Wednesday, July 20, 2011

WOYWW #111 & WIP Wednesday #36

Here's what's on my Workdesk this Wednesday. Well, my workdesk at home. Since I am not there during the days, and she is, she has been using my workdesk. I couldn't be more proud of her. She's piecing a doll quilt for her sister. I love that she is quilting.

This week has been very productive for me too. I have quilted, crocheted and embroidered. I have cooked, chauffeured and cleaned. I have been sad, hurt and happy. (Not all at the same time) But, mostly, I have enjoyed. I have rejoiced, celebrated and mourned. (again, not all at the same time)

I have been reminded that life is short. You never know when your last day will be lived. Enjoy your family, friends and pets. DO things that make you happy. Do things that make your loved ones happy. Be with loved ones that make you smile and feel glad to be alive.

I love to quilt, crochet and embroider. Feeling the fabric, yarn and thread is soothing to me. Makes me calm and very happy. There is also a great deal of self satisfaction knowing that these are legacies I am leaving for my girls. I am happy that they see me make these blankets and things. I want them to have these for their families.

I have 3 daughters, so I have to make a lot of quilts, afghans and what-nots.

Which brings me to the topic for today:

This week I made Farmer's Wife Quilt Blocks. I now have 10. If I get 2 made this week, I'll be caught up. I started late so I don't feel like I am doing that badly. Here are 3 of the blocks.

Lower right block: Bat Wings
Lower left block: Birds in the Air
Upper block: A spin off on one of the blocks in the book. I made a larger one for the SUMMER SAMPLER SERIES QUILT ALONG. I thought the design was great so I altered one of the Farmer's Wife blocks. These blocks are 6 inches and 10 inches.

I am using the same fabrics for both Quilt Alongs. It's interesting to see the difference in the block sizes. I didn't think I would like the smaller blocks for the Farmer's Wife, but I am finding that I almost like them better than the larger blocks. There are more challenging blocks coming up in the Summer Sampler Series, so we'll have to wait to see if I eat crow later on....

Stats for the week:

Nothing to report

Ongoing and getting attention:
Birdie Stitches - 2 blocks completed, 1 being embroidered, 6 left to piece
Farmer's Wife QAL - 10 blocks complete, 40 to go
Picnic Quilt - Started piecing the back together

Ongoing and getting ignored:
Melissa's Blocks
Grandma's Bricks
Pastel Cabins
Zigzag Table runner
Melissa's Monster Pillow - Oops. Bad mom.

Summer Sampler Series - Up to date: 4 blocks completed. This is an intense QAL. New blocks every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It's only 4 weeks though, so I think I can handle it. I am really excited about this one because I actually found it and was able to start on time. I started out thinking I was going to make the blocks all different sizes. But now I am thinking I might re-do the smaller blocks I've made. Well, not re-do them, but make 12 inch blocks too. Hmm. Jury is still out on this one.

Mod Bento Box
Pot Holders
Hand Quilt Melissa's quilt - I've never hand quilted before. Yikes.

Nothing to report

Ongoing and getting attention:
I started, and only worked on, the Giant Granny Square Blanket. I have 21 rounds completed. I don't know how many rounds I will do. I am just winging it on this one. I'll stop when it looks right.

Ongoing and getting ignored:
Granny Squares Afghan
Japanese Flower Afghan

Nothing to report

Ripple Afghan
Ninja, Amazon and Knight
Stripes Afghan
Librarian Mitts (former called Wrist Warmers. I like the new name better.)
Pillowcases - with and without Crochet trim


That's all I have for show and tell this week. I wish you all a very productive and happy week.

I am linking up to Lee's WIP Wednesday Party AND Julia's WOYWW Party.

Make sure you hug someone today.


Franka Benjaminsen said...

Sound very busy with you. I love all your quilting stuff. Especially the fabric with the tiny roses. Next to all my paper and Ink stuff, I'm a quilter too. If you take a look at my blog (with the older post) you'll find one of my latest projects.
Have a nice WOYWW. Bye, Franka

Kathleen said...

What a lovely inspiring post it certainly made me think about life. I do so admire anyone who can quilt I do try now and then but get so frustrated when my blocks go out of line.
thank you for sharing
Kathleen x

LynCC said...

Pretty, pretty fabrics that you're using for the QALs :D

Electra said...

Words of wisdom. Thanks Jana.

Julia Dunnit said...

Jana you are inspiring. And awesomely creative and just look at your darling concentrating at that machine..what great study, creating and relaxing skills she has learned from you. I LOVE the batwings aquare, never seen that before. Guess it's a bit warm for afghan crocheting, huh?!

Anonymous said...

Lovely to see your daughter concentrating so hard on her project, sewing is such a great skill to have. Inspirational words from you today.

Brenda 75

Melinda said...

Oh how I miss crochet! I love it, but my carpal tunnel does not. That's why I quilt. Love your blocks for both SS and FW!

Angie said...

You are such a busy lady your squares ...and the blanket.

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