This was another week of small victories. I brought things into the sewing room – blocks from a gift exchange – but instead of putting them down, I put them together. Remembering the the rule of 15 (break projects into very small parts so you can accomplish something in 15 minutes), I decided assembling this small quilt top would be possible despite my coming down with a slight cold.
I received 8 blocks from the exchange, and had already made a block for me (a variation of Aunt Sukey’s Choice). The recipient chose the colors, and the maker chose the pattern. While quilters can easily take a handful of fabrics that don’t remotely resemble each other and call them all red, I lucked out and all of my purple and green blocks went together well. I took a spare 15 minutes to arrange the blocks, another spare 15 minutes to choose border fabrics, and a glorious half-hour between bouts of coughing and sneezing to sew everything together.
The thrill of seeing the top finished so invigorated me that I took on another small project. I had a collection of pink and purple fabric in a gold basket under the ironing board. My husband has long objected to keeping piles under there, next to the electrical outlet. He claims it’s a fire hazard. He might even be right. At any rate, I took the collection – rejections from a project completed so long ago I can’t even remember what it was – and put them back in the drawer. It literally took me ten minutes to tidy the basket; I am ashamed and astounded that I left the fabric out so long!
There are still piles under the ironing board. I have a stack of books that I may not need to keep but can’t quite get rid of, the gold basket (which now holds some Halloween fabric that missed their big day), and a tote bag with Civil War reproduction fabrics. I have vowed that at least one of those piles will be gone soon. I suspect it will be the Civil War reproductions, since it is time to start a new project for the Progressive Party. This is a round-robin style of friendship group, so all I have to do is make a center and pass it along with fabric I think complements it. My husband will be happy that I’m doing my part to reduce the fire hazard, my friends in the Progressive Party will be thrilled to get a project from me where the fabrics were actually designed to blend, and I will be the proud owner of two more feet of open floor space.