I stayed home from work today to nurse a nasty cold. I had held out a good, long time -- all three kids had the flu earlier in the month -- but I guess my defenses were finally down. So now it's my turn to be sick.
In my line of work it is sometimes more complicated to take a sick day than not, so I only cancel classes when I really can't function. For instance, today it would have been so much easier to lead a discussion about "Red Riding Hood, or The Saucy Squire of Sunnydale" (a panto script from 1900) than it was to set up discussion boards and write a full prezi for this unit of my fairy-tale seminar.
Because I have a few readers from the UK, and in case they're curious, I am linking that panto prezi (if you're not familiar with prezi, it's a snazzier presentation tool than powerpoint. You just need to use the forward arrow at centre bottom to navigate your way through). Bear in mind that North American students generally know nothing about panto: it is totally foreign to their experiences of the fairy tale in popular culture. And they are sometimes a little resistant to its campiness (I'll see what I can do about that!). Feel free to chime in here, and I'll pass your thoughts along to my students.
Okay, so that took up the first half of my sick day. I tried to nap, but was too achy to relax. So I made some Farmer's Wife blocks (logical, right?). At very least the sewing (and the 4 dozen 1" HSTs involved in the first two blocks) took my mind off my sinuses.
Here are block 26, Cut Glass Dish:
Block 27, Gathering Birds:
And I finally tackled block 18, Century of Progress:
I took some liberties with the construction of Gathering Birds (to avoid having to locate or make any templates) and Century of Progress (to keep the asymmetry of the one in the book, but to do so in a way that was more pleasing to my eye).
I believe this brings my total to 55 FW blocks, so I'm just about halfway there! This is definitely the biggest quilt project I have ever tackled...but I imagine it will feel very satisfying to complete it.
It has been a fairly tedious day, I'm fighting the cold-induced blues (being sick always gets me down), and I could use some distraction -- so your thoughts about campiness and the fairy tale, working on big projects, or crafting while congested would be most welcome.
Regardless, have a good day!