Like the well known journey of 1,000 miles every quilt can be finished one step after another. So I am working on two, one that has been patiently waiting for me to finish others [the Carol Doak stars that I showed in the winter] and a new wall or throw size paper pieced quilt that I had been meaning to make for a long time.
Now that I am not involved in the adult learning -- until next September -- I am allotting my days to things I can do one step at a time. The star quilt is getting quilted, one star at a time, and then there will be the stripping to quilt and borders. Slowly it will get finished. The new one is being made two paper pieced blocks a day. These two quilts, of course, do not at all take up my day. But I have promised myself piano playing time -- piano was tuned. It sounds fine, now to make myself sound fine. Practice, practice, practice will not get ME to Carnegie hall but it will give me much pleasure [and perhaps give some neighbors agony]. Then there is writing and walking and the usual household chores and reading. That is a full day! Oh, I throw in a bit of computer time and the occasional bookstore or thrift store visit, maybe there will be some movies or other entertainments. And so my summer days are planned. Before the middle of June the two mentioned quilts will be finished and probably another couple started. My projects are so many inch worms slowly making their way along the route. My life if full of serene, slow accomplishment ... a gift of being older than many and retired.
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