Saturday, January 31, 2009

New Project

This morning J had a quartet performance at a local high school. Its a competition but not against other students, they are only scored on their performance. They did good, but had a few tempo issues so they received a 2 for a score. 1 being the highest. So that was good. I was really proud that he got up there and did it. He played the French Horn and has only been playing the French Horn for about 3 months so it was nice to see him have that kind of confidence. I was going to record it on my camera, it was only about 2 minutes long, but they didn't allow recording devices or cameras so that was out!

Then when we came home I couldn't decide what I wanted to work on. I need to pick up some thread to quilt several of my WIP's and there were a few other things I could work on, butI started a new project instead. Several years ago I printed the patters for Sylvia's Bridal Sample from the Elm Creek Quilt series (one of my favorites!) and decided to check it out. I went to my stash and dug out some fabric:

And accomplished 4 blocks today. Not much, but something. I certainly have a lot of blue in my stash. Need to get more greens, reds and browns. But it will do to start with! The thing is I am not a paper piecer. I just have a really hard time with it. So these are all going to be kinda trial and error, but so far I'm happy with them. I haven't evened them up yet, but I figure with like 142 blocks or something I have time!

I also finished up my book "The Last Run" an NF about an Alaskan Rescue in the Gulf of Alaska. I was really surprised at how good it was. I just picked it up because it sounded good and really liked it. So now it is onto either:


for my one challenge shown in my sidebar. Hope everyone is staying warm. Its only about 11 here and is supposed to get up to 40 tomorrow (yeah right) and then we are supposed to have another winter storm either Monday or Tuesday.


KyQuiltlady said...

You did a great job on the blocks! You are fast. I like the colors, just love scrappy quilts. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Louann said...

Your blocks are great. I love the way paper piecing turns out but I am not very good at it. I never cut my pieces big enough. Oh Lonsome Dove is great. It was my father's favorite and my husband and I liked it too.

Kristie said...

I vote for "Lonesome Dove" I just love that story! I can't tell you how many times that I have read the book and watched the movie! I just love it!

Love your new quilt! You are lucky that you printed all of those patterns! They have now taken them off of the website and she is coming out with a book that has all of the patterns in it, so now you have to BUY the patterns! :(

Terry said...

Great start on your sampler quilt! I've not done paper piecing yet. I don't think I really want to to tell the truth! Well, it's 39 here today and the snow is melting off the roads! Yippee!! Hope the storm goes somewhere else!

Quilter Going Bananas said...

I love the Elm Creek books! Could you tell me where you got the info about the quilt pattern?

Are you keeping warm tonight while you watch the SuperBowl??

Carol in Sweden said... project!
It took me awhile to get the hang of the paper piecing but now I rather like it..although I must pay attention to what I'm doing!

if you read "Kevin" book...we can chat later...won't say more.

I'm getting ready to read The McCarthy. for my book club...

em's scrapbag said...

The Elm Creek Books are great. Your blocks are very nice.

Debbie said...

Thanks for your encouragment about my Beatles class. It'll be fine, I'm sure.
hey...we have a huge quilt show coming up next month. Have you ever been to Nevada? LOL

jacquie said...

Good for J...I love when kids do things like this! What a great experience for him. I'm sure there will be many more of these performances.