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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!
Suze and Shelley, we are really dating ourselves .....
Not too long ago my DH showed me an article in the Wall Street Journal about the state of Connecticut needing a COBOL programmer to fix something for them because they were still using that system in the depths of a state basement to run a program for their highway department.
DH jokingly said I could fly out to Connecticut and get a part-time job ...
Told him that the very idea gave me the heebie-jeebies.
You could command your own salary. :-)
I may have to think about this after the holidays. Very busy now with the holidays coming up. I have a couple projects to complete and gifts to buy and DH decided we should have a small neighborhood get together on the 18th.(Just 8 families)
Oh, my, I did not mean to imply that this was a project that you had to tackle immediately!
This is definitely a fun thing that I have started on and in no way do I mean to "double dog dare" any other forum member to join me in this kind of goofy quilt project. For all I know I might wind up with a hopeless mess (although I suspect I won't paint myself into a corner because there will always be a way to creatively solve any problem I run into).
Okay, two more blocks and then I will submerge myself in other things that I have to take care of around this house.
The fishbowl block was easy once I found a fabric with fish. Wrong kind of fish because my Knuckles O'Toole I mentioned in an earlier posting was a fan-tail goldfish and these guys are koi but the fabric is kinda cool so I used it. If I ever find a fabric with fan-tail gold fish I will make a substitute block.
The color wheel block (thank you, Marcia Hohn, you just about drove me nuts with this little bitty paper pieced pattern on Quilter's Cache ) has to be included in the quilt because of my hobby of making color wheels to decorate my sewing room.
I wound up talking to myself and using my colored pencils to keep track of what color went where because I was so out of practice. Not Marcia's fault, just my old brain was slow to get back in the groove. My ROY G. BIV needed eight colors for the pattern so I threw in an M at the end (for Mulberry next to the Red in left side of wheel). Stonehenge fabrics make a nice color wheel, by the way. Another Stonehenge made a nice frame for the fish bowl. That set of FQs has pretty much been mutilated.
I found a TON of goldfish fabric just by googling. You have to do some shopping around, though, because some of it is really priced too high. But LOTS of places have it, and you would probably need no more than a FQ - maybe even less than that, but for some sellers, that's the minimum cut they sell. Spoonflower has just about taken over Etsy and Ebay (and to some degree, Amazon), and it is an expensive option. I would only use it if there were absolutely no other place I could find a fabric with (whatever) on it. There are some GREAT goldfish fabrics out there - even fantails! NOT hard to find.