In my basement work room, I have a few of my favorite small quilt projects hanging on the walls. . . . My favorites!
One of my absolute favorites is this small wall hanging (formerly a Snap Sack pattern released in 2012 as a kit pack for retail shops) It's a favorite because it's colorful and simple to make. And, it's symbolically significant these days.
What's the significance of a kite, one might ask. I am reminded of a quote that has been attributed to Winston Churchill, British Prime Minster during World War II.
"Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it."
In other words, even an ordinary paper kite can stand up to the challenges it faces, grounded by a simple string.
The other is an extremely popular, very simple Snap Quilt wall-hanging called Liberty Belle. A perfect, easy break from more complex sewing projects. Just in time to decorate (even if you're the only one enjoying it) for the patriotic holidays coming up.
Both these small quilt wall-hanging patterns are available, along with a few others, for immediate download HERE.
My Kites . . .
Winston Churchill has been on my mind a lot lately, because I've been reading (or, more accurately, listening to) Eric Larson's newest book, The Splendid and The Vile while I've been working on this rather challenging puzzle (below). The book is very good and I highly recommend it.
I'm surprised by how many times I find myself making the comparison between World War II Britain during the Blitz and our current situation.
Just like a kite, we all have this strong headwind we're dealing with, and I find myself surrounded by a series of 'kites' that keep me motivated and my mind occupied.
The puzzle, for example, I suppose it should be done by now, since I started it about the same time that New York State closed schools and non-essential businesses.
However, I only work on it in little spurts. I like to savor the search for the right pieces when I do a puzzle. Eventually it'll finish into a huge multi-colored rose.
This week I also tried making some yeast breads. I haven't done this in years, but pulled out some favorite bread recipes from back then. Making bread is pretty easy, but the only real set back is being tied to the house as the dough rises a couple of times between mixing and kneading. Right now, where am I going? Being tied to the house isn't an issue.
I'm still working on re-perfecting the technique. This Cinnamon Raisin bread could use a bit more raisins and nuts. Maybe next batch . . . in the meantime, it's quite yummy toasted for breakfast. Just for fun, I may have to try my hand at sticky buns or bagels.
What is your proverbial kite this week?