Friday, February 27, 2009

Times are a Changing

Something new is happening at our home tonight. And although this will be the first time it has happened I know it will not be the last. In some ways this is a good thing. In others very sad. All my children will be gone tonight. A and J have a youth conference they are going to. N is going on a scout camp out. And DD is going to have a late night with her friends. I don't know whether to shout for joy and revile in the freedom this brings or cry because my babies are growing up. Probably do a little of both. It will be nice to have a quiet evening with my hubby at home.
In my spare time I've been adding to my piece full healing blocks. These have been so relaxing to do. I really am enjoying this mindless sewing. They have been very healing, for my mind anyway. I didn't go to the doc this week to check my blood so I don't know what my count is. But I am feeling great. I almost have 30 blocks. I can't decide if I will put sashing between or just put the blocks together. Any suggestions would be appreciated since I want this to continue to be a mindless project. I have made all these blocks and I really can't see how it has made much of a difference in the scrap bin. My goal this year is to try and get to the bottom of the bin. Or at least maintain where we are. I love scrappy quilts so this should be a fun thing to work on.
Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your kind and helpful comments. Have a great day!
Em

23 comments:

  1. To continue the theme of mindless sewing I would continue to use up your scraps, skip any sashing, and sew all the blocks into one long long strip. Then decide how long (or wide) you want the quilt and simply cut that length off the strip repeatedly -- not worrying about wether the size is easily divisible by the block size or not. The mismatched seams from row to row become purposeful, add to the scrappy look, and make all the sewing really mindless in my experience :-)

    I remember the first time dear son went off to a public event with friends -- I spent a fair bit of the evening concerned that they'd be where they said for me to pick up, that he'd manage to find them and meet up... Its now so second nature I hardly notice! I hope you can revel in the quiet

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  2. Hi Em,
    Love the scrapy quilt, maybe a border around them to make each block stand out.
    About the children, I remember when my first night at home with them out and busy. I worried more and just sat thinking praying they would get home safe. As Moms this never ends. I'm glad you are getting some sewing in.
    Keep Stitchen'
    Bonnie

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  3. I would just sew them together as they are but I like the idea of the strips,too. It will be such a reflective healing piece.

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  4. I think I would put the sashing in between, some solid (white or any other pulled from the blocks that maybe repeats). I think that would show them off better. They are each different and special in a way. Sewing them all together might be a bit busy.
    I started mindless sewing project yesterday and agree with calming effects of it.

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  5. Hope you enjoy your night alone! It will be nice I am sure to be with your hubby and no kids! Do something for the two of you tonight!

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  6. Personally, I like the idea of just sewing the blocks together. Then, if you feel like the healing blocks want to be surrounded by some additional healing to hold them together with extra love - wrap 'em up in a lovely border. You're sooooo good at those, too!

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  7. I think without the sashing. I just love what you have created.

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  8. A night of peace and quiet sounds great to me. I hope you enjoy it. Your quilt is coming together nicely!

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  9. Love the blocks, and I would vote no sashing. Sashing would make the blocks distinct, and I am thinking what a cool quilt it would be if you can't see where the blocks are.

    I am glad you are feeling better and hope you get good news from the doctor.

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  10. I vote for a very dark sashing to make an Amish ish look, it will make the blocks POP, but the choice is utimately yours.

    Enjoy your evening...you will get use to it and look forward to the alone time.

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  11. Love your blocks! I have just done my wonky log cabins and put in sashings - am still not so sure that is my preferred look - I loved them without sasings, too! Whatever, just enjoy - libertion - so therapeutic!
    Hugs - Lurline♥

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  12. Either will work - look in your stash. If you can sash with a certain colour scheme and it's not hard - ok.

    I'm a person who very much needs alone time, so when the girls were all out at the same time it was more like hurray! It was totally different when they were older and actually moved out... not so hurray. Now I have my oldest in the process of moving home (still) and it will be interesting to see how it goes. My youngest is still at home. So will be two home, one out. Enjoy your quiet time.

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  13. Your blocks are lovley! I think they would look good without sashing, but sashing would show off the beauty of each block. It's a hard choice to make! And thanks for my fat quarter! It arrived yesterday and was a nice surprise in my mail! :0)

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  14. I, like you, don't know whether to jump for joy or be happy with the silence. It is a different time in our lives and we just have to roll with it sometimes. I hope all works out well with your doctor visits. I am thinking of you. As far as your quilt, I think I would put sashing. It would frame them up and make them happier blocks. Well, at least that is my opinion for what it is worth, LOL.

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  15. I like the idea of mindless, theraputic sewing... no thinking involved. Cast my vote for no sashing, but the homey quilt is your decision.
    Quiet is nice, but sometimes a bit "rattly" without kiddos.

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  16. I kind of like that thin bit of white showing between them from your design wall. it really sets them off.

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  17. enjoy the peace and quiet....I would probably use sashing to show off the wonderful colors..but I tend to be a sashing person

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  18. I really like what you have done so far. It looks sort of earthy almost like a patchwork of English fields on hills from the air. I wouldn't sash myself but that would be my vision not yours. You do what feels best for you. I'm happy to be along for the journey watching it grow.

    I am so glad you are feeling well regardless of whatever a Dr's tests show.

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  19. i love the idea of mindless sewing...sometimes my brain gets so full it just needs time to empty out!

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  20. I think the quilt could go either with or without sashing, but I would probabl choose no sashing if it were my quilt. Do whatever makes you happy.

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  21. Hi Em, enjoy your time with your hubby.With your scrappy quilt, I would not sash it.I hope all is well with you.Regards Lyn. Seems ages since I have caught with you.

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  22. It's natural to be a little sad when all the children are gone for the night but trust me on this one, when it's all said and done being alone with husband is a good thing. It's where you started and where you will end and it's just good. Don't put sashing - then it won't be mindless. :) blessings, marlene

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  23. Of course I catch up by reading top to bottom so I'm off on the progression of this but it is really sweet. And I loved your diaglog about kids gone, big/little. You're a good writer.

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