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Saturday Update

February 16, 2008

Saturday morning, where did this week go? Already we’re into the middle of February, time is just flying towards spring!

I’ve done lots of small things this week, but nothing major. So I thought I’d show you a round-up of the things that have happened in the studio this week.

First, I planted my seeds for my garden. Although I know it’s early, I couldn’t resist the new planter trays from Burpee. They have a watering mat underneath, which supposedly will help water more accurately and prevent damp-off. I planted early this week (or was it last weekend?) and already I have seedlings.

The view from the front of the longarm. This is what I see as I work and look out the window: (note, upon edit preview, I see these photo’s are cutting off one edge, so click on them for a full view and I will have to look into revamping the appearance of my blog soon)

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And a close-up of the seedlings, I’m hoping to have a successful herb garden this year, along with an abundance of tomatoes.

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Last year I dried tomatoes instead of canning then, and while I enjoy the dried tomatoes for certain dishes, I miss having the canned tomatoes to quickly heat up and add where needed. This year I hope to be able to have both stocked for the winter.

On the fiber front, I’ve been working on my Fractured Photo II Challenge piece. I received all the sections back and am in the process of putting them together. While working I went back and forth between a pieced border or not. It’s been a while since I’ve done a traditionally pieced border, so I debated, and debated, and debated. And decided yes, this piece will NEED that border. To that end I started making these:

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On first calculation I estimated I would need 108 one-inch HST’s to make the border design. But, my math is usually wrong, as it appears it is this time, and I now think I’ll only need about 80! Better to be wrong in excess than in shortage!!!

And I’ve been working on a quilt based on the one of the many motivating factors that force me to create art. Yes, I said force, because the voice that is within is too great to let lie still, so I must create. I’m at the quilting stage for this piece and it’s tiny quilting, but those who know me know that’s not unusual. I like fully textured backgrounds:

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And my last bit for the week, my SQ (Secret Quilter) from MQR was revealed to me this week. I have been getting wonderful packages from Australia and this one was no exception. Clare has been a terrific SQ, and this time I received Australian fabrics!

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Aren’t they great!!!!! Ten pieces of Australian themed fabric!!! My SQ sent them with an apology that she hoped I liked them as they weren’t in my usual color choices, BUT, I find them amazing. And they spoke to me immediately, it won’t be long before I’m using these in a piece! So Clare, thank you very much, you’ve been the best!

Looking back, I had thought I had a non-productive week, and although nothing got finished, I can see I made progress on several fronts, so it’s been a good, productive week after all!

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you next week with more progress!!!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 16, 2008 12:55 pm

    Oh I love the pics of your garden!! Spring is coming!!! 😀 Can’t wait to see the other projects finished!!!!!

  2. February 16, 2008 8:07 pm

    How cool that Clare was your SQ – I was her SQ!

  3. February 17, 2008 12:24 pm

    I love the quilt peek…can’t wait to see more! I have two pieces of Australian fabric just like yours…the upper right hand corner one, and the lower left corner one, sent to me once upon a time by Michele T. I love them and keep looking for a special project for them.

  4. Christine Olson permalink
    February 20, 2008 1:12 am

    Love reading about the promise of spring. BTW, you’ve been tagged! 😉

  5. carlafibers permalink
    February 28, 2008 11:28 am

    Love seeing the seedlings, though I feel guilty because I need to do it too!

    Your fractured photo quilt challenge sounds neat- is it at MQR?? More info please!! LOL!

    Last, the quilting looks fab- as always!

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