I've been really busy and really, really stressed, and I haven't had a ton of time for stitching, so of course I started a new project this week. No, I'm not kidding! To be fair, the two that I've been working on are just about done and this one is another in the same vein-- no pattern, just kind of winging it. Here's what I've started:
Well, that looks a mess, doesn't it? These are most of my orphan blocks, leftovers, blocks I liked enough but don't want to make a whole quilt from, failed blocks, and various other bits of finished projects. I see a rejected block from the Constellations quilt, a leftover block from the Celtic Solstice quilt, a leftover elephant from the Mutant Elephants quilt, and some minis from the Classic Stitches quilt along. So, yep, these have been in a box for a while! I did save out some of the smallest ones for coasters and what not, but why not put all of these together into a quilt?
These are all different sizes, so how to make them all fit together? Well, like this:
I plan to add strings to bring the blocks all to the same height and make them into rows. The larger blocks, of course, won't need strings but will be surrounded by them as sashing. Then I can join the rows into a quilt top without weird pieces hanging off. This isn't an original idea-- I think I got it from Cynthia at Quilting is more fun than housework, and was also inspired by Julie at Me and My Quilts, Exploring the Possibilities. Looking at the first few blocks, I'm liking it, but I wonder if I shouldn't have put a dark frame around each block so they don't get lost. Maybe a white frame? What do you think?
|Gosh, I hope I have enough!|
Anyway, this is another quilt with no rules! What is happening to me? Is the stress frying my brain? I don't know, but I'm having fun! And that is the point, after all!
This afternoon, just before I pushed the button to publish this post, I learned of the death of sewing pioneer Nancy Zieman. I am so deeply saddened by this. It's like losing a friend. I know that anything I say can never approach the well-deserved tributes from her friends and other sewing greats, but I do have a story:
It happens that Nancy's Notions was founded in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, and was not so far from our home there. Every May, they had a huge Warehouse Sale, and some friends and I would go every year. It was so much fun! They would literally open the warehouse and sell everything, and you could get screaming deals on fabric like you wouldn't believe. It was very festive, almost like a party or at least a church picnic. (Now it's more of an "industry event," which is fine, but nothing like it was back then.) We would show up at the opening, spend way too much, stand in a dozen lines, and have lunch at Larson's Family Restaurant, which is gone now, too. Through the whole sale you could find Nancy on the sales floor, taking pictures of the awesome projects displayed, teaching some demonstrations, and making sure the whole thing ran like clockwork. We got to meet her several times, the last time at our 15th sale, after she had sold the company. She was very gracious to the many, many people who stopped her, and would gladly point out where the restrooms were (for what I'm sure was the 300th time every day) and answer all questions. In between sales we would sometimes get together to watch her shows on tape, along with some nice wine, of course. We learned so much! Nancy, may you rest in peace. Thank you for the lessons, the inspiration, and most of all for the fun and the memories. We will miss you terribly.
And now I'm tearing up! There's a fun finish coming up on Friday, I promise. Hope you get some happier stitches in this week!
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