I spent pretty much all day yesterday with my 16 year old grand daughter Annabel. How I enjoy this age!
She and I talked non-stop. It reminded me so much of those times when Melody was that age, and made me glad that I can now spend this time with her. We went to Newport Beach to Jessie's shop and had her hair done. I intended to take a picture of it when she was finished, but I forgot all about it. I will tell you though it was just darling. It was quite a bit of driving for this grandma, but honestly I just didn't care one little bit.
Today was spent at the sewing machine. I know this is ridiculous, but this whole quilting thing has become somewhat obsessive for me. I look up quilting blogs and tutorials, and then copy what I can, (I have yet to even try an actual quilting pattern) to continue to make my Christmas runners. I think I mentioned that I need 12 of them for gifts. It just seemed like the perfect thing to practice my skills on, (my recipients might not think so I guess, lol) and yet accomplished something as well. HOWEVER, I do find myself trying to be patient. (have I mentioned it is NOT my strongest quality?!) because all I ever really do is look at these STUNNINGLY beautiful, complicated looking creations, and think to myself...."I am soo behind...why in the world did I wait until I was 58 years old to BEGIN quilting?!" I want to make a HUGE, gorgeous quilt. Instead, I am struggling to learn the basics, and am easily frustrated when it doesn't just pop together like I imagine it should...The one I made today (actually I began BOTH of these new runners on Monday) had me literally laughing at myself, because no matter how I turned the pieces I couldn't make it work. And then suddenly, it did! haha. And yet, AFTER I have worked on it and put it together I have thought to myself, "I SHOULD have used this color, or SHOULD have done this differently" and yet it just didn't occur to me until I had it together. ALL things that time and experience will teach me I am sure, but did I mention I want to know it now...sigh. Oh, and meanwhile I am also thinking, "Well, Deb, you have got all these quilt TOPS put together, but they still have to be backed and then quilted." And I have looked at enough quilting things now to know, that in many ways, the quilting MAKES OR BREAKS the quilt. (in my opinion anyway) What if I can't even do it? What if I HATE doing it? Maybe I should have made one complete one, before making all these tops? Maybe they will become unfinished projects (one of my most dreaded things) and therefore just a waste of my time and money. See what I mean, my head is just ALL over the place. Let me show you my latest work, and then I guess it is probably time to put this all away for the day and think about making dinner for my hubby.
|THIS "LOOKED" AMAZINGLY EASY, AND ONCE I FIGURED OUT HOW TO GET TWO POINTS ON ONE SQUARE, IT REALLY KIND OF WAS, HAHA|
|HERE ARE THE THREE SQUARES TOGETHER FOR THE RUNNER I THINK I AM GOING TO PUT THIN WHITE BORDERS AROUND IT, AND THEN EVENTUALLY BIND IT IN RED, BUT HONESTLY, THAT COULD CHANGE TOMORROW, HAHA I DO LIKE THE WAY IT LOOKS JUST LIKE THIS TOO I GUESS|