Octopus's Garden

Date: 
25 August 2014 to 10 October 2014
Recipient: 
Sam and Lexie
Pattern: 
Swirl
Level of completion: 
Sewing (over 50% completed)

Originally, I’d planned to say that this green, yellow, and white quilt top would go down as the hardest quilt I’ve ever done. I’ve had a lot of time to think about that statement (more about that in the course of this post) but I realize, even now, that is not an accurate statement. There is a difference between a pattern that is painstaking, and a pattern that is hard. I do not consider those terms interchangeable.

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The Oscar Project

As a follow-up to the previous post, I’ve created a page here, The Oscar Project (http://domesticat.net/oscarproject) so I can track our progress through the movies. I’ve built a table of the Best Picture winners, as well as the screenplay winners, and started marking off which ones I’ve seen. You’ll see the scattered list of the movies I’ve personally seen so far, plus the slow march we’re conducting back from the beginning of the Oscars.

Dispatch 2014.09.09

My memory is a fiddly thing. If I don’t write things down, I will forget, and sometimes it is right to embrace the forgetting, but in this case, that’s not what I want.

After some joking that we realized wasn’t quite so joking, we decided we needed a project, and so Film School is in. Noah and I have started watching all of the Best Picture nominees, in order, from the beginning, and I keep forgetting to jot down our reactions. We started at the beginning:

Sunshine

Date: 
25 July 2014 to 31 July 2014
Recipient: 
Clara
Pattern: 
Hirschhorn tiling
Level of completion: 
Completed and given away

I think it unlikely that I’ll ever talk much about the beginnings of 2014, both out of respect for everyone involved, and through a personal need for privacy. I can confirm, though, something I never thought I’d say: I wasn’t able to sew. Not just because I had no sewing space – which was true – but because I was simply unable. I had nothing within me to draw on.

Rebuilding takes time, and energy. It is not lost energy, but it is energy you do not get to spend in outwardly rewarding and showy pursuits.

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Birds in the Air

Date: 
13 June 2013 to 6 July 2013
Recipient: 
Pete and Thea's daughter
Pattern: 
New York Beauty
Level of completion: 
Completed and given away

It’s unfortunate that this quilt didn’t get chronicled at the time it was being written, because its construction deserved discussion. “Birds in the Air” was a milestone for me; it was my first lesson in drafting New York Beauty blocks (which Adobe Illustrator makes easy!) 

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