WIP Wednesday–here we are again. This is a good mid-weekly progress check every week, and many thanks to Lee of Freshly Pieced for hosting us all.
Well, I met a goal.
For two months, goals have been something to hide from or add to a already-too-long list or wistfully stare out the window while contemplating goals. But yesterday, Valentine’s Day, I met my goal of getting this quilt quilted. And had I not had to stop to read 50 pages of the novel I’m teaching (Moon Over Manifest), I probably would have had the whole thing done. But sometimes it’s okay to leave a project at the cusp of completion as it will draw you in for tomorrow. So, I guess you could say, this is still in progress. But in a good way, not a moaning way.
And under Krista’s enthusiastic encouragement, I tried my hand at English Paper Piecing. You know I had an English great-grandmother, who I’m named for (Elizabeth). So I called up my mother and asked her if my gr-grandmother ever did English paper piecing. “No,” she said. “She was a gardener. She spent any free time she had in her garden. It was my mother — your grandmother — who was the sewer in the family.” So, in homage to them both, I’m making something with flowers.
I finished the middle, sewed some more together and attached them to the central flower. Kind of a stuck space for knowing where to go from here in terms of sewing things together, but IF I can imagine myself as a young bride in the late 1800s far away from my mother and hometown of Bloxwich, England, and IF I were a quilter, carrying forward my mother’s traditions, I’d either have been doing this since I was a child, or I’d figure it out.
I’ll figure it out.
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