I had the most incredible day yesterday. First off, for improving my mood, was the glorious sunshine. Add to that a fabulous friend, a trip to an interesting museum to see what turned out to be great tribal art, and a delicious Italian antipasti salad for lunch. As if it couldn't get any better, Will showed me some works in progress, a couple of her older quilts, and we talked, talked, talked fabric and quilts. Ah, perfection. I did take loads of photos from the museum, but you're going to have to wait for that post because I did some sewing today for the first time since arriving here.
I pulled the Orphan Train blocks back out and got to work. You can see what this work in progress looked like when I left off in August 2005 here. I arranged the blocks without matching how I had them previously. I moved that long area with the purple and black from out of the right middle and up into the left corner. That way the Trip Around the World fragments lead down into the main body of the quilt.
I added my log cabin blocks. (Begun for a bed quilt way back in June 2005. I like the blocks, but they weren't quite what I was after. I'll start with a smaller center AND have the logs finish 1/2" instead of 3/4" when I try again.) I zigzagged the blocks up in the right corner.
I'm an idiot and deleted the pics of how this quilt looked at the beginning of the day. Anyway, this is after a bunch of piecing:
I love how it looks, but it's top heavy, isn't it. Does adding a row of log cabins along the bottom like this help? I think so, but how does it look from there? If you notice anything horrible, tell me now before I sew it together. (And hopefully I won't have already done it, like Joyce and Bonnie always manage to to do before I've had a chance to respond.)
I'm happy with my progress. Not so happy about my allergies freaking out on me. Of course the cats made the day interesting. Pokey decided that one of the blocks had to die, wrapped her front legs around it and just starting digging at it with her hind claws. I obviously thought it more endearing than endangering since my first instinct was to grab the camera.
Play, play, play:
At least Howler just slept on it:
Pokey wore herself out and retired to the blocks on top of the cutting table:
Cute as all heck, but so in the way. I picked her up and moved her three times from that spot. Of course her new one was the sewing chair...
I was a brave girl today and made appointments with an endrocrinologist and a dentist. Or at least a dental hygienist with a "visit" from the dentist. Hmm okay. I HATE making phone calls even in the States where I know the language, so this was an accomplishment. Holly, you understand, right?
It's time to make dinner, so I gotta run. Ya'all take care.
p.s. sorry about those entries reposting yesterday. Thought I was doing it properly so that wouldn't happen, but I guess not.