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Thus far I have made three nine inch blocks.
You will have a puzzle to put together. You will enjoy that as you like puzzles. I'll check my stash for fabric with a parakeet in it.
ETA: Glad you found a fabric with a parakeet resembling your childhood pet. This sounds like a fun quilt.
I'm glad you see my motivation for tackling this project, Cathy.
The last two largish quilts I worked on did not "spark joy" (to quote the famous Marie whatshername who has people cleaning out their closets). I made one small wallhanging that was fun to work on; it was a kit but frankly there are not many appealing kits out there that ring my chimes.
So when my fevered brain took me down the path to this idea I pounced on it ...could I make an autobiographical quilt with blocks that reflected my history?
Why not give it a whirl? Making my own rules as I go along. I think it is Suze that has said, "Your quilt, your rules". (Or maybe it is Ami.)
Pieced blocks only
Bingo! Your quilt/your rules!
Likely Suze said "Your quilt, your rules." I wholeheartedly agree!
Sounds like fun to me. It would be a good challenge project. I'm not sure possess the creativity required but I may try it. It's on the list.
Did you teach school at one time. or am I remembering incorrectly? There are lots of schoolhouse blocks out there.
Yes, I taught fifth grade while putting DH through medical school. Don't have many happy memories of those days (huge number of kids, loony principal and I finally quit in desperation) but thank you for reminding me of a useful block.
Left teaching to become a COBOL programmer ... wonder if there's such a thing as a punchcard block? LOL
I think that any quilter who has lived enough decades and moved around enough could come up with pieced blocks or applique ideas to make a fun personalized quilt. Think of it as a type of T-shirt quilt without the T-shirts.
(I'm throwing in the applique idea for those who are braver and more talented than I am.)
Left teaching to become a COBOL programmer
I don't think I knew that! When I was gainfully employed and had a paid profession, that's what I did ... a COBOL programmer. And yes, I started with punch cards, too. Hollerith cards, to be precise. :-)
The Sisterhood of the Coders! me too... I taught FORTRAN for a while..that was fun. We still had a COBOL program or two around up until a few years ago. Thankfully it did not need much fixin' since no one could remember how to after a while! It would take a whole day to get back into the swing.
My experience with punch cards was at a lower level than COBOL - a basic assembly called CCBAL...but it was the only time I wrote a program, punched a program, ran the program and turned in the results and had no recursion.. been looking to repeat that for 40 something years!