What do you do when you hate …??

 I Hate sewing curves.

I Hate sewing circles.  

Last year, I got a Block on Board die from Accuquilt … Cleopatra’s Fan … it had curves.  I perservered, and made several blocks.  I was not happy.  I liked the block in the end, but I was not happy sewing it!

This year, I received another Block on Board die … it has CURVES.  (Can you hear the loud groan??? !!!)

The guild was offering a one day workshop on sewing circles.  SIGH!!!   I figured that I better take the workshop.  Here’s a sample of what happened at the workshop.  Lots of curved piecing.

I think I was smart.  I borrowed the guild’s Accuquilt cutter and dies and I cut ALL of my drunkard’s path blocks with both the small and large die.  It has the wonderful centre notch in it!

Perfect cutting leads to perfect sewing – right???  Well, almost.

Laura, the wonderful instructor, gave us options on how to sew the blocks, but with clear directions.  She warned that it would take time to sew each block.  WHAT??? You mean I can’t make 10 in a minute???

OK … SEW … I took my time, following the directions.  The first couple of blocks had a tiny little pucker, or wrinkle.  But not worth taking out.  (YAY!!)  And the rest, well, I’d say they were pretty darn good!

Here’s a few of my blocks laid out … definitely not how they will be in the final quilt, but an example of what I made.

SEW … how do I feel about curves and circles now?

Bring them on … I can handle this with ease!  (As long as I take my time and listen   remember what I was taught!

YAY!!! Thank you Laura!!!  Thank you! Thank you!

Design Wall


Summer Solstice:  IMG_6096I’ve started piecing the lone star.  Row 1 is completed!

IMG_6095Frolic: Bonnie Hunter’s Mystery:   I have 5 blocks pieced.

52 Blocks in 52 weeks:  No photo, but ready to be sandwiched!


Bento Box  “Rag Log Cabin” – the quilting has started. IMG_2256


I’m linking up to Roseanne & Sue’s “TO DO” Tuesday. Their blog is “Home Sewn by Us.”

A Gladys Taber quote  “Contentment is a list with half of it crossed off.”

This week my list is ALL crossed off!  And it was a BIG list

Last week’s list:

  1. Sandwhich Rag Log Cabin   √  done
  2. Start Quilting Rag Log Cabin  √  done
  3. Make at least 2 “Frolic” blocks  √  done  (made 5)
  4. Make the last 4 “52 blocks in 52 weeks”  √  done
  5. Put “52 blocks in 52 weeks” on design wall and arrange √  done
  6. Start the lone star portion of Summer Solstice √  Row 1 done

This week’s list:

  1. Quilt Rag Log Cabin – 1/2 hour / day
  2. Make 3 “Frolic” blocks
  3. Sandwich “52 blocks in 52 weeks”
  4. Summer Solstice: Make Row 2 of lone star
  5. Start cutting & sewing Island Batik Feb project.

Stash Report

IMG_5947I finished the little zippy bags … probably took around 1 yard of fabric, if not a bit more.  I’ll call it a yard for now.   No fabric added!

  • Fabric Used this week        1 yard
  • Fabric Used this year:         22.5  yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0 yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      0
  • Net Fabric used                    22.5
  • Husband’s Purchases           0

Stitchin’ Time

  • January 1-26  : 26 out of 26   100% 

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

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The zippy bags were a UFO – from left-over fabric from a quilt I made eons ago.  Sew, that’s a total of 3 UFOs finished this year!

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 


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15 thoughts on “What do you do when you hate …??

  1. You had a very productive week last week. Congrats on the stitching time and the stash management so far in 2020. You’ve gotten a good start on your PhD this year. My chart is still empty, but I did send one quilt off to be quilted, so fingers crossed I have something to show for February! Thanks for linking up to 15 Minutes to Stitch last week.

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  2. Hi Gail! WOWEE – congrats on getting everything crossed off on your list. And even more congrats on conquering those drunkard’s path blocks. I guess I didn’t know enough to be scared of them. HAHA! Now you’ll see kinds of different patterns showing that block, and you’ll be adding them to your to-do list. Thanks in advance for linking up. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  3. I used to HATE curves. But I took a class from Toby Lischko online that not only made me more comfortable sewing curves, but also taught me a few tricks that have improved my overall piecing.

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    • Hi Lynn!
      Isn’t it nice to have that confidence?
      You’ll be amazed at how fast you’ll cut your blocks with the Accuquilt! SEW fast!
      Looking forward to your future creations! (and seeing that table topper finished!)
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


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