Two progress shots of the same quilt? No!
the top one is Merrill's, the bottom is mine.
Yesterday Merrill & Sabrina came over for a play date, but the moms ended up playing more than the kids!
Merrill started her diamond star about a month ago, not really sure if she was going to like it, but man, she got obsessed pretty quickly. :) So quickly that she started to get bored of her own scraps so we arranged a playdate for her to paw through my stash. I have been offering to share fabric since I found out she quilted when we met last year. I said, "come over, I have a lot of fabric.." But over the phone she politely hesitated that she didn't want to just take my fabrics. Haha! once we got cozy and gave the kids some toys, I brought over my bin of fat quarters for her to start with. After that she went through the drawer of "less than FQ" scraps, as I pulled brights from my shelves of yardage. Some point in the middle she got a bit overwhelmed and said she totally didn't feel bad about taking my fabric anymore, I clearly had enough to share.
Oh, and I was happy to do so! It was so nice to have another quilter in the house!
Even though she's blogless, Merrill said she'd join the quilt-along anyway. It really amazes me how many of my friends are spending their time piecing the same quilt as I am. Our playdate definitely renewed my interest in Travel Q#3, and I basted more diamonds this morning. Once my quilts are all ready for next week's quilt show, I'll try to spend a bit more time on this one. They grow fast if you let them..
**ETA-- Check out my completed Travel Quilt #3 here**
I don't know about you, but I check my blogger stats a couple times a day. It's nice to see how readers find me, who has linked to me, and where they are. In the last week though, there's been a gap, a hole. I usually have at least a couple hits a week from readers in Japan, this week-- none. Of course with such tragedy, I can't expect them to take time out (and use valuable electricity) to check in on my little ol' blog here, but still, the absence makes me worry about them even more. I was thinking about how I can go back to posting more about quilts but still satisfy my need to talk about Japan..
Victoria took this great photo of me at her retreat last weekend and I've wanted to write a post about it, and then it clicked, "Oh Yeah~" let's go back to the quilt that started me off on my EPP obsession..
Here we go. Travel Quilt #1, aka "Ayane's Star"
See, I was going to J…
I have not even sewn one stitch this week. I did manage to find my cutting table and mat, and it was nice to see them after what seemed like too long, but I didn't cut anything. I didn't press anything. I didn't do much other than ponder how I will organize my new space.
If you have stitched though, please tell us!
You don't realize how much you are actually going to lose when you go through a divorce. You mostly think of the things you don't like and how you will be rid of them. The things you'll gain like personal choice and freedom. I knew I would lose big things. Time with my children. My home. But there are other things that are gone that have had much bigger impact than I could have anticipated. Like my washer and dryer. I spend an awful lot of time at the laundromat these days, but also doing laundry wherever else I'm able to. Not having free laundry access has greatly influenced my routines and the choices I make. Not unlike when I lived in Washburn and would wear only light colors one week and only dark colors the next. You choose clothes that wash easily and wear well. You are strategic with your wardrobe choices based on when you can do laundry again.. ('I really want to wear these jeans when we go out to dinner Saturday night so I better wear ___ inste…