I’m suffering from a summer cold. It just seems unnatural to have so many aches and a stuffed-up head on a beautiful, warm, sunny day.
(I remember one summer when I was studying in Paris, lying in the bed on a hot July day in my “cell” –it was in a former convent on the Left Bank–with the world’s worst sneezing and runny nose. I wondered, “Why do I have to be felled by this blasted cold when I have all of Paris at my doorstep–and it’s not even raining?” Luckily I got over it and thoroughly explored the city, but Paris’ ozone levels were so high in the 1990s that I regularly felt like I was hit by the flu when I spent time there.)
Anyway, before the sniffles made me so very tired, I made some progress on a few of my in-progress projects, the number of which seems to keep multiplying. I am starting to wonder if I have quilting attention deficit disorder. But I know I am not alone: many of my crafting friends work this way, with a range of projects in tandem.
Here’s an update on my 1930s-reproduction orange, yellow and green quilt blocks, the really simple ones that I decided to do scrappy-style and build into a bigger quilt. I’ve made a fair few now. Here is how a sampling of them look on my makeshift design wall (a poster-sized picture frame covered with batting):
I’m waiting for inspiration to strike to make more and figure out what size this quilt will be.
I’ve also made quite a few blocks for my “Nieces and Nephews” bright quilt. It really is a cheerful, fun project that I told you a bit about last time. More on that soon.
And last but not least, I’ve embarked on my second “Schnibbles” quilt. I really loved doing Reveille, by quilt designer Carrie Nelson, and I acquired her Schnibbles book to do more. She takes 5-inch square charm packs and turns them into delightful confections. This one will use Moda’s “Oasis” squares, which are chintzy flowers of aqua, rose, beige, etc., and turn them into a whole flock of flying geese. Each one measures 2 by 3.5 inches.
I think I like the method that Nelson spells out for making these geese better than some I’ve tried before. It involves a big square and four small squares, sewn up like magic and cut apart. Voila, you get four flying geese! I’m sure that Ms. Nelson would like you to purchase her book, and I really recommend it, but to give you a little preview, here is the page I am referring to:
I’m taking the time to mark the backs of the small squares with one of those special rulers that gives you a quarter-inch seam allowance on each side of a dividing line. I think it will give me more accuracy. The proof will be in the quilted pudding, I guess.