The road ends, but the journey continues...


I’m thinking 2 weeks between ToDoTuesday posts reflects the beat of my creative biorhythm. Thanks again to Roseanne for sponsoring this opportunity to share and reflect.


My creativity trinity* is as follows: fiber artMUSICwriting. Each is intertwined with the other, offering needful respites between projects which in turn aid in the completion of various Works-In-Progress as new perspectives appear from such respites. Ultimately, it’s all about the music but tracking fiber art Works-In-Progress is lots easier to communicate in such a setting as this – hence the linky-party connection.
(A Reminder of) My goals for the week of September 10th through September 16th:

  • Add sequin detail to eye on PFWHK Ø and apply binding
  • Get ready for out-of-town trip N/A – rescheduled for next week

IMG_1239I enjoy the process involved with binding a quilt. The construction & ironing of the binding strips, to the attaching of the strips to the neatly squared raw edges of the quilt with the best product to hit this quilter’s tool bag: binding clips; to machine sewing the binding onto the quilt – mitering corners with finesse, then turning it all in position to clip in place for the final stage of hand sewing with a blind stitch.
Yes, I do enjoy the process, but I always forget how much time such a ‘simple’ task stated as ‘bind the quilt’ takes. Added to that this time around, I had to be extra diligent in squaring the quilted, finished pre-printed fabric panel before beginning with the actual binding process. My, what a lot of fuss and fidgeting was involved with all of that!
In such circumstances, it becomes glaringly obvious how I am so not a patient person – but I am a person who wants stuff done as close to perfection as is humanly possible.
Not the most enabling and/or compatible combo of character traits.
Now all that’s left is to sign and sew a label on the back, figure out how to hang it, and oh yes, get after that sequin detail on the Pink Flamingo’s eye.

The PFWHK and Maddy

The PFWHK and Maddy

Because our trip was rescheduled, I was left with some unexpected and unstructured but welcome time available to use as I chose. I ended up blazing through some immensely satisfying and productive times on the practice stool with Maddy. Proving once again the profound effect each slice of my creativity trinity has on the other.


ToDo for the week of September 24th – October 1st:

  • Add sequin detail to PF eye, sign/sew quilt label
  • Work on post about music score edit process
  • Get ready for out-of-town trip!

*a term I invented recently


  1. Dione Gardner-Stephen

    Fabulous flamingo finish, well done! Thanks for linking to Colour & Inspiration Tuesday.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thanks for the op to share on your Colour & Inspiration Tuesday, Dione.

  2. Jennie Fitzkee

    I love the flamingo! And I’m really impressed with your patience and persistence. Hats off to you, Laura!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thanks, teacher! I confess, I’m more a persistent type than patient one that’s for sure!

  3. Catherine de Seton

    awesome result with the flamingo…
    A few weeks ago, I realised that the task list I had with gmail app, wasn’t needed…I don’t seem to have any pressing tasks; my time is basically my own. Although, there are loosely scheduled events if I wish to uptake…

    • laura bruno lilly

      And you do fill your time with lovely creative and adventurous pursuits.

  4. Mariss Stevens

    I do sympathise with the lack of patience versus need for perfection dilemma. Binding a quilt brings this to the fore, doesn’t it. Well done on completing your PF. She looks good in her neat frame.
    Glad you found time to spend with Maddy. Love the name

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thanks, Mariss. And yet, like I said, I do enjoy the binding process!

    • laura bruno lilly

      ps- Maddy is a cool name, I agree for sure. For the story behind her name, if you’re interested click on this link.
      Again, thanks for visiting and commenting, Mariss.

  5. Laura

    I used to strive for perfection…now I am happy simply to have a finish (this doesn’t mean my standards are less…I want to do my best, but my expectations are less harsh on myself). Less stressed, too. 🙂
    The flamingo is super cute! I think she represents a bit of flamboyance and fun…she deserves a prominent display area!

    • laura bruno lilly

      For myself, it always ends up being a matter of ‘balance’.
      I think the PF will be at home hung on the wall behind my sewing machine…once her eye is sequined it will be ever looking down on my creations!

  6. Roseanne

    Hi Laura! The flamingo turned out just great, don’t you think?! Patience and perfection . . . I, too, struggle with the combination of those personality traits. PFWHK is hanging for your photo – but you need to figure out how to hang it? What size did it end up being? You might be able to just add some corner tabs that you hand tack down when you add the label. I’m sorry your trip was canceled or postponed but isn’t it a gift to have unexpected time to use as you chose?! Thanks for linking up again. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • laura bruno lilly

      It’s a mere 15×29 and is hanging by a quilt pin inserted into the flannel ‘design wall’. I have some funky twisted hot pink gro-grain ribbon I thought I could use as loopy hangers, but -meh- I like your idea better – way easier and just as effective.

  7. Jill Weatherholt

    ” I am so not a patient person – but I am a person who wants stuff done as close to perfection as is humanly possible.” We must be related, Laura. That quilt is gorgeous.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Too funny!
      Glad the PF caught your fancy…she likes that, you know.

  8. Janis

    Always good to write to-do lists in pencil… just erase and add to next week’s list if not done! I always am too optimistic about the time it takes to do just about anything.

    • laura bruno lilly

      I hear ya!

  9. Ally Bean

    So pleased to see you following your own creativity trinity. The details of what you make are a wonder to me. The flamingo is cute, cute, cute.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Yeah, the PF really came into her own, eh?

  10. Rebecca Grace

    I hear you about the binding. I’ve started tracking the time spent hand stitching binding with my last couple of quilts and have been amazed that the last step of hand stitching can take me 6-8 HOURS, depending on the size of the quilt, and that’s not even counting the time it took to make the binding and machine stitch it to the front of the quilt. This week I’ve been procrastinating trying out yet another machine stitched binding tutorial on a charity quilt. I still love and prefer the look of hand stitched binding, but now that my eyes are open to the actual time investment I’m realizing that not every quilt warrants or deserves that level of investment. Your flamingo is darling and the sequin detail for the eye sounds fabulous.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Rebecca, a very wise insight I am now adopting…”not every quilt warrants or deserves that level of investment.”
      Thanks for the ‘permission’

  11. L. Marie

    Love seeing Maddy and the quilt together. Everything you do requires patience and skill. That’s marvelous! Enjoy your week!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Soooooo true, L.Marie. Soooooo true.

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