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The Birthday Windup and “The Project” continues

ACW was very kind and made a cake for my birthday. The children decorated the cake with Smarties and Jelly Beans and it was very delicious. My boss lady also bought me a cake – a chocolate sponge roll – so I got 2!!

The drinks were cancelled because of H10’s tennis windup – but it did mean that we didn’t have to worry about tea, as a sausage sizzle was provided. The daquiries will wait for another night.


In other news, I am more than half way through the main blocks now. Now that I’ve laid it out, the shell sashing that I thought was “too busy” looks okay now. I think. Anyone care to offer an opinion?



The project

A few years ago I decided to start a Serious Quilt to give my step father for his 70th birthday. I had three years to complete this in. Plenty of time, right? I’m not an accomplished quilter, and have only ever done small projects. This would be “a project”. A full sized bed quilt. I was ready for it.

In the meantime I made several baby quilts for friends having babies and then taught H10 to make a rag quilt. Time ticked by and I found myself just DAYS away from the impending birthday and what had I done?

I had cut out hundreds ( and I do mean hundreds) of little triangles. And about one hundred 4½” squares. And a few sashing strips.

It was then I discovered my first mistake. When using striped fabric, you have to be careful how you cut it.

Right           Wrong
Right                                    Wrong

Having corrected that little mistake (lucky I bought extra fabric), I started to assemble the pinwheels. Did you know that you have to put them together exactly the same way every time? A few goes with the stitch ripper and I was back on track. A wiser me was now on a roll.

Wrong  Right
Wrong                                            Right

The blocks are coming along nicely now. I have done 5 (out of 20) in the last couple of days.


I decided to join some of the blocks together with the sashing, just to see what it would look like. I had chosen two different fabrics (because I couldn’t decide which one I liked better), but now looking at the blocks assembled, I didn’t like either of them.

Too Busy
Too Busy
Too ..... blah
Too ….. blah

Another trip to the fabric shop and a neutral was found.

Still not sure
Still not sure

I now have 5 (out of 20) main blocks assembled. I still haven’t decided what to use as sashing or an overall border. And Stepfathers birthday was last Sunday.

I’m late.