Couch to 5K to QuiltCon 2019

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Couch to 5K

My husband and I started an exercise program called Couch Potato to 5K this past summer.  It’s a phone app.  The app starts with a warm up, followed by one-minute runs and one-and-half minute walks.  During our “training” one morning, I commented that “little by little” we would reach our goal– just like quilting.  To document our progress, I made a small block representing how far we had gone each day.

But, once football practice started, we stopped running and we didn’t run a 5K.  I did, however, make a quilt with the ones I had pieced.  Five weeks of running! With such small piecing, resulting in bulk, I struggled with the quilting and used only a few straight lines for each row.
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It finished at 26″ by 31″.  I entered it into QuiltCon 2019, small quilts category, and it was accepted.

I’m sure there is a moral to this story.

Keep moving,

Wanda

 

How to Play Hopscotch

I’m happy to announce that my quilt, How to Play Hopscotch, will be on exhibit at QuiltCon East 2017 as part of the APQ Nine-Patch Challenge.

I like challenges. It focuses my mind, and it’s fun to see what I can create within the parameters of the challenge.

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I sketched a lot of designs which were very complicated. I even cut a large stack of squares and played around with them on my design wall, but they all seemed contrived.

About that time I was at a party where two little girls were playing hopscotch. The adults had a lengthy discussion on the rules of hopscotch and of course we researched that on Google.  There are many ways to draw a hopscotch board but it’s a simple game — tossing and jumping.

I thought a simple nine-patch would be best and each block could have white lines representing the chalk lines. I also used a variety of fabrics — lightweight denim, shot cotton and regular cotton.

Once the quilt sandwich was assembled, I hand quilted each number in each block. Then, multiplies of each number.

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The finished quilt is 51″ by 51″.

 

HOW TO PLAY HOPSCOTCH

1) DRAW blocks on the ground with the ninth block being HOME.
2) THROW a stone on One.
3) HOP on ONE FOOT where the stone isn’t.
4) Hop through all squares and pick up the stone on your way back.
5) Start again and throw the stone on Two.
6) Hop on the squares where the stone isn’t as above.
7) Hop through all squares and pick up the stone on your way back.
8) If successful, start again and throw the stone on Square Three.
9) The winner is the person who tossed successfully and hopped successfully.