2. I need a pedicure. Not at all related to #1.
3. It's officially summer by my clock. I got in the pool for the first time today. Hence noticing #2.
5. I finally finished "Joy"! It started out just playing with shapes, but that word kept coming to me and became the guiding principle.
5a. It's the joy that I've witnessed in the lives of so many women. Women who have been through Some Stuff. And yet, joy abounds.
5c. I discovered the fun of just cutting shapes and seeing what happens.
5d. I learned to be okay with the fact that a fern suddenly looked a whole lot more like a big speckled bird. Conversation piece.
5e. I listened when my quilt told me it needed another fern peeking out from the side, behind the border. "Okay. Whatever you say. You're the boss."
5f. I took my time, redoing a figure several times over until I got one that was more or less the shape I was going for. I found fascination in noticing the slight changes in line that could create a whole different sense of movement.
5g. I had fun using some great fat quarters I've had kicking around for awhile and never quite knew how to use.
5h. Some pieces are just too dang small. Even for fusible, raw-edge applique. I'll cuff myself upside the head next time I start doing little bitty feet or arms. (Note the woman bending over in the back of the top picture. Her appendages gave me fits.)
5h. I learned when to say "enough is enough," let a project call itself done, and get ready to move onto the next in the series.