Sunday, June 26, 2011

Back in the Saddle Again!

I've been back from my business trip to Texas for a week and am happy to report that my presentation was great. Thank you all for your well wishes!

It's been three weeks since I've picked up a needle of any kind for any length of time. Last weekend was our monthly meeting of Jo's Little Women and being around like minded people had me energized.

As you know, our instructor is the wonderfully talented (and published author), Jan Vaine. Here is Jan holding up the project that we're working on now. I really like her idea of using a plaid for the setting triangles.
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For Show and Tell, Cherie brought two of the Jo projects she's been working on. Both are beautifully pieced. I didn't make this one with all the half square triangles. It's definitely one I'll come back too as it's grown a little bit on me. I think I'll go with red and blue for my version. Or maybe something with black....
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Here is Cherie with her Lizzy's Little Quilt. I managed to complete this one.
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I've learned that these little projects appear to be quick. Very deceptive. So I decided today to not leave it for the last minute and get started. My color ability leaves much to be desired and I always agonize over every choice and am rarely completely satisfied. I also am not fond of the cutting out step. So it wasn't the most fun day for me. Especially after it seemed I cut for ages and ended up with this little bitty pile. Not even the complete project but just the pieces for the 9 pieced center blocks. 28 fabrics I think. Even though these parts of the process are not my favorite, it felt good to be back in the sewing room.
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I also ended up with a mess in the sewing room. This picture was after I'd folded up a lot of the fabric that I'd pulled. I didn't follow my 5 minute rule today (clean for just 5 minutes when I'm done). Most of the time, I'm successful with that rule and it's amazing what can be accomplished in 5 minutes. Today just wasn't a day for it!
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I've also picked back up my knitting and my stitching. I'll probably have a stitching update for you later in the week.

Though I've not been posting, I have been keeping up with blog reading. So many exciting things going on in blog land! I continue to be wow'd by and inspired by each of you. Thank you for visiting my blog!

23 comments:

Barb said...

Good to be back in the saddle, at least for us it is...love the pictures...and your mess...not too messy at all....I like that five minute rule.

Linda said...

I'm glad for you to be back in your sewing room again. Go ahead and be messy! You should have seen my sewing area... until this afternoon when I gave it an overhaul that included wiping off counters and vacuuming! That's what happens when you know a friend is coming over for a day (Monday) of sewing! Thanks for letting us peep at your messiness. I truly do love seeing it... and that pretty basket of fabric choices. With so many options, I can appreciate how it would be difficult to make a decision. Still a fun sort of difficulty, isn't it? Enjoy making your little quilts.

Dee said...

I like the colors you chose. :-)

Margaret said...

I'm glad the presentation went well and all! Love those Jo Morton projects -- so pretty! I love what you've picked out for the next quilt -- such pretty colors! Good that you're back in the studio again!

Ma Teakettle said...

I am so happy to see you back in the saddle, girlie! Your's Jo's Little Women group sounds like just the fix and a wonderful group. :)

I adore the colors that you chose, and I too am anxious to see what they create.

Hugs and kisses, dear friend
Ma

valerie said...

Great to see you posting and to hear that your presentation went well!

Great quilting pieces and I love the colors you chose.

Tammy said...

I love your basket and how organized you are. And I like the 5 minute rule - I should implement that for myself. The plaids in that first quilt - very cool idea, would have never thought of it. Glad your back and your presentation went well. Now it's time to enjoy your stitching, sewing and knitting.

Simone de Klerk said...

I'm glad all went fine and that the presentation went well (o:
28 fabrics - wow, that's a lot. How big will the quilt be?
Happy to see you back on your blog again (o:

Lois said...

Good to see you posting again Jackie! All that wonderful fabric. What lovely quilts for the show and tell.

Hazel said...

Wow such amazing quilts. x

mdgtjulie said...

As we continue to be inspired by you. Love your color choices. They're lovely. Can't wait to see it all pieced together.

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

juste magnifique !
bisous de france

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

I like a clean (ish) sewing area too. It's hard to be creative when there is a mess all around where you need to work.

I love making mini quilts. You can try new things out and still have a finished quilt in a day or two.

Stephanie said...

Oh I love the littles. And yes, smaller might be cuter but not always easier.

Mylene said...

Good to hear all went well with the presentation...welcome back! Lovely pieces at the show and tell!

Melanie said...

I like the colors! :)

Littlebit said...

Glad you are back, Jackie! Oh my..those JM little quilts are stunning..I love them, and I love your fabrics in that basket! As a matter of fact, I love that basket! :) I like your 5-minute rule. Does it sometimes seem like the more you straighten up the messier it gets? My Green Room is grand central sometimes.

Katherine said...

You are totally right about small things projects being deceptive - I'm working on a "decepticon" myself right now! I really like the color choices you made in the fabric.

Sally said...

Welcome back Jackie:)

Suzanne said...

Thank you for the kind comment you left on the birth of Felix.

What beautiful quilts and I love the box of beautiful fabrics you have there.

Siobhan said...

Good for you on getting back to quilting! I love little quilts but you're right--small doesn't equal simple! I'm teaching my daughter to quilt--hoping to get her to crank out some of the BBD applique quilts I've been lusting over--and I'd forgotten just how much of a mess everything makes!

Enjoy your Fourth of July!

Katie :o) said...

Jackie! You have a great sense of color! Your little quilt (most recent post) is beautiful. I'm glad you are having fun with the design wall. We have to hang a big piece of flannel for a design wall. Time consuming, awkward, and not really in a space that is easy to access. Sometimes I skip the design wall step... but I am usually happier if I use it. Good reminder for me... I'm working on a grand-baby quilt full of color and fun fabrics. Guess I'd better drag out that flannel :o)

Gabi said...

Wow that's wonderful!
Greetings from Germany, Gabi