Thursday, June 28, 2012


It has been a blast reading all your comments and suggestions on the last post.  I'm so glad I asked!  Thank you all so much for taking the time to comment  thoughtfully.  There were so many wonderful ideas! 

I'm loving this coleus, a last minute random planting.
Now I'm pretty sure I know the direction I'll be going.  The corner squares will stay and be a bit larger.  I'll probably do a narrow border of the same dark fabric as the corners, and a wider outer border of the black and white crosshatch background fabric.  In between those two borders and/or at the very corners of the quilt, I may do something scrappy.  I'm leaving myself some "creative wiggle room," as Elizabeth called it, until I get to that point.

As far as "Failure to plan..." you had some thoughts on completing that sentence as well, such as "freedom to accept what comes along (Sandi) and "allows for spontaneity" (Pokey).  One offering, by the very funny ThreeOldKeys (who invites you to check out her melons), completely cracked me up.  I thought it deserved a special graphic, so I "MacGyvered" one together at lunch today:


I am looking forward to working on the string ring quilt again this weekend.  First I have to finish some deadline stuff in the meantime (which I am totally procrastinating on at the moment, I know). 

Until then, I leave you with this fine musical interlude.  My friend Kathy sent me a link to this video yesterday, thinking I might like it.  How right she was!  I like this instrumental better than the original song.  Fantastic fingerstyle guitar playing by Mike Dawes.  Enjoy!


  1. Oh, great music today! Love it!

    And I love the MacGyver graphic! So perfect!

    Love the coleus! My front yard faces north, so I've had to find creative ways to dress it up, since I can't do all the pretty things with hollyhock and geraniums and African daisies that my neighbors do. Coleus is a great choice!

    Also, love the direction your String Ring quilt is moving. It is going to be amazing!

    xo -E

  2. Can't wait to see how it looks all bordered up!

  3. When in trouble, when in doubt, think to yourself, "WWMD?". What Would Macgaver Do?

  4. I have been out of pocket for a while and missed your questions about the quilt. I love it though (I looked back). Also, love the coleus! They just brighten up a dark area.

  5. The quilt idea sounds very interesting! I'll be patiently waiting to see the new look =D

  6. Love the music (and my cat was fascinated by the video), and love the MacGyver quote. I still carry a pocketknife because of that show.

  7. MacGyver was one cool dude. That guy could make a Sherman tank out of a pen and a dustbin lid...

    I hope your quilting prowess is as creative. I have complete confidence that your quilt will look amazing.

  8. Love the Mike Dawes video! The fingering is incredible. I've never seen anyone play a harmonic note within a song. Awesome!

    As I was listening, my room mate yelled from the kitchen, "Mike Dawes?"

    Ayup. ;-)

  9. Happy 4th of July! Just wanted to stop by & say hello. I may not comment but I visit often. Stay Cool!


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