Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Rainy days

After two months with very little rain we are being deluged! The weather man is even forecasting a tropical storm tomorrow. Every where you look there is water standing, in the street, in the yards, every where.

Thank you for all your kind comments and thoughts about my mother and her situation. The Hospice folks have been wonderful so far. The chaplain came yesterday, a wonderful young man, who seems to understand what we are dealing with. I have a lot to be grateful for. I have wonderful help in place. They love my mother dearly and do a wonderful job. Mother has trouble feeding herself so they put her meals in a burrito wrap so she can pick it up. These folks really go above and beyond.

The last two days I have been making scrap blocks. the number of blocks is directly proportional to my stress level. Can you tell I was a math teacher? Making the blocks seems to use both sides of the brain and is very relaxing and distracting. It is so interesting to see the unplanned shapes that emerge. I love it.

My question is this: do you make the blocks and then sew them together or sew them together as you go along? I have been sewing these together as I go along, sort of in strips.

I used a subtle sawtooth at the bottom of this one to fill in a space.

I also cut a lot of 2 1/2" blocks yesterday. It was great to go back and recall what I had used the fabrics for.

I am using the squares to make random 9 patches. My aunt got me re-interested in making 9 patches. She has been doing it and has put together a couple of quilts this way.

One more picture of fall flowers. This is from my mothers front yard. I think you call it a beauty berry. I love love the purple with the green. What a vivid beautiful color combination.

All the rain makes for nice quiet afternoons sewing!!


elle said...

Yes, when it rains, it RAINS! Anyway, none in this weeks forecast so... I'm not sewing but doing necessary yard work. But we are back at quilting and I'm telling my qf that liberated piecing is the way to go. She is tired of just squares and triangles. I for one am working on the parts department at our get togethers! happy days, well nights!!! BTW, care workers are wonderful people!

Sharon said...

Love your crumbs blocks! They're so fun and relaxing to sew - perfect for when you're stressed and just need to sew and not think. I usually sew a bunch and then trim and put them together.

Nine-patches are good for so many things. I need to make some too. They're just good to have on hand.

I hope you survive all your rain! We're actually dry for a few days here - nice!

Tonya Ricucci said...

love the crumb blocks and glad you're finding some comfort in sewing them! I admit I'm a "make all the blocks first and then sew them together" person. I just love playing with them and trying different arrangements.

Nifty Quilts said...

Wonderful scrap blocks! I like the diagonal lines that turn up here and there. I also find it relaxing to make blocks out of scraps. There's no pressure and no "right" way.

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I will keep an eye on yours too!

Exuberant Color said...

I'm glad you finally got some rain. It looked like it stayed in that area for a few days.
I don't usually sew the blocks together as I make them. I just like to pile them up and play with them now and then.

Carol E. said...

Sorry to hear of your mother's difficulties.. but thankful she has hospice care. I have heard such good things about it. Love the crazy blocks you're making. Great colors! I usually don't sew the strips together while I'm making them, because I use different settings each time. I've been doing a lot with crumb blocks lately. Where do you live that it is raining cats and dogs and is hot at the beach?

Carol E. said...

P.S. I love making 9patches, too, but I make them using strips, not squares.