Meanwhile, back at the ranch

When we last left our heroine she was dithering about possible quilt layouts.

Consensus is, from everyone who has seen the blocks, that there is clear winner.

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This is not it. But it was fun to try out.

To be accountable I am linking up for the first! time! evah! with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal July Linkup I want this top DONE by the end of the month.

Linking up as well with TNTN, Sew Fresh Quilts, and My Quilt Infatuation to get some more loving for this one.
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Happy making

My friend Gabrielle popped round for a visit this week; it was she who gave me some lots of the fabric for my Jacob’s Ladder quilt. She admired my blocks, talked me down, pointed out the obvious, and encouraged me to keep going. She also brought some sort of very delicious marzipan/almond bar.

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These blocks are 58-61 of sixty-four needed! I’m still anxious about the layout but maybe, juuuust maybe, it doesn’t have to be perfect.

Scrap swappin’

A while back Janice from Color, Creating and Quilting and one of my fellow 2016 New Quilt Blogger blog hop peeps put out a call for bright coloured prints with a very dark background. So I went through my scraps, strings, strips, and yardage and mailed her off a bunch.

She asked what I wanted in return so of course I said 2.5″ squares! And/or low volume 5″ squares. She sent me both!

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And reused my envelope, which I loved.

You can see here what Janice is doing with her fabrics. Thanks for boosting my stash Janice!

That last post

Hmpf. Lessons I have recently learned.

  • You guys are all so very nice. I actually knew that before.
  • Extra nice are the folks who left me comments reassuring me and encouraging me to continue, even though I was too down to respond. Thank you. 
  • Don’t layout a big project when only half done. You will be disappointed about your progress.
  • Don’t combine anxiety about one project and frustration about another one AT THE SAME TIME. This will lead to more anxiety and frustration.
  • Do distract yourself with other things, or non-quilt things. I’m still working on this. 

Here’s something small I did.

I remade this really pretty wonky star from the swap earlier this year. On the left is the original, rather beige background. On the right is the much better, scrappy white. Block is 12″ finished.

Small steps.