While I know it does not seem like much, one block, it was too me. A block with over 50 pieces, crazy. Now I think I need like 17 more.
I was totally scared to attempt this, however, I ended up finding it quite enjoyable and challenging. Maybe those two things go together, enjoyable and challenging. Either way, my One Monthly Goal is Finished for this month and now I need something for next month.
The instructions for this quilt come in a booklet, which I really like. For some dumb reason, it felt less daunting, just turning a page to move on. There were some complications. For this quilt, there are dogs facing left and dogs facing right. I totally got this confused on multiple occasions. I made the left one and eventually put Post-its over the pictures and instructions for the right facing block because I am not capable of not looking at it. Covering those pictures and instructions with Post-its, worked. No more issues after that. It is a cute block.
So, since there are so many pieces, there is a lot of cutting. Accuracy is totally important. There are many small pieces one inch by one inch for some. I did find a useful tool for all this cutting. It is a lifesaver, especially for me with Rheumatoid arthritis. It is a weird looking ergonomic cutter by Martelli. it even says on the package designed for arthritis and carpal tunnel, etc. It made a world of difference. I barely needed any pressure to cut, which was awesome. Some days when my hands and wrist hurt, I avoid cutting with a rotary cutter. I won a $25.00 gift card for Amazon at work and this was only $14.99. I will not use anything else whenever possible.
Sorry, brought back a funny memory. The first time I got married, I had my three sisters and one girlfriend in my wedding. Since my sisters lived elsewhere, I picked a dress out of the Penny’s catalog so they could each order it. Pretty simple. So, on the day I was getting married, I am sitting in the waiting room with everyone except my sister Karen. She walks in and my little sister starts singing “One of these things is not like the other one, not like the other one, not like the other one…” Well, Karen’s dress was way darker than everyone else’s (totally different dye lot). She was so upset, mostly because she thought I would be upset. I just laughed. Seriously, what are you going to do 15 minutes before hand? Laugh it off. And then there was Kellie singing. It was pretty funny.
So, in my fit of sewing, or what I would call depression sewing or sewing without thinking, whatever you want to call it, over the weekend, I of course performed one of my ever so present mistakes, which I only noticed when looking at the photo. The top left corner and the bottom right corner each have a block the wrong direction. Classic Lori. The only thing is I didn’t put it together and quilt it before I found it. So, I have the opportunity to correct it. That is a change.
I made this from a stack of scraps from a dog quilt I made from my great nephew. The pile was taking up valuable real estate, so I just started sewing. It will make an OK baby quilt. Haley said she liked this one. She is my very critical daughter who could not sew a button back on her blouse. Love her. I can always count on her for an honest opinion.
So I Started making my daughter Haley a library quilt. She is a total bookworm. I have been secretly trying to keep it from her. I even contacted the school librarian to get me a list of books she has checked out. I have been secretly going in her room and taking pictures of her book shelves so I knew all the titles. I wanted to make it not just a library quilt, but her library quilt with all her books on it.
Well, the last quilt I finished, she decided needed to be hers. I kept telling her no. She
kept giving me that sideways look where she knows I am not telling something. Then the light bulb went off and she said “OMG you are making me a quilt”. Then she ran downstairs to look for it. I ended up telling her it was the LQ (library quilt) box so she did not destroy everything in her path.
Needless to say she is very excited and immediately began writing down other books for me to add. Now she will continually bug me to get it done. Wanted me to use it as my one Monthly Goal, which I may do for September, but I needed a couple of other things to do it for this month. She will have to learn patience. Sometimes these things take me a really long time.