Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I Think I Can, I Think I Can....I Think I Can

Holiday illness, family obligations, etc. etc. etc aside, why are my 9 patch units for Sue Abrey's Stepping Stones still in a neat stack on my cutting table? Maybe I need a special ruler or perhaps one of those rotating cutting mats I've noticed on the Internet. I know it is not because I need a new blade for my rotary cutter - can't be because I bought a 5 pack on sale at Joann's and 2 people gave me 5 packs as Christmas presents. What, oh what, can the matter be?

Sue's instructions are extremely clear. She tells me exactly where to cut. There is even a picture as an example. Two pictures to be precise - the first is step 5, block A on page 23 of her Pick Four book (I must have skipped this step!) and step 3, block B on page 24 has an almost identical picture as a second example. I am a wee bit dense at times but this morning the reality that there would be no quilt top until I followed Sue's instructions set in. What to do? Maybe a special ruler, a rotating cutting mat, or ........
I borrowed the lesson of the value of optimism and hard work from "The Little Engine That Could." Loudly repeating - I Think I Can, I Think I Can, I Think I Can - I slowly (2 hours!) got the little piles in the picture above. The moral for today is - I Thought I Could, I Thought I Could, I Thought I Could. Next up is Assembling the Quilt Top - step l.

HAPPY QUILTING TO ALL!

5 comments:

Miss 376 said...

The trimming always seems to take forever. Well worth it though, makes joining them easier

rooee said...

will be well worth the effort when you have a lovely finish!
i sometimes have to reread instructions the next day for clarity! esp. if i have first read them at night!

QuiltSue said...

Well you've done the scarey bit now, so you'll soon be steaming ahead (sorry, I couldn't resist carrying on the Thomas the Tank Engine theme).

Hazel said...

Yes, I had to take the block cutting really slowly & concentrate like mad too!

Definitely that it the trickiest bit over with though - so well done - and isnt' it exciting to lay the blocks out! A real 'wow' moment!

hetty said...

Your blocks look terrific! The hard part is over. Now you just have to sew them together and you will have a fantastic quilt. I love the disappearing nine patch and have made more than several for out guild's Quilts from the Heart program.