Quilting, Farming, Variety

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Finished? Not Just Yet

They're finished; 120, six and one-half inch, paper pieced, scrappy blocks.

Each block is made up of 37 pieces, small enough to use all those little scraps I've saved from other quilting projects.  Paper piecing makes it possible to achieve perfectly straight seams when sewing such small pieces of fabric.

I had wondered if the quilt would look too "busy" or a jumbled mass of color, but in my opinion it's one of the prettiest I've ever pieced.

The block pattern is called the pineapple block; I suppose it's because of the way the pieces radiate out from the center square.

This is where I got the pattern, inside the April, 1999, American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.  It is called Scrap Apple since it's made from scraps.  And, as you can see from this picture, my quilt is not finished, only the center part; it will have a border with appliqued flowers and vines.  So I still have much work before I can really say "It's finished!"  I'm getting a real lesson in patience!  


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

So, today was super Tuesday and time for us to cast out first votes.  I know the person I voted for will not win, but I picked him as the person I feel is most qualified for the position of president of this great country.  He doesn't jab at the other candidates, but simply states his qualifications and his experience.  After all, since when is the amount one sweats a concern of this country?  And don't we try to teach our children not to bully their peers, or call them liars?  Our founding fathers must be turning over in their graves.  

A Bible passage, from the book of Ezra, chapter 9, verses 5b-6 describes how I feel about all of this:
"...I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the LORD my God, and said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God, for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up into heaven."

I wonder if people in other countries think all Americans act this way.  I surely hope not!