Saturday, November 14, 2009

Where is the sun?

We have had four days of rain, drizzle, clouds and wind. Every day we wake up and hope we will see the sun but so far no luck. The weather man said sun today but he was wrong! I know some of you would not think it is cold but it is hanging in the 50s and with the wind it feels cold to us southerners!

I did get upstairs to sew a bit this afternoon. I am working on my snails trail and liking it so far but I need some advice. First how do you like the bright one on the upper left. That is not pink but it looks pink in the picture. It is actually a coral. It is a beautiful color but I am wondering if it is too bright. I could take both that square and the purple out and make it more muted.




















I am also considering putting the squares in groups of 4 with sashing. Yes I know some of them swirl clockwise and some the other way. Personally I like them that way. It adds some visual interest.


















I needed more room on my design wall and moved my houses over. I actually like the haphazard way they are arranged. I wish I had about 2 days to do nothing but sew and make more houses and more snails trails. It doesn't seem like there is enough time.
































I do a lot of thinking while I am sewing and I have been thinking about the challenges to finish UFOs before the end of the year. I didn't do any of them because I just didn't know how much time I would have and I didn't want the added pressure. I learned when I was teaching that everyone had a unique level of what they can handle. I also think your level may change as you get older. I used to be able to juggle three children and a full time job. I almost always put a meal on the table that I prepared myself. I enjoyed it but I could not do it now. What I am saying is we should all be more tolerant of each other and easier on ourselves. Almost everybody I know does a great job of handling their life. Somebody may do more than the next person but maybe that person is doing the best they can.

I am amazed at how much some of you accomplish while I am plugging along. I celebrate all of you hard workers and hope you will be tolerant of us slowpokes!

12 comments:

BlueRidge Boomer said...

I'm a plugger, too!!...keep the coral it adds interest....

Enjoy....LindaMay

elle said...

Sounds like some wisdom to me! We are all different and then we, ourselves, are different at different stages of our lives. Multi-tasking isn't what it used to be. lol
I was going to say no to the bright coral but then with the sashing that changes things and I do like the sashing. Swirl away! It's looking good and you do have lots of options, so please yourself. That, too, is a perogative of age! 8^)

GARI said...

I completely agree. For myself, I still need some structure so I joined a UFO completion challenge last Jan. The cool thing is that if I don't want to work on something, I don't. But I like completion so I have enjoyed being challenged to complete at least one UFO a month.

jacquie said...

i like the coral! as for pace...we can only do what we can do!

Susan said...

I really like your Snail's Trail. The coral is stunning, and if you are worried about it sticking out, you can just make a couple more and then it won't be so noticeable. It gives a real "kick" to the whole thing. And I would leave the sashing out. I just love the effect of all those swirling shapes without the sashing breaking it up.
I really appreciate your words of wisdom. It is so important to be happy at whatever level we are at, and not to look at the next person and their level of achievement. I think we have to always remember to pat ourselves on the back and say, I'm doing the best I can with the tools that I have." i.e. LOVE YOURSELF, and you will have more love for the ones around you.

Kathie said...

well said
I like to work on what I want to when I want to!
I don't care if I have 20 projects going on
when its their turn to be finished it will be finished!
Enjoy the process!
Kathie

Barb said...

I love what is on your design wall....

whatktmadenext said...

I really like your snail trails and my favourites are the purple ones!

I'm not too keen on the coral one though, it kind of jumps out too much for me. Although I'd like it as the centre block in a 5x5 layout. I think I think I just like things to be symmetrical!

ROZ said...

We all do the best that we can. There's no rule about how long it takes to make a quilt. About the Snail's Trail pattern, I suggest that you try and see how it would look with alternate plain blocks. You can just lay it out on a bed on top of some fabric and see.

jovaliquilts said...

I love the coral -- really makes the top sing!!

Katie said...

Back when I was an employed lady I had a coworker who said she was doing the best that she could do and the best she could do was all she could do. Right on. Now that I'm retired, I don't stress the small stuff and it is all small stuff. That is a good book, too.

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