Sunday, January 17, 2010

At yesterday's Brown Sugar Stitchers meeting, Laura rightly told me that I have been negligent in my postings. I told her it's because I have been working on one project that is long term and intensive. Laura advised that I should post my progress. Wise woman! OK, so I have been cutting and sewing and unsewing since the Saturday after Thanksgiving and I don't have even one block completed. But I'm getting there. So here is what I have done so far:

At our meeting yesterday, we talked about one of our guild members who counts pieces. I've never done it before, and I'm not sure I want to do it again! I don't want to know! So far, this top is 1140 pieces. And I'm still cutting!

The unsewing part has been on the melon star points. I'm kinda anal about stuff lining up. Even though I was sewing on the lines, at the place where the lines meet, for some reason I didn't always end up with the points being straight. A lot of people would keep going, say don't worry about that, you can't even see it, if it can't be seen by a galloping horse at 40 miles an hour, don't worry about it. Can you see where the points are off (the one on the left) - see where the black point meets at the top?

This bothers me, so those points had to be be done over so that they are sharp and line up like the one on the right. Probably about three quarters of the 78 melon star points had at least two sewings. Fun! I will admit that I was a little less anal about some of the star points that are less than perfect. I'm not obsessive about perfection! "A beautiful thing is never perfect." -Egyptian proverb.

Here's news - there's a new quilt shop in Powder Springs! Kiwiquilts! Ten minutes from my house! woo-hoo! The owner is very nice...moved here from Arkansas and opened in September. Al and I were driving up Thornton Rd one night around midnight and I looked over and saw the sign and said, "Is that a quilt shop?" It was bitterly cold, but I asked Al to turn around and I went over to the shop and peered in and yes, indeed, it's a quilt shop. Al said I can smell a quilt store! It's small, but she has room to grow on both sides. Good luck and much success in your new business, Tracy!

And for the second year in a row, Nina won the Tri-Guild challenge with the Intown and Phoenix Guilds. The theme was something like the Seasons in Color...obviously I didn't participate, since I can't name the theme. I had an idea, but it stayed in my head and never made it to reality. I commit to doing it next year, no matter how much I don't like the challenge.

Happy New Year! 2010 is going to be a great, creative year!

Dear Lord - So far today, I've done all right. I haven't gossiped, haven't lost my temper, haven't been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or over-indulgent. I'm thankful for that.

But in a few minutes, God, I'm going to get out of bed. And from then on, I'm probably going to need a lot more help. Amen


Melinda said...

Your quilt pieces are looking good. Can't wait to see the finished quilt

Karoda said...

Hello, I found your blog from a link at Cultured Expressions. Just wanted to say you've given me my first laugh for today with the "smell a quilt shop" comment. I had a very similiar experience with a needlepoint shop that recently opened near me and all I could wonder about was the gorgeous threads they would have. Have a spirit filled day!

lenasdaughter said...

Thanks, Melinda! Glad you like them! That will make it easier for you to quilt! :)

lenasdaughter said...

Hi Karoda! Thanks for stopping by! I can get pretty excited about threads also! All those gorgeous silk colors! Heaven!

Regina said...

Happy New Year Doll!!!!!!!

I would have ripped those pieces too, so I completely understand.