The last few days have been
At one point during the worst of it, I launched into a crusade against idiot posters on a message board I frequent and was unchacteristically caustic and rude. Even for me. One poster said I was a crazy old woman and he was probably right. It is probably the only thing he has ever been right about so I am not overly impressed with the observation. I am still a bit cranky. And I hope no one else expresses surprise that I got an exposure since poison ivy is dormant this time of year. Don't you realize how much that terrifies me???
In the midst of all my ugliness, Husband brought me lilies for Valentine’s Day (Lilies were our wedding flower).
What a darling.
Have you been watching the weather reports back east? My Virginia neighbors report getting over two feet of snow during the last wave and they are being slammed again, today. The pictures I’ve seen have been amazing. Record setting. Of course, we have a house to sell and this slows down the buyers so it is costing us money. Still, it would be exciting to see it as it happened, so long as you kept power. As for us, we’ve had snow and ice but spring will be knocking in no time at all. I’m ready, baby!
We ordered our new kitchen counter tops. Here is a picture of what we settled on – It is a solid surface – Hi-Mac.
I like the specks.
My new Yankee candles also arrived via post. I ordered my standard buttercream but decided to try some new scents.
I love this particular candle holder – even an unscented candle smells good when I use it.
I kind of wish I had gone with white in the center of the corner arrows on round three (the wider, purple row) but I am not going back at this point and dismantling it. Well, maybe I will. I am relatively happy with the design, so far, but am not sure about the colors. I thought the cream would pull it together more than it has but will probably need to add more near the outer border. Unfortunately, I don’t have much left of the cream fabric and haven’t been able to find it online. I may just yank off that border and use it for something else. The more I look at it, the more it looks like a mini skirt on a NFL linebacker.
It is a disaster.
If I had to choose my favorite piecing technique, it would be paper piecing. It wastes fabric, is counter intuitive, is frequently tedious and lacks the soft, gentle curves of appliqué. But I love the strong lines, bold points and the miraculous ending you can achieve if you practice steadfast discipline and an almost religious faith that the road to perfection is sometimes a muddy, rutty cowpath.
After I finished round four (the blue and white), and before I came to my senses, I got a wild hair that I would go all out on the paper piecing for round 5 to bring in color and the WOW factor. It was probably the drugs talking. I used a Carol Doak paper pieced pattern for a tulip (number 145 from her 300 Paper Pieced Quilt Blocks – an excellent book I don’t use nearly enough).
I keep a light under the clear dewing table to use as a light box. Since it is right by the needle, if it is going to slip, it needs to do it in a hurry.
But I'll get back to that. For now, I want to talk about my paper pieced tulips. I’ve never made sausage but I hear it is messy. So is paper piecing. Here are some partially finished tulip blocks:
This is Evelyn after looking at the blue and white border on round four:
Maybe I should wait to see what the next round is and if these tulips would fit, use them for a final border, instead. Or maybe I will just do that, anyway and come up with Plan B for round 5. Truth be told, I think round 5 should be wider (the outer row in the previous picture). What do you think?
Let this be a lesson to us all - do not design under the influence. I shall now retire to do some frog stitching (rip-it, rip-it). That blue and white round has got to go.
Penny, Evelyn and Pearl