Monday, January 30, 2012

2012 Week 5 Progress

I only completed two blocks yesterday.  I have some medical tests coming up tomorrow, and surgery next week.  That was weighing on my mind, so my mind wasn't in to the block making.  I can normally press through all of the thoughts, and clear my mind, and just sew, but yesterday was a struggle.  

On block one, I had positioned items wrong, and had to rip the browns off of the yellow, and re-stitch them.  As I was re-stitching, I realized that I had mistakes in the brown rows themselves -- there are two short browns and two long browns, which are supposed to be opposite each other, I have mine on the same sides (two long browns on bottom, and two short browns on top -- not that you'd have ever noticed if I didn't tell you, mind you!).  

So, rather than make (more!) mistakes, I gathered up all of my sewing items, closed my machine and was satisfied with completing two blocks. 

Here they are in their glory: 

All worry aside, so far this year I have managed to sew some each week thus, keeping my resolution for 2012.  That is a bright spot. 

This week I'm 'closing' the restaurant.  That means I won't get home before 11:00 p.m. each night (Monday through Thursday) -- after leaving the house around 6:15 a.m. to get to my other job by 6:30 a.m.  I have been running the idea through my head (over and over and over) that maybe I can cut the pieces for the next block(s), as I am unwinding after the close.  Even though I get up early, and finish work late, there is that period where I am still too awake to go to bed -- where I'd just toss and turn and be miserable -- cutting might be a good idea.  The next several blocks are very scrappy with pieces finishing about 1/4 inch wide, so there's a lot of cutting to be done.  [As you may be able to tell from the black/white line drawings, the blocks in this section are getting more scrappy as we go along.]

Here's a peek: 


marcella said...

Wow, those are some neat and complicated blocks! What a fun challenge to make. Hope your cutting schedule works out for you and your medical issues are resolved.

Alycia said...

Those are great blocks! hope your tests go well, and you can stop thinking of them ;-)

Gari said...

Wow, those blocks look complicated. Where do they come fron? I don't know about late night cutting. That's when I would really make mistakes. But I do remember that "unable to sleep" time after getting home late. Good luck with your tests and surgery.

Ida said...

Gari -

The patterns can be ordered from Ann Holte Quilting at:

There are 12 sets of blocks to order, and the 13th set (the half/quarter diamond outer border) is a 'freebie' when you order the 12 sets.