Monday, February 22, 2010

Back in the to speak

Well, I'm back. I had a great visit with my family. I am so grateful I was able to spend some quality time with my Dad before he undergoes his cancer treatment. If you are reading this I have a favor to ask of you. Please keep a prayer for him in your heart. He has a very tough road ahead of him.
It seems that as much as we enjoy visiting, it is always good to get back home. At least it is for me. No matter how wonderful the visit is, it is always comforting to get back to the old routine. And, comfort is something I can really use right about now. It has been great therapy for me to be able to spend some quality time with my beloved Bernina.

I finished these blocks today. They are for the Fresh Comfort quilting bee I am a member of. I really like the way they turned out.

I also completed this block today. It is for the Block Party Quilt Along. I'll be posting it on the Flickr site as soon as I get done with this post. The block party ladies are publishing a book and will choose some of the blocks from the quilt along to be in it. Keep your fingers crossed for me. I'm hoping they pick one of my blocks.

This is my next project to be quilted. I love the way it all came together. Aqua, orange and red are quickly becoming one of my favorite color combinations. I will post the finished quilt once I complete it.
I hope to have it finished by Friday. I am anxious because I have someone special in mind to give it to. I'm not going to say who, though. It's a secret. Tee hee hee.

I just had to include this photo because out of all the projects I have completed lately, this is what I am most proud of.
This is my math homework. Now, I know that to all of you math whizzes out there this must look like child's play, but to me this a true accomplishment. I can't believe I am really doing it and I'm actually understanding it!
A woman I greatly admire keeps a plaque on her desk that says, "I can do hard things." Now I believe, so can I.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes..turn and face the strange.

I am sorry to say there won't be any photos posted with this entry. Being away from home limits what I can do. However, this time away has given me a chance to observe and think a bit. I have been contemplating the seasons of life.

I agree with the line from one of my favorite James Taylor songs, "The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time." We bring so much misery on ourselves when we yearn for a season that has not yet (and may never) come to us or pine for a season that is passed and gone. We have to accept what life is offering us now. If we do, it will shower us with blessings that will be forever hidden from us if we don't.

Let me start by admitting that I hate change. I have often said, if it weren't for my curious, adventurous, gypsy husband, I would be a hermit in a cave somewhere. Thankfully, being with Matt has required me to explore new horizons and as a result my spirit has grown. It still is not easy for me, but I can honestly say I am better at it.

Change is difficult, even frightening. Especially if we are content with how things are and want them to stay that way. But the funny thing about that is, we never are where we think we are. Life is never static. However trite the saying may be, it is true that time marches on. So when we refuse to change, we may think we are simply choosing to stay the same when the reality is, we will not stay the same. We will begin to regress. There is a scripture that says it all:

"For he that receiveth, to him shall be given: but he that continueth not to receive, from him shall be taken even that which he hath."

This is a universal truth. It holds up under any microscope.

If this week has taught me one thing it is this: happiness and success in life hinges on our ability to embrace change, even when that change is unwelcomed and thrust upon us.

As I speed down the road of life heading into the unknown future, I vow to remember this. Then I really will be able to enjoy the passage of time and explore those new horizons with optimism.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Improv in Neutrals

My first improvisational quilt is finished. I am unbelievably pleased.

I decided to quilt it with straight lines spaced at uneven intervals. I thought the straight quilting would contrast nicely against the wonky blocks.

I think it worked well. I also choose straight lines because I am giving this to Matt and I thought the straight lines would keep the quilt more modern and masculine.

I had a bunch of strips and one block left over so I decided to put them to good use on the back.

I can honestly say it is much more satisfying to create a quilt from design to finish. This one definitely goes in the will.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Robot Love

Have I ever mentioned how much I love robots? Weird but true. Just click on the Fobot link in my Fun Stuff section and you will be taken to a magical land filled with items that I lust for but can't bring myself to spend the money on.

So, Friday night I was minding my own business, casually finishing up some shopping when I saw her, staring forlornly from a rag-tag group of items on a 50% off clearance table. Our eyes locked. My heart skipped a beat. I stopped in my tracks. I felt like I couldn't breath. I turned to Matt and choked out the words, "I LOVE her! I MUST have her!"

Then, my practical side kicked in. My inner voice whispered, " She's too impractical!! She's a waste of money!! Where on earth will I put her?!" I told myself, I must leave her. It was best for both of us. Refrains of Dolly Parton's song "I will always love you" floated into the back of my mind.

And yet, I couldn't quite leave. I paced around the store a couple of times pretending to shop for a birthday gift. All the while sneaking lustful side glances at her when I thought no one was looking. Her pleading eyes seemed to follow me where ever I went. I new she wanted me as much as I wanted her. She knew we were meant for each other.

In the end, the force of our attraction was too strong. I couldn't fight it.

I didn't used to believe in love at first sight. Then I met Robot Bella and everything changed.