Monday, January 26, 2009


Several months ago, I made a chicken using this pattern, and the chicken was used as a toy drop for The Toy Society.

My daughter was appalled that I could let such a cute thing go to strangers, and so I told her that I would make one for her.

Well, during a break from quilting yesterday, I finally obliged her. She had actually wanted a chicken in blue fabrics, but I couldn't find any that inspired me.

But the combination of these fabrics really got my creative juices flowing. And it's nice to have something quick and easy to turn to when the hours and hours of quilting begin to pile up in sore muscles in your shoulders.

However, now that Alouette is finished, I really am going to get back to quilting...

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Life Moving Too Fast

All I did was add one little activity to my schedule, and things went haywire.

Do you know what I mean? Actually, I've added three activities, but two of them I do at home, so what's my excuse.

Ok, the new activities are:

a Bible study.
a language course (German) - these are the ones I'm doing at home, by myself, at my leisure. Neither one takes more than a half hour, and I don't do the German study everyday.

Where does the time go?

Ok, I'll admit it. The third activity is by far my favorite activity.
I became a member of the American Women's Association in Singapore and joined their choir! We have practice on Wednesdays from 10 to 12 and then my section (altos) meets Mondays from 12 to 1. Just three measly hours a week, plus travel time (I don't have a car) and suddenly everything is in an uproar. But it's making me so happy. I haven't been in a choir since high school, but it's all coming back to me. And it's a lovely group of women - Americans are in the minority, funnily enough.
We will have several performances this spring, including a formal affair at the American Club in May. Why didn't I do this sooner?

But do you remember this?
I do. It's been sitting in my studio, taunting me since before Christmas. It needs to be quilted. But I have jumpstarted that task and hope to get it done before this week is over.

With more scheduled items in one's life, one must be deliberate about how to spend the remaining time. So I am going to be deliberate - that's my watchword for January 2009. I wont say resolution because that has too many negative connotations.