If you are wondering...What have I been up to?
We all go through the ups and downs of daily life. When it get to a point when you have time to focus on less things than you normally do, we start prioritizing and some things have to get on the back burner..
In my case, it was blogging..
It has been almost a month since my last post. I have to thank each and everyone of you for spending your precious time reading, leaving wonderful comments of encouragement and sometimes even with personal emails just checking up. Your friendships means a lot to me and if you are a blogger, your posts and projects are also a constant source of inspiration to me.
I have to admit that after the visit to NY Red and White show, I came home very inspired to make some quilts. Within a week's time I also had opportunity to visit my friend Christine's home and got to see her beautiful collection of her handmade quilts... Finished quilts.... might I add!
It became clear to me that I needed to slow down.. I took a second look at my stash of tops.. Yes, I have stash of quilt tops and decided that it was time to change gears.. It was time to slow down and finish some of the tops into quilts.
So I went to the quilt shop and bought some batting.
I basted the top and started hand quilting the quilt. It has been little over three weeks and I have completed
hand quilting all 25 blocks. I decided to stitch in the ditch to preserve the pattern that is already heavy with texture.
Here is the close up of the block.
Now the border dilemma....
I am not sure how I want to quilt it. It is the only place where I can show case my hand quilting. But I am a lazy hand quilter that does not like marking the patterns. I started with this ivy but feel that the design is quite a contrast to the actual pattern of the quilt.. Some more pondering to do!
I know that these stitches are not perfect but having spent time with this quilt and being at peace has proven to be more rewarding than fussing over the perfection. And any given time, perfection is the last thing on my mind so I am pretty happy..
My focus for this month was the echo of good old Nike slogan.. 'Just do it'
And it worked..
I will be back with more pictures once it is complete.
May be hanging on the fence or off the barn door..
This quilt will be fun to photograph outdoors in the country side.
Spring is here... In my heart and everywhere I see!