What a week! I need to definitely say thanks to PC Touch who did a fabulous job on my computer. Apparently, one too many drops from the living room coffee table is not good! They replaced the entire hard drive and it looks like they saved everything. And... it didn't cost a fortune! *happy dance* (I am not sure what that looks like, but I'm thinking Snoopy.)
I realized I spend way too much time on the computer and need to schedule my time more efficiently. I know you know what I mean. I waste a lot of time that needs to be spent otherwise. I really enjoyed this break, because writing is not my strength and it takes real effort to write my posts. I can spot any literary device a mile a way, but can't seem to see my own fragments and run-ons. Damn it Jim, I'm an math geek, not a writer...
I will have a little celebration on Monday and I am going to pay it forward to all of you who still come and visit, even while I am not even writing posts. This will be good trust me! I won some giveaways and I will share them with you. You'll see what I mean.
This is what I am sharing for Sew and Tell this week. My Cathedral window mini quilt has been a UFO for years. I originally intended it to be crib size, but life got in the way. I actually remember planning the random square placement in the last few weeks of school. It is pre-children! You do the math. It has been weighing on me every time I opened that Rubbermaid container. I got brave, last week at 9 pm at night, and I started to rip out a long hand stitched seam to rotate each piece make it almost square.
I added a row to the top and bottom and here you go.
All of it was hand stitched and appliqued except for the original white units. My original pieces of fabric measured 7 1/2" square. Each window pane was made from a 2" square. The finished result is about 20" by 20".
What I realized though out this is, "Just do it!" It doesn't have to be perfect and the quilt police won't come after you. You'll feel better that it is done and less worried about the small stuff. I remember being very particular and so critical. This time, I just stitched. It was fun and I enjoyed it a lot more. I also learned your hand stitching and applique do get better and faster over time. And... the chocolate spot on the back adds character.
If you see an expensive cathedral window quilt, don't quibble about the price. Pay it. Whoever made it spent years and years making it. What a newbie I was. I thought it would be easy since it didn't have batting or hand quilting in it! Laugh, if you must. I am not sure how long a full sized quilt would take. Oh my!
I also learned I want to make another one day. Uh-oh... Kona snow and patriotic colors. Someone stop me please! :)
Can you see why it is called a cathedral window quilt?
I love how you can see the opened seams.
Since I've been a bad bloggy friend I am off to visit you today. I'll try to answer all those old emails during naptime today!
The rest of you make sure to visit Sew and Tell. There are more talented and crafty people than me out there.