Focus | Progress

My list of priorities has changed, as has my progress through them.

1) Make a Christmas stocking for Son, since he will be alone for Christmas.
2) Make 7 bed pillowcases for the grandkids.
3) Get the Ricky Tims kaleidoscope I started a few days ago at least to finished top.
4) Get this blog cleaned up and updated.
5) Make bed-sized disappearing 9-patch as graduation present.

The Christmas stocking is DONE and ready for Santa to fill and the mail carrier to deliver! In a day or two I’ll show you how I make them.

The pillowcases are X-ed off the list due to issues with family communications and my grumpy mood about the result. I did buy a whole lot of novelty fabric for them, so I’ll have to figure out how to use it.

The kaleidoscope is coming along. I have one quadrant assembled, and I’ve chosen a first border. The kaleidoscope process makes a 36″ 12-pointed star. I haven’t decided whether to use that as the center of a bed-sized quilt or to simply frame it and finish it at about 50″. I still consider the project an experiment, and I may well make a second one just to try a few things differently.

Blog? No progress on blog clean-up… It always drops to lowest priority.

And what about the disappearing 9-patch? It’s on the list for December as we might see the graduation girl in January. I’d rather give a gift in person, if possible, so I decided to fast-track that project. My creative brain took over in the aftermath of the pillowcase upset.  One piece I bought was two yards of black print with brights. I decided to mix that with a couple of stash remnants from long ago, things I loved but hadn’t found a way to use. The two yards gives me enough to cut squares, make binding, and … TA-DA! make a matching pillowcase. At any rate, I’ve cut all the squares for it. When I’m ready, time-wise, to start stitching, it will go very fast.

Always plenty to do! What are YOU working on? 

 

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7 thoughts on “Focus | Progress

  1. katechiconi

    I’m keen to see your Kaleidoscope progress so I can ooh and aah and admire it as something gorgeous, but one I’ll probably never try myself! And the disappearing 9 patch sounds intriguing. I’m entering a brief but intense phase of paper piecing: a pattern to test, 3 blocks for F2F and a housewarming gift. After that, my hands should be back in shape to carry on with the big project.

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    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      I haven’t done paper piecing, mostly because I can’t imagine ripping the paper off the backs afterwards. Good that we all enjoy different things. 🙂 I hope to get more done on the kaleidoscope and share in a day or two.

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      1. katechiconi

        It’s not that bad! And if I ever get to the point where I find it impossible, I’ll start foundation piecing on muslin instead, which can stay put. I like it because of the precision I can achieve with complex shapes.

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    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      Well, it wouldn’t have been “fun” but it would have been fine, other than the communication issues. I might get over it and go ahead still, as 6 of the 7 kids have birthdays in the next 3 months, too! But I don’t feel committed either way at this point.

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