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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Batman Visits Orca Bay

I want to say thanks for all the kind words and good thoughts regarding my recent job loss. I've been busy trying to distract myself, and I seem to be doing a pretty good job. This Batman cape I made for my 4 year old grandson for Christmas. I found pictures online of both blue and black capes, but when I saw this blue fabric, I was thrilled. I downloaded the image and machine appliqued it on. I put a velcro tab on the neck so I hope that works. It's really cool looking in person - I think he'll be thrilled too.
As you can see, I've fallen prey to Bonnie Hunter's latest challenge. I had never done a challenge before last year, when I made Roll, Roll Cotton Boll. I actually waited until I saw the finished quilt to decide I wanted to do it. This time I'm playing along..... very behind on the weekly assignments, but going along at my own pace. This afternoon, I helped pass the time making the blue string blocks by watching/listening to Les Miserables - the 25th Anniversary edition. I am completely smitten by this musical after watching it on PBS several months ago. And this video is phenomenal!!

I have to make 72 blue string blocks, and I am just over half way there. The black and white triangles are a little more time consuming. I'll have to psyche myself up to finish 448 hst's or 224 hourglass blocks!! Yikes, I might have to put Les Miz in more than once!!


Thanks again for the encouragement, I'm coping pretty well at the moment - trusting that just the right door will open up.

Have a great day,

-Karen

6 comments:

Becky said...

224 hourglass blocks and 72 blue squares! Yikes is an understatement. That is gonna be quite an undertaking but I'm sure it's gonna be gorgeous when you're finished. I'm so sorry to hear about your job. Another one will certainly come your way but in the meantime God's giving you some extra quilting time! :)

Linda said...

It's good you're keeping busy. To me it looks like the door has already been opened...to all that happy sewing stuff. I love making string blocks, but sure can do without all those hourglass blocks. Thanks for reminding me why I DIDN'T do Bonnie's mystery quilt this year. (Why does she offer it during the busiest time of the year?) I still haven't finished Roll, Roll Cotton Boll from 2009! Hey... have fun!

Diane said...

ok first that batman cape has got to be a 'too die for' gift for a 4-year old. My kids used bath towels and a safety pin to hold them on!!! -thanks for that little memory jog :)
2nd: I want to do Bonnie's mystery but will wait until I see it finished -not a fan of mysteries either and so trying not to start anything new-lets all have a good laugh at THAT one!
And 3rdly: Les MIz is my favorite! I watched the PBS anniv. show too...over and over. I bawl during Jean ValJean's "Bring him Home" -so I have the DVD of the show. Awesome.

Janet said...

I hope you're doink ok with everything you've had going on. The blue fabrics look great and I love the Batman cape, it sounds like you made it just right.

AnnieO said...

Glad your time is already spoken for with all of these projects you have going. 18 years is a really long time to be with the same company these days, so congratulations on such a long employment. I hope you find something you like as well. They are going to miss your quilts.

Vivian said...

Bonnie's mystery quilts are lovely but I never seem to have my act together enough to follow along. I'm like you --check out the finished quilt before committing.

I'm so sorry to read about your job loss (I'm behind reading blogs.) Devoting 18 years to a job cannot make this sudden change easy, but as many have written--something will come your way. Positive thoughts sent to you for just the right solution to your situation. In the meantime, quilt, quilt, quilt.