First of all, I wanted to give a shout-out to a couple of bloggers. First, Shelley, whose blog got a prominent mention in Woman’s Day magazine! It is the Dec. 1 issue, and is supposed to be in stores by Nov. 23. Next, Miz and Shauna are doing an AMAZING thing–a joint podcast ‘across the pond.’ I am SO enjoying these episodes. Good for a morning or afternoon break, or while I am eating my lunch, or quilting…anytime, actually. I really enjoyed their discussion of feeling down, personal motivation, etc. When I have a down day (like this past Sunday,) I am lucky. It is usually ONE DAY. It makes me much more sensitive to people who suffer with long-term or chronic depression. Nevertheless, the feelings I have are real. And it was really helpful to me personally to hear them discussing this. I also liked Miz’s reminder that we should not allow our actions to be motivated by ‘what other people think.’ This is something I am dealing with currently, and this was a VERY helpful reminder. Thanks, girls! Last, but not least, Lori had an absolutely excellent blog entry this morning about ‘plateaus,’ along with her personal story of a HUGE plateau, and how she got over it.
I was making my bed last night, and putting on my winter/Christmas quilt, and thought I would take a picture to show you that I DO indeed finish projects. This quilt was so fun to make. I collected ‘pine needle’ fabric of all different styles during a few shopping trips with my friend. And I had 1/2 yard of each of the two bird fabrics, which had to be ‘fussy cut’–cut out to get the ‘pictures’ just the way you want them, which usually wastes a lot of fabric. This was a pretty big quilt for me, and I hand-quilted the entire thing. I always enjoy hand-quilting, but by the time you get to the end of a project, you are SICK of it. When it is completely finished and bound, and you can throw it in the washer and dryer and have a brand-new bed covering, well, that is a great feeling. And I enjoy it every time I use it.
The name of the quilt is ‘Yes, I Live in Pine Grove.’
Even the back is a beautiful pine needle fabric.