Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Little Progress, Much Sadness

The bombing at the Boston marathon has left me speechless and sad.  Everyone relates in their own way–I once lived 1-2 blocks away from where it happened and have watched the marathoners from the sidewalk many years and so it is easy for me to imagine Boylston street and the crowds of people cheering on the runners. My heart goes out to Boston.

On a more personal and trivial note, after a near-perfect interview for a job a couple weeks ago, I heard yesterday that the funding for the position was pulled and so still no job for me. 

I have made some small progress on quilting projects.  I added a sawtooth border to the scrappy checkerboard picnic quilt.  It's ready to be layered, basted and quilted. 

Checkerboard with Sawtooth Border

I have also been working on the second round for the Cotton Robin quilt at my house. (I won't share any of that work until the robin has ended this summer).

It seemed like a good idea ...When it arrived at my house, I immediately thought of a paper-pieced border I had made long ago, probably during my first year as a quilter.  When I couldn't find the foundation pattern anywhere, I remembered that I had an old–still not quilted–wall hanging I had made way back when, and thought I could copy the block from the pieced top. Here's what happened when I put it on the light box.

While this wasn't exactly as helpful in reverse engineering the pattern as I thought it would be, it does make for a particularly obscure clue to provide to the Cotton Robin group about the round I've added to the quilt :-)

December #2I have only managed one more of the hand-pieced blocks.

I need to make one more of these (the December block), then draft the pattern for the missing block.

I also need to draft the appliqué idea I have for the top of the scrappy flying geese quilt so I can make some progress there ... since it's my designated Lovely Finish for April.

Events, near and far, have me feeling scattered.  I know I'll be able to focus soon enough on these quilt projects and other tasks, but for now, I am just feeling all kinds of sad.

I'm joining WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced and Esther's WOW lists.  Check them out for quilters who are likely making much more progress than me this week.

8 comments:

Bunny said...

Love your scrap picnic quilt. And your blocks are nice too. Yes it has been overwhelming sad for all those lives hurst and lost because of some crazy person. Hopefully whoever it was will be caught.
Bunny

tubakk said...

Your quilt is so pretty. I love the sawtooth row.

P. said...

The sawtooth border really makes it sing!

PS - I am halfway done quilting Tess. So far, so good!

Esther said...

Great projects! Very interesting mystery-thingy in front of lightbox! :-)
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Gari in AL said...

DH grew up on Beacon Hill so we have also been stunned by the events there. I found that concentrating on putting pieces (of fabric) together gave me a sense of calmness.

desertskyquilts said...

That border really makes a different quilt out of all the squares! Love the mystery robin border.

jjthor said...

love your blocks where did you get the pattern? would love to try making some.

Keep your chin up things will look up just takes time .

Diane Quilts said...

My memories of Boston are as vivid as yours - I went to Boston University. My heart is also filled with sadness at the senselessness of such violence.

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