Great Expectations

I was so sure I would get lots of hand appliqué done on my Hazel’s Diary Quilt blocks during my two-week visit to my sister’s home over Thanksgiving. Instead I found myself occupied with other things. Fun things, to be sure. We experimented with new recipes and baked and went shopping and watched Poldark on Masterpiece Theater and decorated Diane and Ed’s home for the holidays. And we played endless games of Scrabble.

It’s that last thing that kept me from getting more handwork done. My husband and my sister share this obession. Many times the three of us could be found sitting in the living room with our noses in our iPads, playing Scrabble with each other and not uttering a word. Diane’s husband Ed — who does not play Scrabble — looked on, bemused.

I did manage to complete one red scalloped frame (pictured in this post) and got started on another one:

Since returning home almost a week ago, I’ve picked it up a couple of times but keep putting it down. It may look fine from a distance but I’m not at all happy with some of the points and curves. I don’t know whether to keep going or rip it out and start over.

Best to put it away for a while. Not the entire project, though! I still have one more block that needs appliqué in the center (and I still want to remake the last block I pieced since I don’t like my original fabric choices). Maybe needleturning some small shapes will get me going again on those red scalloped frames.

I know: the more I do it, the easier it will become. I need practice — and patience.




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3 Responses to Great Expectations

  1. Diane says:

    I hope your dissatisfaction with your appliqué work does not have to do with my husband’s aversion to lightbulbs no brighter than 40 watts in our home! Poor Nubs.

  2. Jeanne says:

    Good idea to work on something else for a bit, and come back to the scallops with a fresh eye.
    Sounds like you had a fun visit!
    I bet Coco was ecstatic to see you and the DH!

  3. anna says:

    In 8th grade, I bought fabric and pattern for a shirtwaist dress. It was one of those where you had to cut one side of the dress, then flip the pattern over to the wrong side and cut a second side. I did it incorrectly. After three tries, I finally got it right. But by then, as a typical 8th-grader, I lost interest in the project and went on to other things. My first year at OSU passed, and over the summer I went through my sewing and found this dress project. I took it up again, and finished it. Loved it, got lots of compliments. Hope it doesn’t take that long for you to go back to your project. PS: I love playing Scrabble, but have never won a game. Ever.

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