This week was productive but I still feel like I’ve barely made a dent in what I need to do to be able to finish my BOM quilt. It doesn’t seem like much until I list it. When I started the week I still needed to cut the panels and borders, finish five grey sashings, make two shadow blossom blocks, make one ohio star, and make the final two large blocks; swing in the center and the grand finale.  Despite all of my efforts I was not able to finish any of the blocks this week, but I was able to tackle the one item that I’ve been putting off for weeks because I knew it would take some patience to get it done, the cutting.

Working with yards of fabric so I can cut strips that are 86″ long is intimidating and time consuming, but I did it. It is such a key element to the finished product but it’s such a pain to do. Cutting fabric is definitely my least favorite aspect of quilting. Does anyone else feel that way or is it just me? It has helped that I think I’ve finally found a technique that helps me keep the strip measurements accurate the entire length without layering my material multiple times. I don’t know if I can even explain what it is that I did, I just know that it worked. 

The only other thing I was able to do this week was prepare the petals for the two shadow blossom blocks that I need to finish. It doesn’t seem like much, but there are many steps necessary to get those petals complete and looking good. I am looking forward to actually sewing them on next week and hopefully finishing a few more of those blocks or sashings. 

My life has been so crazy the last few months and things are finally starting to calm down. It feels so good to finally set some time aside for sewing, I just still need to find more opportunities that don’t interfere with helping my children with their homework or keeping my house from being destroyed. My husband’s work schedule also changes next week which is another element I need to work around, but I will figure it out. I have to. I can’t go another few months with little bits of sewing time here and there. I miss it too much.