Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Quilting Bug is Back

After nearly four months on a break from quilting, I think the bug is back.  I finished a mammoth king-sized quilt in March, and I quickly hid all forms of fabric and thread from myself.  I just couldn't bear to look at my sewing machine for one more second.  While the quilt turned out beautifully, I needed a break.  I needed to step back and assess what I want my next project to be.  The hiatus may be ending soon, and I'm on the hunt for a new project.  Not sure what it will be yet, but I have an itch that needs to be scratched.

Possible ideas for my next project include:
- Wall hangings/table runners like two I've already made
- Double-bed-sized quilt for my guest bed
- Queen-sized quilt for my own bed (ugh, again)
- Lap/couch quilt for the living room
- Baby quilts for... well... babies (mine? someday?)
- Quilts to gift to others (?)

I think I'm leaning toward one for the guest bed, but I have no idea what pattern I want to try.  I'm still on questionable terms with triangles, but I was so bored with squares from the last quilt, and I am not sure I'm ready for lots of curves, so I am sort of stalling to find the right quilt for that room.  I know I want it colorful and cheery, but I also want it gender neutral and calming.  Ugh! Choices!

The Bug is Back.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Winning Hearts one Purr at a Time

Our 11-month-old cats have gotten so big!  Annie was enjoying some cuddle time with The Man this weekend.  She must have missed him when he was gone on his business trip last week because she snuggled with him as much as she could.  The Man was holding her and insisted I take their picture.  I wish I knew what was going through her mind right then, but I imagine it was something like a contented sigh.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Down with Flip-Flops, Up with Sunscreen

I read this article recently and couldn't agree more with every point.

While on the topic of appropriate footwear, I found myself wearing sandals (way more strappy, less floppy, and no evil toe-post) to the beach this weekend.  Once we arrived on the sand, I opted for nature's best pedicure and went barefoot.  All I have to show for my one-day-a-year footloose foray is the most painful sunburned lobster-red feet of my life.

Let this be a lesson, kids: flip-flops are evil, and always wear sunscreen at the beach.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Bone Folder

Last weekend, as I was sorting and organizing my ever-growing pile of craft supplies, The Man asked if I had a bone folder.  He had some paper and wanted to fold it "like you do."  My non-crafty husband, the one who takes absolutely no interest in the other (crafty) half of our office, requested a specific tool by name.  I was floored.  How he knows what a bone folder is or how to wield it still doesn't compute in my head.  I dug one out of my desk for him and watched him fold the paper with delicate precision.  He did a great job, and I am slightly concerned he might know more crafty terms than he's letting on.  If he starts whipping out terms like "Cuttlebug," "embossing powder," or "pigment dye," I will be very concerned.