SECTION ONE, RE-DONE

Corner Repair

I stared at this block for a month, bothered by the uneven top edge. Trimmimg it would drastically reduce the border on the top left double bordered hour glass block as well as leave this unit a half inch shorter than the unit that will attach to its left. I pondered many possible fixes including simply lengthening the seven top right strips, but I reasoned, if I was going to look as though I added something, it might as well be a new design element. Those seven little squares in the top right corner are not part of the original Gypsy Wife Quilt pattern.

The 30 Minute Amnesia Cure

She: “Wednesday night: dinner out.”

He: “Uh-huh.”

She: “Thursday night: pizza delivery.”

He: “Uh-huh.”

She: “Friday night: dinner out.”

He: “Uh-huh.”

She: “Now it is Saturday night and I have forgotten how to cook.”

He: “No. You may have lost the incentive, but I am sure it will come back to you soon.”

She: “How soon?”

He: “Seven o’clock sounds good.”

She: “But what if I don’t remember?”

He: “Okay, seven-thirty.”

Feeling Blue

Welcome to Fun Friday in my Special Ed classroom.

It isn’t only the students who learn.

I put out paper, paint, water, and brushes. As I handed the last kid his brush I noticed paint on his fingers. I looked up. His cheek and lips were swabbed in navy blue paint.

“Why is there paint on your face?” I ask.

He says, “I no know.”

His teeth and tongue are also blue.

I say, “We don’t eat paint!”

He says, “No eat. Taste yukky.” And then he drank the paint water — luckily, it was still clean.

Fun Friday isn’t all fun and games. Some learning also happens — usually by me.

(For those now horrified, the paint is Crayola Brand, it’s non-toxic & washable. It is perfectly kid-safe. Some days, I am not sure I am.)

Section One, Complete

Section One, Gypsy Wife Quilt

I’m not wholly thrilled with this section. I discovered that the quarter-inch foot I have been using is more than an quarter inch. I have also discovered that this pattern requires a scant-quarter inch. A scant quarter inch is an imaginary number, and I am just supposed to magically know what the imaginary spacing is and sew at it consistently? Seriously?

I love Jen Kingwell’s designs, but I don’t think much of her patterns. She leaves far too much to “guess” to suit me. If I am buying a pattern, I expect it to actually provide direction, not approximation. One of our group quilt along admins is an engineer and even she has admitted she’s had trouble figuring out the math and translating the ideas for us. If I were doing this alone, I probably would have quit by now.

As it is, a good many members of our group are substituting blocks when they can’t make things work. Plus, a significant portion of our 2876 members are waiting to see if we’re actually successful before they even begin, and several people have already “noped” out of the group. My advice to anyone tempted to do The Gypsy Wife Quilt is to find the pattern, read it carefully and be sure you know what you’re getting into (it’s a 36 page book and it is not put together in order), then find or form a support sewing group and everyone work together. I have my online sewing group, and Amoeba. By the time I’ve finished this quilt he’ll have about as much invested in it as I do (maybe even more since I tend to use his wallet when I go shopping).

Section Two begins on March 2nd. I don’t know that I’ll be starting on time. My sewing space is a little out of control and needs some tidying. I think I’ll spend the weekend trying to stuff it all back into dust- and light-proof storage containers and onto shelves.

One section done. Only nine more to go.