Friday, December 27, 2013

I Had to Clean Off My Counter So You Could See These

I've been very, very good yesterday and today. There are 40 partial St. Paul blocks finished up now and waiting for setting decisions. Not exactly the colors of the season, but once I got into the sewing routine, they started whispering their magic to me and all was well again.
25 partial St. Paul blocks
It went better than expected. Close up there are issues with points matching and make no mistake, I. Am. Not. An. Expert on this block. Standing back a ways from the wall and looking at progress? I'm totally hooked--drawn in. Seeing possibilities always makes me very happy.

I scoped out all of my projects and made some lists too. Honestly, it's a bit overwhelming when I see it written down on the page, but it's not going to stop me from starting new projects when and if I get the urge. Needs must and all that. My motto is 'Do what you love and love what you do' so it's important for me not to get bogged down in all the little petty details. Besides, I know that details can get checked off of that list real fast when I'm properly motivated!
And the rest of the partial St. Paul blocks
Once again, the blocks on the wall are telling me that my original setting plan is not going to work. Cue the hysterical laughter. I reluctantly decided that I'm going to need 8 more blocks no matter where I go with these and so.....
Cutting out a few more blocks...
I started to trace the templates and get moving on that. Grumble, grumble, grumble... The thing about me and my lists--if I have all of the blocks finished up, then I can stack them together and move on to another project without feeling guilty. Blocks need time to simmer and breathe. It's good for them. And it's good for me. I will pull them out occasionally, play with setting ideas and go right back to other projects and other details. If I leave a stack of unfinished blocks laying around? Well, then I'm toast. They just won't shut up, always nagging at me to get working on them. Why do you think I'm working on these right now instead of something fun?*wink

18 comments:

  1. I love your blocks! Perfect or not, they are divine. You are right not to let perfection get in the way of finished. I can't wait to see what you do with these.

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  2. the blocks look perfect to me and if anyone has enough time on their hands to examine closely then they have too much time on their hands and need to start their own quilt LOL

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  3. Your blocks look amazing . Havent you heard if you cant see any mistakes as you're galloping by on a horse then they dont exist. Apply that to your quilting - it totally works for me !

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  4. Seasonal or not the colours of your blocks are wonderful!

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  5. Gorgeous reds, rusts, and oranges all together! And it's not just the colors -- the fabrics are wonderful, too.

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  6. You were a very good girl!! Way to go, as this looks kinda difficult to piece. Love those colors----very striking mix. Good luck on the last few.

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  7. Love your blocks & colours choice.
    Happy New Year !

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  8. Great motto, and I must remember not to get bogged down with petty details too! Your blocks are looking really good on your wall.

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  9. There is nothing so pretty to me as pumpkin rusty oranges mixed with subdued colonial type blues and indigos. Your blocks are made well enough to promise a beautiful quilt!

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  10. I have no luck making blocks like these. I will get one to turn out and two or three that go together kind of whompy.

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  11. I so much agree with your philosophy of doing what you enjoy. I too am never worried about starting something exciting and leaving other projects on the back burner. Life's too short to miss out on fun!

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  12. Great blocks, full of motion. I make lists too and generally, pick and choose as the year goes by the projects that still speak to me.

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  13. Who needs perfection when you can have character--it's beautiful. Worth cleaning off the counter!

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  14. preciosos!!!
    me gustan muchísimo estos colores
    creo que sera un edredón guapísimo
    me gusta!
    saludos

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  15. This is a new block to me. Love the blues, reds and golds. You are so productive!

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