I frequently get about 75% of the way through a project when I just run out of steam. As usual, I hit a wall with this project over the last month. It took me a long time to piece the one-more-block I needed to go on, and then the embroidery lagged until I got sidelined with a cold, and with some unexpected free time, I finished the embellishment.
I started to wonder if I could get away with making this a 9 vs 12 block piece. I already had misgivings over my original plan to put an image of St. Francis in the middle of the blocks. I also liked the size of nine 8-inch blocks, and began to see that three more blocks weren't going to add any significant elements to the piece.
I then recalled that I have a St. Francis medal (alongside one of St. Claire) in one block, and I moved that one to the center.
I found some possible sashing fabric: a brown paisley, some shiny fabric for a thin inner border, and an outer border candidate in gold and tan.
I'm pretty much resolved to spend the rest of this year sashing and piecing these nine blocks. It will probably require some embroidery on the sashing and the blocks may need some tweaking: for example that large sunflower patch in this month's block needs to be reduced or toned down.
Now that I have a new plan the "are we there yet?" feeling is somewhat at bay. We'll see what construction challenges lie ahead as I tackle the rest of this project.