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I think Fall may be my favorite time of year. I don’t like the heat and humidity of Summer (and I doubt I could survive it farther south than New Jersey!)
The last Brimfield has passed for the year, the first Quilters’ Guild meeting has not happened yet, and now I get to take stock of what I want to get done before the end of the year.
Well, of course, there’s Oldies. I’ve finished the octagon blocks and the square inset blocks, but I still have some 4-patch circles left over.
At this point, I’m planning on making it 6 x 4 (54″ x 81″ before I start on the borders.) I had planned on doing it 5×5, but decided I really didn’t want another square quilt, so I have one octagon “left over.” Maybe I’ll use the left over blocks to make a wall hanging.
Much as I’m resistant to “making the same quilt twice.” I think I’m even more averse to “wasting” fabric and blocks. Oh well, it’s not like I have to make a decision right away.
Before anything else, though, I really must finish quilting Spring Fling. It’s been “under the needle” (so to speak) for the entire Summer. I had wanted to finish it for Show & Tell at my September Guild meeting, and I probably could finish it in two weeks if I don’t shilly-shally, but I’m just not “into” machine quilt at the moment.
I am into piecing, and have started Barbara Brackman’s Block of the Week celebrating Women’s Suffrage. She’s calling it “Grandmother’s Choice.”
This is actually something I feel strongly about, especially with the political horror show that is enacting itself daily on television. I thought we fought and won these battles long ago, and now everything is up for grabs again??
Well, I can just hope that the news is making it appear worse than it is.
I’ve chosen to do my blocks in blues and golds with white-on-whites as the background.
I know that I’ll probably only be able to keep up with this BotW for about 6 months because that’s how long I managed to stay with the Civil War BotW. I have put that one together, but I haven’t decided what to do about the borders or the quilting.
In fact, I used the same “streak of lightning” set I used for Spring Fling (although I don’t think you can really see it in the picture because I had to take it at an angle, and the blocks are small.)
But, what I really want to sink my teeth into (or, more correctly, my needle) is my “Dear Jane” quilt: My Heart is in the Work. I’ve been thinking about it for some time. It has to be hand-quilted because I hand-pieced it and I think it would be a shame to machine quilt it after all that time.
What brings it up, of course, it that I was piecing it during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. I had kept a sort of “diary” (I didn’t have a blog back then) with comments on the design decisions I made about the blocks, fabric, and other stuff.
It’s on a commercial site and I always think about moving it, but I never get around to it. Well, I’m sure you’ll hear more about that in the days ahead. And this post is getting long and rambly…