One of life's little jokes is waking me up 5 a.m. when I have no reason to be awake or up that early. There are new meds in my life and I suspect that is part of it. On the plus side, look what greets you as the day begins... Just about 5:30 and the sky seems to promise a beautiful day ahead. I do love this view from my little patio, looking southeast.
The visit from DD#1 last Sunday also brought home an old friend of mine, the Pumpkin Soup quilt. This is one I did back in 2001. Many of the utility stitches were placed with tears in my eyes as I watched CCN's coverage of the 9/11 disaster. This one is all flannel except the pumpkin soup fabric. It's a KP Kids fabric with a funny little ditty about pumpkin soup and stinky witches boots. DD was in love with this one the whole time I was making and quilting it. I swear I had barely snipped the last thread from binding and it got whisked away to her house. I asked her to bring it back for a label and a better picture. I was kinda sad to find it smells like her cedar chest. I guess that means she MIGHT have collected enough quilts to NOT have them all out in use...LOL.
For about 2 hours yesterday afternoon, I reveled in quilter heaven. That's what it took to do the cross hatching on this little doll quilt from the Prairie Children book. I don't do much of the fine hand quilting anymore, with thread and the small needle. Which is sad, because I do love it so. I suppose in some sense I'm reaching back for that feeling these days, despite the extreme difficulty with my vision. As before, I find that my hands remember how it goes *VBS* I have alot of numbness in my hands now, and I stop frequently and let them dangle, that's ok...it just means it takes longer to finish the quilting. I'm thinking of getting a bigger top basted with the good old Mountain Mist batt and once again plying needle and thread in this fashion. My stitches still are looking pretty darn good. I'm slowly making my way around the inner border, doing both the ecru and the blue at the same time, but just one needle. That's plenty to keep track of when they are less than an inch long! I'll do something simple in the red border, a scallop or some such thing. I love the Amish pumpkin seed design, but my stencil is wider than that border. I've begun to piece the Bear Paw from the same book, and will be moving on to one with pink fabrics next *VBS* And I'm still plugging along with the Quiltville Mystery blocks...slowly!