Once again, I was a "biking widow" this weekend. Randy is on a 4 day bike ride from Burlington, IA to somewhere in Wisconsin, camping along the way. His idea of fun. I planned on hours and hours of uninterrupted sewing time.
I don't do well with plans! I'm more of a spur of the moment type of gal. I stayed up late Friday night reading a good book, "Halo" and slept in till 8 AM Saturday. I still planned on those long hours of sew time. I showered, had coffee and doughnuts for breakfast while reading the newspaper, all as I had planned. It went all wrong when I took my cup and plate to the sink. Looking into the back yard, I wondered how my koi were doing since the nightly temperature had started dipping into the 40's. I thought I'd just go out and feed them real quick before heading to my sewing room.
Big mistake. I went out and my koi seemed fine. They came to the surface begging for food. I gave them a big scoop of food and watched them gobble it up. While they were eating, I casually looked around the back yard. It was badly neglected this summer while I stayed indoors working on the quilts for my book. Normally I describe myself as an avid quilter and avid gardener. Not this summer. The hosta beds are almost maintenance free, but the sunny garden requires attention. Oh, it was a sad affair, indeed.
Ok, no problem, I could pull weeds and lop volunteer mulberry and elm trees for a couple hours; then I'd sew. Good idea, it needed done after months of neglect and I'll be at the Quilt Expo in DesMoines next weekend and the weather could be bad in a couple of weeks, so I got my garden gloves, tools, and compost bags and started to work with a vengeance on those darn weeds. That was at 9 AM.... At 5 PM I looked at my watch and wondered where my day went! I had about another hour's work left, but my back was killing me, so I stopped for the day. After 4 Ibuprofen, a shower, and some supper, I felt refreshed and ready to sew. I worked on some 3" - 9-patches, turned them on point adding triangles to square them to finish at 5". I made 16 of them before I decided I was too tired to sew anymore.
Today, I went to early church service so I would have time to finish in the garden and still have most of the day to sew. That hour I thought it would take to finish turned into 3 hours! Oh, well, at 1:30 PM, I was once again enmeshed in my sewing room. I wasn't sure what I was making with those 9-patches, so I made some 4-patches and then used those to make bigger 4-patches finishing at 5". Still not sure what this quilt will be when It's done. It's still evolving. I didn't spend as many hours sewing as I planned, but my garden is no longer an embarrassment to me!
Here are the bocks I made:
..Maybe I'll set them alternating like this:
I got these lovely Civil War Era ladies in the mail today. Mrs. Ryther of Grand Rapids, Michigan is in the dark dress. Look at her tiny waist! The lady in the plaid dress is identified as Iny Woodruff. I wish I knew what color that plaid is.
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