Tonight's temperatures will reach -10 F. It is good to be inside and watch the snow swirling out there where it cannot reach me. The cats have taken to their kitty heating pads and the birds are crowding in at the feeder.
I have been making progress on Sweet Surrender. I am slowing working away on the pieced triangles intermixing that with FMQ practice. Here is SS so far:
None of the applique and pieced sections are in their proper place yet-I will do the layout when all the triangles are finished. I have 6 more big triangles to piece and and 6 half triangles for the edges. This paper piecing is very hard on my hands and shoulders so I am taking it slowly. Appliqueing never bothers me probably because that work requires more movement of hands and shoulders but for epp, one sits and stitches in the same posture continuously.
Finishing the pieced triangles will probably take me a few weeks. I alternate this tiresome job with the fun one of Free Motion Quilting practice. I told you I have been taking a wonderful class from Christina Cameli-Wild Quilting on the Craftsy platform. I cannot say enough good about this class. We begin by making 6 fat quarter quilt sandwiches and use these to progress thru the lessons. I have completed lessons 1, 2, & 3. Quilting from lesson 1 was shown last post and here is lesson 2:
This lesson was on grouped combinations. This has been liberating for me as I am being more spontaneous and less critical as I quilt. For a person who began this blog 6 months ago describing her terror at FMQ, this spontaneity and its associated feeling of freedom demonstrates so much growth. The actual quilting may not be spectacular but the ease with which I did it was.
Here is lesson three-blended combinations:
Christina is such a lovely person and her lessons are so instructive. I really recommend this class! It is a 10!
As I said, the snow is falling and winter is definitely here. The birds are arguing over the sunflower seeds and we cannot kept the feeders full. Here is a pretty wren:
And here is one of the many goldfinches visiting us right now:
He is waiting his turn at the feeder. The sparrows are such greedy, aggressive birds that it is harder for the smaller goldfinches to claim a perch. In the winter, the pretty yellow of the goldfinches dulls to this muddy yellow. But wait until spring!
The next couple of weeks will be very busy for everyone. I send out best wishes for everyone to have a merry and happy Christmas time!
If you can squeeze it in your busy schedule, happy quilting!
I am linking up with:
Slow Stitching Sunday, Bambi's Blog,
Patchwork Times, Em's Scrapbag,
Esther's Wow, Let's Bee Social,
Free Motion by the River, Whoop Whoop,
and Off the Wall Friday.