Friday, May 21, 2010

Quilt Festival 2010

Since I'm starting to explore quilting as well as my cross stitch, I wanted to participate in the Blogger's Quilt Festival this year.

Unfortunately, I have yet to finish a quilt. I have a quilt top upstairs that needs to be pressed and quilted (it's a strip quilt kit that I picked up at my LQS eons ago) and a few other wip. I've started the cutting on little one's baby quilt so I'm hoping to finish that before her first birthday (I figure that's a good goal ... gives me about 8 more months ;)). Since I don't have one of my own to show off, I wanted to show case a quilt that my sister made for me as a wedding present.

If you look closely, you will see that there are pictures from our wedding included in the quilt. My sister completed it shortly after our first anniversary about three years ago. She had started to do picture quilts for special occasions. I think I also received the first one she made as a graduation present when I graduated from college. This quilt has a place of honor on our bedroom wall. My sister has inspired me to explore quilting as well. I love the special memory quilt and hope to return the favor soon to her.

Thank you for visiting. I hope that you enjoy looking at some of my other work in cross stitch. I have some plans for some projects that combine the two ... quilting and cross stitch but they are years in the making. God Bless!

Monday, May 3, 2010

May Stitching Bloggers Question

Lee at Lake Stitcher has started up a monthly SBQ. Here's this months:

Suppose we say that there are two types of stitchers.

There are those who enjoy the “process” of stitching. They stitch for stitching’s sake and if something gets finished, so much the better, but it’s not necessarily the end goal. Primarily, it’s the application of needle and thread to cloth that makes them happiest.

Then there are those who are “project” stitchers. They move steadily through their projects, certainly enjoying their stitching time, but finding their greatest joy in the completed stitching.

If you had to pick one to describe yourself, which type of stitcher would you be? I imagine that we could all say that we fall somewhere in between, but really think hard about this and try to pick just one. And once you’ve decided whether you’re a Process or Project stitcher, tell us if your recognize that approach in other parts of your life.

I would say that I am a Project stitcher if I had to pick one to describe myself. Part of the reason that I enjoy stitching is that there will be a finish project at the end. There is something tangible that results from the work I put in. In other parts of my life, the work does not always have the tangible results. I am satisfied in what I do, but some of it can be very repetative both at work and at home (ie standing watches or doing laundry). I love the repetiveness of taking thread to fabric ... it is very relaxing after a long day. However, for the most part, it's not just about the stitching to me. It is about the project. Many of my stitchings have been gifts for others, with deadlines and such. Others are projects for myself that have a purpose. I enjoy being able to have a finished project and start a new one. I try not to have too many projects that I'm working on at one time ... though I do enjoy have a few different ones to work on so that there is some variety. So what about you? If you take the time to answer this SBQ, please go and leave a comment on Lee's blog. God Bless!