Friday, March 4, 2016

Making Progress

I hoped that laying out the finished parts of A Fine Romance would light a fire under me, and it has, sort of. You can see that all that remains to be appliqued is half of one border, and some parts in the corners where the seams come together. Nothing much, really, compared to the work done so far.

It hasn't taken much to stall the project and I'm trying to figure out why. I've always thought that projects become UFOs for good reason. Often it's because we are unsure of the next step, or we lose faith in the outcome. I realized that I was going to be short of leaves and the burden of making more leaves was almost crushing. Honestly. I didn't count when I started making the leaves. We were holed up in the extended stay hotel when I was working on them and we were so stressed that even counting leaves was iffy. Turns out I only needed leaves that tip to the left, I still have a big old pile of leaves that tip to the right.

Being a few leaves short of a border (a teacup short of a place setting, a sandwich short of a picnic) I figured this would be a great time to put that Silhouette back to work.  After just a little experimentation the trusty machine was spitting out lovely, perfect templates for the needed leaves. In the end it took less than two hours to make 25 more leaves. (It would have been less time but I was binging on old Downton Abbey episodes and one must look up to ogle the dresses.)

So, the last half of the border is now pinned in place and I'm stitching away. Quilt guild meeting is next Tuesday and I have a half-hearted goal of having the top together so I can use the church tables to baste the quilt. There, I've said it, it's out in the universe, perhaps that will shame me into getting it done.

On the personal front, we have finally accepted an offer on the Saginaw house. Yay! We have every digit crossed that all the dotting of the Is and crossing of the Ts will go smoothly. That wonderful old house needs to be loved and it sounds like the buyers are just the right folks to do it.


  1. It is beautiful Beth. I am very happy about the Saginaw house. Sending you my good fortune (well....not really a fortune...let's call it luck) of selling our home to you. Our PA house sold to a veteran couple who both served in Afghanistan. They have an adorable 6 yr old daughter. They love the home and we love that they love it as much as we did.

  2. The quilt is looking great!!

  3. The quilt is beautiful. I'm looking forward to getting back to working on mine after the delay of the holidays. I bought a Silhouette Cameo after reading your last post and I'm really glad I did. I'm getting how to use it with your WAAS figured out. Finding the resources took some time. Wishing you the best with the sale of your Saginaw house.

  4. Wow! Beth, it is super fantabulous and you can Do It! I did one of your Crastsy classes and was so happy that someone (you) was able to make sense of applique for me. Thank you so much.