Beading, Quilt Musings


Who says that quilters are not well rounded individuals?  At a recent guild meeting many of us were introduced to beading 027by our guild president.  She is a teacher by day and has fashioned many beaded treasures.  Her students think that she must have enough necklaces that she can wear a different one each day of the year.

This attractive amulet took only a couple of hours to make and was very easy once you got the hang of the technique.

Yes I do really need another outlet for my creative ability!

003The only problem is that I’ll probably have to move to a bigger house.

Ten years ago we downsized and moved from a 2,000 square foot house to our present home of 1,100 square feet.  It seemed like a good  idea at the time:  the kids have moved away taking the grand-kids with them and we wanted to spend more time traveling in our RV rather than house upkeep.

002So much for advance planning.  I didn’t start quilting until after we had moved.  Now my ‘stash’ is taking over our storage room.  Not a problem as far as I’m concerned, but my husband is finding it increasingly difficult to do things like fix the hot water heater or add salt to our softener system.

Now that I’ve found out how much fun beading can be – I have to find some room to store the supplies.  Guess it’ll give me a good excuse to organize my stash.  It seems to give me quite a bit of pleasure to go in and just stroke the fabric and imagine what I could create.  What a delightful problem to have.

In her book  Loose Threads, quilter and author Helen Kelly describes  the “…unfettered pleasure I experience when I am feeling fabric, letting it slide through my fingers, watching it change colors in the clear light and discovering grand new ways to stitch it together in fanciful gardens or geometric puzzles.”  I can really relate to that!

There is always time to quilt!
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  • Reply Debi R. March 11, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Beading and crystals can add that special something to quilts, for sure!

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