Thursday, August 8, 2013

Still here.... just quiet....!

It's been a rough few weeks, but I things are starting to settle a bit.

Life as been a series of unfortunate events ...

As for the renovations, they are coming along nicely.  The floor has been sanded...

The new windows are in and polyurethane has been applied.

I do love how that floor is turning out!  I'm really anxious for my sewing studio to be completed.  I miss my own space!

On the quilting front, I would like to share a quilt from one of my Prairie Women Sewing Circle, a Club program I host at Fibre Junction.

This is from Journey 3 and is called Windy Hill Farm (designed by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts).

I don't particularly like this quilt.  It is certainly not in my "usual" colours, but it was one of those projects where I "pushed the envelop" the "comfort zone" so to speak.

Except for the sashing, it is made entirely with scraps and left overs from other projects.  The pinwheels are the triangles left from the construction of flying geese.  The 9 patch, I used whatever was in the scrap bin.

This quilt, to me, epitomizes the "make do" concept.  I used what I had, without particular attention to colour  or pattern preference.  In other words, I made it work!

Although it is not a favourite quilt of mine, what I do cherish is the understanding I gained from working with what I had and nothing more.  This is what our fore-mothers did before fabric became accessible in abundance.  They could not afford to stress over colour choices and/or fabrics patterns, nor were they able to run to the nearest quilt shop to buy more fabric.  They made it work!

I am truly grateful for the lessons I learn and for the abundance of fabric choice and quilts shops! lol

Thanks for stopping by!


Cardygirl said...

I like the story of the quilt...your new space is looking fabulous!

WoolenSails said...

The floors look wonderful and it will be nice to have the room finished. I love your quilt, and i love, use what I have quilts. I think I do better when I have less, too many fabrics and choices confuses me, lol.


onlymehere said...

So excited to see the finished room. Sorry about the other things in life that have not been so pleasant. Hopefully things will turn around soon.

Thimbleanna said...

You don't like that quilt??? I'm afraid your stressful summer has clouded your judgement -- I LOVE it! Even if I didn't love that you made it from what you had, I'd still love it. It has quilting classics -- 9-patches and hst's -- what more could a girl ask for???

Obvi, you must send it to me, a true appreciator.

The room is looking good. I hope you'll have a turn-around as fall approaches. Chin-up Buttercup!

(And really, I wish you'd say something stupid in your posts like I do so I could harass you a little more!!! ;-D)

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