I have been doing a little bit of blog reading and commenting and as I get inspired by all of you I think to myself, "Today's the day, I am going to be back at my machine and I am going to be SO creative and successful!" Then when I get home, I just can't bring myself to do it. Part of it could be the near constant pain in my shoulder that has me exhausted by noon. (Trying a new treatment on Tuesday, so wish me luck there!) And part of it could be that I have been working on things for other people too much.
I know I have mentioned my dear grandmother before and how she was a very important influence on my crafty life. One of the last conversations we had was about quilting. She told me that if it ever seems like work and not fun, then I wasn't doing it right (I am paraphrasing there). I think that I fell into that trap a little farther than is comfortable for me. I like doing things for other people, but I had too many deadlines on big projects and started feeling pressured to work on those. Hence, not wanting to work on anything at all. I have a feeling that I am not alone in this.
I have one more project to finish up for someone else, then I think that I am going to focus on things only for me for awhile. My pattern writing mostly. I really want to get some new patterns out there and I really want to try to get a pattern published in a magazine. If you have any advice on that front, please let me know.
One of the things I have finished lately is my flimsy for the Meadow Mystery quilt with Cheryl at MeadowMist Designs. It was my first ever mystery quilt and I had a heck of a time choosing fabrics without knowing what the quilt would look like. I am pretty pleased with it though and think I am going to use this quilt to try some new quilting designs on. The muslin I used for the background just screams for some intricate designs. Don't you think?
A closeup of the pretty brown fabric. It is hard to see the detail from farther away.
You can see more of the variation of the dark brown here. Also, look at all those spaces wanting to be quilted!
And the completed top. I think I have enough of the fabric to piece together for the back. Not sure which one I'll use for binding yet.
To help improve my mood, Spring has decided to show up in Portland finally. :) I saw 3 little baby geese yesterday and then this is what it looks like all over the place:
Happy Quilting Everyone!
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