I'm using the Marti Michell templates to make my blocks. She offers directions on how to use her templates to make 101 of the blocks. (If you're interested, you can sign up to receive these on her website.) It's a little more fiddly to cut out the pieces, but because everything fits together so nicely when you're sewing, I think it's worth it.
She even simplifies some of the blocks so they use fewer pieces. In the book, the "Box" block has 17 pieces. Using the templates, my block only has 11 so there are far fewer seams.
I've been moving right along making these blocks and having a lot of fun with it. I also felt like I was making good progress until I checked the book and realized I need 145 blocks. I have 15 right now. Only 130 left to go! Ha! Ha! Here are the ones I've just finished...
|#84 Spool, #81 Snowball, #23 Country Farm and #29 Economy|
|#9 Box, #41 Friendship Star, #10 Bowtie and #2 Autumn Tints|
|#69 Practical Orchard, #61 Northern Lights and #34 Flock|
This is one of Moses' favorite hiding spots. She can nap here and not worry about the other pets disturbing her. She particularly loves to go here if someone comes to the house. She's almost 10 years old and I don't believe my parents have ever seen her in person.
The heat and humidity that accompany summers in North Carolina are definitely here right now. A lot of people are complaining about it. However, after the extreme cold of last winter, I'll gladly take it. Of course, if my air conditioning broke, I might be singing a different story...
Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm 139:23-24 NIV