Saturday, December 20, 2014

Almost Finished

Christmas is right around the corner.  One can feel the excitement in the air, especially with young children.  I have invited my young nieces to come and spend the night on December 23rd to make gingerbread houses.  It will be fun to have them in the house so close to Santa's big arrival.


 
I decided to do the stitching in the background in tight rows and uniform so as not to detract from the figures.  I also wanted the figures to pop and look three dimensional from the puffiness of the material. 
 
Of course, time was found to make my "Little One" a dress for Christmas.  I used the same pattern I had used for my daughter thirty some years ago.
 
 
 

 
 
 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Painting the Finer Details


 
Everyday I feel stronger and working on my wall-hanging is a great way to relax and get better.
 


I debated whether to use thread or paint to put in the finer details.  As you can see, paint won.  I also wrestled with acrylic vs. watercolor.  Acrylic is more stable, watercolors I have a higher comfort level.  Watercolors won.  I plan to take a course in painting with acrylics because it has been years since I have touched them. The eyebrows and eyelashes are really bothering me.  I think they are too thick and dark.  They  look almost comical.  I will try to fix that problem this week.


The last couple of weeks I had to keep my hands busy even though I was afraid to touch my quilting due to the medications.  I made 15 folded star ornaments to give as presents this year.  All the cutting, pressing, and folding  reminded me why I don't do patch work quilting.   It is also a reminder as to why I hold a lot of respect for those who do.  Critically looking at my work on the ornaments confirmed my decision not to work on my quilt.  They look nice, but they are a reminder why you shouldn't do intricate work after a major physical/emotional trauma and while on pain or muscle relaxer medications.


 




Saturday, December 6, 2014

Finally, Doing What I Love


Finally, a couple of days ago, I  felt confident enough to work on my wall-hanging.  It was like a weight lifted off my shoulders.  There is nothing worse than to make a conscious decision not to do what you love.  But the bright side is, I was able to make that choice, and not have it imposed upon me.


I don't know why, maybe it is a result of the accident, I wanted a bright, non-defined background, and..... I like it.


A week before my accident,  mom and I  went on a drive and ended up in Cunningham Falls State Park Beach. In the summer, it is nearly impossible to get in unless you are up with the sun.



 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Hiatus

The accident has left me drained both emotionally and physically.  Everyday is getting better, but for now I am taking a hiatus from quilting to concentrate on getting better.  I am also afraid to touch my wall-hanging while on the medication.  

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Hopefully Next Week

Last Sunday, we were in a car accident.  Luckily, no other cars were involved.  Thank goodness the car did it's job; seatbelts, airbags, safety glass, and the car frame itself.  We were told we were lucky to "walk" away from the accident with the few injuries that we incurred.  Today, finally I got out of the house, we went car shopping for another Volvo.  We figured it saved our lives once, so we wanted to buy another one.  Now that I am off the pain meds and have been ordered to stay home for a second week, hopefully, I will make some progress on the wall-hanging next week.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Progressing

Why is it major appliances always, always, break down at the most inconvenient times?  I had out of town company this weekend and of course the oven decided not to work in the middle of baking a breakfast dish.  Thank goodness, mom was just down the street and her oven was working.



 Time flew by this week and I didn't catch the time to get very much done this week.  I did begin to work on the legs of my little one.

My father-in-law passed away last month and we were sent a very thoughtful remembrance.  Some friends sent us a living oak memorial to plant in the yard.  I am sure an oak tree was chosen because he was a very tall and towering man, well over six feet.  It has been fun watching it, as grows from an acorn.





 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Slowly, but Surely

The temperature is all relative.  We complained about the cold last weekend when it was in the high 50's, here in Maryland.  At the same time, my Uncle in Florida said they were having a cold wave.  It was in the low 70's.  I would find the low 70's gorgeous,  My sister, who lives in Nome, Alaska was experiencing temperatures in the low 30's with snow.  She would find the weather in Maryland and Florida just perfect.


I am finding skin tones really challenging.  I have cut and thrown away enough fabric this week to stock a store trying to find the right combination.  I hope to move onto the baby this week.


Pictures taken last weekend in Maryland, Florida, and Alaska: