Bonnie Hunter has been creating daily visual 'lessons' or maybe 'good words' this year; the one above spoke to me especially as it has always been my mantra for dealing with children. :)
This has been a busy week, household-wise. Our poor house has been ignored for a number of years and gotten short shrift for maintenance. Last weekend we went out shopping for a new refrigerator and will have it delivered this coming Saturday. Now, the one we have was installed when we bought the house in 1987, so it has more than done its duty. :)
Of course, the space into which the fridge must fit is small for the current era of houses (our house is a modest suburban two story, built in 1974, of about 2300 square feet) ... the ones that would fit are fairly simple, but it will do the three of us fine.
Then on Friday last week we found out that our heat pump is kaput - the condenser just melted down. Whole shebang has to be replaced ... that will eat up some more cash, I expect. We're lucky the weather is so mild right now - April being a transition month from spring to summer here in Maryland - it's not so cold we must have heat and not so hot or humid that the a/c is neccessary. That won't last long so I have to do some intense research soonest. Not my favorite topic to explore. :P
Yesterday I saw a landscaping consultant about our grounds - I had not been in the back yard for two years (since our deck is no longer safe) and was shocked by the jungle-y overgrowth. Yet more money that needs to be spent so our neighbors won't be agast (any more:). And soon, too, if we need to get that new heat pump installed. The perils of home ownership - like horses, boats and airplanes, houses are a never-ending sink for money. At least we get a place to live while we are at it! :)
In between household worries, I have been sewing a bit more over the past week. I am registered to attend the MidAtlantic Mod Retreat in Lancaster, PA in a week. I signed up to participate in two progressive swaps and have starter blocks made for that.
Here, on the theme of 'Lines,' are four I made:
As you can see, these are fairly simple patchworks - it is much easier to work from simple to complex than vice versa. :) We also have to sew on the project during the retreat - I'll likely do more complex stuff when I see how the activity progresses.
Here are the pieces I made (freehand curve cutting) for 'Quadrants':
These blocks have some simple and some a bit more complex ... again, I'll see how the project goes when I get to retreat. :)
I also decided to apply myself to just shoving fabric under the presser foot and finish piecing the star blocks from En Provence:
I now have 21 of these purple pointed star blocks. I am pleased with how they turned out, especially since I thought they'd be wonky as I was sewing them. I think I am likely my own worst critic at times. Sigh. I am pondering how to make quilts out of these blocks - I'm thinking baby sized or maybe a lap quilt. As I feared when I started this mystery last fall, I just don't have the grit to make so many similar blocks into a large bed quilt. Have made a number of large quilts in my time, but none so block-block-block...just don't have it in me.
There is a bag swap planned for retreat, too. Tomorrow I will start thinking about that design. :)