Bits & Pieces

WIP Wednesday–here we are again.  This is a good mid-weekly progress check every week, and many thanks to Lee of Freshly Pieced for hosting us all.

Well, I met a goal.

For two months, goals have been something to hide from or add to a already-too-long list or wistfully stare out the window while contemplating goals.  But yesterday, Valentine’s Day, I met my goal of getting this quilt quilted.  And had I not had to stop to read 50 pages of the novel I’m teaching (Moon Over Manifest), I probably would have had the whole thing done.  But sometimes it’s okay to leave a project at the cusp of completion as it will draw you in for tomorrow.  So, I guess you could say, this is still in progress.  But in a good way, not a moaning way.

UPDATE: I drew up some loose instructions and have it for you at its new home: Revisiting the Red & White Pinwheel.

And under Krista’s enthusiastic encouragement, I tried my hand at English Paper Piecing.  You know I had an English great-grandmother, who I’m named for (Elizabeth).  So I called up my mother and asked her if my gr-grandmother ever did English paper piecing.  “No,” she said.  “She was a gardener.  She spent any free time she had in her garden.  It was my mother — your grandmother — who was the sewer in the family.”  So, in homage to them both, I’m making something with flowers.

I finished the middle, sewed some more together and attached them to the central flower.  Kind of a stuck space for knowing where to go from here in terms of sewing things together, but IF I can imagine myself as a young bride in the late 1800s far away from my mother and hometown of Bloxwich, England, and IF I were a quilter, carrying forward my mother’s traditions, I’d either have been doing this since I was a child, or I’d figure it out.

I’ll figure it out.

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Now head over to Freshly Pieced and see some more fabulous Works In Progress.

11 thoughts on “Bits & Pieces

  1. I think the EPP looks fabulous! I’m with you on being stuck about where to go next, though. 🙂 I know you’ll figure it out, and we’ll all be amazed at what you come up with. Good luck!

  2. awesome red and white quilt! it is such a thrill to FINISH! love the pinwheels. yesterday I picked up a little box at goodwill. it is filled with very old 2 3/8″hexagons. and a few made into star flowers sewn by hand. I have not done EPP but am now wondering what to do with these treasures. always something to stitch here:) thanks for sharing. janita

  3. You made a red and white quilt for Valentine’s day 2012. I was wondering if you had any idea of where the pattern came from? I’m interested in the pattern but couldn’t find a reference to it in the post. Thank you.

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