A couple of lifetimes ago, I lived in Dallas, Texas. It was a big change for a girl who had grown up mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area, followed by a couple of years in Los Angeles. If you've never been to Texas... it's different.
Good. Even great. But different - at least, different from California.
One of the first things I learned in Texas was all about "the Mixmaster". I thought it was a mixer - you know, like a Sunbeam. That was all the rage then, it was before Kitchen Aids were so cool... before all the colors. Anyway, this had nothing to do with baking. This had to do with freeways, more specifically, with freeway intersections. Especially the freeway intersections that connect the loops and the criss-crossing arteries of freeways that connect up all the big cities. It's an engineering marvel... unless you're "here" and you need to get "over there" in the space of 1/4 mile and 12,000 other cars are trying to do the opposite. And it's all happening at 80 mph... or maybe that was just me.
The point is, it's like being thrown into a mixmaster. Or it sure feels that way.
That's what life feels like these days. It isn't a bad thing, it's just a little chaotic... and I'm a girl who likes my peace and quiet.
My Mom is good - doing better - but she's not home yet. Two days before she was ready to be sprung, her little cold turned into pneumonia and wham... parole denied. If all goes well, we're looking at the end of next week.
So while my days are divided between visits with my Mom, Rosie, that pesky work/business thing, and all the house/life/normal stuff, I am getting a little sewing done. It's National Quilting Month and yes, I've managed to do at least a teeny bit of sewing every day - even if it's almost midnight.
I don't know if you remember these blocks...
I need 200 for my quilt and I have almost half of them done. (No, this isn't all of them.) I'll get started on the half-triangle squares for the next batch tonight.
I'm also finishing a border on a new Schnibble...
Avalon by Joanna Figueroa - Miss Fig Tree. It's even better in person - I really love this collection. Okay, so I like them all. Does anybody do "cream" better than Joanna? I don't think so. The downside of it is that I got a little distracted and started going through drawers and shelves to pull out as many cream prints as I had. Which then led me to a little midnight-online shopping for a few more because I think I need a Crumbler/tumbler quilt made entirely of Fig Tree cream prints. And 37 different prints wasn't enough variety. (Okay, it is... but more is better, right?)
Speaking of Crumblers... oy vey. Here's proof of just how slow I've been lately. I have a new one - a little one.
It's Kathie's fault. After I asked - some whining and pleading may have been involved - she sent me some small tumblers she'd cut for a little project.
How cute is this? I added the extra rows of tumblers and the side borders, and I'll trim it all straight after I've quilted it - which I'll do when I decide how to finish it. I'm thinking this would make a cute little pillow.
And because she didn't want to hear any more whining, she sent me this for Halloween.
I was having so much fun with the tiny tumblers that I wanted to make "more" little Crumbler/tumbler projects. And since I already knew that I'd have a hard time finding "my perfect template", I pestered the ruler-folks until they made a little one for me - the Lil' Crumbler.
Of course the first thing I had to make with the prototype was something with tumblers even smaller the ones Kathie had sent...
These tumblers were cut from a 1 1/2" strip and they finish at 1" tall. After I pieced it, I "aged" it a bit and then framed it in an 11" x 14" frame. The funniest thing about this little quilt is that it took me longer to lay out all the little tumblers than it did to sew them together.
What? What about that little red and cream thing under the frame?
Uh... I'm sorry about the blurry picture. I didn't realize it was blurry until this morning and I can't take another because the quilt is "elsewhere" right now. But this is what I can tell you - it measures about 10" x 12" and it's made with 1 1/2" strips. The tumblers are cut from two strips - one red and one cream - sewn together. I think it looks a lot more complicated than it is.
And me. I do like to make things interesting getting from "here" to "there."