. . . that's been my state while hand-quilting this piece. I've been working in 60 to 90 minute stitch spurts and it's been a dream. It's a blustery, rainy day here and I've made some tea. How about you?
I can't imagine ever giving up hand quilting, but I am very excited to see where I can go with machine work. I'm currently looking for a book that will help me get my feet wet. Each time I try my hand at it, I come away with a deeper appreciation of the skills necessary to achieve the beautiful work I've seen. Breathe deep.
Speaking of books, I've indulged myself lately. What makes these books my new, and probably ever-lasting favorites is they are so well written in covering more than just not the how of quilting, but the why and what's next. The books encouraged me to explore my own reasons for doing what I do. It's kind of like finding your own maker/personality pattern. And it's a good thing to put your ego in check every so often.
I am within walking distance of the busiest interstate in the U.S. The deer and woodchuck population has exploded recently, and it is quite common to see them dining al fresco on the embankments at rush hour. Last week, a young black bear wandered into my neighbor's yard looking for snacks. The cub was caught and hopefully reunited with his family. I'm just glad he avoided the highway. Don't know why he didn't go the beach.
I joined a Community Supported Agriculture program because it makes complete sense for my family and it is a huge benefit for our local farms. I also like being surprised with mystery vegetables every Thursday. Puts a little zing in my day. I know - out of control. I also bought a cherry pitter. My life is now complete.
I have a job which requires me to do a lot of reading and a lot of sitting. Add to my day 60 to 90 minutes of sitting and quilting and I think my heart may actually stop beating because of inactivity. So much for bliss. I got an app for my phone. It's called Stand Up! It reminds me to . . . stand up . . . every 30 minutes with a cheery little BING, and the message we want you to live longer. It's a little creepy, but not altogether inaccurate, according to everything I've read. I use it at my desk and at my frame - it really makes a difference. Disclaimer: I have no financial interest in this thing. My only interest is my health and yours. Do yourself a favor. Mine was free.
It's time for another cup. Hand-quilting helps me process the lows and celebrate the highs, and we have had quite a bit of both around here in the last few weeks. Quilting keeps my ego in check, it makes me think, it helps me process, it . . . BING! It's time to Stand Up!