Sunday, October 23, 2016

Ah, well

Didn't manage to make much of a dent in i7, but I am thrilled there are now less than one half dozen missing inches until it can be stitched together.  A big plus.  Future progress will be severely curtailed over the coming month, as mom is headed down for a visit and there are things in the house which need doing/finishing first.

OK, see you soon, but not tomorrow. ;v)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

It's a beautiful day... dammit

i7 has been on my radar, but not in my work schedule for most of the past week or so.  This morning I attacked the twenty-five-to-twenty-eight missing inches with gale force fervor, and put a good dent in the 'hole', but there are still around a dozen bits to locate (and/or swap) before the block is complete and ready to stitch together.

I hate weather days like this - blissfully sunny, and the temps will be in the 60s.  PERFECT!

"So, why do you hate those types of days?" you ask, scratching your head like a dog with a flea.

Well, because I am forced to make a tough decision when days like this happen, and I usually end up making myself either very mad or just totally disappointed because of the ultimate decision.  I either
1) use the gorgeous light to forge ahead and build blocks so I can make up lost time on the overall project, or
2) go outdoors and utilize the waning beautiful weather for gardening chores which are long past due.

Now, perhaps, you can appreciate my conundrum.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

No pithy title

Taking a long overdue moment to play a little with my Dutch 'boyfriend.'

i7 is still too far from being done, and all I really want to do is put together i8 and i9, and 10 and 11point3.  Thread painting the mega row sections is on hold for a little while longer - but I will let you know when it happens.  For the time being... facial hair.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

An irksome thing

I have kvetched about this before - and I suppose there will never be a time where I can see myself clear to just letting it go (and more's the pity) but there may be an explosion in my future if I can't.

There is a quilter whose work I like very much, to the point of admiration, really.  And she has only very recently chosen to walk away from her acclaim in the machine quilting realm.  She is fed up with (as she put it), "...the bullshit in the industry."  She will not quit making quilts, but will simply do so only for herself.  Huzzah, and more power to her.

So? I can hear you bellow.  What's your gripe?  What about that has you near boom-boom level?

Well, it isn't really Krista's decision to bow out of the quilt making spotlight so much that has my hackles up, but it's the quilt she is currently putting together that has me fuming. Some other quiltmaker/pseudo designer has decided to rename a glorious - and fairly straightforward - quilt 'pattern' something entirely new, just to make it seem as though she developed the pattern and instructions for others to follow.... AS IF IT'S NEVER BEEN MADE BY THOUSANDS BEFORE HER, for Pete's sake.

Heck, I've made my own string quilts by sketching out the desired size of the finished block so that I could readily duplicate and piece the silly thing accurately.  It didn't require much time or heavy thinking - and I certainly didn't rename the quilt pattern because it was something I drew up.  I looked at a few photos of older "Spider Web" string quilts before diving in, just to get some ideas of possible color placement and angles, and then I went to work.  

I totally resent J Sampou thinking it's OK to rename a standard, and well known, pattern; what an incredible ego trip she must be on. "Octagon Shimmer," indeed!  Shame on you for trying to cash in by using something that is in NO WAY your "original" creation, tagging it with a different name and calling it your own design.  I hope the people who follow you like sheep can eventually see through your flimsy veneer. 

Okey dokey - rant's over, but I am still steaming around the collar.  Has anybody got a few ice cubes handy?

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Good news

Overcame the i6 hump and have moved on.  Whee!  Now, i6 is nothing but a color-filled memory.

i7 is nearly half found, and I couldn't be more pleased.  Plans are to walk away from the design table with 50% or better in place today, but it needs to happen in a hurry, so... we'll see.  Shorter daylight hours = less time to 'play' on weekends.  Overhead lights are not conducive to assembling these 100-piece blocks.

What are you working on?