Winding Ways is really coming along. I think I will make 14 more blocks so the quilt will be 7 x 7 blocks square. Most of the blocks turned out really great. Some are a little poochy in the center where all the seams come together, but those pooches pretty much press out, and once quilted, nobody will be the wiser. The blocks are 8 1/2 inches square. Someone asked me the block size and I replied that they were 10 1/2 inches, which was way off! I used the Marti Michell Winding Ways template, which actually does come in a choice of sizes. The largest is 11" as I recall.
One of my readers told me the circular pattern makes them dizzy, and I kind of feel that way too. Whoa Nellie, is the room spinning? This quilt was made entirely from scraps in my stash, which makes me very happy. A free, and guiltless quilt! I don't think I will put a border on this. There is enough action going on in the center of the quilt in my opinion. If any of you want to talk me out of this idea, please have at it. Has anyone seen a Winding Ways quilt with a border? What did you think? Did it add something special or is the quilt enough on its own?
This is the view off my back deck as I write this post on Thursday night. I stood out there trying to catch a shot of lightening, but didn't have the patience to wait. Ozzie has been barking his head off at the thunder. Thunderstorms are a rarity in California, did you know that? We hardly ever get thunder and lightening. Rain yes, the lights and sound effects no.
Grandpa Larry had his surgery Thursday and the report from the doctor was good. When they got in there to place the pins and the plate, the break wasn't so awful as they thought at first. He got through the surgery very well, and now has a long recovery ahead of him.
I am going to take some of your suggestions and plant some flowers on his front and back porches and take pictures of his cottage to bring to him in the hospital. Along with all of your cards! You are just the dearest women on the planet to take the time and make the effort to send your good wishes to a sweet 90 year old man you don't know. He is an absolute doll, a Navy veteran, a fine grandfather, and an accomplished man (he has a PhD in Microbiology!). He is lonely now, and has never been so on his own like this, and your kind thoughts will mean the world to him. And to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
*Note: Robin Kirk--I tried to email you, but your email wasn't included in your comment. Try again and I will be happy to send you an address to mail your card. Thanks!