Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Multi Tasking

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble. 
Helen Keller


I know you have been waiting with baited breath to see what else I have been up to or when I would get around to posting about it.  Well, you need wait no longer.

I now have 12 Scrappy Trips Around the World blocks made.  I put them on the design wall to see if they would be big enough to border for a charity quilt.  Nope, not liking it that small.  Apparently I came to this decision a while back also because when I looked in the tray that was holding the strips I had pulled for this project I found that I had already paired 8 more sets.  I guess I'll be making a total of 20 blocks or this one.



I cut some more 2 1/2" strips on my Accu Quilt Studio Cutter.  These will be going into some charity quilt kits.  I may make one top from them.




I have been pulling some fabrics to use with this die.  I outlined the cutting blades with a silver marker.  It really helps when placing your fabrics down to cut.





Here are some of the fabric combos I have come up with so far for the Blazing Star.









I did iron out the wrinkles after I took the photos.  Now I just need to cut some strips from the fat quarters and yardage and I'll be ready to run them through the cutter.  I decided to use batiks so the the right/wrong side of the pieces want be an issue in this very directional pattern.  Of course the danger in doing this is getting the position of the lights and darks reversed in some of the blocks.  I haven't decided how big it will be or if I will be putting sashing between the blocks.

So that's a little of what's going on in the studio.  I've also fired up the longarm and am making progress on a quilt there.  I'll share that when it's done.

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5 comments:

  1. having the cutter must make things much easier, love batiks trying to build up a collection at the moment

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  2. When I read my Bloglovin' blurb it ran together from the Helen Keller quote and your post and what I read was - Helen Keller I know you have been waiting with baited breath to see what else I have been up to ...
    I laughed and laughed. It's good to see your post and your Blazing Star selections are wonderful. I have a 2 1/2" die and have never used it. I just don't think about it. Thanks for the reminder that it's not just for binding either.

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  3. Your scrappy trip is pretty. Also the fabrics you chose for the blazing star are beautiful.

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  4. LOVE the quote!!! That is where greatness comes from. Also think your fabric choices are well balanced!

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  5. Patricia, I saw that you had posted on Geta's blog today. I want you to know that I miss seeing you. I looked at your blog and saw how long it's been since you posted and that tells me that you are not feeling well. I saw that you started a new diet back in April. That upsets the proverbial apple cart. My life has changed immensely in the last year. Even though I have lots of health issues with fibromyalgia, PTSD, diverticulosis, and others, my son moved in with me last October to help him, not me. Then unexpectedly in late February his 2 1/2 year old daughter's mother went to jail, so in early March she came to live with us. So, I'm her care giver while he is at work. He has found a drop-in daycare near the house that is open everyday except Sunday, so that is always an option. She had apparently either never been told NO or not ever been taught that NO means NO. It's very difficult to have to unteach before you can teach. My friends tell me she is thriving with us. She got a trike for her 3rd birthday and has about mastered that. She can even pedal up the slant of our sidewalk. She has some speech problems and we don't know if it's because her mother has a speech impediment or if she has a delay due to drugs and alcohol during pregnancy or if that's just the way she is. I had only seen her twice before she came to live her, so it was a total surprise for both of us! Then this summer we had my son's 10 year old son with us for the entire summer. That was chaos with a 2/3 year old and a 10 year old. She thought she could and should do everything he did and he thought she was a royal pain and too demanding. He got upset when she imitated him. Of course, I had them more of the time than their dad. I will say he is a great dad. The minute he gets home, he is "on duty." He is the disciplinarian, he is in charge of everything - he is responsible for their meals, laundry, whatever. He does the yard here. He has cleaned out the gutters and done some chores I was having to hire people to do. So, he has been a help. I do try to help with the meals, too. We've found that it helps if I can have at least part of the meal ready when he gets home and then he helps me finish it and he cleans up the kitchen. He works 3 long days at the Walmart distribution center making pallets that go out to the stores. Very physically demanding. Then two evenings a week he delivers pizza. He's off work on Thursday and Friday. He usually brings home something from pizza one night a week. So, I have the kiddo some long hours. He insists that I try to get out and do something with my friends on his days off. Oh, yeah he has filled for full permanent custody of his daughter. Her only thing is that she claims she can't afford to pay for supervised visitation. Her attorney picked the person for the supervision because of the low cost. She has not seen her daughter since she went to jail in February and has talked to her three times, yes, three times. She has two prior drug-related cases in court. Her mom bonded her out and apparently because of that she has to get her own counsel. I guess if you bond out, the court assumes you can afford to provide your own attorney. She has bonded out twice since February. She has two other children. One is with the father and she claims she doesn't know which of two other men is the father of the little girl who is younger than my granddaughter. So, all are by different men. My son was never married to the mothers of his children. What a crazy world - always drama with these women.

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