Today I'm supposed to give an update on my UFO progress for Susan's (of Blackberry Creek) UFO Busting Challenge.
I have been working on my Tree of Life quilt. I got back to the appliqué work. Previously, I had had the leaves and berry at the bottom of this vine done. I stitched the vine up to the next section, made some more leaves and berries, stitched them on, and have the vine stitched up to the next section of leaves and berries. I think there's only one more section of leaves and berries to go on this side. This weekend I hope to work on that. After that, I need to repeat all this on the other side, and then there are two bluebirds that go on the top center and bottom center. Then this is ready for quilting.
I feel like I worked on this a LOT but don't have much to show for it. Sigh. Oh, well. I was PRESENT for every stitch, didn't rush it, and enjoyed every minute of it. That's what counts. I worked on some of it at Linda's Sit and Sew last Saturday (which I posted about here). I also worked on it at my Friday night Sit and Sew that Cheryl coordinates.
Just for fun, Cheryl reserves the multipurpose room at her church for us one Friday per month. The room is huge and has great lighting. The church sets up all these tables and chairs. Cheryl brings all the extension cords and power strips (!), and can you see the little paper bags attached to the tables? Cheryl does that so we all have thread catchers. You can see back by the kitchen door, we have a table set up, and everyone brings some food to share. The church opens up the kitchen for us, too. It is a beautiful church and a beautiful facility. (Can you believe the church does not charge us one penny for this awesome service?)
We work from 7 pm to midnight, but people can leave when they want to (and come when they want to). We spend a lot of time admiring each others' work, checking out what everyone is working on, etc. We get some sewing done, too. Holly (the one in the black sweater) was laying out a quilt on the large open floor space. That was really great for her to have such a nice space to do that in. Laurie (in the purple over Holly's shoulder) is enjoying chili that Cheryl made and shared with everyone. She was working on binding quilts that night. It was so funny, because I was sitting across the table from her, hand sewing, too. I kept looking up and there she was, asleep in the chair, with her quilts in her lap, needle poised for the next stitch. It was very cute.
Holly is in my guild here. At our last meeting, she brought her first art quilt creation. When I told her about the art quilting challenge I'm doing with Lynn (Alamosa Quilter), she suggested I join her art quilting group. I've gotten to know Holly a bit and really enjoy her. I'm looking forward to working with her group this summer. They meet on Wednesday nights, and Papa Pea teaches on Wednesday nights this semester. So, it's hard for me to get away for the art group meetings until school is out.
Also the gal in the pink sweatshirt to Holly's left works at the university with me. she works in the Registrar's Office. So it was nice to meet her. As a faculty member, it's also always good to have a friend in the Registrar's Office! I'm looking forward to sewing with her more, too. All the gals who came to this were just as nice as can be.
This gal (I'm so sorry, I can't remember her name) was doing her own UFO busting. This was a project that she had done in a class. The shading on the flower is all tiny pieces of fabric that she's sewn/fused down. They also painted on the fabric to get some additional shading. See all the black spots on the stamens? Those are all tiny pieces of fabric! This was her first or second time attempting free-motion quilting. I think she was doing just great, don't you?!
And see the nice big tables set up behind her? One gal came and used those tables to baste a quilt that night. I tell you, this facility is just wonderful for all sorts of things. And Cheryl is so sweet to organize it. We have another one coming up on February 18. I can't wait.
After yesterday's post, Patti, one of my new friends from Marshall (I met her through Linda, The Quilted Pineapple) sent me some photos. We decided we live parallel lives.
And her cousin had this tilework done over her new stove as part of her kitchen remodel. It was inspired by Edyta Sitar's Tree of Life pattern that I'm working on. Isn't it beautiful? I never would have believed it could look this great in tile! I really like this. Notice how they even used back grout on the tree trunk. Wow. Attention to detail. That was not easy, I bet. (I've done enough of my own tile work to know!)
Thanks, Patti, for sharing that. We often laugh at how many things are similar in our lives.
Well, I hope you ahve a great weekend. I'm going to do some UFO busting, work on my Quilted Fish project for the Design Team, and...oh, who knows what else. Maybe catch up on some zzzzz's. I could use it.
Until next time,