Here it is along with the Papa Bear and the Baby Bear.
And that, my friends, is Section 4 of the Quiltmaker's Garden...what I like to refer to as Paper-Piecing Purgatory. Now there is just one more section to complete. I've circled the sections I'll work on next time in the photo from the pattern below.
Wait, could it include (dare I say it) paper-piecing? Oh yes...the nightmare continues. There is one of these "large flowers"
And ten of these "Small Flowers".
Now here's what has griped me all along about this pattern. It's a little like that Steve Martin routine where he tells you "You can make a million dollars and never pay taxes. First...you get a million dollars. Now..." And so it is with this pattern. First, you make the piece. Now... As an example, the paper-pieced flowers say something like, "The center is not sewn. It will be covered by a button later on." Okay...so not sewn...so what, then? Is it left raw? And how does that work when the quilt is washed. No explanation beyond what I've given you.
Then there are also these appliqued leaves for the vine (indicated with an arrow above). No instruction for the vine beyond, refer to the diagonal piecing diagrams on page 75...only I've ripped the pattern out of the magazine and the magazine is long gone. So why not include ALL of the instructions with the pattern. There's also reference to some triangles I'll have to make and they refer me to another page I no longer have. Surely they must know that others are tearing out the patterns for future use, don't they? Oh well.
Many times I've wondered if anyone has actually finished this quilt, and so I go on Google images to see. Sure enough. There are quite a few beautiful finished quilts. Maybe I can email them and ask them what they did with that flower center. Okay, so just then I stopped to see if I could find any finished quilts. I know I've seen a few, but I couldn't find a single one just now. Maybe it was all a snare and a delusion...part of the nightmare I mentioned above.
Okay. Moving on. I follow a Facebook page for a little produce stand/store in my little town of Newberg called Ray's Produce. It's really kind of an outdoor market/farmer's market, but it's open every day like any store. They sell fresh local produce, and I'm always ready to run down there at a moment's notice when they post a picture of something I love. A few days ago it was this:
Okay well freestone peaches will always get my attention. Did someone say "peach pie"? Yes, and I think it was me. So yesterday whilst running all my errands, I stopped in and picked up a few. Today I'll be making a peach pie for two. These "for two" recipes often have me guessing at amounts. I'm going to use a tried and true peach pie recipe from my past, cut the ingredients down to a fourth and see if I can pull this whole thing together. Here's one I made a while back, only this is the whole meal deal.
Also today, I'm making a salad for a wake we're attending tomorrow. A dear friend passed away several months ago, but we've waited until now to remember his life. The weather is better in July, and this will be an outdoor affair. Here's a picture I took of him with his wife a few years back.
He was in poor health for many years, and his wife took loving care of him. We'll be heading out to their place in Jewell, Oregon, for this celebration of his life.
Aside from that, there's nothing on the agenda but more sewing. I was supposed to walk with Sue this morning, but she's feeling poorly. I'll get back to work quilting the Adirondack chairs, and I'd also like to watch the video and work on this week's free motion quilting sampler lesson. This week, we're doing some work with rulers.
Mike will be home late this evening, and so no cooking today...just baking...pie. Mmmmmmmmm.