Hunkering Down ~

We, the HuMan and I, got word late yesterday that our local library is closing until mid-April.   This was a panic in itself since we both are avid readers and prefer our downsized version of reading without making a book purchase .   Just in the nick of time before the library doors closed, we selected enough books from  their full shelves to get through the crisis....she says in a positive tone!

Hunkering down is for the birds ~ 

This crisis may just be the one that forces me to enjoy the art of reading - electronics!!

I'm hunkering down at home.  Alternating between quilt making and reading - my days will be filled.

improv pieced houses - quilt blocks by marty mason

Friendship: Pass it on

At the end of each guild president's tenure, guild members are invited to make a 'friendship block' to  show their appreciation for her dedication and to honor the time put into doing this important job.  Not having a firm commitment from the group, I decided to hell with all your animosity.....this will be done.  Whoever wants to be a friend will sign on the designated fabric!   I committed to putting it all together into a true friends' quilt. 

You are either in this circle of friends or out.  The choice was yours.  Hopefully, when you signed your name to the fabric, you sincerely committed to being a friend.

I loved the healing process of sewing this together and hope our outgoing president loves it as well.  It is a small token, but we hope she feels honored and will continue to recognize  the names of her quilting friends as the years go by. 

I'm Staying In ~

I'll stay in today because staying in is being nice to self.  No hurry, no worry - just staying. 

Diary of recently finished quilts and a little bit of a work-in-progress. 

One started at the last Five O'Clock Quilters' retreat....completed here at home with big stitch hand quilting.  Calling this one On The Wings Of A Dove .....and that's a wrap.

Since my fabric shelves are filled to the brim, there was not much fabric purchased at QuiltCon 2020....except some from Beyond The Reef that could not be denied!   Cut and sewn into a lot of quarter-square triangles made from Natalie Barnes Homeward Collection

and a few "Plus" blocks.....a work-in-progress using Cherrywood hand dyed fabric. 

Plus blocks .....a work in progress by marty mason

Staying in is being nice to self surrounded by all good things and with positive thoughts for those in harms way. 

Positive Energy ~

What prompted this post from the past?   A post from March two years ago -  Positive Energy.  Oh, the joy of ..... rethinking the possibilities and wondering 'what if?'

While my heart wasn't in it, I felt compelled to join in with a group of quilters working up a retreat for next week.   Now that the retreat form is completed and the check is written and all is delivered to the retreat caretaker....I'm super excited and looking forward.

Something I read this morning - "look not down and back , but up and out."  From the book Listen To Me. 

When I was a kid, my sisters and I would sit on the front step and play guessing games.  How many cars would pass before the next red one came by?  Or, how many blue cars would be in the next 15 cars that passed.  Or how many kids could we see in cars that passed?  It was a game, but it kept us looking forward to what was yet to come.

I still love the positive energy I get  from playing the guessing games.....what's around the next corner or what might tomorrow have in store for me?    What new word will  I learn today and what new quilt design is going to pop into my head?  I hope to always be eager and ready for the surprise I know is out there when I don't jump to conclusions. 

In improvisational quilt-making you absolutely cannot/do not know the conclusion until you've put in the very last stitch.  I love that surprise element in my work.  Often tiring, never boring. 

And so, I continue to splatter paint this has no value, except to me.  I can see for miles.....the sand, the sea, the sky and sunshine.