Four months. Okay, four-and-a-half. I didn't think it would be that long.
I wish I could tell you that my morning would be spent here...
But with a long list of things to do before leaving for Salt Lake City and Quilt Market this week, that's not likely to happen.
It's odd that I find myself sitting here not really knowing to write about - I know, I'm usually much chattier than that. The past four months have passed quickly - too quickly in some ways and not nearly fast enough in others. Just as I find it hard to believe it's been four months since I was "here", it's crazy to think I've been in Texas for a year-and-a-half. It seems like longer than that... and it seems like I just got here yesterday.
Did I tell you that I moving in January? I did. Have you heard of the company, Two Men & A Truck? When I called, I told them I needed the men, not the truck. They sent three and it still took the better part of the day. I moved across the street to a different apartment floor-plan in a different building of the same apartment property. As much as I loved my "old" apartment, this one is much better suited to me. The upside is that I did take advantage of the opportunity to clear out some things, the downside is that I really need to clear out a little more.
Then I was in Pasadena for QuiltCon, that was February. If you ever get the chance to go, it's worth it. If you're expecting to see all sorts of young tattoo'ed hipster quilters, you won't be disappointed. You'll also see a few old tattoo'ed hipster quilters. And a whole lot of people who look just like you. My favorite part of this year's event was the exhibit of Gwen Marston's quilts - she was the Keynote Speaker.
I don't think I'll ever get tired of looking at Gwen's quilts. It's the style of them, and it's her amazing use of solids. While I've made several quilts using only solids, it has been awhile since I've done that so maybe I'll add one to my to-do list. Though I don't think it will be improv-piecing because as much as I enjoy doing that, I've had to accept certain realities about my personality - I really like points that have points. And I'm too much of a planner to not have some kind of a plan. And I really prefer prints.
So much for my being "liberated".
I also went to the Dallas Quilt Guild show in March - at least I think it was March. As beautiful as the quilts at the show were, my favorites were in the Pilgrim Roy exhibit.
While there won't be any sewing today, I have plenty ready for what I'm hoping will be a lazy, slow, not-much-going-on couple of months. :::snort::: It sounded good in my head.
In January, I shared a block for a "maybe-quilt". It's now a "work in progress". I'm using different colors of crossweaves for the backgrounds, I think I've nine different pieces cut out. One or two might not make the final cut but since I like making extra blocks anyway, the "rejects" can go on the back of the quilt.
The prints are all cut from charm and mini-charm squares - it is my favorite way to get a really, really big variety of color and pattern. It's also the easiest. (It's also easier to slip a charm pack or two past Chelair... just saying.)
This is another one of my charm-pack projects, it's another "work in progress". It's cut out and about one-third of the rows are sewn together.
I'll get back to work on this in June - after I replace the iron that "died". While it's a bit of an inconvenience to have to replace it, I consider myself pretty fortunate that this one lasted almost three years. I don't know about you but I'm a bit hard on irons. I'll replace it with another Rowenta steam-generator model - I love those. Using a "regular" steam-iron the past week has reminded me how heavy they are and I how much I really, really dislike that auto-shut-off feature. First world problems.
What did I forget?
That's it for today, I'll try to be "back" before September. I'll set a goal - I'll be back when I finish one of the two quilts-in-the-works I shared.
Of course, back in January, I set a goal of being here more frequently.
I'm a "work in progress" too and that's apparently a very, very long process.