Thursday, April 08, 2010
Been busy! My star blocks have been repurposed into a quilt that *I think* is stronger than the original quilt I had planned. And I have blocks left over for another project. What's not to love?
I've taken 28 of the 36 star blocks I made and have put them together into a smaller strippy. The striped fabric I found at Primitive Gatherings is working out great, and the main part of the quilt is assembled.
Not only do I have star blocks left over, I only used about half of the half-square triangles I had made and trimmed. It's like money in the bank!
Even though I had several fabrics that might have made good borders for this quilt, I've swallowed hard and am now knee deep in paper-piecing a sawtooth border. So far, so good, although the strip I made tonight is about one inch short. A bit of tweaking is needed and I can deal with that. But not tonight.
Paper-piecing is putzy and uses up a good deal of fabric--yes, I know. But I've had trouble in the past with long, skinny triangles. With paper-piecing they will turn out sharp and true. It's not fun. But it will get me there.
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Sad family pet news this week.
Cosmo the cat, who was part of our household for several years while his mistress (our daughter) was serving in the United States Peace Corps, has passed away in his adopted hometown of Washington, DC.
Never one to back down from a challenge, real or imagined, Cosmo lived a life of intensity. While not exactly a party guy, he enjoyed his life, made no compromises, had his opinions, and imprinted his personality on us all. Sometimes literally.
He will be missed. RIP Cosmo.