There are times when the
repetitiveness of an action can be soothing,
like rocking a baby,
or even hand quilting.
The rhythmic motion can
ease away the stresses and anxieties of the day
and make you feel better.
This past week was filled with repetitive motions
and all it did was make me restless, tired, moody,
and ready to go crazy.
I had found Noah and Matelida
lingering in a tote bag.
Now before that brings up bad images,
I'll remind you that Noah and Matelida
is a wonderful antique sampler pattern
designed by Dawn at
This was a BOM started in 2014
and Noah and Matilda have been
enduring their tote bag residency for
over a year.
There's always a hang up or a reason why
a quilt is ignored and left to the fate of
becoming a UFO.
In this case, I know exactly why.
It was the thought of the
repetitive, dull, tedious motions of
making very small grapes for the appliqued border.
I just couldn't face it.
But it was time to be a big girl quilter
trace, cut, prep
a gazillion circles,
(although, you can see they're still not quite
ready to applique)
make miles of bias vines
and then trace, cut and prep
a bushel of leaves and flowers.
Okay, I sound a bit whiny, but
now that part is done.
I also knew I would have to slightly
refigure the border pattern and
I didn't want to do math!
But with only a few numbers and
pleating the pattern, it worked out.
I shadowed the vine design onto the fabric
and glued it in place with Roxanne's Basting Glue.
Next came more stems and leaves
and side one is ready to applique.
Now to many, appliqueing may fall into the
category of a repetitive, monotonous,
tiresome, a mind-numbing activity, but for me
just the opposite.
Now comes the fun part.
I'm ready for a wild, mind blowing, thrilling ride.
Aren't you glad we're all different!