Friday, August 27, 2010


I have a nasty habit of procrastinating things I think will be unpleasant.
Case in point -- the dust on my furniture! I mean, seriously, it doesn't take THAT long to dust, but I whine and postpone and bribe the kids 'til the job gets done. 

My current procrastination problem involves circles. What is it with applique designs and circles? Does every flower need a center? Are berries SO lovely they must adorn every vine in the applique kingdom?

Apparently, yes. In the Circuit Rider, there are three -- count 'em, THREE! -- blueberry blocks.  Blueberries block number one has 24 berries. Blueberries blocks two and three each have 29 berries! 

Another block from "Folk Art Blooms" -- a block of the Month with luscious Buggy Barn fabrics (yes, yes, I'm working on more than one! Sigh :-d) -- has 40 berries! 

That's a total of 122 berries.  ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-TWO berries.  Plus flower centers and star centers.  Ugh!

I know how to do them.  I have Perfect Circles from Karen Kay Buckley.  I draw the circle on the wrong side of the fabric.  Then I baste in the seam allowance and draw the basting stitches around the Perfect Circle template, press, pop out the template, and VOILA! (as advertised) a perfect circle.

 I think I'm overwhelmed by the sheer volume of circles I need to do!

My "Accomplish Something Today" spirit says I need to tackle them here and now.  Do all the circle prep at one time then I can enjoy the process of adding them to my blocks.

Luke 9:51 tells us that Jesus "resolutely set his face toward Jerusalem."  And "for the joy set before Him, he endured the cross." (Hebrews 12:2)

Rather than focusing on the tedium of so many circles, I need to focus on the beautiful blocks in their finished form.  The fact that I'll be that many blocks closer to the finished quilt. The fact that anything worth having is worth working for.

Isn't it something beyond miraculous that Jesus found US worth the suffering? 

He neither procrastinated nor let the dust (so prevalent in my house today!) settle on Him as He purposed to do what must be done.

Yeah, a few hundred circles ain't so bad.  I'd better get started!
Mary Lou


Shelley said...

Hi Mary Lou! Love your applique blocks and the mini quilt you entered in the contest:)! Good Luck!

~Niki~ said...

you are more patient than i am :(
that would drive me bonkers. great job!

farmhousequilter8 said...

Imagine the Circuit Rider without the berries, how much they add to the block; it's what makes those block so special, yes it is a little harder but look what you get in return,,,,I'm glad I did mine by machine!

Vesuviusmama said...

I'm visiting from the Quilting Gallery miniatures contest. I just wanted to say that I think your Cheddar Jo quilt is lovely!

Tracy said...

You're such a good writer, Mary Lou. And inspirational, too!

I love the blocks, BTW.

Patty Sumner said...

I would have to say that lots of little circles would become somewhat monotenous. Yes, after years of daily dusting...with the emphasis on "daily dusting". I have discovered the dust always makes its way back into my house during the night. As I am becoming older and slower this little chore has become not so important. Also, I am so thankful that our Lord did not "put off" his mission of the Cross knowing full-well how hard it would be continued on to his call. Why? He knew that you and I both would be in desperate need of a Savior. Finish those circles and get that quilt done! I think I need a

Barb said...

What a lovely blog - I'll add you to my reader!
I agree, get them all done, then enjoy sewing them on the blocks.
I love the circuit rider quilt and have several friends who have made it. Enjoy!

Staci said...

Your applique is coming along nicely! And I have to say you are not the only one who procrastinates circles! I do it, too! And really, those circles are never as horrible to stitch as I think they will be. I do the same thing with zippers. So I guess I have circle-zipper phobia!