Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Persevere [pur-suh-veer] verb: to persist in anything undertaken; maintain a purpose in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement; continue steadfastly.

The nine-patches in this antique quilt are 1.5 inches square and they are all hand pieced. There are 11,600 pieces in the quilt! The maker of this quilt really knew how to maintain her purpose in spite of the obstacles in her life that tried to derail her from her purpose. So let that be a lesson to me!

I have not blogged, stitched or quilted for nearly a month. I haven't even read blogs for weeks. The faster I go, the behinder I get. (Not sure whom to credit with that since there are several education journal articles with that or a similar title.) Worst of all, I broke my (new) camera on my trip to the beach in early June so I had no motivation to sew since I couldn't document my progress. Hmm, is that a reason not to make progress? Sounds a bit like the "if a tree falls in the forest and there's no one to hear, does it make a sound" conundrum.

While I spun my wheels (and bought fabric, but that's another post), many of you have been very, very productive. I finally got back to blog reading (nothing like a work deadline to make the attention wander) this morning and found some wonderful pictures here and here and here, for just a start.

I replaced my camera yesterday so hopefully I can get back to what I love. At least I can now take pictures of all the new fabric I bought this month.


  1. Yes! We want posts! And photos!

  2. The nine patch quilt makes my heart beat a little faster, simply gorgeous.

  3. beautiful nine patch..so simple..so beautiful!
    Julia ♥

  4. The nine patch quilt is so amazing. That person really had dedication to make so many by hand.

  5. Wonder if all those little bits of fabric were part of swaps and this quilt is made up of lots of memories:-) Wish it could tell us the journey. So glad that you replaced your camera.
    Glad that even though you did not manage to sew you still manage to find fabric or did it find you ;-)

  6. oh I love that nine patch quilt....
    did you buy it????
    I can't wait to see what your working on!!!!
    glad to see your posting again I was starting to get worried.

  7. OMG that quilt is just amazing!

  8. That's a lot of pieces in that quilt! And hand pieced. Amazing!

  9. I'm so glad the clothespin and business card are in the photo, because it was hard for me to imagine a 1 1/2" nine patch. It's just beautiful and inspiring. Now I really want to make a teeny tiny nine patch.

  10. Beautiful nine patch quilt. I love these!! Glad to see you again Taryn!


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