Enough with the ranting. It's quite possible that some people like to rush through things and have the skill set to pull it off. Who am I to judge? For me, I like the slower pace when I can breathe through my thoughts, sometimes pour my prayers into the squares, circles and triangles I am piecing together as I think about the person who will be receiving the final project. Currently I'm thinking of hand quilting this by using the thicker pearl cotton thread and more of a folk art stitch, 5-6 stitches per inch, rather than the more traditional, 10-12 stitches per inch. I figured that I can still keep this quilt functional by keeping my quilting lines 1/2" apart. But I don't know if the looser stitches would hold up as well over time. Any suggestions from the readers?
I also had the joy to work on a garden star block for my block swap exchange partner. I enjoy block swaps because it gives me a chance to try out new colors and patterns. I liked these colors so much, I made one for myself. These aren't colors I would normally choose for myself, but by the time I was finished, I felt happy. These colors together emit (if that is possible) a joyous, simple feeling. I believe I will go back and get a little more of the background fabric from Cloth and Bobbin in Narberth, PA and make something a little bigger.
I'm almost embarrassed to post the pictures here, they're so out of focus. I think it's time to admit my camera doesn't work so well and have my daughter teach me how to use hers. Perhaps my eye exam tomorrow will also help.