I don't know if your week was like mine, but it sort of just whooshed by. After settling back into my studio space after being away for 12 days, I realized that in the newly configured space, I could have many projects out on my walls and the big cutting table at one time. So this week, I could move from one project to the next easily, back and forth and back again. It was a good week as sewing projects go.
This morning I took the last few stitches to complete the binding on a collaborative wall hanging that was started at Amy's house. We call this series "My Line"...and this one is #3. What makes it unique to all others is that we used only 'bits'...pieces left over from other projects mostly. We cut very little from whole fabric. We finished three of these in just a few days, working in rhythm back and forth in her sewing aka dining area. I brought the tops home to finish here. So this one is complete. I think it is beautiful and happy.
I have been exchanging blocks with an art quilter in Holland. Her palette is blues which is not easy for me, not being one to have a stash of blues. This block is #5 in our year long exchange. I call this Camano Bird....most of the block is raw edged, with some machine quilting and piecing. It can be mailed to her tomorrow.
Bread making is not new to me. I've made it over the years in phases. But I've never tried to make sourdough bread. I've wanted to make the starter, but put it off for way too long. Finally, after reading a fictional book, "How to Bake A Perfect Life" by Barbara O'Neal, I used her recipes to make the starter, and the whole wheat sourdough. But now, my starter is almost two months old. I thought I had lost it when I came home from the visit to find my starter watery and with no bubbles...I did all the right things...I stirred, I took out, I added, and I watched. It didn't get any better. So today, I thought I would use it to see if it was good. Well, the sponge stage scared me...it was hard and dry and ugly. But I went ahead with the kneading and three risings...and when I took the loaves out of the oven, I was smiling very much so. The first slice, always the best, proved to be sour and the crust crunchy...with nice holes...so maybe my starter has just matured and settled into its adult stage.
And today end's a week of prompts for using Legos in Katrina Kennedy's Capture Your 365+1 photo a day project. There are many bins of Legos in the garage and the grand boys' bedroom...some are only bricks...others are characters...and then there are the jumbled bins. I had to dig and sort and root through them all to find what I needed to shoot for the day. This photo was a response to "In The Great Outdoors"....This project has really stretched my knowledge of my camera, and challenged me to do photos I would never do on my own. It's not too late to start. You can find her and the Capture Your 365+1 photo a day project at Facebook.