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All in a snow day’s work

It was one D. Umbridge who said that progress for the sake of progress must be discouraged. I beg to differ.

flying geese ready to be sewn

Sometimes the mere act of verbalizing a lack of progress gives me the boost I need to get going. Then there are those special times when the stars align and this shift in motivation coincides with a Colorado blizzard (and its resulting crash in internet service preventing me from working while stuck at home), creating the perfect storm–literal and figurative–of quilt productivity.

It turns out the snow day provided something I didn’t know I needed: some progress for the sake of progress.

snow day views

snow day views

Thankfully by the time we lost internet we had gotten enough work done to not panic, so I took it as a happy sign that the snow day must be my sew day. I got so much done! I pressed all my center star pieces, sewed said pieces together to make the center star for all 25 blocks, and cut some additional fabric for the remaining borders that will be added to my blocks.

Here’s where most of the blocks stand in their state of half-finished glory (with the last pieces of fabric that will be sewn together for borders lying on top of each finished center star):

center stars ready for borders

The fun doesn’t stop there. I actually continued along my newfound getting-shit-done path this weekend by marking and piecing all of my half-square triangles (approximately one point five bajillion), and then breaking away from pressing all those to sew together one full, finished block (for the sake of my mental health seeing just ONE DONE).

24 center stars and one finished block

Behold my future favorite block–I love the fabric combo here:

future favorite block

I’m so excited to see these all come together! But you know what they say: grunt work first, happiness later (I don’t actually know who says that). Appreciate my plight, fellow quilters, as I complete my next task of pressing and trimming half-square triangles. See you in a year…

200 HSTs to press and trim

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  • Molly

    hahahahaha you’re funny and i love you.

    March 29, 2016 at 5:11 am Reply
  • Carla

    It’s beautiful. Slow and steady wins the race ; )

    March 31, 2016 at 9:59 pm Reply
  • Amy Gibson

    How STUNNING is this going to be!!! I can’t wait to see it come together! And those snowy pics with the candles…I can’t even!!! Seriously, girl, you have such mad photog skills! Love this post. oxoxoxo

    April 1, 2016 at 6:11 pm Reply
  • beckyroberts

    Nothing like bad weather to put me in a quilting mood! Keep on keepin on. Love your photos and thanks for this inspiration!

    September 15, 2016 at 1:21 pm Reply
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