The 2011 progressives are finally done! This year's format was: ~Start with whatever you wanted. Stray blocks, new blocks, no blocks. Whatever. ~Each month participants had to add something to the quilt from a predetermined list of options. ~The "options" were submitted at the beginning of the year, 1 from each member, and included: ~Add something green, preferably lime. ~Add at least one star block. ~Add something left over from another project. ~Add an inscription, somewhere, on the quilt. ~Add prairie points. ~Cut something up and refashion it. ~Add something, a block or technique, that you have never tried before. ~Add red or black. ~Add some embroidery.
With that list in mind, here are the quilts.
This is Loris' quilt. She started with the center mariner's compass.
This is Melanie's quilt. She started with 3 vintage blocks, the 2 matching red ones and the one that got cut up and put in the four corners.
This is Trish's quilt. She started with bright colored flannels. And somewhere along the way it magically morphed into this!
This is mine! I started with 2 of those funny quarter arcs.
This is Vangie's. She started with a panel.
This is Lucretia's. She started with an assortment of embroidered blocks.
These are Linda's. She started with the pastel colored stars.
This is Le's. She started with an assortment of embroidered blocks.
This is Launi's. She started with one of those big stars that got cut in half.
And last, but not least, is Barb. She started with a boatload of giant basket blocks. (Sorry this is upside down, but when I flip it it looks so distorted that upside down is definitely better!)
About 6 months ago I started thinking that I couldn't see as well as I used to. But, since I am so darn young, hardly more than a baby really, I decided that I must be imagining things. I have a great imagination.
Then, a few weeks ago I started having trouble threading needles. At first it was just those little size 8 betweens, you know the ones made by John James. I love those needles! But then it quickly progressed to the big ol' fat 90/14 Schmetz. Which I also love! Probably just a bad spool of thread. No need to get riled. It was time to order more thread anyhoo.
Then, last week I was sewing with my friend Theresa, who is a beginner. I was winding bobbins and threading the machine for her when she needed it. And would you believe it took me forever to thread it for her! I felt a little embarrassed. But I was pretty darn sure it was just the lighting over by that particular machine.
THEN, my lovely little first born daughter came by a few days ago to help me get ready for a teaching gig. I was stitching away, minding my own business, threading needles and all. But apparently I was not threading them very fast because would you believe that she said to me, "What's the matter mom, are you getting too old to thread a needle".
That's right. "Too old to thread a needle", that is what she said. I should have drowned this child at birth! Or let the wild beasts eat her. Or eaten her myself!! "Too old to thread a needle", she says.
Flash forward to this week, and me and my guy go to the fair to see Tanya Tucker sing her little heart out, Delta Dawn and all. And after the concert my guy wants to walk though the commercial buildings. So we are cruising through the salsa makers, chamois and cookware with a lifetime warranty when we come upon a giant wall of reading glasses. So, I say to my guy:
"Hey, I am gonna try on a pair of those glasses." "Why, you don't wear glasses." "I know, I just wanna confirm the fact that I don't need glasses." "Oh brother."
Guess what happened:
That's right. Mama has a new pair of readers. But, they're cute right?
So then....(this is like the never ending story) I say to my guy: "Sometimes when I rub my eyes, it takes a long time (like 10 seconds) for them to come back into focus." "That happens to me all the time. Don't worry about it. It's normal." "Really, you're like the expert on eyeballs or something." "Trust me. It's normal." A little time passes, and then he says to me (You're gonna love this) "Wait 'til you rub your eye and it gets stuck over on the side. Don't freak out when that happens to you. It's also normal." "What!!" "Yeah, you rub your eye, and it gets stuck over on the side, and you can't move it back. It's kinda weird. I'm just telling you so you won't freak out when it happens. IT IS NORMAL." "That is not normal!" "Yes it is. I asked Bill and he said it is normal. It happens to him all the time."
Seriously, does this look normal to you:
I didn't think so.... But if you happen to run into my guy and Bill in town and they both have jacked-up eyeballs, don't mention it. They think it's normal.
1- Evenings at Five, Gail Godwin- just picked it up at the library because it was small and looked interesting. 2- She Flew the Coop, Michael West- I have been hearing great things about this author! 3- The Help, Katheryn Stockett- my friend Theresa recommended (and lent) this one. 4- Spider Web, Earlene Fowler- because I am a Bennie Harper fan. 5- Spoken From the Heart, Laura Bush- one of America's truly lovely women (and the book was a b-day gift from my bff!) 6- Leadership, Rudy Giuliani- a life long optimist and a great leader (the bff strikes again!!) 7- Jonah, Priscilla Shirer- my super-great summer Bible study. 8- Mixt Salads, Andrew Swallow- because they look and sound yummy. 9- Weddings: organizing your perfect day, Alison Price- hmmm, what's this?? 10-The Best of Martha Stewart Living: Weddings- again I say, hmmm....something's definitely going on here!