All Ahead Slow

You might think I'm moving slowly because of all that snow shoveling I've been doing, but you would think wrong. Not one shovel full has been shoveled. I've just been inside under the quilts staying warm and slow stitching.

Yesterday I was determined to finish the last of the Snow Globes blocks, and hours into it...mission accomplished!

It's hard to see much in the image below because the floss is pastel for the most part. I tried to brighten it up, but the background fabric isn't particularly conducive to photo manipulation. (Not sure why it turned pink in the upper left corner...nothing different about that piece from the others.) So anyway...here are all 12 blocks together, and ready to be sewn into a quilt top.

And so obviously, I needed something new to stitch. I got to work tracing out the 8th of nine blocks for the Friendship's Garden quilt.

When it was traced out, I hooped it up ready for this morning's stitching.

And there it is...started. This morning's stitching was mainly using up the leftover bits on my floss bobbins. Tomorrow's stitching path will be a little more organized.

Also, I stitched the 11th inchy for National Embroidery month.

That completes the top two rows, and here they are.

We still have snow on the ground, but it's well above freezing and it's raining this morning. The snow won't last long under those conditions. The kitties are just as happy to be done with it.

Sadie doesn't seem to mind the cold and the wet, but it's deep enough and she's short enough that she sinks up to her axles when she goes outside. That doesn't stop her from trying, however.

Smitty just watches. He thinks she's crazy going on into that stuff. He'll just stick here on his kitty pole, thank you.

Not a single quilting stitch was taken on the Hocuspocusville quilt yesterday. I'm still fighting the let's-get-started intimidation of quilting a large quilt into which I've invested so much time. I took the first stitches on this quilt on July 6, 2015, and so I have nearly four years invested so far. And quilting is hard for me, so I have to work up a good bit of courage to tackle a project like this. I think today, I might overcome the inertia and get it going in earnest. Like so many things, once I get started, it will take over my life and I'll work on it feverishly until it's finished. I'm just waiting for the free motion quilting tipping point to kick in.

There's a short grocery shopping outing in my future, but I'll probably wait until tomorrow when the roads are likely to be cleared of any leftover snow. Today I have one housekeeping chore, and I'm going to bake a loaf of bread from the last of the bread dough. Aside from that, there's nothing standing in the way of me and the quilting. Perhaps a bite of chocolate will fortify my courage. What do you think?

12 comments from clever and witty friends:

Julierose said...

Perfect weather for working on your "Snow Globes" lol--I am like Smitty--an inside catgirl...not much going on here as i have been done in by a head cold--first one in years...all i have to say is "NURTS!" that old word was a favorite in our family...it somehow describes that feeling of not being able to change things...S I G H ...
hugs, Julierose

Quilting Babcia said...

Well, chocolate and a glass of wine usually works, though maybe only to increase the desire for inertia. Your little inchy quilt is sweet. Will make a good doll quilt for your new little doll bed perhaps?

WoolenSails said...

You have been getting a lot done, love all the new blocks.
Cold and snow is a good reason to stay in and get more quilting done, but we seem to have skipped it, lol.
It is cold though and we get snow, but then too much rain.


Lynette said...

Yay for all the snowballs!! They are the perfect low-volume block set. I've been neglecting the grocery store chore too long. No way to put it off another day, so I'll have to go for sure in the morning. ::sigh::

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Congrats on finishing the snowglobes and looks like you are getting close to finishing the 'garden'. Indoors has sounded so good with the weather, but my furkids have had enough as well.

SJSM said...

Fortify away. Chocolate can only help in my opinion. Enjoy it for me along with the Spanish coffees and we will see tomorrow all the inspiration that hit as a result. I’ve finishe the camera bag. B-day is today and it is wrapped and ready to go. Now to plan dessert to go with the candles. The "Desserts for Two" book you recommended will br cracked open and searched. Nestle is and sew away!

piecefulwendy said...

Good chocolate is always a good idea. The second snowstorm has missed us, mostly, although we have a gentle snow coming down so I am guessing the morning commute is a bear. I didn't get any sewing done yesterday, so best get to it today. Looks like you have enjoyed some pleasant stitching. Love that little sampler; it's turning out so cute!

djquilting said...

Can't wait to see what you do with Hocuspocusville once you get started. You have so much invested in it already. But I think of you as fearless in your quilting and designs so I know your muse will kick in and it will look great when finished. Jonquils are blooming here!

Jollygirl said...

I have recently taken up embroidery. I learned as a child and am enjoying doing it again. I have been tracing my patterns with a pencil, lightly, but find that it rubs off as I embroider the pattern. What do you use to trace your patterns? You do such lovely work.

Dots said...

Yep! Chocolate is the best For all kinds of pondering. You have made some of the most creative things. Your work is stunning and I'm always fascinated with all your projects. I'm positive this quilt you are going to quilt will be a work of art when you finish it. I am excited to see this quilt.
your Snow Globes are pretty, too.

QuiltGranma said...

i can just see Sadie sinking up to her AXELS! Laughing here!

quiltzyx said...

Wow - the snowglobes are finished already! Nice job!
I'm with Smitty - I'd be hanging out inside if it was snowing here too.