Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The September Sun Project

Life has been awfully busy the last several weeks; and when life gets busy, something has to give. For me, blogging is the least critical activity, so that's what usually goes first. I've had no time to either read blogs or write my own, so I have lots of catching up to do, and I look forward to it.

What am I so busy with?
*Social obligations, most of which involve either quilting or knitting, so that, at least, is a good thing.
*Things around the house and fall clean up. I am home alone most of the time, so everything pretty much falls to me. I'm still behind with the fall clean up. I don't think I've ever seen so many leaves in the yard, and they're mounting by the day, but we've had enough rain to keep me in the house.
*Work! I went back to work at the beginning of October as a seasonal hire. Even though I only worked a grand total of seven days this month, it's enough to disrupt the schedule I've developed over the last six months. I've had to develop a new schedule to make work the priority.

I continue to fit in as many sewing days as possible, and today our small group who is working on the September Sun project is meeting at Sherry's house for a day of sewing. I came down with an awful cold on Monday and decided it would be best to stay home today so as to not expose the others. But I'm still working on the project and communicating with the girls by phone, and I thought I'd share my progress today as I go along.

Here is what I've got done so far--all but the center four blocks. The last time we met, two of the girls worked on the center blocks and expressed their difficulties in a pretty colorful way, so I suppose I haven't been looking forward to it.

I made some templates for myself to assist in the process, and my strips are cut, so I'm ready to go.

I've sewn all the strip sets together for the center star block. After a couple of well-chosen expletives and some hair pulling, I also got two of the required eight diamonds sewn together into a quarter of the block. There's a darn good reason why I never made a Lone Star quilt. My motto today is, CLOSE is GOOD ENOUGH.

I called Sherry's to see how everyone was doing. In the background, I could hear things were heating up over there too. Barbara is working on the same set of star blocks I am, and she was using a different set of equally effective expletives.

Sherry is teaching her sister Sandy how to make mittens from old sweaters today, and she's going to teach me too. Up here in Maine, you can't have enough pairs of warm mittens.

Anyone still with me? My head hurts. I have spent far more time ripping than I have sewing on this block, and my patience is at its end for tonight. This half of the block looks pretty good until you look at the square in the upper right corner. I've lost nearly all the seam allowance for the blue square, and it took me ages to figure out that the seam allowance on the strip set wasn't quite large enough, which threw off that whole corner. I'll be ripping some more again tomorrow, but at least I know what NOT to do for the second half. It'll come together--just not tonight.
Right now I'm going to do something mindless. I'm knitting a scarf.


jovaliquilts said...

I have a feeling I might have a colorful vocabulary myself if I worked on those! But it's looking great. Hope you feel better soon.

Shari said...

While I love the look of stars made this way (to me it is a Bethlehem Star) I don't think I will every make one. I was taught not to swear and I think this would send me down a very dark road... LOL. Looks like you are doing pretty good though... what an interesting quilt...

Margo in Maine said...

Oh Sue you are so funny....sounds like you gals had a hard is looking real good...amazing how different they all amazes me such talented ladies having so much!!!

Teresa said...

It my be a pain in the behind but it's going to be a beautiful quilt when your finished!!

LC said...

Breathe deeply, breathe deeply!

Judy S. said...

That's going to be one pretty quilt when it's done, Sue! I sure hope you'll share your mitten knitting method!

Purple Pam said...

Your quilt is looking great! I think all your sewing challenges will be well worth the effort when you have this beauty finished. Great job so far. I am anxiously awaiting seeing the finished quilt top.

Hope you are feeling better tomorrow. Don't push yourself so hard that you do not recover as quickly.

Brenda said...

That quilt is definitely going to be worth the trouble. Happy Halloween.