I think I've gotten out of my creative rut and that feels a lot better. I've settled into a nice little evening routine with two quilts, hot tea and the Roosevelt family, specifically, Teddy, Franklin and Eleanor.
If you haven't been watching the Ken Burns documentary, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, I strongly suggest that you do. It makes for a perfect backdrop for whatever project you are working on, aside from being an excellent example of what a documentary should be. The only distracting part is the amount of film and photographs used in the program - so many times I've had to look away from my quilt to see footage I've never seen before. It is a fascinating story of a complicated, brilliant and tragic political family.
And through it all, I began quilting two pieces. I keep going back to circles. Maybe by the end of the year I will have a top of circles to show for it (applique hurts my wrists, so I'm not making any promises . . .). Here is the back of my potential Christmas quilt. I'm never crazy about handquilting through seams, but because I pressed the seams open, it was a breeze. I'm pretty happy with how the back looks and now I want to add more.
This small piece is my first attempt at quilting linen, or in this case a 50-50 linen cotton blend. I wear a lot of linen but I was unsure of using it in a quilt. After this, I have dreams of a queen-sized whole piece cloth piece for my bed. It was really lovely to work with.
In the meantime, here's a bit of Roosevelt wisdom:
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Theodore Roosevelt
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt