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February 19, 2014

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Celtic Solstice progress report

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 10:26 am

Here is my Celtic Solstice progress report, as of last night (and with pictures!!)

I have been “storing” the finished block parts on a card table in my basement.

Mid February progress

I’ve labeled the different piles so you can see my progress. There are a LOT of pieces on this table. I’ve not calculated the total yet, but I’ll do that when I’m done. I’m not sure I want to know at this point.

*on an unrelated note, for some reason, the word “clue” looks really wrong when it is written in all capital letters…

I have these aluminum casserole/buffet dishes that I got at Costco. They are very useful for keeping pieces together, and then I can stack up the pans when I need my table space. For example, this pan holds all of the pieces that were made in Clue 1 (the dish is about 4 inches deep, or so, so there are a lot more than it looks like in this picture).

Clue 1

There is one pan where I collected the corner trimmings from Clue #2. I’m not sure if I’m really going to keep them – they are very small. But I can’t seem to bring myself to throw them away, so for now, they are in a pan. I actually kind of enjoy fluffing them up with my fingers and thinking about what I could use them for…

I’m working on Clue 5 now. They are REALLY HARD!!! They don’t look hard, do they? But those diagonal (bias) edges are really giving me problems with keeping them straight. I’ve had to redo a bunch of them more than once, and I’m also resorting to lots of spray starch and “looking the other way” when some of the corners don’t come out very well. My grandmother alwasys said “It will never show on a trotting horse” and I’m sticking to that.

As of last night, I have 61 done (out of 244 needed). I’m not sure where the extra one showed up from, I thought I was working on them in groups of 10. However, I’m not going to complain about the fact that I have one less to do!! Clue 5 uses the extra orange/yellow half square triangles that are in the pan labeled “Clue 3B”, so as soon as that pan gets empty, then I’ll be done with Clue 5.

I’m really enjoying this project, but I think I’m just going to have to accept the fact that I’m not going to finish by the end of this month (which was my unofficial goal). I guess I’m just going to have to relax and enjoy the process.

One more “glamor shot”. I’m definitely going to enjoy the combination of all of these colors when the quilt is done.

Close up

Is anyone else working on fun long-term projects???

pitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patter


  1. That is a lot of little blocks! I can’t wait to see what they turn into.

    Comment by Outlander — February 19, 2014 @ 11:09 am
  2. I can’t really see the sizing on your trimmings, but you could sandwich bits and pieces between two sheets of water soluble stabilizer, stitch the heck out of it all to hold everything together, then dissolve the stabilizer, and “decoupage” it into a bowl, vase, or some other shape.

    Comment by Ginger — February 19, 2014 @ 11:55 am
  3. Ginger: Oooooooohhhh….

    Comment by Cathy R — February 19, 2014 @ 12:54 pm
  4. Wow! A lot of work there! Don’t worry about the time, just enjoy!

    Comment by Mom — February 19, 2014 @ 7:55 pm

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