It’s true. It really does.
At least for those of us whose hearts beat to the rhythm of the needle. Or the treadle. Or the hum of the electric foot pedal. Or all of the above.
It’s hard to explain to a non-sewist how concentrating on a simple task such as feeding matched pairs of pieces through a machine can give your brain a place to focus so that it doesn’t keep running in circles, ending up focusing and dwelling on hard, painful things – like a broken record stuck endlessly in the same spot.
Wow. I just realized that today’s generation will never know the sound of a broken record that plays the same partial phrase over and over and over again….or the hiss and scratch of the phonograph needle hitting the run out groove – swinging the arm of the player back over to home position. Geeze, I’m old!
But it has been very cathartic. Ironing shirt parts, cutting 8.5” squares…matching those squares with each other, slicing them on the diagonal into two matched pairs of large triangles, and feeding those pairs one by one by one into the machine.
Triangles sewn, squared and re-sliced.
If you cut the two blocks together with dark on light, light on dark, the center seams nest and you get one up-hill block and one down-hill.
You can find the full directions for Scrappy Mountain Majesties under the free patterns tab at the top of the blog. This is just a quick re-cap of what I’ve been working on since yesterday.
Rearrange the pieces and sew them back together.
7 blocks on the table.
There are now 22 sewn, and a whole bunch more to trim.
I’ll be back at it today. I need about 72 blocks total – these finish about 6” X 7.5”. I'm thinking I'll set them 8 X 9 and add borders. That should be big enough for a 6' 2" fella to snuggle with on the couch and to take to chemo.
As I cut out my 8.65” squares, I’ve been getting what I can out of each shirt part. What is left after cutting the large squares is being cut into 1.5”, 2” and 2.5” strips ---I don’t want any small untamed pieces coming home with me. Cut out as many 8.5” squares as I can get from each shirt piece, and tackle the leftovers into usable sizes right from there while the ruler and rotary cutter are still in my hands. I've got some nice little piles building.
I’ll see how far I can get today. The Hubster has even said that we can stay an extra day and go home Monday night if I want to. I just might. I’m on a roll. I need to get this done. This is a quilt in a hurry for my brother who needs it badly. Or is it that I just want him to have it badly? I can’t be there to hug him in person just yet, so this is the next best thing.
Morning Walk ---
I just got back from taking Sadie on her morning walk –this is the view as the sun touches the tops of our golden trees.
Yes, I think I could easy stay just one more day ---at least!