I am trying to make the instructions for Modern America a bit easier to follow, but this pattern will remain a challenging one. I sew as I write, making sure that what I thought would work in my head will really work at the sewing machine. This time I used small prints, checks, dots and stripes. I am at the point where I need to applique this map on a background, but I don't have a big enough piece of something that would look good. According to my new buying rules, I could go purchase something. But, I had an idea: what if I pieced a background with four different fabrics and aligned the seams with where the different time zones would be? When we travel, I not only get excited about crossing state lines, but also love it when we cross a time zone "line". How can that be? Just a second ago it was an hour ago. Time flies. I think Carl may be getting a bit nervous about this whole project. Last evening, while sipping an Old Fashioned (on the patio!!:), I commented that I should do a world map next! Or, maybe not. Jerilynn P.S. For any Old Fashioned fans out there, the pre-mixed Brandy Old Fashioned Sweet from Arty's (made in Appleton) is downright delish...fancy bar quality, in fact.