Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Advice on turning distractions into progress!

Last week, while making these samples to illustrate template comparisons, I decided hiding some of these stars in amongst the pile of tumbling blocks units that I've accumulated while demonstrating Set-in Piecing Simplified would be a "clever" idea.
So I put some up on the work wall just to take a quick look?!?  And I rotated the tumbling blocks so that the dark diamond will be on the top for a different look than my original sample quilt.  I like it!!  And so I left it there for a few days to "just" enjoy?
Big mistake!!  Yesterday while I was suppose to be packing and organizing my teaching samples for this weekend's workshop during the annual NEORQC Getaway Weekend, look what happened!?!
Oops, it's almost a quilt top.  Wait, wait!  If I stop here, it will provide an excellent visual of how to add in the units along the edges to make them straight.  See I wasn't puttering, I was organizing a really terrific teaching sample!! 
Here's the original sample!  It is currently recruiting students at The Sew'n Place in Chambersburg, PA where I'll be teaching Set-in Piecing Simplified during a Scrappy Tumbling Blocks Workshop on March 28 and again on April 25, 2014.
Now I really need to go pack and organize!  But first I'm going to link up over at Freshly Pieced and then maybe just have a look around at some of the interesting (and diverting) links for today!
Have a good day!
Mary Huey


  1. I can't tell you the number of times I have almost been late for work because I made the mistake of stepping foot into my studio early in the morning!!! So easy to get distracted when we play with shapes and color!!

  2. I love tumbling blocks and yours is no exception! I've made one and it is one of my favourite quilts. Now I want to make yet another! As far as throwing a few blocks up on the design wall goes, it is such a great way to get the creative juices flowing!

  3. What a great teaching sample! I invite you to link it to Hexie Weekend. All those hexies in it need to be shared.

  4. Now I'm looking at that new piece trying to find all the hexies you made with diamonds. Impossible - hehe. Thanks for linking to Hexie Weekend.