Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Happy April Fools Day
Welcome to April … and that means you, too, Spring!
She's brought fabulous weather with her, as it’s supposed to get into the mid 70s today. Her April Showers will be visiting tomorrow, so I’ll definitely be taking advantage of the gorgeous day today. I’m so glad she’s finally here … and hopefully to stay (the 70-degree version, not so much the rainy version ha!).
I spend a good chunk of Monday quilting on my Kiss quilt. I’ve discovered, now that the top is together, that the secondary design formed by the navy isn’t popping out because the red is too strong. Even though I love the fabrics I chose for this quilt, I have to admit that I’m a little disappointed as the secondary design is part of what drew me to this block – obviously they would have been better suited for a different block. (I’ve never denied that choosing fabrics for a quilt has always been a bit of a bugaboo for me. )
I’ve been “reading” (listening?) more audiobooks over the last several weeks. I finished up Matilda and Gray Mountain. It’s funny … T#2 and I didn’t agree at all with the story. She found the first part of the book to be funny (the tricks Matilda played on her parents) while my take was sadness at how her family treated her … T#2 was sad at the end because Matilda’s family gave her up so easily while I was glad that Matilda finally found a home where she would be loved and appreciated. I was a little disappointed in Gray Mountain … it just felt to me like Grisham spent more time berating “big law” and coal companies than he did developing the story line. I’m now making my way through Tidewater Inn and having a little trouble with really getting into it … I can’t put my finger on it, but it’s just not grabbing me – at least not yet.
I’ve been “commissioned” to do a quilt repair. The first quilt I made after my quilting hiatus back in the 80s was a quilt for DD and DSIL … a housewarming gift for their very first house. Of all the quilts I’ve made, it’s probably my least favorite … but it’s DD’s favorite … not because of the fabrics, blocks or setting, but because it’s just the right weight. I am sure I used the same low-loft poly batting that I’ve used on all the quilts I’ve made for her and her family, but this one seemed to be just the perfect weight. I’m a self-taught quilter who for the longest time had no idea how to “properly” bind a quilt, so for quite a long time I would buy pre-made bias tape and use it as a facing for the quilt. Trust me, when I re-bind this quilt, it’ll be with a “proper” binding.
While I’m using the machine to add binding to DD’s quilt, I’ll be stitching up a flannel blanket for DD’s sister-in-law’s new foster child. I always give gifts to the Ts for Easter (they get enough candy from the Easter Bunny). They’ll be up for Easter, and I want to have something for him as well.
I hope that whatever you have planned for today includes a little something that brings you joy ... have a great day!