Well, here it is Friday again. Don't tell my boss, but I do NOT want to be here. It took a lot of willpower to walk away from my sewing machine and this quilt this morning. The more I quilt this, the more I like it. This is my non-traditional Storm at Sea. I just love the greens and browns. I love the circles and ribbons that are formed in it (although you have to squint your eyes just right to see the ribbons that run diagonally through the pattern).
This is not a simple pattern. So, if you make it, be prepared to have frustrating times. Just making all the sections left me so frustrated that I put it in the closet for a year before I could bring myself to put it together. But, now that it's done and I've figured out some of the secrets of the pattern, I might make another in the traditional blue and white...Rob has even suggested three shades of blue, which I think would work nicely. And, if I make it again, I think I'll quilt it to accent the diamonds that are formed when four of the diamond in a rectangle blocks intersect with a square within a square block.
And, the puppy is doing great. We made one mistake and let her bond too much with Sydney and not enough with us during that first weekend. That happened because one of the old dogs got sick and I was spending all my time with him (even staying up on the couch all night with him on my chest). So, Rob and I have our work cut out for us getting her to make better friends with us so we can handle her when the kid is not at home. Right now, I'm dealing with a lot of puppy crying after Sydney leaves and that is just breakin' my big ole heart!
I haven't lost any more weight, but better than that, I haven't gained any either. I was really worried about getting on that scale this morning after sympathy eating milkshakes and pie with Rob after he had his teeth pulled. Oh, and of course I didn't work out when he was home either.
Not going to keep updating the spending more time with the family and less time in the sewing room. You get the picture on that in all my blogs. We did pick out Sydney's classes for next year last night and looks like she's going to be taking spanish, which makes me very happy because I'll have somebody to practice with at home. I've already taught her several words and the kids at school have taught her several more, although their's is mostly colloquial and won't help with what she's learning in the classroom (and she hasn't told me if they're teaching her bad words).
And, the picture above is my current UFO, so that's meeting my goal to finish those up before I start anything new. I have quite a few and am working on at least two all the time. Right now, I'm hand quilting a little top that my mentor started as well as machine quilting the above. I can hand quilt in the living room while we watch TV and in the truck when we take roadtrips. I shudder to think about how many other UFO's there are just waiting for me to get in there and dig them out.
Take care and have a great Friday. I'm looking forward to several hours of quilting over the weekend. Who knows, I might even be able to finish this little quilt and pull out something else. Lane