May

Once we start to act, hope is everywhere. So instead of looking for hope, look for action. Then, and only then, hope will come.

Greta Thunburg

It’s been awhile since my last post. It was getting more difficult for me to stay hopeful about things getting back to normal. It was time to stop looking for hope and get into action.
I started by getting outdoors a bit more. Our library is at the base of Comanche Lookout Park. They had a StoryWalk for the children that I thought was a great idea. I love going up to the park to just sit and listen to the birds. I purchased a monocular and I get great views of the birds. It made me happy to see that some of the cacti that was frozen during our February storm are now growing back.
My DIY gave me some cute fat quarters with bees and flowers. It is not pictured in the video, but I used the FQ to make a skinny quilt. I used one of the patterns from Skinny Quilts by Kim Schaefer. This quilt is the perfect size to use on my recliner. With the leftover FQ, I made a tote bag. It is featured in the video.
My sewing rooms were in disarray, so I purged and reorganized. I now have bins with different sized blocks that I cut from the remnants. After getting things in order, I tried to get back to making things. Focusing on one project was not happening. I flitted around from one project to another.
The Meemaw rug has been quilted and the binding is complete. I was supposed to meet with my friends to share the quilt with them today, but we are having thunderstorms. I used some of the same fabric I used in the quilt to make mug rugs for my friends. Hopefully, we can get together next week.
Lately, I have developed an interest in using beads. I made some fabric birds and strung them up with beads and a bell. When I showed my sister the box of beads that I have, she mentioned the idea of making wine charms. So, I did.
An ongoing project is the temperature quilt. There have been times that I think of just chunking this quilt, but I am glad I am sticking with it.
My friend and I have gotten interested in making sampler blocks. Marti had given me the book Sister Sampler Quilts. We are each working on the Sister’s Ten Sampler. Making these samplers has helped me to improve on my accuracy in cutting and sewing. I am using Art Theory fabric by Alison Glass for this project. The gold background fabric I chose is usually not one of my colors. At first, I was not happy with my choice. But as I completed more of the blocks, the color began to grow on me. Right now, it is on the design wall for me to study for placement.
At the same time, I have been working on sampler blocks using Quotation Fabric by Zen Chic. I love the sherbet colors.
While reorganizing my bins, I started cutting 2.5 inch blocks of fabric. Soon, I had a bin full, so I started piecing a scrappy quilt. I am totally enjoying the scrappiness. I believe that no fabric should be left behind. As I am piecing this scrappy quilt, I get to see pieces of quilts I made for my grandchildren, family and friends. It brings back special memories of making and gifting the quilts and projects made with these fabrics. I still have the 1.5 inch blocks that I am piecing for another quilt. For now, I am just cutting more of the 1.5 inch squares.
Last year, I started a Gypsy Wives quilt, pattern by Jen Kingwell. I did not get too far into making this one, and just set it aside. My friend and I have now decided we want to make Jen Kingwell’s Boho Heart quilt. I purchased the pattern to start studying it. I do not want to make the mistakes I made when I tried the Gypsy quilt.
My Meemaw friends always tell me that I come up with “different” and crazy ideas. Well, I came up with another one, and they do not yet know about it. The idea came about as I was cleaning my rooms. I found a bin that had the remaining books from my teacher collection. I found the book, The Duck Who Played the Kazoo, by Amy E. Sklansky. I remembered how much fun my students and I had playing the kazoo, and thought it was about time I did it again.
My plan is to start a Magnificent Meemaw Musician Kazoo band. I ordered some kazoos and made some storage drawstring bags. I have been practicing, All You Need is Love, by the Beatles. I was so surprised to see all the YouTube videos of people having fun with kazoos. All I have told my friends is that they are in for a big, fun surprise. They are all very nervous about my surprise. 😁
This past weekend I was finally able to spend time with all three of my sons and their families. I was in heaven! This is exactly what I needed to reenergize. Hopefully, there will me more days of family time ahead. In the meantime, I will get busy again.
I hope you are doing well.
Stay safe.