Friday, January 06, 2006


I had big quilting plans for today: cut out a new design from stash fabrics, maybe get it pieced together, start quilting the Scrappy Pineapple Blossom, piece the Buck a Block I picked up yesterday.... and then I got up feeling worse than when I went to bed -- I do despise cold season and I'm hating the weather we've been having in the midwest -- this is January, we should have snow on the ground and temps in the 20's. What we snow and temps in the 40's, or temps in the 30's with high winds. It's just not right.
So, I spent some time on the computer this morning, then decided to wind the bobbins for the SPB - but wasn't going to start quilting -- brain is foggy and mushy! So, of course, I had to try anyway. Did about 6 inches and discovered the back was all thread nests - spent 45 minutes cleaning up that mess (and didn't bother to spend any time trying to figure out why -- the Brother machine is so touchy that way that I could have put the thread in the first holder backwards and it would do that to me.)
So, went up to the sewing room, decided not to trust myself with a rotary cutter, and instead pulled my Tulip Farm ufo out. Pieced the last two blocks that were cut for piecing, took another block to the living room to be appliqued and have one more appliqued block left (of course the biggest one), but progress is progress! So, here's the block I managed to finish appliqueing last night:

I just may finish this quilt this year yet! Hopefully, tomorrow my brain won't be quite as foggy and I can accomplish great things in the sewing room! Hopefully.


quiltpixie said...

Its a beautiful applique, but I'd hardly wish a bunch of sick days on anyone just to finish a quilt! Hope you are a little clearer headed soon.

Nines said...

Poor Joanne! Hope you are feelin' better, soon!

JudyL said...

Joanne: Your day sounds like mine! Hope tomorrow is more productive for both of us!

I love your applique. I so much want to do applique but have decided I'm just too impatient.


Lucy said...

What a great tulips !!!! Did you applique them by hand? I love this block

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Joanne, I hope you are feeling better soon - definately a wise call NOT to use your rotary cutter if you head is in a fog! Ah, the joy of having something already pre-cut. Love your applique block - the fabrics for the crow are great. I can also see the tulips being jack-0-laterns too for use in a fall type block. So cute.



Carolyn said...

I hope you're feeling better, but it seems to me you were very productive! I love the tulips!

Finn said...

Hi Joanne, so sorry to hear this crumby weather has gotten you down. It sure is a strange mix, isn't it?? We just aren't suppose to have temps in the 40's in Jan. And that's what we have up here in WI also..weird.

The applique looks wonderful to me. So wish I could get enthused about doing some. I feel all thumbs when I try..oh well! I'm sure you will be right on target with you UFO I'm trying..honest!!

The Calico Cat said...

I like this block too - you chose really great fabrics. That bird is wonderful - almost tweedy.

Hope you feel better soon. (I ma probably headed in your direction because our weather is similar & I can not seem to dress appropriately for it!)