Walking it off

The only way that I’m keeping myself together right now is by a walking regime that I’ve started. Each day I walk for 1.5 hours, no matter the weather, be it wind, rain or shine. I’ve been doing this for 33 days and the physical and mental health benefits are welcome.

Yesterday was extra special because in a normal year I would have taken part in a local tradition, the RidgeWalk. In years past I’ve shown up at this “race” and huffed and puffed my way up and down some steep wooded hills for 6 miles, trying to convince myself that I was fit because I could get through it.

This year was different because I’ve been taking care of my soul by walking off the stress and the cookies and the panic and the race was virtual.

So yesterday a friend and I walked alone through the almost bare woods on the farm for 2.5 hours, simulating the Ridgewalk. The landscape and the trees remind me of Bonnie Hunter’s latest pattern, Appalachian Autumn — all grays and golds and rusts and browns. It was beautiful and it was cleansing.

A forgotten stone foundation on the farm.

Keep putting one foot in front of the other, my friends.

Order after Chaos

Cindy reporting in after a chaotic finish to my barn block quilt. In order to get it quilted and in the mail before Christmas, I had to send it off to my quilter, Ms. SJ, last week. Wait until you see the finished quilt, it’s beautiful.

Needless to say, my sewing marathon created chaos in my sewing room. It was a scrappy quilt and I had scraps everywhere! Drawers of fabric were dumped and scattered! I was always looking for just the right fabric…you know the drill!

After I finish a big project like that, I try to clean up and get organized for my next project.

Gasp! Why are my blacks and grays mixed in with my purples? AND there’s a scrap of gold and a big scrap of white in there too!

Looks like I’m going to have to bring order to this chaos before I get started on my next project!

Do you have some tips for organizing fabrics? Let us know!

Bunny Diva is Done!

Yes, it’s true! Bunny Diva is done and has been gifted to her new bundle of joy. Here are some close ups before she was quilted.

Mom helped me with the design and we both like the final result. The top and bottom are mirror images of each other.

I washed Bunny Diva before I gave her away because I wanted her to be all scrunchy and soft. You can see how pretty she is now that she’s quilted.

Thanks to mom, Bunny Diva did not get the best of me. In fact, I even made a matching doll quilt with left over scraps. Farewell Bunny Diva! I know you will be loved and cherished, as you should be.

Christmas Rush Progress

Between beautiful fall walks on the farm and sewing on my #1 priority Christmas quilt project, I’ve been awash in color.

The ridgeline above the farmhouse
Country road, take me home (Thanks John Denver for some of the best lyrics of all time!)
Sunset from the top of the hill

The current string quilt project has really decimated my scrap strip drawer (yay), but has created lots of crumbs that I’m saving in order to salvage the 1.5″ squares that are still available (obsessive, I know!)

Mom has been saving me lots of time by performing all of the pressing duties for the string quilt. This queen sized quit is destined for her friend, so I know she wants to be part of the process. Together, we are a string quilt block making machine!

I’ll be adding a 1.5″ white border on the outside of the top, and already we created a piano keys outer border for the finishing touch. I think it will only take a day or two to assemble everything. I haven’t decided yet about the backing. I’ll have to consult with my assistant on that.

I hope Mom’s friend, a lover of riotous color, will be surprised by her Christmas gift and that is will keep her warm while she’s stranded in that nursing home.