Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Being 70 is remarkably like...

Being 70 is remarkably like being 69.  Or 59.  Or 49.  Or 14.  I'm keenly aware of how lucky I am with health, family, and friends.  Most nights I look forward to sitting down with my quilting.  Here's what I'm working on - very slowly.  This beginning phase - I have made decisions about how to approach this - is when I'm happiest, I think.  To unfurl this every so often and see the process, especially visiable on the back?  So satisfying.  And I don't have to think about what hand-project is next! 
Nikki's quilt is coming along.  The hard decisions are over.  Now it's just peddle to the metal.  There will be one more row on the top, and then two or three rows on the bottom.  The Central Park portion will be the center of the quilt.  The more Kona snow I put in, the more I like this!

And I had to try a new backpack pattern.  This one is Noodlehead's Range backpack.  I used Soft and Stable on this, and I think the backpack might be too stiff.  On the other hand, the previous backpack I made is too slouchy.  Oh great, I've turned into the Goldielocks of backpacks.  I like how the blue one works - I've used it for walking home from Trader Joe's.  Now I need to pilot this grey one.  Hmm, I have a gift certificate to Anderson's Book Shop, and there's one in downtown LaGrange.  Time for a walk!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

A Milestone Month

John turns 80 on the 5th.  And I am 70 on the 8th.  How lucky are we to be healthy and able to celebrate these milestones!  I'm hoping to keep the cerebrations without eating every single thing in sight.  But...seriiously - aren't birthdays all about the cake?  Meanwhile, I'm working on Nikki's quilt despite John's fractured elbow and some bedroom decorating.  The more white I put into this quilt, the closer I'm getting to what Nikki wants.  Here's where I was last week:
 I'm trying to figure out proportionally how much longer to make the "Central Park" portion and whether to incorporate two rows of blocks above it.  I've been thinking too literally about Manhattan and am now thinking in terms of quilt design.  Below are the building blocks in process for the bottom of the quilt. 

This Fence Rail of peppered shot cottons has been done for a while. But now it's time to quilt it. This will go to my nephew Chris and his wife Andi in Orlando. And there's no timeline. As I bind it - it's already pin-basted - I'm making decisions about how to approach this hand-quilting project for the fall.

This improv 11" x 22" block is for the 2020 QuiltCon charity quilt that my Chicago Modern Quilt Guild is doing. It's going to be fabulous. Can't wait to see this come together.

And a sad last. One of my quilties is leaving the area. These blocks are part of a little going-away present.