Otherwise Occupied
April 10th, 2008 by Sonja

desdemona ... part one

Last September BlazingEwe and I had a brilliant idea.  There was some fabric involved.  It was speaking to us and telling us what kind of quilt it wanted to be.  So we told our guild that we’d design and execute the guild’s raffle quilt for 2009.  In January we handed out kits and directions for 80 blocks.  In March we got most of those back.  Saturday we triaged those blocks.


Forty of them need work.  Need to be taken apart and resewn.  About 2/3’s of those must be re-cut and resewn.  The photo above is half the quilt.  We’ve been working for a week now.  That photo was taken on Wednesday.  We’ve done a lot more since then.  Many of the holes you see in the photo have been filled.  But there is still a lot to do in this half.  Then we still have another half to put up on our design wall and pick apart, then resew.

I have no life.  I have this quilt.  It has to be done and ready for the quilter by May 7.  We have been to the quilt shop 3 times for fabric.  We drove a two hour round trip to get one piece of fabric because … well … it’s a long story.  It was our favorite piece and we had to have it.

All of this is to say, I am otherwise occupied for the time being.  I am sporadically working on a few posts here and there.  So you’ll hear from me now and again.  But I’m busy making a vision come to life.

In the meantime here’s a great project for the spring.  Get involved counting bees and planting sunflowers … be part of the Great Sunflower Project.   Let’s have a sunflower contest.  Everyone get some seeds and we’ll all plant them on the same day … how about May 1?  Then we’ll see how tall our tallest sunflower is on September 1.  I’ll send a prize to the grower of the tallest sunflower.  Let me know in the comments if you’re in.

9 Responses  
  • cindy writes:
    April 11th, 20089:15 amat

    :-( i planted some sunflowers a few weeks ago. does that disqualify me? mine will lose some ground in August when it’s 100 degrees…

  • cindy writes:
    April 11th, 20089:16 amat

    beautiful quilt, by the way!

  • Erin writes:
    April 11th, 200812:38 pmat

    I don’t know if sunflowers do very well here…I’ll have to look into it.

    I’m sorry it’s been frustrating, but the quilt is going to be beautiful when it’s finished….kudos!

  • Peggy writes:
    April 11th, 20087:35 pmat

    Well, I’ll see if I can get em planted by May 1… I had a row of six giant sunflowers 9 years ago…they were over 7 feet tall and looked so cheery with their beautiful faces shining over our backyard fence!

    I’m gonna look at the website…does it say what variety of sunflower to plant???

  • Peggy writes:
    April 11th, 20087:41 pmat

    …okay, it is the wild variety: Helianthus annuus … and it only grows about 3 feet high, on average. I’ll try to find some, but I’m not making any promises 😉

  • Mike writes:
    April 11th, 200810:50 pmat

    I would like to but I think that sun is a requirement. :(

  • grace writes:
    April 12th, 200811:07 amat

    Beautiful quilt!!

    I don’t plant stuff.

  • Adam G. writes:
    April 13th, 20088:48 pmat

    That’s funny, I just planted my garden this weekend, including some sunflower seed. I’ll buy and plant some more, but I’m not counting bees! I’m not home enough for that anyway. My father was a Missouri farmer, and he never let me plant sunflowers. He said they’d spread like weeds. That doesn’t matter so much in an urban environment, though.

  • Ravine of Light » Book Review - My Beautiful Idol writes:
    April 20th, 20088:26 amat

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