Thursday, September 10, 2009

So close to being done

I'm 24 HST away from being done piecing my Pick and Choose quilt. The HST are pieced, they just need to be joined to each other and then sewn on as the 4th and final border. I'm thinking of calling this quilt "The Kitchen Sink" because it is thrown in there, along with a little bit of everything else.

You're probably sick of seeing this quilt, but I can't seem to get enough of it. I love, love, love it! Thanks again, Nancy, for first bringing it to my attention back in May. The last border will definitely make it on tomorrow night, as there is a quilt guild meeting on Saturday morning, and I am so motivated by deadlines. It is not often that I have something for Show and Tell, so I'm not going to miss this opportunity to share.

My Leader/Ender project lately has been my GGG quilt. I have 9 completed blocks, and a number of partially completed blocks. Tonight, I laid the first 9 out on some dark blue carpet to start visualizing what I can do as far as layout. I feel fairly certain that I want blue to be the color of the new fabric that I incorporate into this quilt in order to stabilize all these old, threadbare fabrics. Perhaps an on-point setting,

or simple sashing in between blocks,

or maybe something else less traditional. Any ideas, anyone?

Finally, thank you to all of you who encouraged me to look at the bus incident in a different light. I'm feeling much better. I have, however, shared my concerns with the principal and have set up a meeting to talk with her in person next week about this issue and some other concerns I have (namely, the fact that my child was not given the option to watch the President's motivational and apolitical speech to schoolchildren nationwide earlier this week. What message are we sending to our children about respecting authority if we disregard his message to us just because we don't agree with his political stances? I was a self-absorbed college student in 1991, so I don't know the whole story, but I do know that George H. W. Bush gave a similar -albeit less eloquent - speech to schoolchildren nationwide, and that Republicans defended the President's right to address students. What has changed now so that it is NOT OK for Obama to do the same? How are we to encourage an informed citizenry that engages with its political leaders - which is how democracy works, by the way - if we shield them from those same leaders? How was this not a teachable moment, regardless of your political leanings? Isn't the best and most meaningful education one that is opportunistic and interactive, not just rote memorization? And how can anyone object to the President's message in that address, in brief that each and every student is in part responsible for his/her own education, that they should work hard, and that they should stay in school? And who really thought that this would be a ploy to brainwash and indoctrinate our children? Are we truly that cynical? I know there are many that disagree with me.)

Anyway, I didn't get on here to get on a soapbox. I should go to bed, as my office is going on a kayaking trip down the James River tomorrow as a team building experience prior to the start of our recruitment travel season. I want to be alert and rested so I can be safe and make the most of what is sure to be a fun day.


Riet said...

That is a beautiful quilt Erin. Love the colours. Your GGG quilt I am sure will be lovely too. Nice soft colours and I like it on point setting.
Have a nice day

Quiltluver said...

I love your quilt too. Deadlines can be a good thing when it comes to quilts. I like the on point setting for your GGG quilt, and I think blue would be a perfect compliment. What do you think about on point with sashing and corner sashing squares? As I was trying to match the points on my pinwheel quilt, I was wishing I had put something in between the rows so the mismatching wouldn't be so obvious or I could fudge the corners a little better. I think it would have made the quilt a little more interesting.

Becky said...

I can't get enough of your quilt either, so keep posting pictures!!! My choice for the ggg quilt is on point. Have a fun day!

Piece by Piece said...

On point gets my vote too. Patricia

Auntie Em said...

Hi Erin, Just getting caught up on blog reading. I love how your quilt is turning out, I can see why you love, love, love it too!

I just now read about your son being sent home on the bus instead of to daycare. My heart was racing just reading about it. Thank goodness he had the idea of going to a neighbor's house and thank God that he was safe. You must have been so scared. You are most certainly NOT a "bad mommy".

kwiltmakr said...

I agree with the on point setting also and I do like the blue carpet so maybe something close to that shade of blue.

Nancy-Rose said...

I could never ever get sick of seeing this quilt - - it's a piece of lovely!

Kim said...

What period is your ggg quilt from?
You may want to see what the popular settings were at that time...whatever you choose its going to be those soft colors.
P&C is just a great looking quilt....even mine with way too many colors!

Happy Sewing

Seams to Sew and Quilt said...

Hi Erin, Love your kitchen sink quilt.. I just quilted one just like it for a customer this week. I will get it posted sometime this week... You have a good weekend.

Nancy said...

I wish I had been able to look more closely at your Pick and Choose quilt at guild meeting. Maybe I will get another chance to see it ;). I agree with you completely about Pres. Obama's speech to school children - let me know how the talk with the principal goes.