Here are the blocks I have so far. They're a diverse group to be sure.
I figure when it's time to sew it all together, I'll do a simple setting with either white or black sashings. My thinking is that I'll set them in the order they were made as a sort of time capsule of the weeks between the Winter and Summer Solstices (Solsti?).
As I mentioned in yesterday's post, we needed to drive into town. We have snow tires, and the roads have all been plowed and sanded now. We had no problem getting into town. It's always a pretty drive down the hill on this tree-lined road, but it was especially pretty yesterday.
We paused briefly at the top to take this picture of the Willamette Valley from the other side of our hill.
When we got home, Mike paused to pick up our trash can on the main road. I think our trash pick-up was canceled this week. Fortunately, we don't produce much, and so we can stand to wait for the next go-round. What you're seeing here is the area to the left of our mailbox. It's a long-ago-abandoned Christmas tree farm. There are lots of those up here.
Here's the Three Cats Ranch House in all its snowy glory.
We don't usually get many icicles because our cold weather doesn't ordinarily last this long. There's quite a crop now.
Check out this bad boy.
The way things are going, it might reach the ground in another day or two.
You can see it there kind of in the middle of this next image. Mike has the driveway and the area in front of the garage all plowed so we can get in and out. Beyond the plowed areas, we have more than a foot of accumulation.
So, I'm blaming my attempts at quilting the stylized stars for keeping me awake last night. I couldn't get them out of my head, and when I left off yesterday, I wasn't at all happy with what I'd done. When I looked at these last two rows this morning, they didn't look so bad.
The image below shows some of the first ones I did. I was experimenting with how to join them together, and I'm still not happy with any of my attempts.
One thing is certain. It's important to keep the center pentagon or the star is lost completely. This one looks like one of those spindly starfish...or maybe a five-legged spider...or a very sad snowflake.
While I was up last night, I did some practice on paper, and I made myself another nice big practice piece to work on. I have some other ideas about how to make these work now, and I'll spend some more time practicing today. I haven't given up on this yet, but if I can't get comfortable with them, I might resort to another diagonal grid. For sure, that's something I can do.
It's late morning now, and I've spent a good part of the morning in bed sleeping off my midnight obsession insomnia. Time to do something productive.