Sunday, April 16, 2017

Blessed Easter... Slowing down & "BE-ing"!!!

When was the last time you just "were"... that is what is meant by "being" :)
Ponder what Easter means to you today as well.. instead of rushing to wake and rushing to quilt.. this week I have pondered this holiday weekend and slowly welcomed it to me ... how nice it has been!!!

When I did wander outside my bedroom this is what greeted me...
Happy Easter to me was my first thought... how blessed I am to live in Florida and it is just us 2 here now ( all the kids are doing their own things) ... and God is watching over us... it is nice to finally be in a place where I can "Just Be" as Kathy shares today an article on this subject HERE... I am linking to her blog also with my hand quilting progress from this last week...
 Above you can see the "legend" of sorts I have made for myself... I had 94 flowers to quilt plus the triangles in between!  This legend came from a mini drawing I did then enlarged on my printer a couple times until I got it big enough to see and use a highlighter to color in the finished parts...

Today I am watching episodes in Season 5 of "Call the Midwife"... I love this show and will happily wait till season 6 is released in the fall sometime... I sure hope so anyway!!! lol
In order to get this far I had to come up with a design for the bottom border... none of my stencils worked... or were the right size... so I had to think of something on my own... I am not very imaginative so I pulled out this book I keep in my library for just such occasions...
 I got this off Amazon... it has been my most "go-to" book I have in my quilting library I do believe!

I flipped to borders and found one I liked...
 Then I filled up my printer with a few sheets of cardstock and printed off the "orange peel" part in larger sizes until I got it large enough!  this is trial and error for sure though...
Once I got that shape large enough.. and cut away the curliques I didn't care for for this quilt border.... I decided it needed a circle or something ... but then I couldn't find my "perfect circles!" lol  so I found this circular object that was just the right size and put a circle of tape on the back to make it stay in place for each move ...
 And ta-da... here you can see the first few done... along with my own basting at the edge and quilting 1/4" in across the top!!!...

Here are the tools I used to mark this border... if you look closely you can see this border is marked now... but I just use a Dritz Mark B Gone marker that spritzes away once stitched with water...

Here are a couple of finished "flowers"... I am using Aurifil 28/2 thread I had in my stash of threads...
Aurifil 28 wt and YLI 40/3 wt are my go to threads for hand quilting... I enjoy perle cottons too and used a white 12 wt perle for the border I was sharing above... but am sticking to the lighter weight Aurifil throughout the center of this quilt.  Quilting design of the flowers I decided and the centers needed something so they wouldn't puff up... both the flowers and triangles needed that extra bit (thanks Wendy for your advice here .. spot on!)... so with my quilting plan in hand I am moving forward slow and steady!!!

I have also been pondering a new project that is coming up for me...
Last year we donated some kid stuff we had to a fledgling local charity... she gave us a tshirt for our donations... instead of using the tshirt to wear I offered (once I got caught up) to make her a banner from the tshirt... using the tshirt as a center for it.  The founder of this charity loved the idea then :)

Well that charity has grown quite a bit since them... I remain an anonymous donor and am now gonna exchange this first tshirt for her newer more streamlined logo tshirt and make that banner... no time like Easter to make you realize charities you serve deserve your time as well!!!  This will involve imagination, experience, and machine quilting though.. so should go together quick once I decide what I am gonna do with her on Monday!!!

Meanwhile this sits right where I left it last week when I finished cutting...
And I have marked about 50 or so of these little 1 1/2" squares so far with glitter pen...
That part is so fun and relaxing... but I wanted to make progress on the hand quilting because when this quilt gets finished to a flimsy I KNOW I will want to quilt it up for my son and his wife to enjoy as quick as I can.. so I am making headway first on Batik Hollyhock Garden... about halfway I figure I will get bored or need a change.. I will then pick this up and run with it... that PLUS I am a bit gunshy about some of the parts of this quilt... you know each quilt is a learning adventure and this one is no different... lol!  I will share my learning points as I put it all together down the road.

As for today.. I will hand quilt only... also working out some today on my new recumbent bike I got last week....
 It is a fun way to relax my joints and back after hand quilting a while and it is sooo quiet too... lol!

So hope you take time to "be" today and have a blessed Easter day as well... Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice... and was glorified by His Father to rise up again... so now you can show your appreciation by "be-ing" today!


7 comments:

  1. Happy Easter to you! Nice quilting pattern for the border of your quilt! Have a relaxing day!

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  2. I like your quilting border and thanks for sharing how you designed it. Good for you for getting the bike!! I need to do something like that. Happy Easter!!

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  3. that is the kind of bike I use at the fitness center that I go to, I don't have room for one at the house or I would get one. Like what you are doing with the quilt.

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  4. Nice border design and your quilting looks great. I have one of those recombinant bikes - you have inspired me to dust it off and ride it some. I sure do need to do this.

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  5. So fun to see how you made the border design... thanks for sharing the steps!
    It looks fabulous!
    Enjoy your stitching and being today!
    Happy Easter!

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  6. I love your creative border. It is nice to make it your own. I like that book too. Enjoy your bike. That looks like a great way to exercise.

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