“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”
Attributed to Albert Einstein, but actually Rita Mae Brown, novelist

And boy, do I know this……..

As much fun as this whole “Circles Challenge” quilt project has been, there comes a time when you just stand up and walk away from the whole hot damn mess and go and do something else for a while.

Case in point: The melons/orange peel block has been a challenge of epic proportions. The segments are cut on the diagonal and when they are joined, the pieces distort just a teensy when stitched together, and this all adds up. Eventually I ended up with something that was buckling and bubbling away like a witch’s cauldron. Threw it away, started over, more mess. Dumped it, stood up and took the dogs for a walk. 

Jet (Juliet) my son’s gorgeous setter

Then – lightbulb moment: forget the piecing – applique is the answer!
And so, humming “Windmills of your mind*” I set to work.

Distorted, buckled, points don’t meet in the middle. Most unsatisfactory!
Hand applique in progress. Much happier!

Barbara Streisand singing “Windmills of your mind”:

*Windmills of your mind – 1968 song by Michel Legrand, lyrics by Alan Bergman
“Like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel,
Never ending or beginning on an ever-spinning reel
Like a snowball down a mountain, or a carnival balloon
Like a carousel that’s turning, running rings around the moon
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping past the minutes of its face
And the world is like an apple whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find in the windmills of your mind” +

Circle #12 is the New York Beauty

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