thought for the day

I’ll get closer to finishing something if I actually put needle and thread to fabric.

DSC_0058I know, right?


It’s not brain surgery, it’s quilting.  One row (or two) at a time.

We interrupt this regularly scheduled program…

Do you ever have one of those days where you run across something and realize–I HAVE TO STOP AND MAKE THIS RIGHT NOW!!!

I was plugging away on this minding my own business when I read Sarah’s post telling me to get to the Gen Q site ASAP to 1) help them out and 2) get her shamrock tutorial.

And so I did, and now I can’t stop.

I dug unto my “stash o’green” and pulled out a tall stack. There’s a diverse mix– uglies, favs, goodies, newish, the-what-was-I-thinking-to-buy-a-whole-yard-of-this-crap, my “skuzzy” greens. Definitely plenty to choose from (I like green).

So I took my pile and worked really fast. Tearing large sections, pressing, stacking, and cutting. I finally put to good use that little 2 1/2″ Omnigrid ruler. Isn’t it cute!

Before I new it I had a large grouping of squares to work with and I found once I got the hang of it I could assemble a block in 15 minutes. I’m working it chain piecing and assembly line style as much as possible.

But here’s the thing with using a mix of fabrics (some you don’t like as much as maybe you used to). This block is FORGIVING. It takes all these green things (heinous and fabulous) and mixes ’em up and makes it all look good. At least I think so.

I must admit, part of the appeal of this block besides burning through my greens is the thought that I finally have a use for this quirky Alexander Henry fabric I’ve had in my stash since 2002 (according to the selvedge). I bought it on sale thinking it would be fun in a kids quilt. I’m always doing that. Ironic that I don’t have kids.

Hopefully there is a kid in the Basics program that will like it.

I’ve done a handful of blocks in the evenings this week. Many more to do. I’m not sure how I’ll end up setting them, or what I should pair them with. Truth be told, I’m feeling like they are really cute but a little monotonous. I’m thinking of making a couple four-leaf clovers and maybe some other blocks to add a little variety. The name sticking in my head on this one is Lucky Charms which reminds me of the marshmallow cereal I used to eat as a kid, and is also the name of the Leprechaun fabric. Maybe I need pink hearts, yellow moons, orange stars, and blue diamonds. Or maybe some rainbow blocks with curve piecing. Hmmm…something to think about.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! (If a bit late)