Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Prep Before the Meal

Anyone who has prepared a 
holiday meal for family and friends,
 knows that it just doesn't magically appear
on the table.
When everyone is licking their lips
and oooing and ahhhing 
 over the deliciousness
of the meal

there is a kitchen like this in the background.
It takes a lot of work to 

finally get to this point. 

The same thing happens when making a quilt.
I've been working on 
Halloween mystery quilt
since July.
I've had Halloween fabrics in piles
for months.
We got the final clue last week.

Now there are literally
500- 2" four patches to make
for the lattice.

 Of course,
there's pressing involved

 and lots more sewing.

 the blocks and lattice strips
will come together.

And then the big reveal
ooooo, ahhhh.....
But not yet.
I'm still cooking
and making a mess.

Until then
have a wonderful Thanksgiving
counting your many blessings.

 Until Next Time-


  1. Well said (written)! Today I get to shop for the groceries so tomorrow I can begin the cooking. Almost could forget it and eat out. But not going to. Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Kyle!

  3. What a wonderful post! Your 'meal' is going to be absolutely 'delicious'! And think of the waistline...not an ounce will be added...except for a fat quarter or two! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours'!

  4. Lots of lots of prep work going on at your house! (grin)

    Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Clever analogy, Kyle. That lattice work is going to look amazing.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Where do you get all these great vintage images, Kyle? What a hoot.

    And a light attitude is best, with 500 grey and black squares to sew! Have a great holiday. :D

  7. Great post Kyle,
    Have a happy Thanksgiving.

  8. That is a LOT of 4 patches! Great pictures in your post today :0) Happy thanksgiving!

  9. Hope you're able to take a break from quilting prep to tackle the turkey prep! What a fun looking quilt that is - can't wait to see what comes next - how many of those blocks did you make? Hurry, hurry! Hope you have a great holiday - all our kids & grandkids will be here (but one) and it's going to be a lovely day. (so nice that my daughters help with the food)

    Hey - we went to see the final Hunger Games movie last week and I thought of your cute little grand daughter Everdeen while watching it....

  10. I love that photo of a girl riding a turkey! You are so clever to use the analogy of preparing a meal to making a quilt. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  11. OH BOY!! that is a lot of small 4 patches!!! I did a mystery quilt once and swore I would never again - LOL. Good for you for sticking with it. I wonder what ever happened to that mystery quilt... hmmm. Have a great Thanksgiving Kyle! Don't work too hard, but I know that isn't possible. Enjoy!

  12. Yikes that is a stack of four patches, which are a favourite of mine, but 500 is true dedication! Looking forward to the big reveal.

  13. Oh, you tease! I hope you have a reveal after Thanksgiving!

  14. I LIKE what you're cooking up! Happy Thanksgiving.

  15. Loving those little 4 patches - what is it that makes us zero in on tiny pieces?? Like a beautifully prepared meal, we wait for those oohs and ahhs...looking forward to seeing your reveal! I like that kitchen - makes me feel normal!
    Thanksgiving blessings to you and yours.

  16. Perfect analogy - I thought my current project had a lot of pieces, but I tip my needle to you! Please tell me - where did you get that second illustration? I have to get a copy! Happy Thanksgiving!

  17. Wishing you and your family a Very Happy Thanksgiving Kyle !!

  18. I loved this delightful vintage photos! Especially the woman about to attack the mess - shoes off and smiling :)
    I hope you had a lovely day
    Love those 4-patches! wow can't wait to see the whole quilt looks great!!

  19. Oh my gosh--I love the little girl on the turkey--so cute! I haven't made much progress on my four patches--slowly but surely!
    Hope you had a great thanksgiving!

  20. Great post! Love those four patches!