Block 298: December 28, 2013



I’ve discovered my dog uses all my quilting fabric as bedding. It’s cute, but means someone needs to go to the laundromat for some wash!

Date: December 28, 2013

Crane: 298

Days Spent on Project: 315

Location: Apartment, Washington Heights, NYC (Although, recently, it’s come to my attention that I technically live up in HUDSON Heights. I think it’s just the gentrification talking with that one.)

Person I would have sent it to: Joey B.

Joey was another one of the Acting Apprentices during that first year at Actors Theatre of Louisville. He, sometime during that first portion of the season, started to date Jake (yesterday’s Crane.) I’m not sure when they started dating, but they made a cute couple. They lasted for the entire season; I’m not sure when exactly they ended the relationship, but I believe it was soon after their time as Apprentices finished and they all went to their next theater jobs.

And, like I randomly run into Jake in New York two years ago, Joey found me again… on Facebook. To be honest, I haven’t truly reconnected with him through Facebook, but it’s good to see that he’s still around. I know he’s no longer working in theater. That much I know, not much else!

Although, why is it that I can remember what role he played in that children’s theater piece at Actors Theatre of Louisville? He was Baby Bear, from Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I dressed him in a children’s sailor suit- short shorts and all. Jeez, hope that costume didn’t frighten him away from Theatre…

Music I listened to while sewing: Yet, again, I’m listening to The Drowned Man playlist.

Thoughts/Feelings Behind the Block: It’s dawned me that I will have made 301 Cranes when 2013 ends. And, I have thought that if I had managed to figure out a way to make Cranes for the 17 days that I skipped this project, I’d be at 318.

A part of me wishes I had found a way not to miss those 17 days; I want to keep myself on schedule with this project! But, then I remember that it’s not about sprinting to the finish line. I SHOULD take the time I need to get this done. It IS just like that cliche: Life is a marathon, not a sprint, kids!

I’ve conjectured that, at this rate, I’ll finish building 1000 Crane Blocks towards the end of 2015. That’s not bad. That’s in less than two years!  After that, I have the arduous task of figuring out the final design and layout of the quilt, piecing it into sections, quilting those sections, piecing THOSE sections together, and finishing the darned thing. That’ll take who knows how long…

So, again, it’s a reminder to take it one day at a time. Take as long as you need to do it right.

Plus, I’m worried that I won’t be able to think of 1000 people. I’m also worried about what happens if I DO know more than 1000… Will the people who come later in my life care that they didn’t make it in? Will it bug me?

I worry too much. But that’s me!


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