The fact that I am writing about a February finish on 2nd March is an indication of the trouble I’m having keeping track of time! I am very happy to announce that I did finish the Puzzle Quilt before the end of February (5pm on 28th to be precise!). It was such a dull drizzly day that there was no hope of being able to put together a clear photographic record of the quilt, that had to wait until the sunny day after. And on that day there was no time to put together a post!
I’m really pleased with the quilt. The turquoise binding fabric links the fabrics on the front and back well and this was especially satisfying to use as it was picked from my limited ‘stash’. I really enjoy one of the incidentals associated with finishing a project: the sorting and tidying away of tools and materials. I got a bit ahead of myself on this one and took time off from sewing the binding to sort through my scraps. Inspired by other far more organised and prolific quilters I decided on a system: fabric pieces smaller than a fat quarter are stored as ‘scraps’; fat quarters or larger are stored as ‘stash’.
The scraps have been colour sorted into clear plastic folders which in turn are stored in two box files. Sorting the scraps did involve throwing some fabric in the bin (apologies for the shock this may cause any fabric hoarders reading this), mainly poor quality cottons and pieces smaller than 2½” square.
Some scraps I neatened-up into either 2½” squares or 2½” x 5″ rectangles before adding them to the little stock of pieces I’ve been collecting since I started patchwork over five years ago (‘thank you’ to Flip for the idea :-)). I sometimes use these just as test pieces for accurate ¼” seams but they do find their way into a variety of projects including bags and quilt borders. I’ve printed a free pattern from Riley Blake that I might adapt so that I can use the rectangles in colour groups…
The sun is shining today and despite a strong, chill wind it is pleasant to be outside. I’ve been unable to control the ‘munchies’ recently and as a result I’m feeling quite stodgy. I resolved to stop beating myself-up about failing to curb my bad eating habits and instead attack the problem from another direction – increase exercise! So off I set in the sunshine, not to my local supermarket but to one about two miles away, through the pleasant but aptly named Hatch Warren housing estate. Following my nose and trusting to my sense of direction I arrived at the supermarket within 35 minutes. Resisting the ‘naughty treats’ aisles, I bought a couple of bags of shopping, then set out for home. The sun was still shining and the wind was pushing me from behind but despite these two navigation aids I managed to lose all sense of direction in the ‘warren’ and did a complete loop! The walk home took 55 minutes! Ho! Hum! I have achieved my objective of increasing exercise levels by a little more than planned! It is easy to meander – physically and mentally. We are trying to improve our Bible study skills (and so avoid unhelpful meandering) for the benefit of our housegroup and the book we are reading, ‘Leading Better Bible Studies’ by Karen & Rod Morris, describes the learning process like this:
- Observation – What does the text actually say?
- Interpretation – what does the text mean?
- Application – How do we respond to what the text means?
I think with only a little imagination this three stage learning process could be applied to more than Bible study – maybe even walking to and from a supermarket! 😉