Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I have been a bad blogger.  I guess I'll just attribute it to having too many irons in the fire and the fire was hot.  Mom had a rough time after her 3rd chemo and that translated to me having a hard time dealing with everything mentally.  She had her 4th session last week (her last we thought) and is doing OK.  Unfortunately, the oncologist has decided he wants her to have 4 more sessions as insurance the cancer is really gone. 

Mike and I went on a mini vacation to western Oklahoma for 3 days.  He slipped on slippery rocks and fell - cuts and a very sore tail bone.  That didn't help my mental state either! 

Enough of my whining.......I got the borders on the wool applique quilt.  It is being offered as a block of the month at Sew Graceful Quilting.  It would be a fun project to work on during their Simply Handwork or Simply Primitive meetings.

I was recently reading Marguerite Ickis' book "The Standard Book of Quilt Making and Collecting".  In it she suggests "All of your sewing problems will be simpler if you pick an easy design for your quilt.  Too often an elaborate design presents difficulties which an expert needlewoman could not master."  I guess Marguerite would not be pleased if she saw what I am now working on.

This is the first block of Sue Garman's Friends of Baltimore quilt.  This is what the quilt will look like when it's finished.  Notice all those half square triangles - 1" finished. 

As you can see, I have a long road ahead of me!  My friend who is relatively new to applique has the first 4 blocks prepped and ready to stitch down.  At this speed I may be 100 before I finish this project but I am determined to finish it. 

Well, as you can see I have a lot of "work" to get done so better close this post and get busy.  Hope you are having a great week!


  1. The Baltimore block is a beauty. You have selected a quilt pattern with about a million pieces. The end product will be a treasure though.

  2. Hmmmmm.....wonder just how many pieces there are in the album quilt? A friend stopped counting at 100 on the lyre block.....