Dear friends,


It’s been two steps forward, one step backward on the quilting front.

I spent part of yesterday trying to muster a head of steam on quilt-blocking and . . . whew! It took me much of the day to construct what you see in the photo above.

The problem is that the last time I worked on this project — when I finally, mercifully made a proper quilt block that looked like my inspiration photo — it was more than two weeks ago. And for reasons I can’t explain, I didn’t make a pattern. After spending an entire day getting the block just right, I thought I had it in my head.

Yeah . . . not so much. Today, I couldn’t for the life of me figure out the angle I had cut my blocks on. So I had to do what every seamstress hates to do: deconstruct a block and start all over. It should probably go without saying, but this time I wrote down every dimension. (Eureka!)

There’s one thing I know for sure: I will never again attempt to make a quilt based solely on a photo. No pattern, no instructions? No quilt.

I’m beginning to wonder if I’ll get this done by the time Kate leaves for college in August.  She’s moving from a twin-sized bed to a full-sized bed and that’s been the impetus for this project. In the mean time, I watched a video tutorial for a super-simple and lovely quilt pattern called the disappearing 9-block and I can’t wait to get started on that one.

Right after I conquer the quilt that Joan conjured from thin air, where air equals Pinterest, which ought to be banned before it kills innocent, amateur crafters.

With gratitude {for pen and paper, on which I have written down the instructions for this quilt block, lest my feeble mind fails me again},

Joan, whose best advise for aspiring quilters is “Be thou not so stupid.”


  1. texasdeb says:

    What an adorable color story you’ve got going. Even if Kate needs to wait for it as a Christmas present it’ll be well worth it. SO cute (almost as cute as she is!).

    Problem with my spotty memory is I keep forgetting it doesn’t always work so well to count on me remembering. These days whenever anybody says I “must remember” to do or say or remind? I tell them to write it down. Then, providing I can recall where I left the slip of paper (always in a really safe place!), I’m golden.

  2. Glad you are enjoying your quilting. I can’t imagine starting a quilting project with the instructions. I hope I get Ethan’s finished before he starts college!

  3. Think of the bright side: You could be Sisyphus doomed to eternally constructing and deconstructing the same quilt block….

  4. M’del — I’m laughing out loud! Here’s to hoping my personal Ground Hog day of sewing passes.

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