Staying Occupied and Loving It!

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KindleI haven’t kept you very up to date on the goings-on lately, but I’ve been busy.  One thing that has kept me VERY engaged is my treadmill and Kindle.  Yes, I finally got a Kindle, and I LOVE IT!  It’s perfect for reading while walking on my treadmill.  I’m up to an hour of walking now, and time flies so much faster when I read.  I ‘ve been reading the Elm Creek series by Jennifer Chiaverini, just finishing “The Lost Quilter”, which was wonderful. It made me wish I had had better history classes when I was in school (or paid better attention).  Now I’m reading a book by Nicholas Sparks called “Safe Haven.”LostQuilter

Another thing that has kept me occupied in the evenings is working on my Spool or Klosjes quilt. I’m doing all the piecing by hand, which I love doing.  It gives me something to do with my hands while I watch/listen to the TV. 

This is going to be a wall hanging, and I think I’m going to add one more row to the bottom and side, then a solid border and one more row of blocks all around.  I think.   The quilt is made up entirely of scraps I have on hand from all my years of quilting.  If you don’t recognize some of the fabrics, you’re probably too young.  Many of them are from the 1930’s.  and no, I’m not that old!   Shame on you for thinking that!  They are from my Aunt Jean’s stash. 

I’m toying with the idea of putting words on the solid border, but don’t know yet how that will look.  Time will tell. Not sure how I’ll quilt it, either. 

Do you have any ideas?

Art of the Kitchen Idea!

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I finally know what I’m going to make for my entry in the “Art of the Kitchen” Quilt Art Invitational (which is due in July). I won’t reveal totally what it will look like, but it involves lots of YUMMY brown/cream/beige/chocolate/coffee colored fabrics, perhaps a Spirograph set (have to find one), watercolor pencils, embroidery floss and plenty of experimenting.

!CFoUw2g!2k~$(KGrHqV,!icE1Nrnhvj,BNVvF((f4!~~_35I like to look at challenges like this as opportunities to learn something new. Whether it’s new ways of using color, new techniques or new materials, what a great way to push yourself to try something new!

What have you wanted to try that you’ve been afraid to start?