You know what I mean. It's the kind of movement where you know you're moving, but you aren't making any forward progress. I'm just glad I don't have any evidence to suggest I might be moving backwards.
Thank you very much for "prancing along" with Pat - and with me. Three winners have been randomly selected and notified -- that part wasn't random. They are -- JMNiffer, Lisa B and Suzan. If you think that might be you, check your e-mail box. If you have something with the subject line "From Miss Rosie...", then you're it!
I'm still binding. And I'm still watching playoff hockey games. Woohoo to the Coyotes! The games have been great but I'm feeling quite old. I remember when Martin Brodeur was a youngster so I'm going to have to hurt the next announcer who feels compelled to remind everyone that Marty is now 40 years old.
Speaking of birthdays, my Mom is 82 years old today - Wednesday. After getting a ho-hum-ish sort of response to Carrot Cake and seeing strawberries on special at the grocery store, I decided to make her long-standing favorite Gateau des Fraises ~ Stawberry Cake.
Basically a cheesecake with a sour-cream layer underneath the strawberries. This cake is supposed to be served with whole strawberries on the top but (1) it looks best when all the strawberries are the same size and I didn't have that. And (2), it is so much easier to cut, serve and eat when the strawberries are sliced. So with all apologies to the French chef who created this recipe... I changed it.
Speaking of my habit of changing things to suit moi - do you remember when I showed you these blocks last year? They were part of the 2011 Summer Pieced Block of the Week from Primitive Gatherings in Menasha, Wisconsin.
It's a twelve week program and each week, you're sent the kit for five blocks.
Five stars that are supposed to finish at 4" x 4"... except I changed that. My blocks finish at 5" x 5". I also changed every combination just so that mine would be different, adding and subtracting fabrics as I went along. And because that wasn't going to be different enough, I also made more blocks. I didn't know what the shop setting was going to be, but since I was already in for a penny...
I've called my quilt Rorschach.
Yes, this quilt says more about my psyche and personality than any silly little inkblot every could.
I used a lovely soft gray tonal print by Lecien for the alternating squares and setting triangles because I wanted the stars to be the focal point of the quilt. It is also why I decided that this quilt didn't need a border. The binding is a faded red print from an early Sturbridge collection.
The quilt was going to be in a book I was scheduled to publish in September 2013 but I have postponed that because my timing is so "off" these days. (Don't worry! Yes, I had asked Lisa's permission to publish my version of the quilt.)
The only other thing I've been working on is this quilt...
When you see this one, I think you're going to laugh. Think of it as a "plus-size" quilt... and that will make sense when I tell you about it as soon as I've got pictures and a pattern cover on the way.