Yeah. Can you believe it? I’m sure some of you are willing to go back and survey all my posts from the past year, and by percentages prove that yes, indeed, my life does seem to be all about the food.
Well, today is the last day of a whole week of continuous days off. (Not a vacation, just the way the schedule was made.) Its been wonderful. I purposely did not over-commit this week. Wanted to try and see if I could be creative. So look what I did:
NO. I did not create this whole quilt top in a week. The central portion* has actually been finished for a couple of years. Then I got tired of working on it (recurring theme…) Then I didn’t want to do the original border that was planned. Then I thought of some alternate borders I could do. Then I started thirty other projects and I forgot about it for a while. Periodically I would think about it, come up with various borders that might work. It is one of the prettiest (and most difficult) quilts I have ever made, so I really did not want to leave it unfinished.
ANYWAY, I got a new tool on my most recent quilt shopping trip. I thought I might use it to make little stars to go around the border. First day off this past week I spent cutting up little pieces of fabric. I made one star with the tool, and knew immediately that it was NOT the look I wanted. I remembered a different way to make little stars (that I had thought about two years ago) and tried that. Yes, that was the look I wanted!
Long story short, I have laughingly told myself this week that quilting is no way to make money. Pretty much it took 4 days to completely finish the border. We won’t talk about how long the center took. And now it is only partly through. Still have to make the quilt sandwich, machine quilt it, and put the binding on. No mind. This one’s for me.
Also this week I’ve been looking at a book called “The Artist’s Way” which encourages you to journal three pages every morning. So I’ve dutifully been journaling three pages every morning. Then I started a new book that I am loving, called “Journey with Jesus.” This book is a workbook on prayer and meditation and yes, JOURNALING is included. The first week is all about understanding how much I am loved by God. Quite wonderful. Then I’ve been blogging quite a bit. Which is, yes, another form of journaling!
Hey, did everyone see that I won one of the prizes on Lori’s challenge? Did everyone get a big laugh out of the 56 YEAR OLD WOMAN getting the jumping rope? Never you mind, I am up for the challenge! You probably won’t see a video of it any time soon…
Honestly, doing that challenge was one of the most fun, most fulfilling things I did this week. Along with hitting the gym pretty hard a couple of days, I am feeling…well, besides feeling really sore, I FEEL GOOD!
Last night and tonight was the annual neighbor’s get together for the Westminster Dog Show. Those of you who are long-time readers might remember that it is quite the food extravaganza, which has caused me quite a bit of angst in past years. This year I just decided to go with it. And while I was sitting there eating too much, I thought about how this was the sixth year since I started losing weight that I have had to deal with this event. And yeah, I’ve managed to lose or maintain all those years just fine.
Back to work tomorrow. The countdown has begun: 35 shifts left!!!
*Forgot to give credit to the pattern-maker of the center of the quilt. It is a Karen Stone design–all paper-pieced. I did not create it, but I did choose every fabric for every piece (which is my favorite part of quilting.) It is called a New York Beauties quilt.