#OurProject52 – Out of Focus

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Do you ever feel out of focus?  That’s how I’ve been feeling lately, and I know it’s been seeping into the blog.  I can’t remember the last time I had a finished sewing project to share with you. Ok, I can remember when it was, but let’s just say it was a while ago.

charming quilt

Instead of sewing, I’ve been doing things like making homemade jewelry and sharing free printables I’ve designs for the gallery wall in a house I don’t have yet.  While I have still been creating, I feel like I’ve been unable to focus my creative energies. And on top of that, all of my photography and reading recently has cut into the time I would usually use for crafting.

On the plus side, I did take a fabulous panorama of campus earlier this week. Blessed be the sunshine.




And a few shots of the decorations for the Oak Leaf Society dinner tonight. There are even a few nice uses of bokeh in them.

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I’m also planning to participate in #NoBloPoMo in May, because it’s a photo theme!


But I hope to get back to more quilting, and blogging about quilting soon.

Sharing over at:
#OurProject52 at Everyday Eyecandy and Lipgloss & Binky


  1. Holly on May 1, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    I think its been this crazy Indiana weather, bumming me out. And the fact that my Dad passed away unexpectedly April 2nd I haven’t stepped into my sewing room since. I have only done the basic household chores, kind of felt like a zombie there for a while. I’m out of that now its good to have sunshine, gets me going again. Maybe I’ll sew some this weekend.

    • Andrea on May 1, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      So sorry to hear about your dad. I hope the nicer weather we’ve been having this week will help to put a smile on your face and get you feeling up to doing something fun.

  2. anna in spain on May 5, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Holly, I’m sorry about your dad. It’s no wonder you’ve been out of focus!

    Me, I made a mess of a book cover. I bought some beautiful Japanese FQs and researched online, found a pattern that worked, cut the pieces…and instead of sewing it together first to see if it fit, something in my stupid brain said, “Oh, that’s far too big!”…and cut it down without checking if it was!! Would it have killed me to rip a few seams?? But nooooo…I steamed ahead. And when I sewed it and turned it, you guessed–it’s too small. Oh I was in a snit–and I brought it on myself!!

    Lesson: Trust your pattern, and not my silly self. The author has a successful sewing blog–but me, I had to know better! argh.

    • Andrea on May 5, 2015 at 8:13 am

      You’ll just have to find yourself a smaller book to put in it, maybe a nice journal?

  3. LaShawn on May 6, 2015 at 8:28 am

    I’ve been out of focus a lot lately. I really wished I had paid attention when my grandmother was quilting long ago. I need to learn! I love the photos!

    • Andrea on May 6, 2015 at 8:52 am

      Thanks LaShawn! I recommend quilting to everyone. It’s a lot of fun, and you can create a lot of memories with it.

  4. mimi on May 7, 2015 at 7:55 am

    I’ve been out of focus as well. I suppose it was all of the rain that we got in April and my mood was directly tied to it. Now that the sun is shining I’ve been trying to get back in a good groove.

    Love the panoramas, I haven’t quite mastered that yet.

    • Andrea on May 7, 2015 at 9:42 am

      Thanks Mimi! I used a tripod to take the photo and overlapped the images about 40 or 50 percent. Then I opened them in Photoshop, using the automated Photomerge function. It did all of the hard work for me. If you have any adobe software, this tutorial should walk you thru the process: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/how-to/photoshop-panorama.html.

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