Tuesday, January 12, 2021

A little progress and a lot of growth!

 I'm working on Cecile and Corinne's challenge of doing a quilt with curves and had selected a very old UFO called 9-11 Quilt by Laundry Basket Quilts.  SOOOO labor intensive.  I did 4 more blocks this week:

Here's a little confession...I was doing this with a group of friends about 10 years ago and we had an Accuquilt die specially made for the quarter circles and the 4 "triangles" which are sewn to the center square.  I also had sewn a lot of the paper pieced sections so I had a head start.  I've got 12 blocks done.  I'm now back to paper piecing the sections again.

Now the quilt calls for 56 (!!) blocks.  I'm pretty sure I'm not going to get them all done, together and quilted by the deadline for Cecile's challenge so the quilt may  actually be smaller.  It needs sashing and I'm going to use stash but haven't decided yet which color.  Any suggestions?

As for sewing down the quarter circles, I'm still pretty challenged.  I will admit that I've been pressing the round edges over and then sewing them onto the paper pieced part by machine!  Sometimes I'll sew them like a drunkard's path (and I was inspired by Janet O's pinning about every half inch!).. that seems to make them a bit more accurate. What a concept--pinning!!

Keeping me company in my sewing room is my new companion.  He's growing fast and seems likely to be a bit larger than the promised weight of 45#s maximum. VBG.  It's unlikely he'll fit on the edge of the bookshelf and between shelves very much longer!

It's hard to be upset with this little guy getting potty trained.  He is only two months old and that face...!!!!

In another vein, here's a book recommendation for you:  It's called The Biggest Bluff.  It's about a journalist who decides to become a poker star.  The story is interesting but she makes so many statements that have nothing to do with poker.  For instance:
"Perception matters only insofar as you're using it strategically to shape your image for future actions"
"One of the keys to success, if not THE key, is objectivity.  And objectivity is a hard thing to come by"
"Great Kipling quote:  'if you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, treat those two impostors just the same..."

Stay safe!!

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Curved piecing?

 I have participated in a sew-along organized by Cecile in France for many years.  This year she is pairing up with Corinne. The theme this year is curves.  PERFECT. I had quickly decided on the project I was doing--I had started a very (for me) difficult quilt maybe 10 years ago and figured that this was a great opportunity to finish it.

Here are the 3 blocks I just finished up:

The pattern is called 9-11 Quilt and is a Laundry Basket quilt.  It's got paper piecing, which is easy.  My issues are with sewing the quarter circle in each corner of one block.  Some of them I sewed down by applique.  Most I sewed down the same way I'd sew a drunkard's path block.  But so often they aren't large enough or they don't have a consistent 1/4" seam.  You can see why I started and stopped 10 years ago!
The pattern calls for sashing and a LOT of blocks.  It's a large quilt.  We'll see how long I last! Do you like sewing curves??

I almost always keep politics out of my blog posts but I am so disturbed today by the actions of so many in Washington who are Trump supporters.  I know others are equally upset and worried.

It's been a tough 2020 and 2021 isn't starting out a whole lot better.

Stay safe, my friends.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

A new year, with lots of hopes

 I am not generally one for near year's resolutions (mostly because I'd rarely get them done!) so I gave that up years ago.  I did read something yesterday written by Annie Lamott, whose writing I adore, which did motivate me to think about striving for one or two things I feel are important.  I'm not yet sure which things I'm going to focus on for the year.  What about you?  Do you make resolutions?

I'm really hoping that 2021 will bring about big changes from 2020, which proved to be such a difficult period for so many people for so many reasons.  I had to deal with my own mom's Covid 19 illness and my family's serious efforts to NOT get sick.  My husband and I (and our middle daughter) have been living in our home in Central Oregon since March 16.  I'm usually pretty vague on exact dates but that date is stuck in my mind!

As I look back on the year, I can say there have been some "pearls"--things that proved to be gifts, in my opinion.  One of course was that we got to have our daughter live with us.  Another was that I developed friendships with others in ways that we hadn't related before.  Living in our cabin in Central Oregon has been a real gift as well.  I walked so many miles that I wore out my tennis shoes!

On the down side, our dog Max died in early November. Since that time, we've gone round and round about whether to get a new dog.

Long story short, meet Zeke!  He is a 2 month old Golden Doodle.

He's supposed to be about 40 lbs but he's already larger than we expected.  So the breeder may have been a little off on her estimate.

The one exciting aspect of having this puppy is that he'll need to be with me in my sewing room (in a "playpen") during the day so my daughter can work remotely in our living room.  So, maybe I'll even get some sewing done!

I wish you all a wonderful 2021.  I hope everyone can leave the bad memories behind and that the vaccine will enable us to have some semblance of our old lives back.  I hope you can remain healthy and not overwhelmed or depressed.  Try to come out of the fog.  Try to look forward.  Be positive.

I also want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support, comments, ideas, help, love over this past year.  Blogging has proved to be one of those pearls this year.  I'd likely not feel as positive as I do without having had you in my life.

Much love to you.
ps:  I promise there will be a quilt posting any day!!  my December mini is due!