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Inspired and Quilting Again!

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Stalled; stalled and feeling uninspired with my quilting.


Me, before last Sunday, about quilting

Then last Sunday, an Eleanor Burns PBS quilting segment showcasing her version of “Trip Around the World” sparked my creativity and I was off! I ordered her book but was just too jazzed to wait….

So I found another version of the pattern in my book collection….

Quilting Books

Books, books, and more books

dug into my stash of fabric,

Fabric Stash

Fabric Stash

and began to cut strips.

I’ve spent several hours each day piecing, using Harriet Hargrave’s starch method for joining corners and straightening rows and by yesterday afternoon, I completed the 5 sections now ready to join into the main body of the quilt.

Pink and Green Trip Round the World

Work in Progress - Pink and Green Trip Round the World

It’s time to pick border colors…..

Ha rah!

Something to think about

Monday, June 15th, 2009

I received this from a friend in email.  I hope you enjoy it too.

The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee 
When things in your life seem almost too much to handle; 
when 24 hours in a day are not enough; 
 remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee…
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. 
When the class began, 
he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar 
and proceeded to fill it with golf balls
He then asked the students if the jar was full. 
They agreed that it was. 

 The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. 
He shook the jar lightly. 
The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. 
He then asked the students again if the jar was full. 
They agreed it was. 
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. 
Of course, the sand filled up everything else. 
 He asked once more if the jar was full. 
The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’ 
The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and 
poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. 
 The students laughed. 
‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, 
‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. 
 The golf balls are the important things 
–your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions— 
and if everything else was lost and only they remained; 
your life would still be full. 

The pebbles are the other things that matter; like your job, your house and your car. 
 The sand is everything else—the small stuff. 

‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ’there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. 

The same goes for life. 

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, 
 you will never have room for the things that are important to you. 

‘Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness 

Play with your children. 
Take time to get medical checkups. 
Take your spouse out to dinner. 
Play another 18. 

There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.

Take care of the golf balls first –the things that really matter– 

Set your priorities. 
‘The rest is just sand.’ 

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. 

The professor smiled. 
‘I’m glad you asked.’ 
 ‘It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem;
There’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.’