Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Swoon blocks

Being primarily a fiber artist, I’m particularly slow at doing bed quilts. I made one of these swoon blocks a year ago and I just now finished a second one, lol. They are 24”. My thinking is they would make a nice twin to throw size Quilt for my mom who has just moved into assisted living.

I was planning on 3 blocks. I would kind of liked to quit now and put them together as a medallion with simple borders so I can finish it sooner. The burgundy fabric stands out in value though. I may need a 3rd block for balance.

I’m hopefully heading to PEI where my mom resides tomorrow if the storm eases up. I’m truly hoping it is the last big snow storm; I know we’ll have more snow. Besides sewing, I’ve been making bread, washing clothes and packing.

We do try to make the best of our winters! My husband keeps his ‘golfing range’ with net going all winter and spring until the course opens.

The evenings are brighter wisince the time change and it’s nice to get out more after supper.

It’s hard to believe this snow will be gone by June.

My latest knitting project is almost done.

Lest you think I’m pretty slow getting it done, I have 2 other things on the needles. I like easy socks to take to my knitting group and I’m finishing a sweater for my grandson. I alternate projects depending on mood, attentiveness and soreness of finger. 

Does anyone else do that? Based on my group of knittters, I know I’m not alone.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Finishing birch trees

Life hasn’t smoothed out much since my last post. I’ve been spending a lot of time on the I Pad, and on my phone texting and talking, acting as an information gatherer about different homes and care levels for my mom and acting as a go between with siblings. Some bothersome things have been happening with my mom who is pre Alzheimer’s and we are still in the midst of finding our way.

When I do have some time, I’ve found it hard to settle and relax into some stitching.  Because of the lousy weather and my on going back issues, I can’t get out for my exercise either. I’m a bit antsy.
Such is life.
I pushed myself to go in my sewing room for a while this afternoon and finish a piece. I’d like to call it Sister Birches. It just popped into my head. I feel an affinity for trees when I’m out on the trail and I’ve heard a lot of scientific talk about their actual abilities to sense other trees and their needs. Anthropomorphizing like in certain movies that I’m fond of  may be too much but thinking of them as living breathing entities appeals to me.

I’m done. Of course while it sits, I can ponder it and add any little details before adding the binding. I’ve tacked it up with the only possible fabric I could find here in my stash.  I will wait to cut it as I’ll be in a Quilt shop this weekend and I’ll take with me.

While all the family things are happening, I’m giving myself permission to sit and knit (and even out on a tv!) when I need to relax. Besides my usual socks, I’m making a toque with a Noro yarn with a wool, acrylic and silk combination.

Take time to do what you need for yourself.