Category Archives: works in progress


The pathetic part of this story isn’t that I have nineteen out of twenty blocks finished or that I finished those nineteen blocks in three days but haven’t been able to get the last one done in three weeks or that my brother’s birthday is less than two weeks away—it’s that I have three other projects in the exact same state of unfinished-ness in the basket under my desk.

Somebody kick me in the ass please.


That’s not a finished object you say—it has no binding. Well, yes, technically that’s true. But try telling him that.

There’s nothing complicated about this quilt. It’s sixteen-inch squares set four across by four down. It’s my plan to use this on the beach next week when we take our vacation. I wanted to quilt it densely for durability and I thought whimsical might be fun, but after a little while of quilting like this:

I surrendered and went with something a little less labor (and thread) intensive.

So it looks kind of ridiculous with two totally different quilting styles that just change at random but I plan to ignore it.

And instead of binding it I decided to work on something else.

And when I need a break from that, I work on this

I’ve heard it said that ADD can add to creativity. Let’s go with that.

Beating a Dead Horse

If you’ll indulge me one more post about my method for piecing curves I’ve got a few things I’d like to clarify.

First off, what made me feel like a dummy wasn’t how I did it. Actually, I kind of like that I dreamed a quilt and made it real all without being taught, well, anything at all. Why I felt silly was that there was another, very simple and obvious method out there that didn’t occur to me and that I didn’t put it forth as an option. Also that Niall had tried to explain it to me—at length—and all Andrea had to do was draw me a simple diagram and—click! (Anyone else out there a visual learner?)

I can report that I’ve tried both methods now and I think they both have their merits. For this particular quilt I like cutting both the pie and the slice from one piece of fabric because the design works nicely with pairs. I do think that cutting from two templates makes for easier sewing. Much easier sewing actually. And when using scraps, and in situations where you don’t need two pieces of each fabric I think I’ll go with that method.

As a final word I’ll point you to Niall’s comment left on the last post. Maybe you’ll understand what he’s saying or maybe you’ll see why I didn’t get it at first. Either way, it’s time to move on.

I’m making slow progress on the Roundabout quilt. The delightfully lazy afternoons of July are calling to me and the sewing machine hasn’t been all that compelling of late.

All the photos in this post (and yes, they are completely unrelated to the content) were taken this weekend in Vermont. We’ve been clearing out the front rooms in our house in preparation for an upcoming project. (Details to follow soon.) There were no fewer than five sewing machines in various states of un-usability upstairs. Does anyone know if these are of any value?

If nothing else, they’re fun to photograph!