Just where exactly did Monday and Tuesday go to?
My handwork focus last week was Flower Pots by Kim McLean. I got bored with stitching the stem, and switched to something with a little bit more colour. I'm appreciating that the pieces are pretty large (and colourful) - but there are still 36 odd pieces in this panel (not counting the pot pieces) - which means I've really only just stitched on pieces one to three. But it is exciting!
I also got the chance to finish the last block for the week for Tula's Modern Sampler. I really like this block for some reason. And I've done the hard part for this weeks blocks - chosen the fabric :0) This is the week of the teeny tiny half square triangles - wish me luck!
However, this week my primary focus is going to be machine quilting - (not on Janet, normal old freemotion quilting on my Brother) Lola's Medallion. I finished the backing on Sunday (using Elizabeth Hartmans technique for pattern matching) and basted on Monday. On a roll, yesterday I had a bit of a whirl with some McTavish style background filling. While I don't think this is my Go-To style - it does look impressive once it's finished.
So far, half of the applique centre is finished! I'm using 100% polyester 100wt thread (Invisifill). Although there has been a bit of breakage, it's going pretty well. I upped the needle size and though the holes are a bit bigger than I would prefer - it does mean the thread behaves a bit better. After all, it's nothing that won't disappear once it's been washed. White fabrics can be notorious for being a pain in the butt to quilt. At this rate, I'll have the centre quilted by the end of the week - then I need to decide what I'm going to do on the rest of it.
Although I have thought about my handwork focus for this week - I am yet to actually do any of it. Hand stitching the binding on Hometown Wagon Wheels. I can do it. I have the technology. I am on the home stretch with this one - I could get it finished this week (my first major finish this year), but I need to pull finger.
Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced and Lyn at What a Hoot (if I remember).