I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, August 24, 2014

this isn't fun.

town beach in distance...
all those people!
on ''my'' beach!
Hi guys, cranky blogger here today. It is a beautiful cool and sunny Sunday at the beach.

I was sitting there under my umbrella, working on a future block for the Flag quilt...and I had a revelation. I really, really really do not enjoy doing appliqué work for quilts.

It is just so hard, and I don't think my work is good enough. Or good at all. I get so upset and irritated. I am thinking Why bother? My kids will never want these quilts, as they will someday lead slick NYC lives of stainless steel and sidewalk grey. It's not like I am enjoying the process. Maybe I need a break?

This won't affect my sewing the Flag quilt, for Lori's quilt along, which is always a fun thing to participate it. There's plenty of pieced blocks in that project.

Not so sure about Mr. Sunshine. The zillion leaves in the Tree of Life block didn't defeat me, but perhaps all the tiny stars in the Oceans block will emerge victorious. (They are so tiny. And very hard to do.  Ans so not there yet.)

My friend here, Hunter, quit the Dear Jane quilt about 1/3 of the way through. All those tiny hand pieced blocks. And I don't think she plans to start it up again or even put together what she has in a small quilt. Credit for stopping when she decided enough is enough.
And that's not my only gripe---this week, the last week of official summer, I have to go buy a new car. Hardly anything [well, dentist] is as awful as buying a new car. Did I not just buy the one I have? Can it really be three years?
Tomorrow I shall channel my grumpiness and go into bitch mode, and take it all out on the poor sales guy who does not wish to sell me a new Jeep* for nearly nothing.
Maybe this:

Budget. Right.
Okay, I'll end on a cheery note. The first morning glory bloomed yesterday!

"Flying Saucer". And the sweet peas have sprouted and are about 8" tall.

And look what Mo and I saw on our walk:

A swallowtail butterfly. It was so big and ---hover-y---[I'm terrified of bugs, okay?]---that even Mo noticed it and tried to take a sniff.

Have a good week! Wish me car karma and good luck.....

a few nasturtiums
and a mini cinnamon sunflower...



gone to the beach

*Why a Jeep? Well 1- I've always owned Jeeps and except for one lemon [its computer] I've never had a bit of trouble. 2- You get a lot of goodies w/out paying for ''extras"--like roof racks come stock. 3-They are 100% off road so when we have floods and crappy weather, they go anywhere, everywhere. 4- after H Sandy, of all the cars owned by friends and family ONLY the Jeeps made it through the storm and were drivable afterward. So---I am hoping for yet another Jeep. I've never had white, it's pretty, isn't it.
And No, Jeep did not pay me to say that.


  1. Good luck on your car search....I agree....not a fun thing to do. And I have a thought or two about your applique.....Why does it have to be perfect? Are you not enjoying applique because in your eyes it's not perfect? Try and just enjoy the process...the quilt is primitive and in my opinion the eagle is a little wonky....so no perfection here! Your little whale block looks pretty darn good to me!

  2. Hey, never underestimate what your kids may deem precious after you are gone!
    Okay, if you are not enjoying a certain technique, then don't do it! Or find another way of doing it that you will enjoy it. We need to have a chat!!

  3. Well, I've become a fan of not continuing with things that you don't like and bring you no joy...but your friends make very good points. Think it over.

    Hope car buying went well. I also hate the process. My husband purchased a car recently and I am embarrassed to say what a raving b****h I was. Downright hostile really. Very bad form. I think I resent the amount of time they want to hold you hostage. Does it really have to take that long? Life is short man, I don't appreciate a whole afternoon in a car dealership, especially if they don't even have the fun single serving coffee machine. Can you tell you struck a nerve? Haha.

    Mo looks like he was on a bender.

    The butterfly is beautiful, luck you for spotting it.


  4. Hi Kel---having online friends' sewing encouragemnt is helpful. I do tend to be too perfectionist and it spoils the fun. I dont know any RL quilters so I work in a vacuum here.

    The car thing is absurd! I spent THREE hours at a dealer yesterday and they nevr once offered me a car or gave me a price. Leaving now for dealer three, just how I wanted to spend the [sort-of but not really] end of summer.

    What s the deal with the car thing? It s easier to buy a house!?


  5. Ugh! Maybe you want to think about buying used from a private party! --Kel


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