Sunday, July 17, 2011

Small Ball in quilting

Do any of you watch baseball or know anything about it? My son played baseball all through high school and college so we learned a LOT (more than I thought I needed to know!) about baseball. There's a concept called "small ball" which basically means that you can win, not by hitting home runs, but by just being happy with small, incremental advances. Like bunts. or walks.  SO, the point of this is that I'm going to get my ocean waves quilt done (aiming for king size) in small increments! So today I added ONE more row...oh, you say, what's the big deal? Well, it's now 8x8 (64 down,  meaning 57 left, which is LESS than half).  SEE, small ball!! vbg.
I promised I'd pick a winner for my Licorice Allsorts quilt pattern based on requests for it: so tonight's big winner is:
Please email me your address so I can mail it off to you. 
This is the quilt I made from that pattern, on my floor in Sunriver, with Bonnie figuring out an easier way to piece it! No, Bonnie does not come with the quilt pattern! VBG

And I told you that I went to see my darling grandbaby on my way back from Sunriver on Friday. Never a visit goes by that I don't snap some photos of him.  Today's picture is him playing with a toy which we call Buzz Lightyear. It's a Toy Story 3 ride-along with a little compartment in the seat. I have a few sets of "keys" in there for him to play with.  In fact, my car was SO packed when I took Bonnie to the airport, that Buzz Lightyear kept falling over onto her, and the keys kept falling out! VBG  Anyway, here's Ryan playing with the keys. He put them in, then took them out. Only about 25 times.  Oh, and did I tell you that his favorite expression is, "THIIIIIIS?" Especially around trash cans!! 

Have a great Monday. I have my very old and dear bookgroup friends coming to my house for dinner tomorrow night so I'll be busy and probably won't do any sewing.


  1. I've not heard of the term "small ball" but do understand about being happy with small steps.... something I do all the time.

    Congratulations on being over half way to your king quilt top completion!

  2. Yay! I'm a winner! I just emailed you my snail mail address. Thank you! I just love your Ocean Waves quilt and plan to make one some day. All the reds are just stunning.

  3. Congrats pcflamingo!! A deserving winner. Love that pattern!!
    Randy, I think you are making great progress on your Ocean Waves! I have been working on mine for 18 months or more. Our problem is we compare ourselves to quilting at Bonnie speed, and that is not humanly possible for us mere mortals. : )

  4. Well Janet, if you could see me right now, you'd see me slumped in my chair and considering how nice it would be to just go back to bed!!

    Randy, the quilt is growing growing growing, and it is going to be fabulous. Your bed deserves it! YOU deserve it! You've made so many other quilts for other people, and this one is for you :c)

    Have a super day! I'm waiting on the sheet rock guy to show up.

  5. So very pretty!! Love your this quilt! I do understand "small ball"...I have to do little bits at a time...but make big quilts anyway...eventually!!

  6. Great plan! Small ball or a little at a time. Whatever works. The journey should be fun too.
    Love your reds.

  7. I'm enjoying the progression of your Ocean Wave. It's great. I've had to add it to my project list.

  8. beautiful quilts... and, I understand how addicting it is to snap photos of those WUNNY-full grandbabes!

    =) new follower =)

  9. I'm working on an Ocean Wave too...have been for about 2 years now! After a couple of days I get burned out with the hst's and box it all up. Thanks for giving me the inspiration to dig that UFO out again!

  10. I started an Ocean Wave quilt several years ago and ran into a problem. I don't even remember what it was. Anyhow, I moved onto other projects and lost interest. Yours is wonderful in the reds.

  11. Got the Licorice Allsorts pattern today, and it's even prettier in real life than on the computer! Can't wait to make one. 30's reproductions and black will be stunning, but I think I could girlify it or boyify it with purple or brown background fabric. I will have to play around with the ideas....

    Thank you again!

  12. Love, love, love your oceans wave quilt! I like your way of thinking with small ball. :-)