If you're stitching along with us, know that in May, I'll be stitching Hildegard. Don't feel as if you need to stay with me, however. Please stitch whichever Bag Lady you like.
For now, I'll be moving along to Block 5 of the Wine Country quilt.
It would probably be a good idea to knock on wood here, but Quiltmaker's Garden is being surprisingly cooperative as I sew it together. Did you ever wonder about the origin of that phrase, "knock on wood"? Well, don't you know I consulted The Google about this, and here's what I learned:
"The derivation may be the association that wood and trees have with good spirits in mythology, or with the Christian cross. It used to be considered good luck to tap trees to let the wood spirits within know you were there. Traditions of this sort still persist in Ireland.
"The British version of the phrase - 'touch wood', predates the American 'knock on wood' and was itself preceded by a Latin version - 'absit omen', meaning 'far be that omen from us'. This dates from at least the early 17th century, when it is quoted by John Heywood in his collections of proverbs."
So, there you have it. I'll leave it to you folks in Ireland and the UK to let me know if you agree with The Google about this.
But to get back to the quilt, when I left it yesterday, I had most of the third section sewn together, but I still needed to sew the seams between the three rows of blocks. Mike came home about then, and so I left it there.
And that turns out to be a big mistake because I woke up at the butt crack of dawn thinking about it. My brain seems to interpret an unfinished quilt section as a world problem to be solved...something on the order of calculating pi to the last digit. Once my brain starts up like that, there will be no more sleeping. After a while of lying awake, I got up and went to work sewing those last two seams together.
Enter, the cats. Just in time, I was able to snap this image of the top of the gazebo.
Well, let me tell you, when cats enter the sewing room, [dis]organization is assured. They took turns holding down the pieces of the quilt.
And holding down the sewn-together sections.
And when either got tired of his or her current position, they switched places. It's important to keep sharp in urgent matters of sewing organization.
And then there was this:
It's hard to say who was responsible for this re-design of the quilt, but I'm suspicious.
While all this was going on, I kept busy sewing together more sections. First, the left section just below the top of the gazebo.
Then the middle.
Then the right side, and let me tell you...you'd better be quick with the camera.
There we go.
And then the first six sections were finished.
So recall the diagram of the quilt.
I'm working from left to right, but I decided to skip the long section on the left for now and move to the next sections. I sewed together the top part where the notation "Unit 13" appears, but apparently forgot to take a picture. Or maybe I just gave up. Either way, I continued on sewing together the section below that.
And by that time, I'd been at it for about two hours. I laid out the next section on the ironing board, but decided to take a break there. It's ready to start piecing together now, but I'll get to that a little later on today.
So you can see it's been a busy morning, and we're just hitting daybreak now. We're under a wind advisory today and expecting gale force winds by afternoon. It's just getting started now, and so I've plugged in my head lamp just in case we lose power.
Just as I wrote those words, the power went off just for a second, but most assuredly long enough to mess up every clock in the house. Fortunately, Blogger saves at regular intervals, and so I didn't lose my post. But then I went back to proofread and before I could finish proofreading, we had another power glitch...just for a second, and then back on. Obviously, I may not be able to continue sewing by machine, but at least I'll have light for hand-stitching. If nothing else, I can always go back to bed.
And now, I'm getting off and shutting off the computer. Time to settle in. And just as I wrote those words the power went off for good. I'm finishing this off and publishing using my iPad and the wi-fi hotspot on my phone. Blogging stops for nothing.