Wednesday, May 25, 2011

life this week

It has been the nicest week.  I pulled out these old string blocks to work on.  I have 70 of 88 down (this will be twin size), so I decided to pull off the backing of these paper-pieced blocks and sew what I have done together.  I just needed to see some progress on this one, and I do love it so far.
 
But can I be honest here?  This quilt is killing me!  I am so over string blocks.  Despite the chain-piecing system I've developed, they are so monotonous to make.  And they are driving me nuts.  I have 18 more to go, so I really want to get them done.  This is my last work-in-progress that I would like to finish before I start a new quilt.  But seriously.  If I decide to do a large string block quilt again, will someone please slap me?? :)

I started a new book this week, I just got it in the mail yesterday.  (off topic - Am I the only one that still reads regular books, not at ereader?  I feel like that sometimes.)   It is called Heaven is for Real - a little boy's astounding story of his trip to Heaven and Back.  It is so good, and I am almost halfway done already.  Have any of you read it??  It is one of those great reads that helps put things in perspective.

And the most important thing about this week?  My oldest is graduating from preschool.  I didn't realize how sad I would be!  He's grown up so much this past year, and it is hard to let go of these preschool days.  I am very excited and proud of him.


I hope you all have a nice holiday weekend!  So far the forecast looks great, and we are planning on putting in our vegetable garden.

xoxo Angela

34 comments:

  1. Oh man--I am making the same quilt (hope valley strings with gray centers) and I am only 2 blocks into it! It just sits and sits and sits. There's something so infuriating about sewing and sewing and sewing and only having a single block to show for it!

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  2. But it looks so good! Its so worth the effort... but I'll remind you if you mention a string block again after this blanket :)
    ... you've scared me away from making one. Maybe I'll move it down farther on my to-do list haha.

    I'm feeling the same way about my log cabin blocks. They are only 5 pieces each but I'm making 80 of them - ugh. I have maybe 60ish done... but yea, sick of them and starting to hate them lol.

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  3. Kudos on the string blocks...I think that would be a perpetual UFO for me (=

    I hear you on the end of preschool. My oldest is done next week, and I keep looking around, wondering where my baby has gone...

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  4. hahaha! man i KNOW that feeling!!! good luck my friend! just poop them out and be done with it! LOL

    darling pic of your boys too!! ;)

    x, H

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  5. I still read a 'real' book every night! currently: game of thrones.

    these string blocks might be a p.i.t.a but they sure look pretty! I'm with heather, just poop them out and be done with it!

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  6. wow, its amazing though. so SO pretty. i love the grey (coal, right?) it looks FANTASTIC with the hope valley! so worth the effort!
    haven't heard of the book but it looks good. and your little boy is super cute and looks like his pops :)

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  7. No, I read real books too. ;0p I like the feel of the pages. My oldest is graduating preschool too. They did their end of the year program, and I admit to having tears. It really does go by so fast!

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  8. Believe me, the years just fly by. My oldest graduates from university next month - where did that time go? I'm sure I'll be a blubbering idiot at the convocation. And I'm still a huge fan of paper books - mind you, I work in a library and have my pick of books to read. I have noticed that more and more patrons have ereaders (they can download ebooks from our website) but they still come into the library for "real" books!

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  9. Your quilt looks great...just wondering why you would paper piece....seems like a lot of extra work. Oh, I still read real books too.

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  10. the quilt might be killing you but it sure is a beauty. keep on keeping on - i can't wait to see what the finished project will look like!

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  11. That quilt is going to be gorgeous! I love the hope valley with that gray. I definitely hear you on the string blocks though -kind of tedious! You're so close though!!

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  12. Oooh I've been secretly wanting to read that book, now its a must. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. I love how your string blocks are coming along. Maybe switch to a leader ender deal and start that new quilt you want to. If you use your string blocks to begin and end when you sew your new quilt you will get your string blocks finished AND have the fun and excitement of starting something new!!

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  14. Oh, Angela, I so feel your pain about the darned string blocks. Definitely monotonous!!! I'm working on finishing a 1" string pieced twin sized spiderweb quilt, and I could seriously kick myself for this. I will have to swear off string piecing for a really long time after this!! Your quilt is looking so beautiful, though, it's going to be so gorgeous when it's done. But it's a deal, I will definitely do my best to stop you if you mention another big string quilt!!

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  15. It's gotta be worth the effort. I personally think it looks fabulous. When it is done you will be so happy with it. I think it's always the ones that take the most effort to get finished (even if it's just sheer willpower rather than hard work)!

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  16. But your string blocks look so awesome! *sigh* grey and Hope Valley are such a great combo. But I feel your pain for sure.

    Yes, I DO actually read books! There is something so wonderful about turning actual pages...I haven't read that one yet, though.

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  17. The quilt looks gorgeous. I'm sure you won't have trouble finishing it up... it's almost there. I'm working on D's quilt today and kind of have the same thing. It's hard just to get started and then once you do, it's not too bad. It is a lot of back and forth to the iron on that one, isn't it.
    The pictures of the boys are so cute! and it looks like a good read, too. I'm adding it to my list. ;)
    Jess

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  18. I can imagine it must be hard to piece so many string blocks (I would be afraid to even start) but yours look so beautiful. It's going to be a really wonderful quilt.
    As for books, I read them in every form and listen to audiobooks, too, but I still think of paper books as the only real books and if I really like something and want to have it for keeps I usually try to buy it in a regular book form.

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  19. i think I would definitely go insane with the string quilt. congrats on the pre-school graduating!

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  20. Oh, I SO hear you on the string blocks. I made one for my sister and BIL for Christmas and I thought I would never finish. And I had 120 blocks in mine! You can do it. And I promise to intervene if you ever hint at making another, as long as you do the same for me. ;)

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  21. I love the finished look of a string quilt but the process definitely can drag on and on. Perserve through! It looks lovely.

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  22. I can totally relate girl! But you know what, it looks awesome. I still read books so don't feel alone. I was at my daughter's 6th grade graduation and I was totally balling! I can remember when she was going into preschool.... They grow up too fast.

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  23. I still read actual books I just don't think I would ever switch to ebooks I love the feel of a book!

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  24. String blocks---ah yes:) They look great when done, but yes they are tedious:) Your family is sweet!

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  25. Gorgeous! I just hit buy on a FQ bundle of Hope Valley just so I could make blocks like yours!

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  26. Oh I know how boring the strings end up being - first full of promise - and then full of, well, strings!

    But - when you just want to sew and don't want to concentrate - they are really great.

    AND yours is so beautiful, I really can't wait to see it finished!

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  27. Angela, I felt like that when making the strings for my spiderweb Christmas tree skirt. AAAAGH. Strings can be deadly. But, it is looking lovely, so I hope you suddenly get excited to push through ;)

    Also, I've really been wanting to read that book! REALLY. And, I only read "real" books, LOL. Because I'm kinda not too technie. In fact, I thought this morning that as a non-smart phone user, I'm kinda old fashioned. Weird.

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  28. Angela, I still read a good old book; and I love to! Some books are fun to read but definitely not worth buying.

    Have a great holiday weekend. Larry's on the mend, and I hope to host sewing soon.

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  29. I started my string blocks because of one of your posts. I am happy to know that you too have not yet finished :) Also, you are not alone. I still read books. I really like turning a page. And, I am totally with you on the graduating preschool and it being really and truly sad. I have another couple of weeks and its over. I love to watch him grow and discover, but the urge to hold him and be his whole world is killing me. *sigh* Now that I have verbalized it, I need coffee.

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  30. hi, I have just read Heaven is for Real, and loved it! A friend from church lent it to me, then I bought my own and convinced two other friends to buy it. Now I've lent it to a friend from school. Will read it again when I get my copy back again - there is so much in there to discover again. I'm in Australia - the book has been quite a hit over here. see you, Catherine.

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  31. I really liked this book..think I read it in 2 days or less. And I'm a book person, not an e-reader...wouldn't want one if you gave it to me...and I'm a library person, and a book sharer, and a book loser and sometimes a book abuser, so I'm sticking with books.
    Like the quilt. I'm under pressure for the next couple of weeks to get 2 done for my high school grad gifts. I have some blocks started, just like to have the time to just go with it. Other stuff is getting in the way, but hey, if it rains during the next 2 days, I'm all over it!!

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  32. Just found your blog when I joined FWS quilt along.
    I love your quilts, the sterling grey is so awesome with the other colors! My youngest daughter uses grey as a base color in her home, very cool!
    I still and always will love the paper book, and I just finished reading the Heaven is For Real book and loved it!! We have had several friends' children pass into the arms of God this last year and a half and the book is wonderful to encourage a hurting heart ~xo~

    now on to the quilt along....

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  33. LOVE this quilt! It is sooo beautiful. I love love love the dark gray color with all the bright ones!!
    And for the pictures...priceless! Aiden and I took a bunch of pics a few weeks ago. Like you and I...I smile at the camera and he makes a horrible face at me. And vice versa. We laughed super hard. (Maybe not quite as hard as you and I at the Peak...but almost.)
    I am so glad that you like the book. I am sure you are done by now. Wasn't it so good?

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  34. Hi, Angela, I was just going back through the early FWQAL posts and read this one. I also read REAL books, with covers & pages & everything. Never need to worry about power cords or batteries! I also read actual magazines and newspapers! I know, I know, I'm a real dinosaur...

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