Monday, September 15, 2008

Random ramblings

I had such plans for this week. So many things I wanted to get done. So how have I been spending my morning? Mostly sitting in a chair at the computer. Didn't even shower and dress until almost noon. You see one of my goals was catching up on my blog reading - you've heard that song and dance before - right? It always takes longer than I think it will - even if I skim posts that aren't really quilty. I'm trying to comment - I had not commenting! In the meantime little guilty feelings keep nagging at the back of my brain. I have put away the clean laundry and washed sheets - that's something, right? And now the Bloglines website seems to be having problems so I can't even move on with my reading. Maybe someone is trying to tell me something?

Sophie and I scored big when we visited the Farmer's Market on Saturday morning. I've been telling myself I need to do that at least a couple times a month. Why not have wonderful fresh vegetables and fruits right off the farms when they are available? So I have a stir fry planned for dinner - can hardly wait. The first picture shows our bounty - can't figure out what the flash bounced on to make that glare. I also couldn't resist the marvelous flowers. I'm not at all talented at flower arranging but I don't care - this looks great in the corner of the dining room!

As you all know, I'm focusing on UFO's again this year, and finally making good progress. Unfortunately, I'm getting really tired of UFO's. As I told Finn a couple days ago, I was really missing playing with my scraps. Just seeing what she and some of the rest of you are doing has be aching to dip my hands in that big string box or open that box of hour glass blocks. But I'm going to be good - at least for awhile longer.

So I got out a season-appropriate UFO that I've not touched for years and years. According to my UFO spreadsheet I received these Halloween blocks in a round robin in 1993. This was a round robin where I made the "inspiration block"(the first picture), tacked it to a 4" grid, assigned the appropriate number of squares for each participant and then started passing it around. As each person covered their assigned number of squares with one or more blocks - tacking them onto the grid also - it becomes more and more of a challenge to the next people in the robin. I love all these blocks - some are so very creative! (Click to enlarge for a good look) What I'd forgotten is how dark, gray and black they all are! Very little orange in them at all. I took them off the grid years ago, and now have no idea of the original arrangement. No matter - I've decided I need to add a bunch more blocks - with lots more orange - to brighten this quilt-to-be. I even have dark gray, brown and black fabrics chosen for sashings and borders! So once Lily's quilt is finished I think I'll start looking for more block ideas for this quilt. It would be nice to have it finished for this Halloween don't you think - only 15 years after I made the first center block!

Tangled Threads is meeting here tomorrow night. Today and tomorrow we are supposed to hit 95 degrees - really unusual for this time of year! I'm ready to email my pals and suggest we meet somewhere else tomorrow night - somewhere with air conditioning! Another Thread is taking care of dessert - I sure hope it's something having to do with ice cream! In the meantime four giant tubs of fall decorations are sitting in my living room. I've taken off the tops - does that count as starting? I just can't seem to find the motivation to actually work at anything. Maybe that's because I spent the last three days chasing after a 19-month-old?

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Gratitudes:
1. Nature's seasonal bounty
2. Precious grandchildren
3. A safe trip home for Jeremy

13 comments:

swooze said...

Hi sweety. I think you are close to deserving a reward of something new. Why not intersperse the two? UFO and new.

Zannah said...

Hello.

I really like the Hallowe'en blocks - they look so modern and up to date
I have to agree with swooze - why not have 2 projects on the go at once??

Julie said...

I'm impressed with your discipline. I will say I am going to work on UFO's and then start another project. I am so bad.

Julie said...

Just take a look at your list and all the stuff you have crossed off!! I am sooo impressed. I'm another Julie that keeps starting instead of finishing. If it wasn't for Finn's challenge I would stash those UFOs in the closet and ignore them.

Mary said...

Well I did get to work this morning but didn't manage to shower until 2PM so I was even later than you!

I'm anxious to get some of these tops done so I can get back to playing too.

julieQ said...

I just love your UFO! What a neat one, and so on target for the season. I too like to work the scraps instead of the projects...

Cher said...

boy, I would be adding a lot of orange and even gold/yellow to balance all that darkness myself-do you have those colors in your hourglass bin??? wouldn't they make some good blocks or sashings? don't mind me, you know I will always suggest something zany. loved seeing you at guild!

Screen Door said...

I love the ufo--- Gotta work on it... the touches of plaid and green made me smile....my kind of quilt.

Karen said...

I am also working on a Halloween quilt with lots of different blocks. Yours looks great! I'm inspired to get some work done on mine today.

Betty J in OKC said...

Last night I pulled out and cut up alot of my holloween fabrics, but I *love* your blocks more! Are there petterns on the 'net for them? I'm making 9-patches and boxed squares from http://maryquilts.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/boxed-squares.pdf

I'm using lime green, royal purple, bright oranges, yellows and blues to offset my variety of blacks/grays. I got some blenders from the quiltshop yesterday with those colors in them. I'm ready to see the lil goblins at my door and Mom and I'll be compelled to eat the leftover candies. Shucky-darn~LOL!

anne said...

Wow how lovely your quilts are, love the teddy quilt and the halloween one too. I have a question about your fly stitch, how do you finish off and start a new stitch, that is do you stop and start or do you weave inbetween the layers. Cheers

Finn said...

Hi Patti, you know as a retiree you gotta sit around like that and do nothing to earn the next merit badge??? *VBG* At lease occasionally, it helps you remember you are Retired!!
The veggies and flowers look wonderful...I keep forgetting that we DO have a farmers market in my small rural town, every thursday. Gotta try to get there tomorrow. I love the blocks from your elderly UFO...just wonderful. I think some orange and/or cheddar will help them along to completion. You can do it!! Hugs, Finn

Ulbins said...

Halloween is my absolute FAVORITE holiday. It's fun to see you working on a fabulous Halloween quilt, as I've been working this weekend on Halloween cards.

I also love the pictures of the produce. I love most fruits and vegetables (minus beets and mangos, and I vow to try both again). However, I've never had parsnips before today. I used them in a navy bean soup. Pretty good. Similar to a strong tasting carrot.