Saturday, November 7, 2020

Progress, Prepping, Another Visitor, and a Recommendation

 When I first started what I am calling the Monster Quilt (because it will be 99 x 99), my plan was to use every fabric only twice -- once in a gray block and once in a yellow block.  I also planned for every block to be a unique combination.  I think I have been successful in making every block combination of fabrics unique, but in my press to wrap this one up I am being a little less discriminating in my choice of fabrics.

Having finished the 41 gray blocks, I pulled out the yellow blocks to see where I stand.

Currently I need 16 more blocks to make 40.  However, there's one that probably needs to be replaced ...

As much as I love the yellow print, it's a bit distracting and the gray units just blend into the mess.  I had hoped to have all the blocks made before the S'mores fall retreat, but that's not going to happen.  However, I have cut nine more blocks.

And I have bagged them up to work on at the retreat.  Here's a tip if you use zipper bags to kit your projects:  nip a corner or two to let the air out.

Today's visitor was a bald eagle!  (take my word for it, he's there in the tree)`

He swooped around our dock about 10 times before landing in our tree.  I was painting window frames at the time so couldn't capture him in flight.  I knew we had a nest nearby, but sightings are rare.

Are your hands getting so dried out from all the hand sanitizers?  I found a product yesterday that I am hoping will help.

I used it last night and I'm already impressed.  Give it a try and let me know what you think.


  1. I haven't tried the lotion but found a almond/olive oil lotion that I just currently started to use for face and hands - my skin is so dry and I can't seem to even find a face wash anymore that doesn't make my face feel dried out.
    I love your stars!

  2. Congratulations on your progress. You are so close to having enough blocks for your quilt top. Marlene

  3. The stars are gorgeous, Libby! I agree about remaking the one - I've learned that the hard way more than once... Don't you feel blessed to see a bald eagle? I always do! So majestic.

  4. I'm not a fan of removing blocks from the mix, but that one is seriously mush! That yellow print MIGHT have worked with a darker gray, but I wouldn't bet money on it. Have fun at the S'Mores Retreat, Libby!!

  5. Yeah, that block just doesn't play well with others, does it? Enjoy that retreat!
    (And thanks for the tips! And the eagle!)

  6. Glad you caught the block before you assembled the quilt. How cool to see the eagle! Thanks for the product recommendation.


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