Word for Year — in the garden — sewing

What do all these things have in common?  Choice.  My word for 2014 is choice.  Today more than ever I had to choose to get up and get things done.  The pain in my hands is so intense and all my muscles are aching from tightening up.  But I had a choice and I chose to do things despite the pain.  I chose not to feel sorry for myself but chose to find things to inspire me.   After yesterday’s rain I thought there would be something new blooming in the garden.  I could have chosen to be disappointed  with all the weeds and the not so perfect display of the first iris or look for new growth and find other beauty outside.  I chose to look fro new growth on the rose bushes that didn’t quite make it through winter unscathed..  I found many that if pruned back had new leaves and branches starting at the base.  I chose just to enjoy a few moments of God’s beauty in the yard.   Especially important is that I chose not to be frustrated with the progress of my large tree I am working on.  I switched ,from my favorite sulky invisible thread, to superior smoke with a dark cotton thread in the bobbin.  This is working so much better on this very stiff and awkward piece.  So CHOOSE to do something!  Choose to think positive, choose to be inspired, choose to find beauty, choose to embrace life!

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12 by 12 challenge block 3

I started block 3 for the QAK 12 by 12 Photo Challenge on Wednesday and finished it on Thursday.  I was surprised to use three and a half bobbins  worth of thread for such a small project.    This is the original picture.

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My first idea was to simplify the picture and make a paper pieced quilt and fill in the details with stitching.  After designing and printing I change my mind and decided to do a reflective pattern.  After designing this and making a pattern, I just free hand cut the pieces and stuck them down with a glue stick.  Then I made an attempt to repeat the rock patterns on the columns with free motion quilting.  Next I filled in all the other rocks. I decided against a boarder and sewed a piece of fabric over the front all the way around. Then I made a slit in it and turned it right side out.  Here is a picture of the finished piece.  This one I really like.

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Life returns to normal

Finally got around to some quilting today. Yeah! Working on my 3rd 12 by 12 for QAK.  All 4 are due by next Wednesday.  Then I must finish my mother earth quilt.  What has been occupying all my time? I’ve been working on enhancing the set and designing props and tree costumes for the high school play.  I can say paper mache, paint and a staple gun go a long way.   Here are a few of the props I made.  I still need to clean up the paint and cardboard and put all the returned props away.  The smoking broom I constructed worked great except that I forgot to check the cup on the final night.  The hot water rushed down scalding my daughter’s hand because of a crack in the dry ice cup.  She continued her performance without missing a beat.  I didn’t even know until someone told me they thought she was burned because she was running cold water on her hand.

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