Creative Clips

It’s been a month.  A month of quiet; A month of busy.  A month of reading books; A month of prayer.  A month of work… of appointments… of meetings… of housework… of meal-planning and cooking… of illness and exhaustion… of tears and of laughter… and a break from feeling obligated to journal here.  Resolutions were made; and kept (still going strong!).  Change (improvement?) was made in so many ways, and excitement and anticipation of the next few months is high. 

When I started my blog, I posted (nearly) weekly “creative clips” showing small things I worked on or did, that didn’t necessarily warrant an entire blog post.  Sort of like my friend Cindy’s “Really Random” posts–only not as amusing as her posts.  😉  I’ve decided I’m bringing Creative Clips back in 2012.  So here goes:

Creative Clips, Weeks 1, 2 & 3!

My SIL is making a 100 Wishes Quilt for the son they recently brought home from China.  I surprised them at Christmas by giving them two special blocks, hand embroidered and sashed to match her quilt blocks, with dates to represent their trip to China, his birthday and adoption date (“gotcha day”), and the date he became a citizen of the United States–all within an outline of his two countries:

On December18th, my Sweetie and I went to meet our new nephew, and then, a few days after Christmas, he and his big brother spent a few hours at our place while Mom went on a lunch date and ran a few errands.  It’s amazing, they are truly brothers, as if they have been since birth.  His first trip to Dairy Queen with uncle and auntie:

I didn’t sew any gifts to give this year, however I did have a customer request for a set of Mother/Daughter aprons… using this sweet cupcake fabric from my stash, I made an apron for a 3-year old girl and her mommy–who enjoy baking together:

Like Katy, I sometimes resist cutting into “precious” fabrics in my stash because I’m saving it for something “special”.  Silly, huh?  Well, I opened a Good Fortune layer cake and started sewing last weekend… on a sewing day at my place with two awesome friends:

Seriously, I have to get over that–the stash is there to be used, Amy Butler and Heather Ross and all…

It just felt  good to sew again…. and have I ever mentioned how much I love to chain-piece?

I did a little hand-piecing on a short road trip over the holiday week; a little progress on the hexagon quilt:

I enjoyed twelve days off from the job at holiday time, and spent much of that time sleeping (even though I had grand intentions of spending it creating!)… I guess your body knows when it has reached a certain point of sleep deprivation, and my body decided to revolt and take the sleep it needed no matter what the right side of the brain was demanding. 
Life is indeed good, and I am blessed,
Doris
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11 thoughts on “Creative Clips

  1. Well you know how interested I am in One Hundred Good Wishes Quilts and your block contribtions are absolutely fantastic. I can't wait to see it finished. This post at least give me the nudge to do the binding on my son's OHGWQ and to get started on my daughter's. Your new nephew is adorable and I'm sure he is loved by his forever family more than they can ever say.

  2. Doris, glad you are back. I missed you. I can't wait to see that hexagon quilt. It's going to be amazing. And you know I have the same problem cutting into my priceless fabric. I'm ordering my fat quarter bundle of good fortune today. I wonder how long it will take for me to cut into it. LOL. I ordered more charms of it, too, because I'm not afraid to cut into that! Your little nephew is so cute!

  3. You SOUND refreshed, and that IS good! Do continue to take it easy and not feel obligated to keep after posting to your blog. It's just nice to hear about your doin's whenever you have a chance. Everything you're working on looks great, and I'm especially fond of your hexagons. Guess those templates are working better for you than they did for me! Stay happy.

  4. Doris ~ It is so good to see you back on blogland 🙂 As you know, I took quite an extended break from blogging, and I still haven't gotten back into the groove.

    I love the blocks you made for you SIL's quilt!!! This will obviously be a quilt to be treasured for years to come.

    ~ Take care 🙂 ~

  5. Looking forward to your Creative Clips in 2012 – like you I took time off over the holidays and spent a lot of time sleeping/resting and not creating…but sometimes you just have to stop pushing your body and just listen to it! Seeing the aprons you made reminded me to tell you again how much I love the apron I received from you in the cupcake swap a while ago…i love it and wear it (and think of you) whenever I bake!…which was a lot just before Christmas! Hope 2012 is a wonderful year for you…here we are in February already!

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