Wednesday, February 01, 2023

Existential Examen (Day 12)

 I was up early this morning -- 4:45 a.m. or thereabouts -- so I got dressed, brewed some fresh coffee and went straight to my studio.  Before I knew it, two hours had gone by!  It was time for breakfast...basking in the glow of the "flow" that had absorbed me as I worked with fabric and thread.

Hour-glass blocks for R.T.
During that creative time, I assembled two more corner triangles for the "Rhododendron Trail" quilt I'm making -- Bonnie Hunter's 2021 Mystery project, now available for purchase as a PDF download.

I finished a seventh crumb block for a charity quilt -- part of my "Keep It Out of the Landfill" project.  Each one is 12 1/2" (unfinished); in the process, I continued putting crumbs together for more blocks, of course! 😉

I figured out how I wanted to finish a tiny line sampler, "'Q' is for Quilter", so I can have it ready for giving: I'm going to wrap it around stretched canvas!  So, I ironed it, applied fusible woven stablilizer, then fused a narrow batting to it. With the edges finished against fraying, it's ready for me to do the final mounting to the 4" x 12" canvas:

'Q' is for Quilter
Designer: Thea Dueck, The Victoria Sampler


I zig-zagged a piece of linen for a new cross-stitch sampler.  It's a new month, so it's time for a new start!

In keeping with my focus in this "Examen" series, when I saw it, I couldn't resist purchasing it -- and I was delighted to discover this morning that I have all the "fancy" floss (hand-dyed cotton) called for -- but one, for which I found the perfect hand-dyed substitute.  All from stash!

Betty Sumner 1822
Reproduced by Red Barn Samplers

Can you figure out why this one speaks to me this month? 💗

Today, I am grateful for my cozy in-home studio, and all of the supplies it holds, just waiting for me to get to work.  I'm grateful, too, for talented quilt and stitch designers, whose creativity inspires mine.

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