Here I am on Day 3 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge. I am struggling already. I have to wisen up and listen to my body. I’ve been working it too hard lately with my daily ski and altering and sewing projects. My right hand is sore, numb and tingling at times. It’s probably from gripping the seam ripper too much. No more ripping and sewing heavy material for awhile. I can use one or two rest days a week from skiing. I will not rust from lack of activity.

I will keep going with the Ultimate Blog Challenge and the100dayproject. I really like Anne Lamott’s advice in her book Bird by Bird. It really is a manual for writing and life. When I get overwhelmed by any thing/project I think about her One-Inch Frame. I write/work within that frame until it is done, then I move to the next inch. I tap out a word/idea, sentence, paragraph. I’m building an idea/sentence/paragrah at a time. At the end I will have a blog post. If I write a few more posts, it could lead to a chapter. Chapters can add up to a book. I don’t have that aspiration. But who knows?

I work at my Log Cabin quilt squares the same way. Each square has 17 components. The project was actually started a few years ago. I had some 1 1/2 strips cut up but that was as far as I got. They’ve been patiently waiting for me all this time. I am not an experienced quilter but I have taken a beginner’s class a long time ago. I have lots of material and all the tools. The Log Cabin square begins by sewing two 1-inch squares together. They are 1 and 2 in the photo. Then I sew on 3. The strips are not cut to size except the first 2. I cut up two 1 1/2 inch lengths, allowing for 1/4inch hem allowances. Then I sew on 3 and cut off the excess length. Each seam is pressed before going on the next. There’s no rushing. Patience, Precision and Care. It settles my brain. It’s good for me.


  1. I love the log cabin quilt block. I should teach Lia to make one. She loves sewing and this is a project we could work on together when we have the time. Keep on keeping on, you can do it one step at a time!

  2. What a great suggestion. One step at a time. I’d love to learn how to do quilting. That looks like fun. Today, my one step at a time was accomplished with a rock painting project and with an article for the newspaper. It felt so much easier because it was one step at a time.

  3. I can’t believe I haven’t read Bird by Bird yet. Writers talk about that book all the time. I have a copy on my shelf and I just need to crack it open. Thanks for the reminder!

  4. Love this kind of thinking. Inch by inch row by row Gotta make that garden grow has always been one of my favorite Pete Seger songs – you show it fits life as well as gardening.

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