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More Drawings I Found

I’m still working on my red and white quilt. There are parts covering my design wall. I’m paper piecing the triangle borders. It is a slow, fussy process, but in fact I don’t mind it at all. Would not want to work this way all the time, but it’s fine for now.

Since it is all “parts” and not much new to show, I thought I’d share other drawings I found while looking for newsprint.

One of the drawings is dated 2003, and the other two would have been from the same general time. Coincidentally, or not, I made my first quilt in late 2003 for the birth of a granddaughter. At the time I assumed — I said out loud, numerous times — that I’d never make another quilt. Instead, I didn’t draw anymore, and I did make another quilt in early 2005.


A young boy. Drawn from a photo of a painted portrait. The painting was likely from the early 1800s.

The next drawing is of Victor Weisskopf. He was a physicist with a wide-ranging and impressive career, including working on the Manhattan Project and chairing the physics department at MIT. The black-and-white photo I used to draw him was so striking, with beautiful lines and shadows of his strong features.

In these days when science and basic research are threatened, it’s worth noting this 1969 quote from Weisskopf: “The total cost of all basic research from Archimedes to the present is less than the value of ten days of the world’s present industrial production.”


Victor Weisskopf, physicist. Drawn from a photo of him found in a magazine.


Drawn from a magazine ad.

I’ve had fun looking back at these old pictures, and I might muster the ambition to draw again. But there are always so many things to do, aren’t there?

Are there any arts or crafts from your past that you’ve given up? Did you play an instrument or tat or needlepoint? How about intricate origami? Any of them you’d like to resurrect? 

TBT — Guild Round Robin

TBT: Throw Back Thursday, if you’re not up on the acronyms.

I’ve been quilting about eleven years now. Most of my first quilts were for grandbabies, with a few graduation quilts thrown in for good measure. All of them were pretty simple, in comparison with what I do today. But they were great for learning some basics.

After I joined my local guild seven years ago, the complexity of what I did ramped up. An early challenge I took on was to work on a guild round robin. The service (donations) committee had the center of a medallion quilt and wanted volunteers to contribute borders. When finished, the quilt was donated to a local organization to use for fundraising.

Impetuous me, I volunteered to do the first border. The center as it came to me is the maple leaf blocks, surrounded by tan and cream checkerboard setting triangles. I had no idea how to do the math for squares on point, so I estimated and came up pretty close with my dark gold and tan bead of squares. I framed that with the coppery brown print. In addition, I made several more maple leaf blocks, envisioning how they could be used in later borders. Then I turned the enlarged center, the leaf blocks, and a lot of fabric bits back in.

Unfortunately, I never got a photo of the quilt when completed. A later quilter did work in those extra maple leaves I’d made, which was gratifying for this still-rookie quilter.

Some of my best lessons came while working with donation quilts for guild. I was lucky to start with this one.