Friday, April 14, 2017

Taking a break ...

... from taking a break

It was refreshing to have my son and daughter-in-law bring a picnic lunch today to celebrate birthdays for both me and my sister-in-law.

Son-1, SIL, DH, and Me!
SIL and I enjoyed our repast on these plates.

The Queen Mother continues to hang on by a thread.  I have not been able to even sew an accurate quarter-inch seam in the last two weeks.  But today I was inspired by Jo Kramer at Jo's Country Junction to break out what I have finished on this year's Bonnie Hunter mystery, En Provence, and see if I can make something with the bits I have done.

My first attempt was to simply put the nine stars with the yellow corners together.  It wasn't big enough, even though my blocks are bigger than Bonnie's (because I didn't read the directions on the first clue), and it left all the other units I had made needing a home somewhere.

So I decided to use some of them in a sashing.  First in a straight set ...

... and in an on-point setting ...

I think I'm favoring the on-point.  What do you think?  I'll come up with some creative way to use all the neutral 4Ps and purple 4Ps in the corners.  But I won't sew a stitch until life returns to normal here on the hill.

Thanks to all who have expressed concern and offered prayers.


  1. SEW glad that you were able to steal some time away and play with your fabrics. Happy birthday!!

  2. Happy birthday, Libby -- and how nice to have a new post from you. I think your slimmed-down En Provence blocks look best on point. Right now I can imagine using the stars as a medallion-style center. Sew the purple four-patches to make four large corner triangles to frame the stars. Then all (all?) you'd need to do is figure out the border.

    I hope your MIL (Queen M) is as comfortable as she can be.

  3. Happy birthday! (And I think you're special every day!)
    I like the stars on point, too. Hopefully, the block-arranging will be a soothing way to spend some quiet time.
    Hugs to you and yours.

  4. Happy Birthday Libby! So nice that you could enjoy a peaceful moment outside with family. I like the blocks on-point, can't quite say why, but I just do. My continued thoughts are with you and your family and I hope that your MIL is being kept as comfortable as possible.

  5. Happy belated birthday Libby!


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