Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Pinwheel Border

For the past few weeks I've been giving my brain a rest from creating and following not only someone else's pattern, but their fabric choices as well.  I just completed 32 - 6" pinwheel blocks for the outside border of Urban Owls, a block-of-the-month quilt from Material Obsessions.  The pinwheels were much easier than the foundation pieced blocks shown in recent posts.  Nothing too demanding here, just basic piecing techniques.

To complete the quilt top my next task is 4 blocks made using a template and then 4 more foundation pieced blocks.  I can hardly wait for the day I sew it together and take it to my most favorite machine quilter for her expert finishing touches. 

This block-of-the-month was exactly what I was looking for - a chance to learn several new techniques, the combination of applique and pieced blocks, and the mix of many colors and prints.  It has been a year long class and I think I will give myself an "A".

Although I said my brain was at rest, it has been busy daydreaming and even coming up with some new stitching ideas.  Giving myself a chance to slow down, read a book (or 2), take a nap, and not following a schedule is outside my comfort zone but it has been absolutely wonderful. 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Really? It's been 3 weeks?

Why does January go so slow and the summer months fly by?  Since my last post I learned that Mickey, my Springer Spaniel needs surgery to repair his knee (torn ACL) and he was taking an anti-inflammatory drug to reduce swelling prior to surgery.  My sweet little Border Collie, Juno, kept watching Mickey get those special "treats" and when my bags were packed to leave town, and my back was turned, she unzipped the bag and ate 14 pills.  Now, instead of leaving to meet friends from out of town, it was a frantic trip to the emergency room. 

Blood tests, IV's, medications, worry, and a big bill.  Good news, Mickey got more medicine, Juno is fine but still taking medicine, and we had a nice visit with our friends.

Speaking of medicine, I worked on 3 more blocks for my Urban Owls BOM.  I've decided that foundation piecing is just like medicine.  Medicine may taste bad but it cures disease.  Foundation piecing is difficult but the results are amazing.

Just 32 pinwheel blocks, 2 more foundation pieced blocks and 4 blocks that require cutting with a template, then I can sew it all together. 

In case you're wondering, yes, in between the flurry I did some hand stitching - it's my reward.

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