Well, apart from the grumpy and then sick kids... I've been tired and rather unenthusiastic in the crafting department. I know... it happens to the best of us. Last weekend I finally sucked it up and finished putting together the backing for the Hometown Wagon Wheel quilt. I very much likey likey:
I bought some bamboo batting for the first time, and decided that this would be the great hand quilting experiment...relatively simple large stitches outlining the shapes.
First block down... only eight more to go. I ended up with some shifting, which is most probably due to my interesting and probably quite incorrect technique. This shows up quite well on the back:
Also on the sewing radar is The Jelly Roll Sampler. The plan includes some basket blocks which have a background fabric. With the setting I have chosen, I needed to decide whether the block background was going to be the same as the setting background... yada yada, more
My low volume (which is just modern talk for scrappy) selection is eclectic and at times not all that low volume, but now that I've taken a photo and done the squinty eye test, I am quite happy with it. Maybe not exactly what Monika would have chosen - but it is very much ME! The duckegg solid has made it's way into the pile too...
While I've been cutting these bits, I've multitasked and cut out the starting stages of those abovementioned new projects. I'm loving this new project thing... next year will probably be the year of the unfinished. You will also have noticed by now that I tend to do several projects that use a similar theme, whether it be fabric or design. I've put together a few quilts lately with a large nine patch layout, I'm concentrating on several sampler style quilts, I've used the black and white text fabric in several projects, as well as the light grey homespun. Now is the time for the rest of the Denyse Schmidt fabric (left over from the dresden fan wedges) plus a few more which caught my eye, in combination with the rest of the low volume bundle. OK, I've put multitasking onto a whole new level - also a whole new level of mess.
New February Project Number Two - Modern Crosses quilt from the Modern Log Cabin book. Love this block, love this quilt, love this fabric...
New February Project Number Three - Plus and Cross quilt. This will be a lot more
Ran out of steam getting this block finished, but you get the idea...
I've also finished piecing my second Tokyo Subway block for February
And I've finished the LAST SWOON BLOCK! I think this deserves it's own post... so I'll come back to it later in the week.
Well, I suppose I have had quite a busy couple of weeks haven't I?
And NO, I didn't make any further progress on the borders for Bluebirds and Berries BOM (although I did buy some more fusible web on Tuesday). Remember for next month - chose a goal that is achievable!