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Friday, September 23, 2011

It’s all in the definition

I’m beginning to fear for my sanity.  But when you try to pin it down, sanity is a really tough word to define.  Everyone’s definition might be different.  For instance, I work in the field during sugarbeet harvest and some might say, “what?  are you nuts?”.  I understand that.  My husband, however, would think I was crazy NOT to work in the field.  See what I mean?  Definition.

On the other hand, when the opportunity arose to join an applique’ group, I did.  My husband said, “what?  are you nuts?”  I understand that too.  Definition. 

OK, I understand that I probably don’t need another group to join that will have some expectations of me.  Still, who wouldn’t want to join a group called “The Bent Needles?”  (I’m still saving “Twisted Sisters” for the right group.)  I have done very little hand applique’ in my life so this group will give me a good nudge in that direction.  Plus part of the group are very accomplished at applique’ so maybe if I sit next to them, some of their knowledge & skill will magically flow over to me.  I won’t know unless I try.  I just hope no one notices me trying to suck knowledge/skill out of them.  Smile

I missed the first meeting but joined them Weds.  Frankly, I thought I’d be off the hook for dragging out my needle – bent or otherwise – because there was so much talking to get out of the way.  We did finally settle down and got busy.  Here are a few pictures of the show & tell:

This group of blocks are all from the talented and prolific hands of JV:


JM (who is “trying” to teach a few of us) is working on this beauty:


A couple more are in the works from LL and Mrs. Farmhouse (Ms. Karen):


Me?  I took out an old UFO from many years ago and that I don’t particularly like any more.  It will make good practice before tackling something I love.  I have big dreams of all the lovely things I will make with applique’.

What?  Am I nuts?


Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

I totally get it!! Who could resist The Bent Needles!! Love that name, I hope you have lots of fun and enjoy the applique. You look to be in good hands.

Carol said...

Absolutely NOT nuts! Sounds like a perfect place to be...Have tons of fun!

Holly said...

Good for you! Who wouldn't want to be in a group with that name? (I would like to join the "twisted sisters" please!!!! Can't wait to see all of your new creations!

Karen said...

I don't know who all the people are known only by initials but they sure do good work!

Carrie P. said...

NO you are not nuts! lol
I would be right there with you. wow, what fabulous blocks. Have fun.

Karen said...

I saw on Karen's blog that you were part of the new group. I put off doing applique on a serious basis for years. I took a couple classes but unless you practice, you never get really good at it. Go ahead and suck all the knowledge you can. You may actually love applique and not just love looking at it.

Jeanne said...

In the early 90s, a quilter at a retreat gave lessons on applique. At the time, I said this definitely wasn't for me. Now it is one of my favorite things to do. Thanks for sharing the beautiful blocks and no, you are not nuts.

Ulla's Quilt World said...

Hi! Greetings from Finland! Your quilts are so fantastic! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world!
Yours, Ulla

Marie said...

I came by to wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas and a great New year.
Love ya!

Tootsie said...

well I think it is great that you are getting so busy!!! I can't sew to save my life...but I do admire those who can!!!
hope you are doing well girl...I have been busy and not had time to be around much...but hope that will stop being the case soon!

Marie said...

Where are you? Are you okay?

Donna said...

Hi Faye ~ I was wondering how you're doing? You haven't posted in awhile and I wanted to check on you. I hope all is well. I miss your posts and hope to see one soon (or you can always send me an email). Take care my friend. D~~~~ in Texas

Kathie said...

i love the blocks in the first couple of pictures can you tell me where the patterns are from?