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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

15 minute challenge report ~ may 22

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending."
Maria Robinson

jude hill from Spirit Cloth recently requested (from those interested in participating) small stones appliqued onto squares of cloth for her Magic Feather Project.
i've been very interested in this project and have enjoyed seeing it come along.

unfortunately, i was unable to create any feathers when they were being requested so when i seen that she was needing the stones to balance things out i was happy to contribute a few.

how many is a "few" anyway?

one seemed to lead to another and another and so i just kept on stitching . . .

i may eventually stitch some more.

this busy little ant was quick to inspect my stones as i was photographing them.

jude has fascinated me for quite some time with her unusual and intuitive approach to needlework.
observation of her blog has taught me a lot but what sticks with me when i go to stitch with my own needle is that one cannot properly "listen" to any given material or project let alone one's own thoughts if there is a constant worry about what is "correct" or what may have been planned previously.  this is important if i wish my work to be original. and quite often i do.
it does not mean that the work is done without thought to integrity (the skills it takes to carry out the work itself) but it does mean that any given piece could lead you on into territory that may not have been previously imagined as the work is being carried out . . . thus one finds oneself part of a spontaneous "story" that is being told through one's needle.
i enjoy it when i can tune into the work and relax enough to do it myself and i love seeing what jude has to share in regards to this process as well as being able to see what 'stories' her and her needle are telling.

i will be blogging in the near future about where this intuitive approach/participation in needlework is now taking me.

my weeks worth of 15 minute challenge work included time spent on the stones as well as the hexie quilt top. there was also embroidery done on the TAST project/christmas stockings, the surprise applique project is coming along and i made a prayer flag (my first). it was a busy but enjoyable week for me.

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recent gifts include:
  • finding the red and white parrot tulips gracefully accepting their morning watering. bowing their heads in the early morning light.
  • rediscovering that very special color: robins egg blue, while on my morning walk around part of the garden.
  • perfect temperatures. not too cold, not too hot and breezes just when you need them most. 


  1. what a beautiful egg.
    The stone applique is really intriguing, how are they being used.
    Lovely list of "gifts" today

  2. What fun! You are so generous with your stones - I think a few might mean whatever you might part with ;-)
    Have a fabulous long weekend!

  3. Great photo of the eggshells - love the blues!
    Thanks for sharing Jude's creativity -and yours!

  4. As always, I love your photography! I will follow with great interest your new creativity!!!

  5. Love your stones! And the photograph. You've had a very creative week.

  6. Great you are a pebble maker now too!!!

  7. Oh, thank you for the robins egg blue! I adore that shade! The robins in our yard are so robust.
    There are so many creative people, aren't there? Your posts are a feast. LOVE!

  8. thank you for sharing this address, this site is full of ideas.
    the little ant is so cute !

  9. Nice picture of spring :)



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