No Puedo

I always say “I can’t” in Spanish.  Analyzing that today.  I don’t like to say I can’t do something… so perhaps I soften the blow if I don’t say it in my native tongue.  Ha!  You know how we learn to say “I love you” in various languages?  I should learn to say “I can’t” from around the world.  That way, I could proclaim it with gusto depending upon the setting.

Well… I can’t be held hostage to patterns and instructions.  It’s that stubborn streak.  I want to do things my way, and I’m very likely to wear it like some badge of honor.  I’m not conforming to the standards of this world!  I won’t be told which colors are “in” this year.  When my parents asked that all important question, “If everyone was jumping off a building…???”, I apparently took that to heart.

So I create my own system for doing the spreadsheets.  I cook without recipes.  I use dot-dot-dot a lot when I write.  I make up quilts as I go along.

Aha!  I’ve finally come to the point.  I’ve tried, friends.  I’ve had it out two or three times.  I’ve told myself to get going on this block-a-month quilt pattern.  February will soon be over.  And all I can say is “No puedo!”

It’s that packet I bought a few years ago.  I saw a quilt made with the pattern.  It’s fun, and yet gorgeous.  It’s wool.  It’s snowmen of every month of the year.  Snowmen in June?  Well, trust me… the whole thing is just wonderful… with rich, warm, wintery colors.  I got carried away at a quilt show in Houston and paid a pretty penny for this “Snowpenny” kit with appliqué fabric included.  It calls for lots of embroidery work, which I love. But if I’m going to spend this much time doing embroidery work, it’s going to be on something else of my own choosing.  I’m admitting it here.  This thing has me feeling trapped, and I cannot be held hostage by a quilt pattern.

So!  I will give it to the first person who e-mails me asking for it.   Send me your address and I’ll mail it to you.

If you hurry, you can whip out January and February and be right on schedule with a wonderful 2011 project.  Meanwhile, I’ll go buy some fabric and toss some squares together – no pattern – and we’ll all be happy!

By the way… this all started with “Do I Quilt?”

8 Responses to “No Puedo”

  1. Sandy says:

    I have found some fun ways to say “I can’t”!
    German – Ich kann nicht
    Filipino – Hindi ko
    Icelandic – Eg get ekki
    I think Icelandic may be the way to go. Love that!

  2. Sandy says:

    We have a taker! I’ll get it in the mail today or tomorrow. =)

  3. Cheryl says:

    Ah, too bad I wasn’t up earlier!!! I would have even paid you for it. Sounds so like my kind of quilt. And I’m a conformist I guess. I LOVE patterns and get frustrated if I can’t follow them exactly. Now cooking…that’s another story. I do use recipes but am prone to not measure very well and add things as the mood strikes me. BTW I think the recipient should be required to post the progress so we can all enjoy it!! HA…just a thought.

  4. Sandy says:

    I agree Cheryl! Michele… you’re going to have go send pictures! =)
    Isn’t that something. Some of us love patterns… and then there’s me!

  5. Jodie says:

    Too funny. Just last night, Landon told me that he wished all his cousins could speak Spanish. Then he wished every one in the world could speak Spanish.

    No clue – maybe they had a special Spanish lesson in class yesterday.

    He’ll be glad to know that cousin Sandy (with the barn!) can speak Spanish!

  6. Sandy says:

    Landon can probably speak it better than I! But the next time I see that boy… we’ll have to have a little Espanol exchange! I’ll make sure he knows “No Puedo!”

  7. Marcea Clive says:

    Sandy, these blogs are so much fun……
    You are just too much…….

  8. Linda Davis says:

    Would love to see pictures once it is finished! Oh and I LOVE dot…dot…dot… when I write too!

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