It is always great to have a fresh start! A new year is a perfect time is look at what needs to be better in the months to come. It is a perfect time to think about changes personally and professionally.
I have gradually started going through my attic and am clearing out space. Items I no longer want to keep, I am listing on Facebook and have started a travel fund for this year. Goal # 1 – Travel more! See more sites! Go places I love. Go places I have never been before.
I love waking early enough to see the light of the day starting with such beauty. Gratitude for the ability to see and recognize this beauty.
Life always seems to flit here and there. Sometimes it moves at a regular pace so I am able to get things completed in a reasonable amount of time. I am thankful for those times. I feel that I can breathe and enjoy special moments.
Then there are those times when I blink and life has jetted past me, leaving me in the dust and well behind schedule. I do not relish those times. I am still thankful I am here and able to look for blessings, but I do not like feeling behind.
This year, 2017, I am going to try to be more focused on my time around Quilting. I will be scheduling Quilting jobs a bit differently and hopefully more efficiently than I have in the past. So……….
It is hard to believe that 2015 has come and gone in the blink of an eye. I thought there would at least be 12 months…..oh, wait…..there were and they flew by so fast that I can only hope 2016 will move a little slower.
This is the time of year that we all consider how to make this next year be different in some way. Some of us have goals. Some of us have resolutions, some of us make lists, and some of us just hope that this new year brings about some changes of some kind or continuation of things we like that happened last year.
I have never been one to make resolutions, but I do have hopes. For those of you that know me, I always have HIGH hopes. I seem to want the moon, but will take a piece of cheese if that is what happens.
This quilt was a very nice piece that I quilted along with the following small table runners. Here is the back side to show you how I quilted it:
The following were very fun, small pieces. Sometimes it is great to have a series of small pieces to get the creative juices flowing.
Seems that my posts disappeared for awhile as I moved into the summer, fall, and winter. I thought I was doing well with posting, until I wasn’t. I have so many pieces to share with you since last time. My goal during this next month is to get caught up and stay posting since I have been working on some fabulous quilts.
I have added pantographs for sale on the website. I will be adding more as they begin to filter in to me. Take a look and see if there are any that spark your interest. If you are local, you can contact me and pick them up to avoid postage charges. Remember to check back as more will be added. As always, it takes me a while to get some technology things set up. I am working on the postage calculation online. Until I have that figured out, you will get two charges on PayPal when you order pantographs, one for the pantographs and one for the postage. Sorry about the inconvenience. As most of you know, I do get things figured out but tech stuff just takes me a bit longer.
Here are a few photos from the booth that my sister and I shared at the International Quilt Show in Houston, Texas. It was definitely an experience.
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Scheduling gardening, yard work, and quilting certainly becomes a juggling act at times. My yard is calling to me that it is becoming a hay field while I am quilting in the studio. Thank goodness I am as organized as I am. Nothing would get done if I let my attention drift.
I have completed a couple of projects this last month. I repaired an antique double wedding ring quilt but forgot to take her picture. Too bad. She was gorgeous with a green background and prairie points all around the edges.
I completed this memory quilt for a wonderful woman who lost her mother. I hope this quilt gives her comfort as she shares memories of Grandma with her children. Memory quilts are a fabulous way to use clothing items of the person who passed and create a quilt to wrap around shoulders or lay in a lap and remember!
I am so excited to be asked to write a guest blog for APQS. It took me a little while to really think about what I wanted to share with you today. I know that I am going to talk about how I decide what I will quilt on a client’s quilt, but it is an involved process.
There are some basic things I go through with the quilt maker before I can begin to generate ideas for the quilt. I thought it would be easier to video my talking about those basics and give you a direction to think about for your own quilts. I hope you enjoy the video.
I have never done a video for my own blog: CrystalVisionQuilting.com but think that I will try it again in the future. I had a great time spending time shooting the video and do hope it gives you great ideas.
It is unbelievable how fast this year is moving. Seems like only yesterday . . . . It also seems that I say that more and more frequently as I age.
I have been very busy during the month of February. Seems like, when it rains, it pours. So I just have to take deep breaths and move forward as best as I can.
As tax season approaches, I am buried in paperwork. I keep thinking that I am more organized this year than last, but I am buried and it needs to be done ASAP. Wish I could just quilt and not be interrupted by such stuff. I am going to try and be even more organized this year. I think I said that last year and here I am once again, complaining. Well, on to the quilting stuff:
January is always a non-productive month as the Holidays zap your energy. I am not usually productive during this month, but this year is definitely different. I do not have a lot of energy, but I am working away at my passion, quilting.
I am working on a Double Wedding Ring for a client, a Mystery quilt for me (I do not usually take time to do something just for me), a Memory quilt for a client, and two quilts for my children, and the art piece for Flying M’s Valentine’s For Aids event. I am excited to have completed this Memory quilt so early in the new year.
This piece is for a husband whose wife passed suddenly. The wound left is great. His daughter gathered her mother’s garments, picked out the quilt pattern, the border fabrics, the backing fabric, and the quilting design. I took it from there.