Well, no, it isn't finished, but I am making great progress on attaching the lattice on my Hill Country Baskets blocks. A reader commented on my last post that she could not see that fussy cutting the striped fabric for the lattice was worth all the trouble, but I could not disagree more. What would be the point of a striped lattice that was all wibble wobbly? It would completely detract from the integrity of the quilt in my opinion. I love the look of the fussy cut stripes and think it is worth every extra minute of effort to get it right. What do you think? Pointless exercise or worth it?
On Saturday I had the entire day to sew, and got so much done! My student came over to work on her new project and we stitched away companionably. I have decided that since she is a captive audience while she is sewing with me down in the studio, I should introduce her to the joys of audio books, in an effort to show her there is entertainment to be had beyond video games (her obsession). My first choice of book may not be high literature, but I thought it was a pretty sure bet to interest her. Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer. Being An Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jackie" Faber, Ship's Boy. "Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of eighteenth-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl".
I knew we were in for an educational experience when I told my student that the book was set in the time of Napoleon. "Oh, cool, during World War One", was her response.
Okaaaaaay. The good news is, she loves the story and didn't want to leave to go home. She stayed for six hours and finished all her blocks. "When can I come again next?" she kept asking me. I think my plan is working.