Where oh where is Quiltgranny?
This "disappearing act" seems to have been a regular thing with me for the last 6 months or so, but I can assure you I have my feet back under me now, and the wind in my sails!
I could tell you that I've been sick (which I have), I could tell you that the family has been sick (which they have), or I could tell you that the dog ate my homework (which I don't think happened).
Mostly, I have to admit a certain kind of ennui, a kind that I can't quite put my finger on, but I am in a better frame of mind today and so too, last week. The definition of ennui is weary or bored. Bored, I am not, but weary I am. I don't know about you, I am weary of the senseless killing across the nation and the world; the movies filled with hate, blood and guts; and the overall negative tone and spirit of non-compromise in our political world. I am weary of the ads on television for cars I don't want, for medicines I will never use, and all the sports anyone could ever care to watch hour after hour.
I was also weary of getting ready for the holiday, and then getting it all undone and put away. Nothing seemed to be easy this past year. And all I wanted for Christmas was an "easy button"! LOL! I didn't get it, though.
ENOUGH of all that, I said!!!! I just want to sew! And like Rodney King said, "Can't we all just get along?"
So with that said, my New Year will be filled with positive views and I will turn away from the negative.
So really, what has Quiltgranny been doing besides whining (internally)?
Well first, I took myself to a local retreat with some girlfriends the first week of December. I thought that would be a nice break from the craziness, and it was! It just wasn't long enough or far enough away, even though my car looks like I am packed for a month! LOL!
|Ibby and her Christmas Ornaments|
I liked Ibbys's ornaments so I much, I made some to make covers for binders.
|These were a Christmas present for Phyllis, my neighbor.|
|I also have fallen in love with Gyleen Fitzgerald's Trash to Treasure Pineapple ruler. It's like eating peanuts, you can't stop with just one! I have about 30 of them done now.|
|Nancy's Olivia. I love the Snail's Trail blocks!|
|Tina with a finished Snail's Trail - I love the borders!|
Right now, I am working on Japanese X blocks. These are part of a swap that I was lucky enough to arrange with some friends who have already completed the first leg of a swap with others. Apparently I missed their initial arrangements, but lucky for me, they still needed/wanted a few more of them. Last night, I got all the parts together, and tonight I am going to sew some before and maybe after Downton Abbey. I love their scrappiness! The tutorial is here, if you want to make some of your own.
|This one is from Gone Aussie Quilting|
|Mayo the Wonder Dog is a great snuggler under a flannel rag quilt!|