Sunday, January 13, 2008

Making Carolina Crossroads longer

I have decided that the half- and quarter-Ohio-Star blocks Bonnie assigned to us must mean that the blocks will be set on-point. These will then be the setting triangles around the outside.
AND I don't want a square quilt (80"x80") for my queen bed;
I want to be able to tuck itunder the foot of the mattress.
SO having finished Step 6, I am now making enough additional 3.5" blocks to make another 4 more Ohio Star blocks, and 5 more undefined blocks (the ones she hasn't told us how to put together yet). I think adding a "row" of each to Bonnie's total will give me enough to make my quilt more like 80" x 92" before borders, and thus long enough to tuck.
Anyway, I have four more days before another Clue, with "nothing" to do! Might as well make more block pieces![Hmm, I guess this means I'm not giving this quilt away, but want it to be the first I've ever made for my own bed. Talking to you helps me read my own mind!]

Another UFO, hanging in front of my sewing room. These squares were samples of batiks, and sewn together at a quilting retreat last fall as a time-filler. As I contemplated it, it began to look like a Lenten Meditation. I plan to put on some embellishments of a very discrete and unimposing nature. But I don't know whether to apply them before or after quilting. I have little experience with embellishment. There is a silky gray ribbon hanging down on one side as an example.

And here are some UFO Puss-in-the-corner blocks I made when Bonnie Hunter was doing something like them. I wanted to do something different than she did for sashings, of course. There are 80 blocks, 6" finished, which should make a top 48 x 60. What is needed now is to find the right sashing and cornerstones.

This UFO is a tesselation block that I thought I had dreamed up by myself in about 2004, with great concentration! Then I found the same pattern in a book somewhere, discovering it wasn't new at all. This piece is about 28 x 28. So what on earth can that be used for? I guess I could turn it into a Neo-natal quilt.

The book group at church is starting to discuss Awareness by Anthony de Mello. We only read five of the short segments, but we had a rousing discussion around his statements:
1) we would rather sleep than wake up,
2) we should want our own happiness more than we love anyone else, and
3) he can't give us any help!
I think his intention is to get our attention, and then depend on ourselves.
A challenging book.


No healthy Habits report today.

That Lynne organizes the book group
Lunch with Kathie
Jordan almonds


Phyllis Williams said...

Hi Sara!

I am surfing the CC Mystery web ring:). You are gonna do MORE blocks???

Your quilt parts just say, "Happy!" Very pretty~

Thanx for managing all those photos for the group.



Kucki68 said...

How about having your puss blocks set with white sashing and a star corner block in dark brown or black?