Friday, December 30, 2016

Good Vibes Day

Today, December 30th, is Good Vibes Day. It is also Annie Schmidt's 22nd birthday. Her last message to the world was, "Fill your life with good vibes". So today let's take a moment to step outside of our comfort zone & make a difference in someone's life. Smile at strangers, give someone an encouraging word, call a friend or relative, take a treat to someone who is housebound, write a letter, say thank-you, help someone carry their groceries, pay for someone's coffee, give genuine compliments, ..the sky is the limit. Just Do. #honoringannieschmidt  #fillyourlifewithgoodvibes #goodvibesday #goodvibes

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Slow Stitching

Slow stitching by the tree, coffee in hand, and snow falling softly outside. 
Lately I find when it comes to quilts I have become more of a process quilter then ever before. This is my first whole cloth quilt & I feel like I am breaking out of any quilting rules I ever had. Simply going for it and stitching is a freeing thing. I love this quilt, and I could not part from it to anyone but its intended recipient, my darling Mother. This beautiful piece of stitchery has traveled all over the place with me. I have stitched on it while solving life's problems with friends, hidden away at my own mini quilt retreat in a friend's guestroom for the weekend, watching sappy Christmas movies with my sister-in-law & loving every moment, and in quiet moments by myself. #slowstitching #slowliving #handquilting #handquilted #wholecloth #wholeclothquilt #turquoiseowlssewingjournal

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Briochevron Blanket Progress

This is the beginning of my blanket that I have been working towards all summer.  I knew the yarn was not going to make it the whole distance so meanwhile I have still been doing some spinning on the side to add in as I go. I definitely needed some lights to brighten things up. I've paused for awhile as I finish up a couple of skeins. I don't want to completely run out of my first batch of yarn and swap to a completely new batch, so old and new will be intermingled. Most of this yarn was spun in the course of the last year and ranges from DK weight to heavy worsted so the blanket has some slight variations that give it added depth and character. Even though it is just a small lap blanket the amount of yarn it takes is staggering and sometimes I look at it and have a momentary panic of wondering if this is the right project for all of my beautiful handspun skeins or if I have completely lost my mind. But then when I look at each skein individually and the blanket as a whole, I see that there could not be any project for them but this. A handspun briochevron will be amazing, and I look forward to the day that it is finished. Meanwhile, I sit at my desk and bundle up in shawls & sweaters.