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8.09.2012

BETWEEN THE LINES


Quilt lines that is. I am lovin Claire's quilt and working on it a little bit almost every day...but the other fun stuff can NOT be neglected anymore. 




I decided she wouldn't mind if I don't have it ready before she's born. It'll get done within the next few weeks. Probably sooner.



I impose these strict rules...MUST finish quilt before I do anything else...and it takes so much of the fun out of it. And then a lot of nothing gets done. 



So, I've relaxed and have been enjoying the process so much more.


I'll get help from my Colombian quilt group next week to baste the layers together. 



Carmen, the lady in the background, made the quilt in the picture above for Claire (who still isn't here yet) so she'll be receiving two!


After we basted it together last week, they sent it home with me to quilt it! 



They think I'm good at free motion stitching! Next time I go out, I'll pick up some cotton thread and get busy with it! 



But for now...it's been a real treat to wrap myself in other projects.



Like planting.



And beginning a new fabric book.



And looking out the window to watch the long awaited rain and arroyos.



And making more door knob quilts.



And watching Sophia design Barbie clothes and building Legos with her.



But those things are for other posts.



Later alligator,




annie!

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19 comments:

  1. The ‘work’ does go better when you don’t impose restrictions on yourself. Just have fun with it! (Love those ‘posies’!)

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    1. Thanks Robin! I hate when I do that to myself. Sophia and I spent the last couple days painting (with fabric markers) on the quilt and That made me happy. Her too! The posies are finished and hanging!

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  2. I have enjoyed reading your interesting blog. Hope you enjoy finishing your quilt.
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    1. Thanks Wilma. Congratulations to the winners!

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    1. I wish you did too. We've needed it so badly…as you do…and only got a little…but hoping the weather pattern changes soon. Thankfully, interior Colombia seems to be getting more than us. The sky out my big window is unbelievable when it's storming. Wowza. My pictures don't begin to capture it.

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  4. I wondered whether Claire had arrived yet!...this waiting game aye...lol. Your special quilt for her is going to be so good, love the photos you posted, but why is someone sewing with a spoon!?!

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    1. Poor Hillary. Her doc told her 10 days ago that she didn't think she'd make it to her next appointment…which is today. So of course, Hillary was disappointed daily. Especially since we had the full moon last week and were sure Claire was coming then. But the doctors here will induce labor if momma goes past her due date (which is the 15th) so it really IS any day now! I'm glad you asked about the spoon. I'm trying not to be so wordy with my posts but I fail miserably every time. I took that picture because I'd never seen anyone do that before…but then again…I'm not around a lot when quilts are basted. She was using the spoon to 'catch' and lift the needle that she was passing underneath. The quilt layers were all clamped to a glass table top and Bertha found it easier to work this way. Cool, huh?!?

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  5. The energizer bunny's got nothing on you. You percolate with creativity. xox

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    1. Thanks Corrine! I need that! My energy level isn't where I want it to be this week...or last...so you've made me feel better!

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  6. Ah, I thought there would be tons of lights from all those buildings at night. Thanks for indulging me with your night shots, Annie! Oh, painting with fabric markers....I thought when you said paint you meant "paint". Makes all kinds of sense now. LOL I love the idea of "doorknob" quilts. Show me one in action, please. I want to know what your method is to hang them and get a sense of their size as well....because I think I need some of those too!

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    1. Oh when the lights come on it's magical! Or when the sun rises, or sets, or it rains. Or when it's cloudy or sunny. I have the most magnificent window!
      I had planned on using fabric paint but then as I thought about Sophia with a paint brush and lots of fabric around…I realized it might not be as much fun as taking the markers to it. :) I don't want to stifle her creativity by screaming. I LOVE the effect and she has been really getting into 'coloring' on fabric.
      I've given away a bunch of small quilts…and sold a few too…and didn't want my friends and family to feel like they had this piece that they were obligated to hang on a nail…so I began a year or two ago, to make door knob quilts. They're different sizes - all small -…and can be hung on just about any knob anywhere. Or on a nail! It's another way that I have of using up scraps. The one pictured here is in progress!

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  8. Oh, I so get this! The minute something has to be done on time or is an assignment/commission thingy, it becomes work and I start to resent it a little and everything else becomes so much more interesting. It's like having to do homework when there's so much to play at, haha. Good luck on the quilt! Love the night view from your appartment.

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    1. Thanks kindred spirit friend. I'm glad and not surprised at all that you get it! The light from the full moon was shining on those clouds and they were AWEsome!

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  9. Oh Annie ... I just love that posey quilt! Now, I must go catch up with your blog as I've obviously been away for far too long a time.

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    1. Thanks so much Jan! I'm glad your move went well and things are settling for you. I'm still tweaking our new apartment…but feel more 'in the groove' than I have in months!

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  10. Popped in from Artists in Blogland. There's some great sewing skills here with some fabulous work.

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