Monthly Archives: April 2012

Another week of sewing


This third week of April seemed busy with lots of things outside my sewing studio. It seems funny that I kind of feel like I have to fight to protect my quilting time.  Many retirees say they are busier than ever and cannot imagine how they ever had time to have a job.

Anyway, here are some projects in the works at QuiltGuilt headquarters:

I made two new blocks for the mystery BOM.  One was as they showed it. It is English paper piecing and the task was to make hexagons on the block.  A look:


The second block just did not move me at all so I designed one I like better, still using a large hexagon to be a big sun. I’m proud that I just did it!  A new design for the whole block.

I am about to begin quilting my king bedspread quilt.  The quilt top has been done for over 2 years.  It started out as barely queen size but I liked the cheerful design so much that I added borders to make it large enough for our king bed.  Here it is before I added 2 more borders, ready for layering and quilting:

The king size quilt top

I also have taken my first ever art class and love working with acrylic paint.  The art class had a little gallery showing this seek My primitive first attempts to record some of life in Ecuador:

You can probably guess that I love color.

Have a terrific week. Do something fun for your self this week.



Quilt thoughts on a sunny Monday in Cuenca


Hello new week!  I spent quite a bit of time on Saturday making a couple of quilt blocks for a “block of the month” class online that is free.    Each month, we get directions for 2 new quilt blocks.  I like most of them. If I don’t like the block, I make another block extra to replace it.  My quilt will look less scrappy with less variety but I think I’ll like that.

Being retired is great – I can quilt for several hours today if I just get myself going.  Once I’m in my office, I love working there.  I feel privileged to have this time to quilt and pursue a hobby I really enjoy.

There are other quilters in Cuenca, some expats have noted they quilt, but so far there is no gathering of quilters that I know of.  It would be nice to have a once a month meeting just informal chat to share ideas and resources related to quilting in Cuenca, Ecuador.  The fabric is different, batting is difficult to find, I don’t know where to look for rick rack or bias tape.  Thread is purchased in a tienda (shop) different from where tela (fabric) is sold.  All new in this culture new to me.

When I was just 19 years old, a sophomore in college, I had a professor who said that people my age would need to have serious hobbies to stay healthy and busy in their retirement years. Because we will have many more years of retirement to fill, if we stay healthy, as we live longer than our parents generation.  Boy, he was so right.  So, look for different hobbies to try out, see what you love, have a variety so you get out with people and have some alone time too.

Let me know what hobbies you enjoy. Reading, garage sales,pick up basketball games in your neighborhood, sewing, swimming, tennis, walking your dog, photography, wood working, showing your cat, you name it!

Do you have any ideas for a hobby possibility you want to check out, see if you have any interest, something completely different?  Tell me about it – I’m interested!