The pursuit of excellence…

chevron mug rug resizedIt’s always worthwhile, wouldn’t you agree? Practice makes perfect — we’ve heard it and said it all our lives. Because it’s true!  If you want to be expert at something, if you want your skill to show, if you want to be (reasonably!) proud of your work, then it’s worthwhile to pursue excellence.  My good friend, Trudy, says that working with small blocks is a good way to perfect piecing skills.  To that end — here’s a chevron “mug rug” made from 1 3/4″ half square triangles — which were the “excess” trimmed from “real” quilt blocks!  I plan to quilt it and bind it next week.

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Headed in the right direction…

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Moving forward — it’s always a good place to be. Learning something. Improving a skill. Understanding the ‘why’ in a problem or a process or an idea. I’m working hard on the skill of ‘precision’ in my quilting these days. A friendly competition with myself. Very satisfying to see the results improve day by day.

I spy…

An old quilt is always good for a game of “I spy.”  Are all the striped pieces “going” the same way? Is there any piece of fabric that is only there once?  Which piece of fabric is represented the most times?  Are there any mistakes or anomalies in the pattern?  Two pieces of the same fabric side by side anywhere? This is what we were doing this afternoon with a quilt top made by my husband’s great-grandmother.  I’m ready to repair it and put it on the frame.