Monday, August 1, 2011

Bits and pieces

Last week I had a plan.  I worked hard on Wednesday so that I could sew on Thursday.  That evening I received a message telling me I had to work Thursday.  I worked a little bit each night on the quilt blocks I was making.  I even took photos.  Unfortunately, I can't upload them from home.  My dial up is VERY SLOW.  I will add them later.

I wish I could remember where I saw the picture of this block.  I have no idea what the name of it is.  It is very simple and uses up scraps.  I made it all in blues and greens.  I hope the bride likes it.

I haven't worked at all on the quilt along with amanda jean over at www.crazymomquilts.blogspot/com .  She had her feelings hurt week before last and I wondered if I had contributed to that.  Not intentionally, I didn't.  But I did agree with someone suggesting an alternate way to make the block she was doing.  Like I said there, there are no quilting police and everyone should do what works for them. 

She is obviously a very precise sewer.  I have been sewing since I was five.  I was taught by a woman who took every shortcut she possibly could and did NOT do handwork.  I do better than Mom but I still look for shortcuts and use them!  I sew quickly and I get bored easily.  Some people will feel that I am insulting them but that is not my intention.  I admire people with more patience.  I am just not one of them.

I don't call myself a quilter, a seamstress or a sewist (where the hell did that term come from.  I HATE it!).  I sew.  I am the type that on Wednesday after school you can bring your daughter, the  fabric and pattern you need made into a dress for her to wear on Friday and I will get it done for you.  I cursed a lot and we had soup and sandwiches for supper Wed and Thurs but I managed to get it done after work those two evenings and deliver it on Friday morning.  You know what?  I enjoyed it!

Now, you give me a bunch of two and half inch squares and tell me to sew them together and I am going to need some ATivan.  That drives me nuts!  My machines sew 1000 to 1500 stitches per minute and I go as fast as I can.

So, if anyone actually reads this and has a suggestion for how I can do something better, by all means tell me.  I may not agree but I am fine with suggestions.  I will either try it or give you the reason why it didn't work for me.  The web is an amazing thing and there is so much to learn.  I admit I don't know it all.  Let us help one another learn.  Everyone doesn't have to travel the same road to reach the same destination.  The trip should be fun!

Keep stitchin'

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