It's going to be a glorious day! I'm making great progress in Studio B in getting some of those silly little things tidied up. I'm going to be making a list of the additional samples that I want to make. Nothing that'll take a long time, but it would be nice to get some of those basics out of the way. The cutting table is not completely clean; however, it's looking great.
|The cutting table in better shape|
Oh, it's Monday sewing today, and I've got a pile of projects cut and ready to sew. It amazes me how little time we actually spend sewing compared to prep or clean up time.
|Sewing projects for today|
The best news of all? The arcs for the Double Wedding ring are all trimmed! At least, the B arcs. Now to get to work on the A arcs, but that's in two weeks when my presentations die down. I think I have 11 this week. Yikes - I'll be hopping, but mostly everything is prepped.
|The last of the Double Wedding ring arcs are trimmed|
|Frames for a Christmas Fig block|
|All the scrap from the Christmas Figs quilt|
I was chatting with a lady the other day who teaches at an outdoor school. How cool is that! She teaches the younger kids, and they go out to various areas in their neighborhood (properly dressed, of course), and by revisiting the same area every day, the kids are taught to notice their surroundings. Hmm - that must have happened to me.
So this is what I saw in the forest yesterday. The garbage bin was tossed over again! Why?? And it looked like someone had tried to put the bike in the garbage bin. Meanwhile, the real garbage is still strewn all over that area. I just don't get it. What's the purpose of this? I'm not about to pick up the garbage when I have Miss Murphy with me, but I should grab a pair of work gloves one afternoon, pop over and pick it up. I'm just afraid that if I do, it'll be all over again the next day.
|The garbage bin is over once again|
|The remnants of a fire in the middle of the path|
|A leaf catcher|
|The sign on the leaf catcher|
|The new twinned highway outside Nipigon|
The dot in the bottom left is the campsite where we were supposed to stay that night. The Husky station is the first blue dot on the left. I know you might think this is morbid, but I need to write this. It makes me feel better. It looks like the highway twinning stops right at the campsite.
|The map near Nipigon|
And now onto some fun stuff. We had another amazing EQ8 class yesterday. I'm amazed at how well we can work something like this into Zoom. But oh my! I wanted the class to have a specific fabric grouping, so I created a file with the FABRICS only and sent it to them. Well, I got a few PANIC e-mails and texts. Yes - they had received the file, but it was EMPTY. No quilts, no blocks. Well, of course, it is - that was their job to make their own quilts and blocks! I had a good laugh about it!
But here's some more of the show and tell that I received.
Wendy sent me this medallion quilt that she designed. Wow - I love it, and wouldn't that look nice as a real quilt!
|Wendy's medallion quilt|
|Helen Anne's table runner|
|Diane's Tree of Life quilt|
|Janice's Christmas quilt|
|Susan's new obsession|
|Kathi's sampler quilt|
|Ronda's Christmas quilt|
|The bird panel quilt|
|Shelly's version of the panel quilt|
It is SO EASY to create quilts in EQ8. We have one more class where we'll delve into some more creative tools, and we've barely scratched the surface of this program. After the classes are over, most people will put EQ8 away and not touch it again, which would be a shame. So I'm starting an EQ8 club in January. It's going to be open to anyone. You'll get an assignment each month, and we'll do a show and tell each month and figure out if there is a better way to design the blocks/quilts.
It's not going to be a learn to use EQ8, but it'll be good feedback on designing and keeping them motivated to use the program. If anyone is interested in the club, let me know, and I'll add you to the list. It'll be $25 for the six-months. We'll meet once a month on Zoom.
I read Louise Penny's newsletter yesterday, and she had this quote, which I love.
This is so true. I had a very long chat with my Dad yesterday. I walked for over an hour in the cold wind, and we chatted up a storm for most of the walk. I just want to thank my parents for giving me the outlook on life that I have. My two brothers are the same way. We are all very creative; we can do anything we set our minds to. My Dad is in his 80s and has recently had a couple of health issues pop up. He normally volunteers at a Museum where he creates tractor parts for old tractors because some of the old parts no longer exist, or he putters with engines.
The Museum has shut down their volunteer program since COVID hit, BUT he got contracted to return to make some items for their Christmas light display. I told him to send me photos, but he likely will not. He's already made a pair of spectacles and is currently making three pieces for a mini train that will be 20 feet in length. Seriously? This guy is in his 80s and is excited about each and every day!! I want to be like my Dad when I grow up!!
Just remember that only YOU can make a better life for yourself. I just hope that I've instilled some of that philosophy to M. It would be a shame and a total waste if I haven't done that. Like that kid needs to learn to sew!! Just kidding - she has her own talents! And she has Bear, so she's a keeper!
I do have one little pet peeve about my Dad. He talks about how his Dad, himself, and my two brothers are always inventing little things and knowing just how to make things happen. Well, Dad - so do I! But because he doesn't see it or understand what I do, it's hard for him to appreciate that! But that's OK.
Well, on that note, it's time to get bundled up and go for a walk. It looks cold out there.
Have a super day!!!!