Monday, August 29, 2016

All Done Tumblin

Been a little quieter lately, and I finished another quilt top, this one was Bonnie Hunter's leader and ender challenge last year, the tumblers project. It worked out to be a sofa size or nap size or picnic size, or keep it on the backseat of the car size, which is fine with me.

I did most of it in true leader and ender fashion, so it pleases me to see that I really did get a lot of piecing done in the past twelve months. I didn't overthink it either, just two piles of light and dark tumblers, with three darks on each end. I tried my best to shrug it off when two of the same tumblers ended up adjacent from row to row.  You can also see a few spots where my darks and lights were too close to the middle of the value range, I think it just makes it more interesting.

I will save the pinning and machine quilting for cooler weather, because all the pressing that needs to be done first is just not something I want to do in an -un-airconditioned quiltorium!

How about you? Did you do the tumbler challenge? Are you doing the hourglass challenge this year? I cut some out, and may use them for small projects like placemats, or borders for applique/embroidery projects.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

It's been a while

My pageview stats have trickled off to nothing, but in case anyone is wondering where I've been, my mom has been pretty sick. Hospitalized twice between May and July, but released the second time with a doctor telling me that there is little more they can provide for her medically. So she is at home, with excellent caregivers around the clock, and support from hospice. It's a difficult trip for me with all the local bridge and road construction here in the NY metro area. She declines a bit and plateaus, then declines a bit more and plateaus again. Right now, we are on a plateau, so I am only going there once a week, but it wipes me out.  I did get a little quilting done this week though.

My mother exists in two worlds at present, talking both to us and those loved ones who have passed on to the next world. Some days she lets go of her interest in what's going on here, and then the next day she is more fully engaged. She dances between the worlds of the living and the dead, I feel like I bounce between the land of the living and the land of the dying. Each trip leaves me exhausted, it's mostly a mental and emotional exhaustion, but I am growing more accustomed to the back and forth, and even managed to spend time in the quiltorium  recently. 

I was sure I had only twelve blocks left to make, and went to lay it out only to find I needed to make eight more blocks. I have the strip sets pieced and ready to slice, open and repiece, but I noticed one strip set has a 1 3/4 in. strip instead of a 2 in. strip so there is a little frogging to do.

Scrappy Trips Around the World,  an old pattern, but a great one for using up old fabric. I am calling it Chopped Liver, since it contains several old FQs that were the color of uncooked liver.  My recipe makes the yucky fabric work by mixing it with bright red, orange, yellow, blue or green, and a dash of black.

Piecing, because it's cheaper than therapy, and healthier than alcohol, for times like these!