Tuesday, March 04, 2008

on quilting

A. I almost forgot - I am not done posting about Mid-Atlantic...
B. I just got some new to me free advice on scrap quilts from the Dorky Homemade Quilter, Lisa Boyer. Stop everything and go read that post.
Are you back?
Had anyone else heard of that 2/3 1/3 concept before? or leaving 1 color out? I am going to have to think about those the next time I make a non-taupe quilt.
Oh & here is a link to my Jewel Box quilt. Have you made a jewel box quilt? I like them...
C. I had a "C" when I started this post...
Well I have a non-quilty "C." I need to learn some instant relaxation techniques... I am going to start my second fertility treatment today - I have a low pain tolerance - needles, etc. freak me out! Well the scientific way to make a baby includes some "pain." So I get all tensed up in anticipation, etc. Apparently none of which helps with making babies... I am going to try the "mind over matter" approach, which is if it is not on your mind, it doesn't matter. In other words, I am going to try not to think about it. I've done it before, I know what to expect... Happy thoughts will be in my mind... (I hope.) Any advice?

Quilt photos? later!

16 comments:

Ruth's Place said...

Thanks for the new link, like I need to add to the number of blogs I read!

This is going to sound really dorky, but I have a happy place, somewhere nice and relaxing that I go to when I'm stressed or nervous. I also spend a lot of time visualising what I want my life to be like, basically making up stories in my head about what's going to happen. All good things of course. It helps - mind you I haven't won powerball yet...

And now that I've made myself sound like a complete nutcase I'll sign off...

Morah said...

I'm with Ruth. Go to your happy place. We used to think about our vacation to Myrtle Beach! Happy thoughts...Happy thoughts...DOn't count sheep, count projects...fabrics...visualize finished quilts.....

Kay said...

Thanks for the link. I've heard most of that, but not the "leave out a color" part. Good luck on the pain. It will be worth it.

cher said...

the nyb I quilted recently adheres perfectly to Lisa's post. Stand back and it looks great, up close...hmmmm.

good luck with the baby making fun-really you will find a way to relax and focus on that darling baby you want.

Mama Koch said...

Do I need to come and hold your hand? I will....you know that! Think Happy Thoughts!

Thanks for the link...I like her ideas.

Jeanne said...

Yes, happy thoughts ... and how about renaming any discomfort from 'pain' to 'awkwardness'? More temporary, less negative maybe?
I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well!
Hugs ~ Jeanne

Jeanne said...

P.S. The scrappy how-to was really good. Lots of specific suggestions to play with. I do the 'leave 1 color out' technique, and it helps me organize my thinking.
I bookmarked the Dorky blog!
Jeanne

Laurie Ann said...

I don't know. I think she's putting too much though and constraints on quilts that are supposed to be scrappy. Isn't the definition of scrappy, "just use what you've got?" At least it is for me! :)

Lisa Boyer said...

Your Jewel Box quilt is gorgeous! Rubies and emeralds! Very nice.

About the needles--just remember every procedure brings you closer to your goal. Some things must just be endured, and if you can't do anything about it, you can just relax. Focus on your goal--imagine a baby in your arms--that's my best suggestion. My thoughts are with you!

andsewitis Holly said...

Sending calm, relaxing thoughts your way for the procedure. Can't blame you for being stressed. I'm sure it's not fun.

jovaliquilts said...

Childbirth classes taught me two pain control techniques I have used successfully ever since (my youngest is almost 21!). One, I focus on my breathing, like in Lamaze. When I'm doing that and feel pain, I kind of "get acquainted" with it and relax into it. Both really help. Going to the dentist has always totally freaked me, but I get through it just fine this way. Good luck!!!

Denise (Nour) said...

A jewel box quilt in batiks is on my list. As for the IVF and all the procedures that go with it , try deep breathing techniques for relaxation. Good luck!

Shelina said...

I hadn't heard of those concepts, so thank you very much for the link. There are so many things that seem intuitive to other quilters that I keep asking about how they chose the color on scrappy quilts.

I wish you much success with your fertility treatments. Myself I try to go through the whole process, figuring out what the worse thing to happen would be, and think about what would happen if those worse things happen, and what the odds are of that particular occurrence. Most of the time I am scared it is because of a possibility of some unknown thing, and once I figure out what it is, I can see that I have proper systems in place to not have to suffer too much from that possibility. So if the shot will hurt, well it will hurt for 3 seconds. If there is a reaction, it may hurt a couple of days, and I can take some pain killer if necessary. If I I have a serious medical reaction, I will be in a hospital where they will know how to take care of me, etc.

atet said...

I'm tempted to be sarcastic here (close your eyes and think of England) but, too serious for that (not that I'm not going to try anyway). May spring bring you all of its promise of fertility and growth my friend.

Tanya said...

No I've never heard of that theory before and I don't really understand the color wheel to begin with. Makes for a nice looking quilt though doesn't it?

Michael5000 said...

That's a great Tutorial. She has some interesting ideas, and no, I have never heard of the 1/3 - 2/3 concept or of leaving one color out.

What I do sometimes in a scrap quilt is to make a map on the pattern of what areas I will and will not allow certain colors, especially warm colors. This seems to create some dynamic play on the surface, but keeps things scrappy. If that makes sense.