like during production!
Basket 1, step 2 complete
are we done?
Nope! Next step up!
Are we done this time?