Monday, August 2, 2021

Mind Games

Hometown, made with Kathy Schmitz's Home fabric line.
It was a kit I purchased as a wedding gift for my son and his wife.
Now perhaps they will get it as an anniversary gift...LOL!

Just have the sashing and borders to finish. 
The original pattern has an intricate flying geese border.
I will opt for a simple fabric border.

Do you have a system for piecing large quilts?
I never completely cut a quilt up front.
 I have been burnt in the past when the directions were wrong.
So I cut one block at a time.

With this quilt, however, the instructions are so complex 
that it is hard to determine what fabrics are used where
 and what their cutting size should be.
Thankfully, my friend Cyndi had made the quilt
 and assured me the cutting directions were correct.
I cut all the strips from the first 5 fabrics, which allowed me to piece the first house...
a monumental leap of faith for me.
FYI, the layout did have an error in it, 
but that was easily corrected.

It was hard for me to stay engaged due to the lack of color and fabric variety,
but I do love how it turned out.
It felt like a marathon game of Monopoly.
So I played mind games with myself....
piece 2 blocks and you can eat chocolate.
Then there was the countdown...
hooray, first row done;
now you are halfway done;
now there are only 6 more blocks to piece.
You can do it!
I needed a cheering squad.
I also wrote blog posts in my mind while I was sewing...
finish these last 2 rows and you can post!

With the help of my Audible book,
This Tender Land,
I finally muscled through the last block.
Even though I enjoyed the book,
it was somewhat like this quilt...
easy to put down but I was compelled to finish it!



  1. I've been burned before, like you, in precutting all the pieces so I dont do it any longer that way. Setting all those mini goals is a big help when a quilt just doesn't keep you motivated . Chocolate is always a good booster. The quilt will be a lovely anniversary gift. Glad you're almost done.

  2. I had a good chuckle with this post, Cheryl. I could relate on so many levels. The mind games were very familiar--especially the one with chocolate as a motivator. The lack of color variety would have been hard for me, too, but I do like the finished product. I don't start out cutting a whole quilt, but after trying a block or two and seeing that it works, I MIGHT cut the rest of it then.
    Congrats on muscling through. It is a great quilt !


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