Monday, March 24, 2014

Allergies or Ennui?

Despite my best laid plans, I didn't participate in the Friday Night Sew-in or work on my Tea Towel Challenge quilt this weekend as planned.   I might be able to attribute my not-great feeling lately to allergies (proof Spring is really here), life's stress at the moment or just plain ennui–I just didn't feel like working on quilts and so ... I just didn't work on them.

Whatever it was, by Sunday afternoon, it had passed and I made some April blocks for the Block Lotto–which I can't share publicly for another week, though some will get a sneak peek later today– and these Briar Patch blocks from Teal scraps for the Rainbow Scraps challenge. 

As I was sewing the paper foundation pieced blocks, I thought about how it was one of those old projects that I would likely never have picked up again if not for the rainbow scraps challenge.  While I don't hate paper-piecing, I don't think I'd ever choose to make a large quilt of paper-pieced blocks.  Making them now, a few blocks each month as part of the challenge, makes them completely do-able and not at all tedious :-)

It has me thinking about how to structure some other golden oldie un-finished projects that I know I'd like finished but don't excite me so much now into manageable bites of time and effort.

This morning, I pulled out the 22 blocks made so far: 4 red ones made in a workshop with Judy Niemeyer, long ago and far away, the rest made so far this year from rainbow scraps.




I'm joining the lists for Judy's Design Wall Monday and Angela's Scrap-Happy Saturday ... even though I didn't get scrappy until Sunday. 

7 comments:

QuiltSwissy said...

"Squeeeeeeeal!!!" I LOVE it. I cannot start another project, I cannot start another project, I cannot start another project.......

Elaine M said...

I love your blocks and I CAN NOT start another project. I Can Not start another project, getting weaker. Hope you are done with feeling sick and allergies.

Sheila said...

Great blocks!

desertskyquilts said...

Those are interesting with the quadrants all mixed together. I'd never looked at them that way in my mind, so it's an adjustment. =) Sometimes I take a free day, too. I'm glad you did, and then got back into it.

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

I'm in love with those blocks Sophie! Hope you stay with them as they are going to make a beautiful quilt.

LynneP said...

Lovin' these blocks! They are totally "today" and don't look "old" at all. Can't wait to see the finished top.

joe tulips said...

Well, there's a fancy french word I needed to look up! I love how you are pulling out "old" stuff and adding to it. No school today! Time to figure out what new or old thing I will be sewing this morning!

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