I usually talk about the fun parts of living in the country—the garden, the birds, the peace and quiet. This past week I've been doing one of those unglamorous jobs that needs to be done before winter sets in—splitting wood. We bought a gas-powered wood splitter last year so splitting mostly involves hauling pieces of wood around and guiding them through the machine. Not especially dangerous (unless you drop a log on your foot) but kind of back-breaking. And the pieces get stacked afterwards. I've been putting in an hour or so each day and I'm starting to make a dent in the pile.

You might wonder why my husband isn't doing this, but he's cutting up the whole logs we had delivered last spring into rounds. And they'll sit for a year and be split next fall. Even though splitting is hard work it's something I'm physically able to do—I can't manage those larger sections. The chain saw makes me really nervous, too :)

Since I'm usually exhausted by the late afternoons, I spend an hour or so resting my back and working on the embroidered quilt blocks. The light is really beautiful and perfect for embroidery at this time of day, too. I'm making good progress and the possum and bear are just about done.

Everything but the eyes and word.

Just hanging around.

I had an email from Jenny this afternoon—she saw the original blog post and loves the quilt so far!


marlanaj said...

Adorable! I have to ask how long it's taking you to do the quilt block animals? Thanks to your stitch school, I'm teaching myself to embroider. I have no idea if I'm going slowly or quickly on my projects though.

Sioux B said...

I wish the possums that visit our house were as cute as your quilt block! Our possums look grumpy.

janet said...

Marlanaj, it's hard to say exactly because I'm bouncing around a lot between the twelve blocks. If I have a needle full of green thread, for example, I'll jump to another block rather than change colors. But I'm guessing a couple of hours for each block. The bear, which is mostly straight stitches went a little faster than the possum, which is more outline stitch. If you're just starting out you'll be going slower and that's fine—you want to perfect your technique. After it becomes second nature, it will go a lot faster!

Sioux B, I don't think any real possums are as cute as this. Most of them look kind of bald and they have those snarly teeth. Not a good-looking animal at all.

Nathalie Brault said...

I must admit that your doing it so fast and it seems so easy that it's giving the taste to do it to.
And i've never done it before. I'm gonna start making some hankies and they'll be needing some stitchery and I don't know where to start. Do you have any pointers?

janet said...

If you've never done embroidery before, I'd start with some practice first. Hankies may be a difficult first project because of their small size and less sturdy fabric. I've done several posts about embroidery basics where you can get information about materials needed and general techniques. Once you're ready, the first step is deciding what motifs to use. Luckily, there are lots of free patterns online, several people who sell iron-on transfers, or you can simply do a tracing from a photo or drawing.