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This is where I yap about the quilts I'm making, ideas for new quilts and little things about life that gets in the way.

Doing the math...and being the optimist

Waiting, stitching, waiting stitching.....Tuxedo the cat waits and waits as I stitch and stitch.  Day after day, week after week.  It seems to drag on forever.  Piece by piece, inch by inch....his patience about to the breaking point and mine seems to stretch a little thinner every day.  That is until 2 days ago when I realized the end was in sight.  The end of the row, the end of this road, the end of the blue row on my crazy was in sight and there was no stopping until it was done!  

I complete the row, sit back in my chair, breath a sigh of accomplished relief.  I get up to go get the camera, I can't wait to show someone.  I return to lay out the quilt and take my photos and this is what I find!  Tuxedo moved in and looks up at me like all that work was for me, right?  

So I shew him off, spread everything out nice and neat, once again turn to get my camera...presto, poof, there he is again dead center.  Now this cat can do the math, right?  He chose to sit directly in the center, directly over my hard work and completed area.  I promise you I did not put him there, he chose that exact spot on his own!  Amazing!  AND he refused to move.  Well we all love our critters, right?  So please look around over and through the kitty to see where I have completed 2 rows of this monster crazy quilt


And from behind he still doesn't move!  

So I have 2 of the 6 rows done.  Four more to go....wait a minute...2 of 6...hey that's 1/3rd done!   HEY, I'M 1/3RD DONE WITH THE MONSTER!  Only 2/3rds to go!  I've said it before, whose idea was this anyway?  I guess it's true to my personality, jump in with both feet and do the hardest thing as a beginner!  Just go for it, or just do it as they say!

I also did some fall cleaning of our bedroom - typical for me, fall cleaning, not spring cleaning.  I changed the quilt on my wall from the grandmothers flower garden that I quilted, to the clamshell that my Granny did.  Here's a great example of how pretty granny's work is.  I'm so privileged to have some of her quilts.  She is, after all, my mentor and the entire reason I ever dreamed of doing this hobby....

I don't think I will ever be able to match Granny's teeny stitches, but I do hope I have inherited some of her color coordination and design abilities.  

You can bet that Tuxedo doesn't get a chance to sit on this quilt!


So I now have a clean and organized bedroom with the summer clothes put away and the winter clothes along with this beauty on my wall.  So with that task done and long winter nights on the way perhaps my 2/3rds balance on the crazy monster won't take me as long as the 1/3 has.

Me and Tuxedo will spend many of those dark winter weekends stitching the time away by the fire and working and waiting.

Sew, till next time....



Published Thu, Oct 24 2013 2:37 PM by Jenia


# re: Doing the math...and being the optimist@ Saturday, October 26, 2013 7:24 PM

Tuxedo has great taste!  Loved the quilts -- and the presentation.  You did a great job.


# re: Doing the math...and being the optimist@ Monday, October 28, 2013 9:59 AM

Thank you Quiltless!  Poor Tuxedo has been sick this weekend.  Took him to the vet and he got antibiotic shot but it didn't seem to help.  so he's going back again this morning.  When my babies are sick that's all I can think of.  Poor critters can't tell you what's wrong and it worries me so.

by Jenia

# re: Doing the math...and being the optimist@ Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:01 PM

I really like your quilt . .. and the kitty is pretty cool also.