My fingers are a bit bloodied this morning but it's not from yanking out pachysandra so I'm fine with that. I'm handquilting again after too much time away and I'm wondering what the heck I've been putting it off for. I had somehow forgotten how much I love to see quilting develop a piecework design into something special. This little doll quilt swap has been the best jumpstart and I'm overflowing with ideas and plans for new projects. The other day I pulled out some batting, Quilter's Dream Request, that I picked up years ago after someone recommended it. It's aptly named...it is a quilter's dream. I find myself picking it up to add a few more stitches while I wait for the iron to heat up or the tea water to boil.
I wish I could say that we're all settled in here at the new place, but that process continues. We had a plumbing *incident* Monday night that kept me from attending quilt group Tuesday. In the end, it turned to be a good thing since another contractor showed up while the plumber was here to give an estimate on some work. The biggest challenge, still, is the closet space. In my previous house, we had ridiculous storage space...8 closets (4 of them double) plus 3 walk-in closets. Here, we have 6 closets total, all 1940's size. We had a 2 1/2 car garage, now we have a 1 car garage. (Will it ever house a car?) I'd love to have everything put away, but boxes remain and the sorting continues. Each week results in improvement, but it's a bit of a mental drain. (Translation: Get these boxes out of here!!)
I know you've seen these mittens, but you've never seen them completed! In fact, you've never seen any of my mittens as a complete pair, both thumbs finished, ends all woven (you'll have to take my word for that) and blocked. They're all ready to wear and, coincidentally, the perfect color for covering bloody fingers.