Sunday, October 30, 2016

Intentions, Progress, Finishes

I'll get right to it. I've gotten plenty of tasks accomplished over the past few months, but they weren't necessarily the ones I had intended to do. This happens occasionally and that's ok, but I want my focus to stay more on target. So, I'm going to try the monthly intention listing again. It's helped in the past, I believe it can do it again. 
First up:

I want this piece completed, now. It needs more quilting to lay flat. The binding has been prepared for it. The center will get a brown unit. A circle, Hexie, yo yo, or ? I'm determined to get this done by November 6. 

Here's where my piece has progressed to for the Basic Crazy Quilting Course I'm taking online with Kathy Shaw. It's a free course, has 12 tasks, and is very doable. Check out her site for when the next course will be offered. I have plenty of tasks to finish out before I will consider it done. Projected completion is November 30. 

The red one is another impatiens placemat that I want done by Nov. 30. This one, unlike the yellow one, will not be appliquéd to the top of a background. I want to try a pillowcase/facing finish it. This will be a sweet little table topper when done. 

I have an idea for a quilt that is rambling around in my head.  It will use lots of different size blocks, scraps galore, and strips to give it a portrait feel. I have orphan blocks, scraps, and left-overs from several finished projects. I will be searching for one or two fabrics for bringing some cohesiveness to it.  I won't be using any basic neutrals, as that just isn't what I'm looking for. 

I also have a piece started that I refer to as my Pojagi piece. Not sure where I'm headed with this. 

There are also one knitting and one crocheting project. Both are sitting in the basket. I'm not pleased with how they look, so they may get undone and the yarn put back into a ball for the future. 

On my design wall is a piece I call Flower Garden. It has flower heads from hand dyed cloth fused on. I want to try couching the stems with my longarm onto it. Even if it doesn't turn out the way I want, I need to try. 

I think that my biggest drawback to getting some of my projects underway has been fear! Yep, fear of messing up what I've already done. That's why I'm counting on this post to help keep me motivated to make progress. Progress comes before completion! I really should print that out. Maybe even have it tattooed on my forearm! 

Well, that's enough for today. I'll be back as I get some progress made. 
Until then, Let's Create Today!  Luann

Thursday, October 27, 2016

October Review

Considering my usual level of activity, and finishes (or at least progress made) this month is looking pretty dismal. Why? Well, I'll explain.
I returned from vacation on the 4th, to find out I needed to evacuate for Hurricane Matthew. They wanted people to go inland 100 miles from the South Carolina coast. Well, I didn't get back from that until October 9. 
George did the yard clean up, we only had minimal tree debris. He also helped in the neighborhood with some tree limbs that stopped folks from entering their house safely. 
I took care of getting all laundry caught up. Clean bedding, and a general zone up of house that sat for 18 days, some of those days were without power. We only lost two items from the refrigerator. We try to have nothing that will spoil in it when we go on vacation. I spent a bundle at the grocery store and just putting it all away seamed to be taking all my energy. I hadn't realized just how stressed, on the inside, I was about that hurricane. But, it's past now and I know what to do if another one comes- get myself outta here! lol
I had two clients, each with four quilt tops, that needed to have things quilted. Finally, a few pictures!
Betty's four:
And Paulette's four:
Here are images of the texture from the quilting. 
That circle meander by Nancy Haacke is fast becoming a favorite of mine. 

I did some quilting on this wallhanging/table topper. It needs more quilting. Then the binding, and a brown center is best for a sunflower!

It's Saturday the 29th and my focus is not on being creative at the moment. I'm going to give myself a 'break' by posting this now and that way I'll stop fretting over having no 'finished' items to show for the month. My kitchen windows are clean! That makes me happy to. I guess I generally don't look at getting seasonal cleaning done as a creative endeavor. I really should, considering how creatively I can get when I'm looking for reasons to not clean! Anybody else have 'creative focus' issues going on?

May God bless you with a unique idea this week, one that surprises you!  Luann