Yesterday I did get my Christmas Town Sampler block posted but never had a chance to look at the blocks submitted by Susan, Sheryl and Denise. I knew Denise’s block would be a border block and I knew they’re all pieced. I know Sheryl well enough to know that her block is going to be applique . . still haven’t looked at it. Susan was my only hope for having a pieced block so I went to her post first. OMG! Have you looked at it? Curves! It has curved piecing. It has templates! What is wrong with my friends? We call this “A Collaboration Among Friends”. I’m going to call mine “A Collaboration Among Ex-Friends!” I ask again . . what’s wrong with my friends? They know I only do easy piecing. I don’t do applique. I don’t do curved piecing and I don’t do templates!
I looked at the block. I read Susan’s notes. I read the poem she quoted. Nice poem but I wasn’t having nice thoughts. Susan is such a sweetie . . it’s hard to be angry with her. So, I decided to be angry with Sheryl because it’s really her fault that these other girls are my friends because I met them through Sheryl but then Sheryl’s pretty nice and she’s from Louisiana so I couldn’t be angry with her so that left Denise . . because she’s the one who organized this but then Denise is the one who enables so much of my yarn buying so I couldn’t be angry with her so I said to myself . . stop the whining and do it!
But then I had one last thought — I could just substitute this for an easy block . . a nine patch! That would work. A simple and easy nine patch! Then I told myself .. You cannot do that! So, I put that thought to rest and got busy.
I printed the pattern and cut out the templates. Good first step, right?
Then I ate a Kit-Kat . . good second step, right?
Then I found my big scissors because I need those to cut through four layers of fabric. When was the last time I used a big pair of scissors? Can’t even remember. Then I ate another Kit-Kat.
Now I might be ready to cut out those pieces and try some curved piecing. Susan said it wasn’t hard.
And Susan was so right! It’s not hard! Not one single seam to rip and it’s perfect! Perfect! And I love it.
Thanks, Susan, for a great block.
Am I brave enough to look at Sheryl’s block? Maybe I’ll make one of Denise’s pieced border blocks or maybe I’ll go back to the house and take a nap!