March … in like a lion, slow progress

The weather yesterday was definitely like a lion!  We saw snow, sleet, hail, and the sun was shining when the ground was turning white with hail.  I’m hoping for spring … warmth … sun …

I don’t know if it’s the weather or not, but it just seems like my quilting is progressing very slowly!

Design Wall:


Quilting:  I’m still quilting in the ditch to section off parts of this quilt … I like the quilt, but every single time I decide to stitch in the ditch, I remind myself that it would be much much faster to free motion.

Piecing: I’m slugging away at Orca Bay … the only step I’ve completed is the blue string blocks which will be part of the sashing – and they were completed sometime last year, along with the red string triangles.  All of the other units are in progress.   It seems like it’s taking forever … and I’m not enjoying the hourglass blocks …  lots and lots of them to do.  I have no idea how many more I need to make … who counts when you have a billion to make?

The first picture is the pile of blue string blocks.  The 2nd picture is some of  hourglass blocks – waiting to be sewn. The last picture is some of the hourglass blocks joined to the red centres of what will eventually become Ohio Star blocks.

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6 thoughts on “March … in like a lion, slow progress

  1. I can’t say I’ve experienced the demotivation of having to piece that many of the same blocks but perhaps it’s because when I have (what I call) “mindless sewing” to do, I set up my vintage on my coffee table, throw on a movie and multi-task. When the movie is done, I have done a lot without realizing it.
    Your PHD projects are so varied and sew pretty! I struggle to understand how they piled up and didn’t get finished…? Anyway, it’s fun watching you work through them all.
    Hugs from out east (where March came in like a lamb, by the way.)


    • Hi Terry … After 6 or 7 movies and quilting shows and … there is still a zillion pieces left to make … Did a count last night – have 68 more hourglass blocks to make … miscounted the red string blocks … have 40 more of them & that would make 80 more of the broken glass blocks that goes on the side … oh well, this quilt will be wonderful when it’s done!
      It’s easy to have UFOs pile up! There’s always a new pattern, technique, or fabric to play with … so many ideas – so little time.
      Hugs back at you Cuz!


  2. The weather can definitely impact your outlook. I know that it’s hard to stay motivated when you have repetitive piecing that goes on forever, like those gazillion hourglass blocks, but once you get past that hump and see the quilt starting to come together your “sewjo” will kick in again!


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