The other night I finished up the main part of my PQ swap piece. When I started it, I thought I would be adding some border elements. But now I am not so sure. I hate being indecisive. And in this case, I’m working with paper, so if I decide to start a border, then there’s no changing my mind if I don’t like how it turns out. Sometimes it looks too plain, but I like the figure so much that I wonder if adding something else will take away from it.

So people of teh interwebs, tell me, how shall I decide?


April (and March) sort of kicked my butt. There wasn’t a lot of time to do a whole lot of stitching, but I did make a little progress on my Bread, Butter, Bacon, Beans quilt and finished up all but the Beans block. I’m looking forward to May, and being able to relax with a needle and thread more this month.

Helping me get back into the swing of things is a new Phat Quarter Swap. This time around, the theme is books. It’s going to be a good one. I’ve got one piece of awesome blank 1930s paper left that I’m thinking of using. I don’t want to plan or think too much about it until I hear from my partner, but I’ve got some ideas percolating.

My Phat Quarter January swap pieces made it all the way across the Atlantic to Nicole this week and I’m so pleased that she likes them.

Honestly, I was a bit nervous, she’s a fabulous stitcher. (Don’t believe me? Go see.) Not only that but I also wanted to do something inspired by The Smiths that hadn’t been covered before. (The January theme for the swap being music and Nicole being a huge fan of The Smiths.) There are some really great pieces out there. (This, for example. And these, and some more. All, seriously great.) It took a minute to really find something that I not only liked, but also that I could make something of my own out of.

PQ Jan Swap - smile detail

Once I had the song — Rubber Ring, I still wasn’t quite satisfied with just this one piece. I mean, I like it, I like it a lot, but it didn’t seem enough. Not just in the sense that it’s simple, but that it doesn’t quite capture the whole feeling of the song. It isn’t just about songs that make us happy, but also those that make us cry – or feel anything, really. Songs that well, as Morrissey says, saved our lives.

Then, I remembered I had a half dozen handkerchiefs, just waiting for the right project – and the second piece (which reads “don’t forget the songs that made you cry”) just fell into place.

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