Good Morning. I am quilting on my first antique quilt for my good friend Marlena Mann in New Mexico. She is entering the quilt in a contest in February. I am a bit nervous. But as my husband tells me, “the design is the teacher”. It is really true, she just wants a beautiful overall pattern, I am using the Tex 30 Natural thread that I purchased at Rocky Mountain Quilting on Friday. So glad I bought this thread. It will be subtle and elegant with all of tender loving blocks that were carefully pieced together.
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I can't believe it's almost Christmas. Is anyone else in this boat with me? I haven't even done any baking or candy making (although that doesn't stop me from eating it). When friends come over with their treats, I give them a manicure instead of a reciprical treat. They seem delighted. Mostly, it's because I don't have anything to give them. Maybe my homemade treat days are gone. That's okay. I don't have anywhere left to wear them.
My sister-in-law, Valory, has a blog now on thequiltingschool.com. She will be talking about a lot of quilting and embroidery issues so be sure to check it out.
I'm filming on a SunBonnet Sue tomorrow. It is awesome. I have done some quilting on it that has made it very unique. It will be taped in two episodes because I have so many techniques to show you. It will first be shown on the new episode with Gina Perkes.
The opthalmologist called from Salt Lake City. He is worried that Wendy's eye lens may continue to slip. We have an appointment to see him in January unless we notice her eyesight getting much worse. He said if we have to have surgery to recover the lens and put it back in place, it will require two surgeons. For now, he just wants to watch it and see what happens. Wendy is getting along okay, although her level of frustration seems a little higher. Actually, come to think of it, my level of frustration is a little higher at this time of the year too.
I have decided that Christmas will come and go whether or not I'm "ready." I think I will really try to focus on making sure Christ is in my Christmas. I am so blessed and grateful for the knowledge and talents I have been given, and for all my family and friends.
I filmed yesterday with Todd. The filming process is fascinating. Remembering to look into the camera, visualizing you all making the book structure that I am teaching. I love teaching because of the triangular interaction between the student, the teacher and the subject. It is the same when I am long-arm quilting. I imagine the person that is gifiting the quilt and the person that is receiving the quilt. There is genuine energy in the entire process. I am happy to be another connecting link in the journey of this particular quilt.
Victoria Simpson came to stay with us for a couple of days. She is a very smart lady with many talents. She is filming how to make a little book without using any glue. I'm going to make one with her tonight. It will be on the free section of the site. Her books are amazing. She has taught book arts at the college. If I wasn't a quilter, I think I would like to make books all day long. Be sure to check it out.
Wendy seems to get around the house just fine if we make sure we don't have stuff on the floor so she trips. She got an IPOD Touch for her birthday and she likes to play on it all day. She listens to music and deletes the games. But its okay, the computer restores them every night. The doctor hasn't called yet on his decision of what to do about her eye.