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Candace’s Cherry Pie

Looking back, I find that I began this project in January 2019.  I’ve had life interruptions, distractions and procrastination, but I am pleased to say that she is now completed.

Candace

I am using two different cameras (one a power shot pocket, and one a new to me digital that I am having a terrible time learning to use), so you are getting head shots of my practicing to look at.

If you click on a picture, you will see a larger view.

Candace

All of stitching is done by free motion.  It isn’t always pretty, or done with perfectly even stitch lengths and widths, but it is effective anyway.  I want you to see that, so that you will be free to stitch as you please and not be bunched up about perfection!

Candace

Don’t waste time striving for perfection (or being stifled because of it).

There is no time to waste.

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My niece, Candace, came for a visit of a few days.  She had never made a pie, so I helped her to make a cherry pie.  Not with store bought crust, or canned cherries!  She used a rolling pin and a cherry pitter!

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And she had fun!

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This was to be our last visit together.

Candace

Candace Leauna Elizabeth Smith (Age 14)

September 15, 1989 – February 12, 2004

To follow this project from the beginning to completion, click on the following links:

Candace Project 1

Candace Project 2

Candace Project 3

Candace Project 4

Candace Project 5

Candace Project 6

Candace Project 7

Candace Project 8

Linking up with Finished Or Not Friday at Alycia Quilts.

Candace Project Update 8

As I take a little time out to read blog posts that I enjoy, I see that most are in the midst of choosing their 2020 goals and new word of the year.

I find it all very inspiring!

And very distracting, too.

I have had a difficult time not planning fun, new projects and joining in the group challenges and mysteries.

I want to.  I really do.

But I also want to do ‘my thing’…whatever that is.  I guess I chose my word of the year already, when, in November, I decided to create a FOCUS list for myself.  I know it is only Day 1 of January, but I am amazed at myself for sticking with it so far!  I keep the list updated here, and I am happy that it does show progress.

Two projects (the RSC18 Squared Away Sampler and Vintage Ornaments) are completed and I am working on the third.

As you can see from the links below, I haven’t worked on Candace since last August.  Here is a reminder of where I left her:

Candace

I have been working on free motion zigzagging all of the pieces so that they will be secure.

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Candace

I thought you might like to see some close-ups.

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She will be ready for thread painting detail soon.

May you all be blessed with a happy, healthy, and productive New Year!

Candace Project 1

Candace Project 2

Candace Project 3

Candace Project 4

Candace Project 5

Candace Project 6

Candace Project 7

Focus

I recently joined an internet group called the Stashbusters.  I have been lurking and enjoying all of the hustle and bustle of this very active group.  For several years now, the internet is the only social life that I have had with like minded hobbyists.

They are in the midst of finishing up projects for 2019 and making lists for 2020.

They are extremely prolific, and I am overwhelmed.  It is all a bit much for a girl who works a complicated schedule at her day job.  For simplicity, I will say that I generally work split shifts six days a week.

Not very friendly for planning any kind of activities, let alone hobby projects.

I do think making a list will help me focus, so I have adapted Donna’s idea for myself.  I will update the list as I complete the projects that I have on it.  There will be ‘squirrel projects’, and that is okay.

I am keeping it simple; it is what I need.  The list will be pinned to the bulletin board in my sewing studio.  I want it where I will see it (otherwise there is no point)!

Focus

Something Old….I don’t have a photo of the Lone Star project.  I began it a million years ago (maybe not that long, but a long time ago…in the 90’s).  I will find it after I work on the Floral Reflections UFO.  I do have photos of that project.

Floral Reflections

Floral Reflections

The pattern is out of print.  I believe I also began this project sometime in the 1990’s.  I have all twelve blocks fused.   My next step is to machine applique the blocks.

Something new…I am currently working on the Vintage Ornaments quilt:

Vintage Ornaments

Creative play…Begun in January of this year, I bet those who have seen this project on the blog think I may have forgotten about the Candace project.  Not so.  She is waiting to be thread painted.

Candace

Handwork project…Drunkard’s Path…no photos…but I do have quite a few hand pieced blocks made.

Leader/Ender…Begun in 2018, I haven’t updated this project on the blog, but I have made lots of bow tie blocks, many more than this photo shows.

Bow Tie Leader/Enders

Scrap Project…RSC18. I made the Squared Away Sampler and it is waiting to be quilted.

RSC18 Squared Away Sampler

This list will carry me into 2020.  Maybe far, far into 2020.  I am slow, but I do finish eventually.  All that matters is to enjoy the journey.

Candace Project 7

I may switch out a fabric piece, or two, but I am happy with how the Candace fabric portrait looks, and I think she is ready for the stitching phase.

Candace

This is the last update for awhile.

Other things call for attention.

Life beckons.

Candace Project 1

Candace Project 2

Candace Project 3

Candace Project 4

Candace Project 5

Candace Project 6

Candace Project 6

I haven’t felt this intense about a project in a very, very long time.

Except for the accursed day job, and having time constraints, I am using every moment that I have to work on Candace.

It isn’t actually work…it is play.  

I forgot how much fun it is to play.

I was stumped with her hair.  I only want to pull from my stash, and I had a difficult time of it.  All my browns are too red, or too green, or too orange… too dark, too light.

I finally called my Hubby into the sewing studio to get his opinion, and his opinion was of help.

But what helped the most was having a chat with myself. 

I forgot how much taking the creative process too literally spoils the fun.

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After my little chat with myself, I got back to playing.

And I really, really want to shop all of the batik fabric sales that I can find!

Candace Project 1

Candace Project 2

Candace Project 3

Candace Project 4

Candace Project 5