It's been rather an odd week. I've worked very hard and I've spent several days doing absolutely nothing. It's given me a lot of time to think.
Random Thought #1
I finished quilting Metaperidotite #1. I needed to finish for a entry deadline, and I did. Despite the fact that it is difficult to quilt with a persistent cough. And hard to sew the facing on. But it turned out well.
|Metaperidotite #1, 53" x 53"|
|Metaperidotite #1, detail|
Random Thought #2I went to a quilting retreat during the last week of January. Sewing and chatting and laughing and drinking wine -- you know the sort of thing. But on Tuesday, halfway through the retreat, I started to cough. And I haven't stopped coughing since. I HATE to be sick, and I'm a very bad patient. It's been pretty miserable. Chills, fever, coughing, aching joints, persistent headache. I've spent most of this week sitting on the couch binge watching "Midsomer Murders."
Random Thought #3
I love British mysteries. Both to read and to watch. Midsomer is my favorite (fictional) county in England, although I wouldn't want to live there. The death rate is entirely too high.
Random Thought #4
While sitting on the couch, I've not entirely wasted my time. I've been pondering my next quilt. Which, by the way, I hope to start after lunch. I think I can piece with a cough, or at the very least pick out fabrics. And I'm feeling much less fuzzy headed today. Anyway, I could use some help making a decision. I have two pieces I want to make. The first is the next mineral thin section piece. The mineral is chloritoid, a fairly uncommon metamorphic mineral. The mineral sketch shows a phyllite with radiating rosettes of chloritoid, and has a palette of blue and fuchsia and yellow and black. Very bright. The second is a quilt based on a photograph I took of the harbor in Helsinki last summer. A very dramatic photo, masted ships in the harbor, colorful houses on the waterfront and a very big storm rolling in. The palette would be pale pastels, gray blue water, gray and white sky, very moody. Which piece do you think I should start?
Random Thought #5
It's too darn warm here for February! We haven't had a hard freeze yet this year in North Texas. The temperatures have been very moderate, 60s and 70s during the day and upper 30s and lower 40s at night. It's beautiful, but problematic. The grass is still green (we still have to mow our St. Augustine lawn, which turns brown at the first frost. The stuff is still growing!), the daffodils are not only up but in full bloom (very very early and my husband is very worried about a killing freeze), and I was bitten by a mosquito as large as a housefly on Groundhog Day. There is something very wrong about that.
Well, it's lunch time. No more random thinking. It's time for action!