Saturday, May 8, 2010

A quiet week in the country.............

How's everybody been? My pyhsical therapy is really working for me, and I am so happy about it! The doctor seemed to think I was in for a long haul, but my range of motion has improved a great deal after only 5 visits. The exercises are quite uncomfortable, but manageable, and I am grateful that the doctor referred me  to the therapist.  I mentioned last time that I had signed on to do a sew along project with Kathy from this book by Melinda Bula:

Excuse the glare, I have no idea how to avoid the flash doing that on shiny things. Anyway, I decided , to try something different, for me, and use black and white polka dots for backgrounds. Of course, this meant I had to order new fabric. Ahem. I know I don't need to explain this to any of y'all. It all came in this week, and though you would think there would be repetition............there isn't. How can there possible be so many variations on black and white polka dots? I don't know, but check it out for yourselves.

Kathy is fusing her version, but fusible web is against the law in my sewing room, so mine is going to take a lot longer to make. I don't even know that it'll be done by Christmas, but, guess what, I don't care. I never sign up for stuff. I've avoided signing up for things all my life, and now, because of blogging, I find myself involved in two exchanges, and a sew along. This is all exciting for me, particularly the exchanges, but a little anxiety producing as well. What if they don't like what I make? Let's face it, it could happen. I know it wouldn't be the end of the world, but I was brought up to try and please, and I can't help myself. I suppose I need to toughen up.

There are 17 different fabrics in the pile. I think I'll only be using the white dots on black backgrounds for the Christmas quilt, but after seeing them all together, I had to go to Fabricworm and buy some bright, contemporary, prints, fabrics I've been avoiding, as a genre, for the last 18 months, to make something "fresh, and modern" wiith the whole group. I don't know how fresh and/or modern I may be, but the whole idea of a quilt with black/white/bright prints  is sort of stimulating to think about. Because I don't have anything else to make on my list.................................I know, lies, all lies.

I completed the 7th block of the yellow quilt a week ago, so here it is. I believe it needs a little embroidery to finish it up. Certainly the bird needs an eye, at the least.

Block #8 is kind of a doozy, with the most complicated vine/leaves so far. It is my favorite, though, and I'm enjoying the making of it. I think when it is finished, I will have to start on the first snowflake of the Christmas quilt, just to make a beginning. I'm not good at going back and forth. I'm also two blocks behind on the Beyond the Cherry Trees BOM

That said, I think I should stop blogging and go back to appliqueing! Happy stitching all, Michele
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  1. Gorgeous gold fabric - I love seeing your progress with this project. Glad your recovery is quicker than expected.

  2. Hi Michele, Glad your shoulder is improving, keep up with the excercises. Love the black and white! It's going to look fantastic.

  3. Oh wow, I love those polka dots! Now, who knew there were so many? What a beautiful selection.

    You have a beautiful Mothers day tomorrow, good news on your therapy...hugs, Elaine

  4. I am not familiar with the Candy Cane Lane book. The quilt looks like a nice happy one for Christmas. Your black and white fabrics for the background will give it a contemporary and fun look.
    Your new applique block is oh so good. The fabrics and colors you used for the whole piece is very eye catching.

  5. I am having the same anxiety over your socks! Don't worry about me, though- I love everything I see on your blog. That black and white quilt is going to be another stunner.

  6. Hi! I'm a quilter too and I have a suggestion to avoid the flare, the reflection when you shoot something shiny with a flash. IF your camera has an aquarium setting (like my Canon does) try that. It works for me.

  7. I love your new project and black & white should be fun!

  8. I saw that book in the quilt store the other day and went back to it a couple it! Very pretty fabrics you have selected for your new project.

  9. I like the black and white backgrounds...I am contemplating a black/white and brite project...I've been collecting the black and whites for a while. Your applique block on yellow is gorgeous. I'm will you with the fusible!!

  10. Glad to hear that you are improving! Remember my husband and work through the pain, it WILL pay off. Promise. :)
    I too have not been one to sign up/join,etc. Now I am One Flower Wed. and love it! Actually, for me, my blog was to set goals for myself and push me to do more... IT'S WORKING! lol
    Yes, I was brought up to please too. This si not always a bad thing :) You do so much!I can't wait to see your black & white quilt progress.


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