Friday, May 1, 2009


It’s been a strange week. Maybe it’s the weather—gray, overcast, rainy here and there, windy enough to be annoying.

Or maybe it’s my health—my usual problems mixed with a sinus headache that’s taken about 3 different OTC pills to get rid of. Or maybe it’s just a little anxiety about surgery next week; not too much, but enough to be distracting and keep me from focusing on anything in particular.

Whatever the reason, I just can’t bring myself to do anything. There are plenty of things I COULD do, but nothing that I really HAVE to do, so I’ve been doing the latter. Nothing, that is.

I tell myself that that’s ok; I probably just need a break, some rest, some time to do . . . nothing. I wouldn’t mind it if it weren’t for that nagging that little voice that insists that I’m “lazy,” that if I’m not doing something then I’m being unproductive, and that’s a terrible thing to be.

The good news is I’ve gotten very good at ignoring the little voice :-)

I did manage to get one thing done today: I traced a hand-quilting pattern onto fabric, all ready to go for the next QU Hand-Quilting lesson (due out tonight).


Oh wait, not quite ready to go, since I still need to baste the quilt sandwich. Hmmm. That may or may not get done today.

This wouldn’t have been my first choice of pattern, but it’s the one provided in the class, and, since I’m obviously not doing anything this week, I thought the chances of making my own or finding one I liked were slim. So I’m going with this one.

Since this is my first “formal” hand-quilting project (I’ve played around with no idea of what I was doing), I had a terrible time picking the fabric. Should I use patterned fabric? What if I can’t see the stitches? Dark fabric? Light fabric? I finally decided to go with just plain pfd muslin. Once the piece is quilted, I’ll probably “decorate” it with some surface design techniques—paint, dye, markers, crayons (maybe all of them!). That will make the whole project feel more like mine, I think.

In the meantime, I think I’ll just keep hanging around here and doing nothing for a while.

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