Friday, March 13, 2009

Sometimes I am able to set a goal and work happily toward achieving it. Sometimes I will think of a treat to reward myself with - sort of like dangling a carrot. And sometimes goals and rewards go right out the window in favor of instant gratification. That is exactly what happened this week.
I have been steadily working toward a goal - to finish the cream/beige round of hexagons on my star project. The carrot was that I could start working on the Martha Washington Garden diamonds. It was a simple plan, but the plan failed. Still failure isn't always a bad thing. I've found renewed excitement in the old project as well as great desire to continue working on the new.
I just can't get over the size difference in the two pieces.
The diamond in the top of the picture is made of 1" hexagons while the diamond at the bottom is made with 1/2" pieces.
Here is the complete diamond.The new and improved plan is to alternate - complete one star, assemble one diamond. Seems reasonable. Let's see how long it lasts.

21 comments:

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Goals are a good thing! Looks good.

KCQuilter said...

Sounds like a good plan! You are so conscientious! My reward would probably be a brownie LOL!!!!

Jeanne said...

Hey, that's what I was going to say! Have fun sewing.

Joyce said...

Wow! All that hand sewing..I'd last about a minute on that,goal or no goal.

Judy said...

They do look quite different next to each other. Can't wait to see the new project when it get further along.

The Quilt Buddy said...

Hello Mrs. Simple!

Gosh I am so jealous! You got to go to Rosie's and the Country Loft! I really miss So Cal!

You are really putting me to shame with all of your hexagons. I have lugged mine with me in the car all the way across the country and I didn't touch them once!

Hope that you have a good weekend! I have missed chatting with you!

Candace said...

Libby - your plan was great and I love the dangling carrot idea! But you have a good attitude - you really didn't fail - you had a great time in the process instead!
Cheers!

Guðrún said...

I love the fabrics you are going to use for the new project. I agree, the difference on the size is BIG, I am using 1" and I have always considered them small :) now I see they are BIG.

paula, the quilter said...

Rewards are good things aren't they? The hexagon diamonds (is that an oxymoron?) are looking good in both sizes.

QUILTILNLG IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Hi Libby--I often set goals for myself--but often "life" has other ideas for my time--soooo---but I shouldn't really complain as I do get alot done--some days!!! I love doing hexagons too, and recently took a class on them, I finished the class project and started a second one, this one is larger (oh, first one became a pillow top with emb. around it), back to 2nd one--it's in 30's and it's still waiting for me to finish it--maybe "I" need to dangle that "carrot"????Just Di---PS I think a "hot fudge Sundae" would do more for me than a carrot????????????

Quilts And Pieces said...

Wow, I've never seen the difference in the 2 sizes compared like this either! WOW!

Finn said...

You've been having way too much fun in that California sunshine *VBS* Sounds like the visit with Julie was a wonderful one...so happy for both of you. All the garden stuff(including the compost)looks great. I'm still wrangling snow snakes and ice worms! Thinking spring, hugs, Finn

Catherine said...

Your two projects are going to be fun to watch as you work on them! Hexagons are SO addictive!! It really is amazing when you put the different sizes side by side, isn't it?

Crazy for Primitive Quilts and Gardens said...

They are both going to be so nice! Have fun with both :o)

Lindsey said...

So adorable...are you doing these by hand? Would you consider doing a tutorial on these? Very pretty.

Karen said...

Oh, I know about that dangling carrot thing but sometimes the desire to start a new project just overwhelms. A girl had to do what a girl has to do. Go for it.

Stephanie D. said...

Ahhh, going wherever the creative muse takes you. What could possibly be wrong with that?

julieQ said...

Sounds like a good plan! I have a hexagon project in the works too...seven years now in progress. Your blocks are wonderful.

Quilter Kathy said...

It's good to set goals to set some direction, but also good to be flexible about the course! The important thing is that you made progress on something you want to finish! What a lot of work in these hexagon projects!!

gwen said...

I am as always impressed at so much done in such a short time. Your Bunny quilt is already finished and looking good. I like very much the idea of the 2 bunnies! To have 2 (or more!) projects on the go is a idea I follow too, although one of them is bound to be knitting for me in those times and the reward bitter chocolate more than a carrot!
Take care.
P.S.: how is it that each time I visit your blog I feel like starting new projects?!

MARCIE said...

Hi Libby, I know you are taking a break, but I am just catching up! I made three of the long hexagon "blocks". They are so cute! It is fun! I made freezer paper templates and ironed them on the fabric, then basted them on, etc. Quite a process, but no rush, right? Hugs!