Saturday, 5 October 2013

The Challenge

Every now and then I get a little bored with my life and decide to add a challenge. Usually I regret it in very short order. But when I finish, the sense of accomplishment does some bizarre thing to my brain and I forget the regret. Before long I am back looking for a new project and the cycle begins again. Most recently, my out of control project was to make a lone star quilt for my daughter and son-in-law as a wedding present. To make it even more challenging, I decided it needed to be queen sized and hand quilted. It nearly killed me but here is the result:
Not bad if I do say so myself.
From there I put together a couple of small projects but now 'the challenge' is calling. The more I looked, the more I was drawn to the Farmer's Wife quilt. If you want to know more about it, take a minute and check it out here. Very cool. And definitely a challenge. But did it really 'speak' to me? Well not out loud - it just kind of whispered. If I am going to embark on 'the challenge' it had better yell - not whisper. Then from somewhere deep in the recesses of my brain, an idea began to jump up and down waving it's arms in the air to get my attention. I could use the Farmer's Wife idea and integrate my own passion into it.

To make a long story short ... here it is... my new challenge: make small quilt blocks that represent 100 books that I have read and put it all together into a masterpiece extraordinaire. I have psyched myself up to the possibility that this particular project could take a couple of years from conception to completion. I am thinking I can do one or maybe two squares each Saturday and then blog about the book, the inspiration and the block. Why blog? you may ask. The answer is simple: I need the accountability. When the going gets tough, I tend to decide to quit. I'm counting on the blog to keep me going. I am so excited!! First block will be ready to post next week.


  1. So excited for you Dana. I am going to enjoy this journey with you.