And some non-progress too

I would much rather be sewing more Jacob’s Ladder blocks but somehow there isn’t enough time to cut fabric let alone sew it. I blame too many work hours, Easter (another hellish holiday for cake decorators), and a soon to be eleven year old who wants ALLLLLL the things for her birthday. Yes, I do have problems with life/work balance.

So in the “I have ten minutes to spare” category I pulled out all my stars from the wonky star swap. The last set arrived a week or two ago. Mmm, maybe three weeks ago. I hadn’t put any of them together so that is what I did tonight.


Seen all together they look much better than I had imagined in my head, opening one set at a time. If I ever make progress on this project I predict I will perfect my Y-seams.


Day 438

Today I made the last block for the “gridded” quilt. When I pulled this project out again I was kind of fed up with it and wanted it done. But there’s been a lot of love for this and now I’m tempted to keep going and make it king size! If I do that though I’m sure I would stall again (and the cycle would repeat.) Let’s get this done.

Last block:


I freaked out a bit after I made my strip set, thinking it looked like Nemo but it turned out okay in the end.

A look at the values of all the blocks. You’d be surprised about which colours are which.


Tonight I wanted to decide the layout so I can continue making progress. Since I have to put away my design wall when it’s not in use (go through one doorway, a 180° turn, another doorway and down a few stairs), I pin blocks to the wall. This quilt currently has 40 pins keeping it secure so I re-arranged my kitchen and laid the design wall flat on the kitchen table.

It worked! I am a genius!


Tomorrow I will pick up some white for all the in between squares and make more progress.

I also need my design wall for the quilt I want to make for quiltcon. That’s right, I need to start that one. Submissions close in ten days, 23 hours. Eek!