Sunday, March 27, 2011

Life in the Fast Lane

Okay, compared to some people I know, my life is boring. But for me, who is happiest curled up on the couch next to my husband with a fire burning, this is a fast pace! Currently, I work full time and am attending school attempting to fulfill my science prerequisites in hopes of getting into nursing school in Fall 2013. Yes, 2013. Good grief that sounds like a long ways away! Especially at the age of 51. But, I believe this is a desire the Lord has placed in my heart and will continue on this path until He changes my direction or blocks me completely. At any rate, my one class is Anatomy right now and it takes up what seems like an enormous amount of time. I think if I could somehow stop with all the procrastinating I do, it might be a lot less though;-)

All this to say that, I was determined to get my last few triangles for my Jane quilt done this weekend. Only 3 were left and yesterday I did  them all! I'm so happy. Now, it's just the last 25 blocks and the top assembly, which I'm working on a bit at a time. June is still the goal! Here are the triangles I did the last couple of weeks:

This first one is the one I had to remake because the first one I made went missing. As I've whined about before, this was my least favorite triangle. It is BR9, called, Sue's Garden, has 12 pieces and was pieced by me and appliqued by my bff, Rana. I think this is the only block in my quilt that has been worked on by someone other than me. That makes it special enough that I won't hate it anymore!

 This next one is BR2, called Leigh's Woods, has 31 pieces and was paper pieced.

Lastly, this is BR12, called Jessie's Stained Glass, was paper pieced and appliqued and has 15 pieces.

I have 3 triangles left to show and tell, but no photos of them yet.
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Enjoy your Sunday afternoon!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Just a Quickie

It's been a while, but there's not much time for a post right now. Just wanted to show the darling little original creation my friend (designed and)gave me a couple of weeks ago. Isn't it the most darling little pincushion?? Check out Rana's website over here for more fabulous stuff!

There are more completed DJ blocks to share, but that will have to wait until next time!

Have a great day!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Crazy and Obsessed

Have you ever noticed the number of quilting blogs that have the word "crazy" in them? I think I've used that word several times for the titles of blog posts as well as in the title of my blog. My sister, who no longer blogs, used the word "obsessed" in her title. Today and for the past couple of months, I've felt both crazy and obsessed. About my baby jane. Have you noticed? I'm purposely shirking all other projects in a fairly focused (as much as that is possible for me) attempt to finish her up!

I began this journey in October of 2007 and of course, thought I could get it done much faster than I have. Of course, we never know what the Lord has in store for us. So that may have been my plan, but He had other plans for me. So, having cancer and going through those treatments sidelined me for a good 8 or 9 months from the project. It wasn't that I couldn't, it was more that the desire had been sucked right out of me. I really felt I needed to be on my knees before Him, rather than playing with fabric. Then, I've also taken breaks at Christmastime each year to make presents.

But now, I'm down to having only 25 blocks and 6 triangles left to make. How exciting is that? It makes me truly Crazy and Obsessed! Problem is, working full time and going to school part-time (Anatomy, which takes up easily 10 hours per week) really makes it tricky to get much done on this baby! I really wish I could finish her up in the next couple of weeks, but that is not possible, unfortunately! The goal is to have all blocks and triangles done by the end of May and take June to put it all together and get her sent off to the quilter's. OOOOH, I wish I could wave a wand and have this DONE!

So now that you know how I'm are some photos of the latest progress. The blocks are all from row K. The first is K5, called Passing Through, is paper and regular pieced and has 14 pieces. I did the outer white sections with Y seams and have puckers, so these might need to be redone:/

This next one is one I've wanted to do for a long time! It's K7 and is called Rose of Sharing, has 8 pieces and was pieced and appliqued. You can see that I've started putting sashings on some of my blocks.
 This next picture is of a block that was actually made years ago, but since I brought it out to sash, thought I'd take a photo of it for you. It is K8, called Springbrook Park, has 23 pieces and was paper pieced.
 This next one is K1, called Crooked Creek, was rotary cut and pieced and has 24 pieces.
This one was made watching TV the other night (a rare occasion anymore). It is K6, Ann's Folly, was paper pieced and has 33 pieces. I love polka dots, don't you?

This is my last corner kite. It is the bottom right corner and has no name that I can find. It was paper pieced and appliqued and has 19 pieces the way I've done it. It's good to have the corners done. I'm thinking about just finishing all the triangles up next. What do you think???

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Happy stitching and good luck on your own crazy obsessions!