I finally finished Tara's block for the Bee Balm blog sewing bee. I feel like I'm moving through molasses this month! I love the design she picked. Each HST finishes to 4 inches, so the whole block will finish to 16 inches. I finished it on the last day of January, but I wanted to have it mailed and in Tara's hands by the end of the month. I don't know what happened to January...
February is my month to have these talented ladies from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA make blocks for me. I've been thinking about this since Christmas, and I was having a hard time thinking of a project. Then it hit me! (Actually, it nearly fell on me...)
I was pulling another bin off an upper shelf and THIS bin, containing a UFO, nearly fell on me! Since I decided at the beginning of the year that I was going to have to come to some serious decisions about old UFOs, I thought I might figure a way to recycle the blocks into a fabulous new project. How's THAT for shopping your stash?!?
I admit it, I'm human, when a project loses its sex appeal, it becomes a UFO on the shelf. Some projects, the ones we stay excited about and manage to finish, have some spark, some deeper connection that gives us the staying power to get it done. What makes one project hit the mark and another one miss so completely??
This UFO was going to be a quilt like my friend Margit was making. She found this project in a quilt magazine and made hers with feed sack/30's prints and a solid, classic 30's blue, kind of like the magazine sample.
When I saw Margit's project, done with blue and 30's fabrics, I LUSTED after it (I think I was actually drooling...). I couldn't wait to go home and start rifling through my 30's fabrics. And of course, I had to make it queen size. Then the practical person that lives inside of me spoke up and said, "don't do it with blue...it doesn't go with the house." I hate that person sometimes...she is a real kill joy, a total party pooper. I want to stuff her in a trunk and throw away the key.
I LOVED the blue...blue's my favorite color...but I thought that a classic, muted, solid 30's green would be safer. Big mistake. I never really liked the results and lost interest in it. I got a quarter of it pieced and set it aside.
The blue really set off the bright, happy 30's fabrics. Margit's looked so crisp and made the 30's blocks stand up and say "hi there!" The green just made the whole project look and feel depressing. Maybe if I had picked "that green," that bright green that was so popular in the 1930's, it might have worked. But the green I picked was a gray-ish green, very nice, but didn't set off those cheerful 30's fabrics very well.
I spent a lot of time painstakingly cutting out 3 inch squares from every 30's fabric that I had at the time (I do love scrappy)...I was practically rolling around in the floor on them, like my cat...me-OW! It was quite a spectacle, a definite love fest. I didn't want to waste all that effort, the experience (grin), or all those fabulous 30's fabric squares! (I still remember what movie I was watching while doing it...is that powerful and twisted, or what?)
Anyway, I've come up with a plan to put the "sexy" back into this UFO and the packets of fabrics went out this morning! I'll share the idea here when I get blocks back in a couple of months.
Ola's secret Santa gave her a sweet treat on Tuesday at the shop and I just have to share it with you.
Mary Liz allowed me to take her picture with it to share. Remember how I said recently that to become a better quilter, hang out with other talented quilters? Mary Liz is definitely that! She turned me onto using Elmer's glue sticks to turn my edges under for hand applique. She is also a superb technical writer and does the newsletter for the shop and writes patterns, in addition to skiing, loving animals, doing all kinds of crafty things, and being married to a great guy.
She also taught me a great lesson yesterday...it's OK to be a little late with a handcrafted goodie for a friend...it is still greatly appreciated and puts much-needed smiles on gloomy January faces! (makes me feel better about all the things I have not finished yet for friends...blush, blush)
The snow has swallowed my shrubberies...it's hard to believe that there are daffodils sleeping under there somewhere. We usually don't see those until April around here...
Mother Nature has lost her mind...I think she is saying to all of us, enough is enough! I hope that wherever you are, you are coping OK with the snow, heat, flooding, cyclones, and whatever else is being thrown your way!