Showing posts from January, 2014

Am I done? I can't decide!

There is it folks, my the dilemma I have been facing for the past day. I finished filling in the background of my thread painting project last night after a few more hours of quilting then sat and stared at it for 20 minutes. After failing to come to a conclusion I grabbed my tea, turned off the light and headed down stairs to watch Doctor Who leaving my decision for another day.

Today was a bit of an adventure. My father came over to help me out with some yard work, bringing with him a chainsaw and an expertise I have yet to acquire. We stalked around the house discussing locations for book shelves and the tools we would require to build them before heading outside to tackle the tree that fell in our yard the week I moved to Tacoma.

Yup, our backyard had been a bit of a mess for the past 3 months. I am not proud of this fact but I hadn't had the time nor the tools to handle it for the first few months I was here. This last month I have just been lazy. No excuses. Anyways, we chop…


I am glad to say that after a lot of observing, thinking, and stitching I am finally starting to really like this project. I was inspired into action by a few new spools of thread I purchased yesterday. The colors didn't really match my pallet but I wanted to try them out. I started out by quilting a bright pink flower at the very top of the quilt. I'm not sure why. It doesn't fit at all; It is bold and silly. After realizing my mistake I figured I would move on and think about how to tie it in later.

Next I added feathers to frame the moon. The phoenix is so dense and bright that the moon seems too subtle. I figured the feathers might add a bit more color and soften the edges while expanding its profile. I love King Tut variegated thread! It comes in such awesome colors and quilts so nicely.

After finishing the feathers I decided to finish up the remained to the phoenix that I had been avoiding. I was mildly happy with the fillers I chose initially but it needed something…

Home Again

Hello, it's been a while. It seems I took somewhat of an unintended sabbatical while student teaching this past fall. Since my last post (sometime in August or September... YIKES) I student taught for 8 weeks in good old Grand Forks then MOVED HOME to finish up my last semester of college in Tacoma Washington. I can't tell you how glad I am to be home. I love stepping outside in January and not freezing my butt off. I wear shorts outside!...sometimes. Anyways, my husband and I bought a beautiful house and now, after almost 4 months, I finally feel like things are getting back to normal. It's hard to believe that my student teaching has been done for over a month! I had so much fun with my students and I can't wait to get back in the classroom. Until then, I've got some sewing to catch up on.
It's taken me quite a while to get my brand new sewing room in order. While unpacking the house, my husband put all the boxes of miscellaneous stuff in my room so needless …