Hi Everyone! Have you recovered from Valentine's Day? Hope you're not in a chocolate coma!
I thought I'd update you on my challenge that I'm working on with Lynn, Alamosa Quilter.
Remember, we're working out of this book:
Soft curve piecing. I am finding this more challenging to master. But, the more I practiced, the better it got for me. I e-mailed Lynn and told her it was more challenging. She reminded me, "We're not creating masterpieces. As long as you learn something, that's what counts." Yup. Really true. And I'm learning a lot.
I needed some inspiration for what I was going to make. I didn't have any photos that were grabbing me. BUT, my mom sent me a subscription to this magazine...for no reason...just to do it (thanks, Mom...as always, you're the best):
Want a sneak peek at what I accomplished on it this weekend? Well, do ya'?
Here is a little tidbit of what I've accomplished so far. It is turning out okay. I have the top all pieced. I need to quilt it now. I have some ideas for quilting I'd like to try. I want to ponder on it a bit.
When I'm done, I'll show you the whole thing and do a process post about it. Sometime in early March or whenever Lynn and I are both ready to go on it.
I also wanted to show you some photos I took of Sweet Pea over the weekend. Right next to my LQS...
...is a store called the Art Bayou.
I took Sweet Pea here last year to paint her dad a Christmas present. She really liked it. One day, when I was shopping in the LQS, Papa Pea took Sweet Pea next door to the Art Bayou to look around. She wanted to show him the store. While they were in there, she started whining that she wanted to paint something, Papa Pea said that there wasn't time, she got cranky, and...well...it didn't end happily. She was crabby about it. We said maybe another time.
On this past Saturday, Sweet Pea said to me, "Mom, could we go to that one store and...you know...paint something, please?" She said it so very nicely. I wasn't sure what she was talking about. I queried a bit and figured out she was talking about the Art Bayou (when she said, "You know, that place next to your quilt store?").
Well, I had had such a busy week that she and I had had very little time together. So, I said, "You know, I was going to ask you what you wanted to do today...if you wanted to do something special together. I think that sounds like a great idea. Let's go."
Her face just lit up in disbelief! She was so happy. We cleaned up and off we went.
At one point when she was intently painting, she said, "Hey, Mom...I really love doing this with you." I melted into a puddle on the floor. It was really a nice day. We can't wait until next Saturday when we can pick it up and see how it looks after firing. I'll show you some photos.
As a bonus, I got to stop at the LQS after we were done to do a little shopping. :-) It was a very fun girls' afternoon out.
Hope you enjoyed it, too!
In closing, I would like to thank all of you for your ever so kind and supportive comments regarding Piper, Brian, and just everything in general. I really appreciate it more than you'll ever know. Caroll (of the Attic Window) sent me a quote after I posted the buttonhole stanza the other day. It goes like this:
Think you can't change the world? Too late, you already have. It was changed for the better the minute you were born. There are more people than you can imagine who will never be the same because they came in contact with you, if only for a fleeting moment." ~Gail Purcell from My Empty Nest is Full of Cat Hair
What a very nice thing. Well, this is exactly how I feel about all of you. You've changed my world. And so has Sweet Pea. Blog-land really rocks, as far as I'm concerned. And I can't even believe I'm saying that. I never thought I'd see the day when I'd have "virtual" friends. Thank you for your friendship! And for putting up with all my ramblings!
By the way, as Lynn was working on her gentle curve piecing, she got totally inspired and sidetracked. Hop on over to her post about it and see what she made. You won't believe it. She was inspired by a RADIATOR! It's pretty neat! She shares her process through to her almost finished project! Check it out!
Until next time,
P.S. I just saw it's supposed to get up into the 50s here this week! Wahoo! What a treat. But it will just whet my appetite for spring, which I'm sure is a long way off yet. But, I'll take it! All the snow is melting fast here right now!