Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Worthwhile pursuit or Insanity?

First off, I realize it's been a long time since i've posted... I haven't been finishing much of anything and I don't seem to be a very good "in progress" poster. If anyone has been waiting, thanks! Nice to see you!

I've been meaning to tell you about my latest "is she crazy?" project. After seeing the most amazing patchwork skirt on Craftster this past weekend, I realized I should post this. It definitely falls into the endless project/is it worth all that work? category. I've been thinking about that a lot ever since reading about the mocking that Megan experienced. I think I often feel like I need to justify things I make. I mentally rehearse explanations or uses for things I make, whether or not anyone would ever question the validity of the project. I need to stop that. So, in that vein...

I've been admiring Grandmother's Flower Garden quilts for a while now. I realize how much work goes into one, I'm not that crazy, but I've wanted to make one for a while. So...

hexagons in progress

flower garden1

I played around with layouts...
flower garden2

I think I like this one the best. I'll surround each diamond with a round of cream or white
completed diamond shapes

hexagons ready to go
I'm making headway but this will definitely be a long term project. I don't have any deadline for it. It's just kind of relaxing to baste the edges of the hexagons (i'm just using 2" squares cut from scraps) and hand stitching them together when I have a bunch.

After I decided to make the diamond shapes I had a couple of flowers that were odd balls. That is, I didn't have any more fabric for them and had already sewn them together. So I decided I needed a new pin cushion and sewed the edges together

flower made into pin cushion
flower made into pin cushion

In other news: I'm trying to decide if I'm going to take part in the Ravelympics. I think, if I do, I'll enter the WIP Wrestling category. I want to try to finish a bunch of things, but most of all I think I'd like to tackle the leftover sock blanket. Anyone else joining up? If so, what category/categories are you entering?


  1. You don't have to justify's beautiful, and that's enough. I've been so inspired by all the Grandmother's Flower Gardens, too, and mine is coming along, but I'm not really liking the colors/fabrics. So not only will it take a million years, but I'm not even sure I like it. Oh well...somehow that's not even why I'm doing it...

  2. Hexagons scare me, so you get bonus cool points from me for tackling them. :) The pincushion is cute. I want to squeeze it. :)


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