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02 January 2009

Never-Ending Quilt Squares

Last January, feeling inspired by the new year, I signed up for a quilt exchange with the LDS Mom's Educational group. I was really looking forward to it. We picked purple as our main color. I chose a paper piecing pattern that looked awesome. I was excited. These were going to be some nice quilt squares.

By June, I was pretty sure I was in trouble. I wasn't anywhere near ready for the deadline. But I was pretty sure that I could get the 9 squares made between our trips and send them out by the end of July. Boy was I glad when the deadline was extended. The paper piecing was a disaster. The square was beautiful, but it was fragile. And it took my Mom and I 3 hours to assemble a single square. Not good.

So I sent in my excuses to the ladies in the group who were amazing. "Don't cry," they said. "Go on vacation and figure it out when you get back." So I went on vacation. And when I got back Mom & I went shopping & I picked up materials for Mom's favorite kind of quilting: strip quilting. But I was so frustrated that I could hardly stand to look at my new quilting toys. So I didn't do a thing with it until the deadline passed. I (re)started my squares the day after the new deadline. (Sorry girls.) And to my intense surprise and pleasure, it was easy and fun! I was nearly done with the whole project when I was swamped by the combination of my sister's wedding and then the holidays. However, the squares are finally done. And I'm happy with them. I'd even do it again. I'm glad that I stuck it out. And many thanks are due to the ladies of the LDS Mom's Ed group for being so patient with me! I'm packaging them up to mail tonight!


Dorine said...

They are beautiful!! I love the swirly blue fabric!! I think that you get 10 points for sticking with it and getting it done!! YEA YOU!!!!

Ritsumei said...

Thanks Mom! It couldn't have happened without you!

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

They turned out beautifully! I too love the swirl fabric. I can't wait to get everyone's blocks and piece them together.

Twinlinebackers said...

Congratulations! Yippeee! There is nothing like enjoying something you were dreading. I can't wait to get them in the mail!

misskate said...

Very pretty :) I'm sure the quilt will look awesome! You'll have to post some pics of the finished product

Ritsumei said...

I can do that... though who knows how long it will take. But the next step is finished: The squares are in the mail.


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