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On the Home Stretch Now

It is 2 weeks, 4 days and 21 hours until Mando’s cast comes off. We are just past the half way mark and I've been trying hard to stop myself from counting down right to the second.

It has been so demanding keeping a 70-pound puppy from moving 24-7. I’m simply exhausted. And yes, he is on plenty of sedatives, but they only seem to work in short intervals. His boot is worn through and I've had to repair it twice.

He has puzzles and games and too many treats and interesting sticks but what he lives for is the hour every every morning that we hang out at the end of the driveway. He absolutely loves saying hi to everyone that walks by. He’s an extrovert in a family of introverts.

And there isn’t a heck of a lot going on in my sewing room. It’s amazing how quickly it becomes a dumping ground for books, paper and stuff that I am too tired to put away. I'm going to need a shovel to dig myself out of it.

But this too shall pass. Until then, my Millefiori quilt is my project of choice. Something I can do in the 5-10 minutes that Mando slows down.

It’s exciting to be on the penultimate block. I purchased this bird fabric specifically to use in this rosette. And loved the way the beads connect. But when all the hexagons were done, I wasn't thrilled with my layout. I tried a couple of ideas to improve it and found if I flipped the outer hexagons so that the lighter value triangle is on the inside, it flowed better. But that means I need to adjust the bird layout. [sigh] At least I have another 20 days of slow sewing to fix it...but as I am looking at this photo, maybe it works the way it is. Stay tuned

I had high hopes of finishing off 3 or 4 WIP’s and at least one UFO before December but I just need to accept that nothing much will be happening before the New Year. The cast comes off Dec 11th and by then the holidays will be in full swing.

But I can make plans. My head is full of possibilities. Stashbuster ideas, new ways to use up your scraps, your stash and experiment with new techniques. And I cannot wait to come up with so much new content for you in 2022.

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these blocks are so beautiful. i love how you used the bird fabric! i love both of the block layouts - i vote keep them.


Joyce Ann Stone
Joyce Ann Stone
Dec 07, 2021

I like the darker red triangles in the middle facing out. Makes a strong star!


Hello again. I thought you hadn't wrote any posts because you were looking after Mando. I found this post in my junk file! Why it landed there I don't know but I'm glad to see you're still managing to sew even though Mando is occupying most of your time. My EPP isn't as elaborate as yours being just plain, small hexagons but I find them relaxing to sew together. I'm looking forward to seeing the beautiful finished quilt in the new year. Have a very Merry Christmas and happy new year with lots of long walks.😷🙏😘


Joyce Smith
Joyce Smith
Dec 03, 2021

I am fascinated by the idea of the millefiore quilt, since I have recently started doing English paper piecing and love it. I haven't tried fussy cutting yet, though. You commented about Mando being and extrovert in a family of introverts. Speaking as the ultimate introvert, myself, that isn't necessarily a bad thing. You HAVE to get out and around, now.


I feel sorry for Mando and for you. But you can start counting down the days until his cast comes off. That’s a good thing.

I like both photos. I noticed that the one on the right forms a deep purple hexagon next to the teal and white row. I like that the hexagon stands out. I would not undo all the work that you have completed.

Thank you for all of the great videos, stash buster quilt patterns and for your great interviews on Karen’s Quilt Circle. I look forward to them.

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