Sunday, February 24, 2008

Getting Old

Because this is my birthday weekend, I've been able to do some sewing. Of course, most of it has been on a quilt for one of my daughter's aftercare teachers, who was injured in a car wreck--but it's still sewing! The teacher is very bumped and bruised but not permanently hurt. Though, my experience is that bumps and bruises hurt plenty all on their own. The teacher is a huge fan of a very specific college sports team, which you might be able to suss out from the picture of the quilt below:

I took the picture rather quickly, so it's a little blurry, I think. The binding is pieced because I made one too many strip sets and wanted to use it up somehow; it still needs to be sewn down. All of this fabric is from my stash. My daughter picked out the colors and matched the strips--and pushed the pedal every once in a while.

I've been listening to the Monsters of Templeton while working on this project and the Civil War blocks that will show up below. It's really a great book--surprisingly so: Imagine a very dissolute Stars Hollow with a more rancorous Rory and Lorelai. One thing I realized during listening though is that I am OLD. I am almost as old as the narrator's mom . . . and I used to be the narrator. It's freakily hard to make that perceptual shift when engaging in a narrative. Sigh.

Luckily, I will be 60 before my children graduate college--and people keep telling me that they will keep me young. By which, I am assuming, they mean in debt and constantly working so that I cannot possibly retire. Woo-hoo!

As the new button on the side bar denotes, I've joined the Civil War block madness that's sweeping the blogosphere. If you've paged through either of the books by Rosemary Youngs that have inspired the recent craze, you'll recognize that I grabbed some low-hanging fruit with my first four blocks (from the upper left): Abomination of Desolation (possibly the best quilt block name ever!), Special Blessings, Soldier's Box, and Yankee Papers .

And, I've lost 19 pounds so far! And, it's Oscar night--fantastic whip-stitching viewing. Happy Oscars! Happy Birthday, to all!


Vicki W said...

What a nice comfort quilt! I agree with you - any quilting is good quilting and have a very happy birthday!

Carol E. said...

I'm too much of a sports ditz-brain to know which team that represents. I'm sure she'll love it, even if I don't get the code. And congrats on the weight loss!

Kathie said...

love your CW blocks, glad you joined us, aren't they just fun to make?
congrats on the weight loss! thats wonderful.
Happy Birthday!

Takako said...

This quilt looks so pretty and I'm sure she'll love it.
I love your CW blocks too. Those purple color pieces stand out so well. Good choice!

Shelina said...

Yes I understand your pain. When I find out about someone's birth date, it just doesn't seem right that is an adult's birth date and they are of hirable age.
Those civil war blocks certainly do inviting. You're right that is a wonderful name. I haven't worked on my jane blocks in a while, so I'd better not start this project!

atet said...

Happy belated b-day! (and age really is a state of mind btw) Love those civil war blocks and the quilt for your friend. I'm sure she will love it.

YankeeQuilter said...

Really like the fabric you are using on your civil war blocks. The project is just sooo tempting.

Happy Belated Birthday!

Helen said...

I hope you had a great birthday weeken. Very nice striped quilt.

Marilyn R said...

Your CW blocks look great! I too am making the CW blocks and am having a great time with them. Be careful though - they are addictive!

Sonnja said...

Your blocks are beautiful.
Happy Birthday!

Beertje Zonn

quiltnerd said...

I had to chuckle at the graduation comment - last month I managed to rig my graduation to be 1 week after my mom turned 60!

I think it's the grandchildren that keep her young, not the stray daughters that travel to the other side of the world to study in poverty... But maybe I'm getting the wrong impression from when I talk to her.

Tazzie said...

Your CW blocks are so very cute, I really love them. It's all I can do not to join in making these right now.

Carol E. said...

Are you coming back?? It's been a long time since you posted. Are you too busy quilting?

Karen said...

Happy Birthday!
I stopped by to see your Civil War blocks.