I finished step 2of Lori's Abundance quiltalong. I think I must have auditioned 1/2 of my stash before I decided on these fabrics. It was a challenge to find a yellow/gold that worked with the others. The original doll quilt on Lori's blog is so charming - I wanted to choose similar colors. I am thinking about adding a border. It has been such a fun little project :0)
Last weekend DD#3 and I went to visit my Mom and Dad in Kelowna. My Mom showed me this top she had completed. I had helped her get it all cut on my last visit in the summer. I think it is beautiful. All of the fabrics she had picked up on trips to Holland and to Amish country in the USA. The bright blue sashing I especially love - it reminds my mom of the pillowcases her family used when she lived in Holland as a girl. She plans to quilt it this week. Go Mom!!
I take back what I said about handquilting this top being a mistake :0) I've been enjoying it very much. I haven't really planned where the circles go - I just mark them where they fit and keep going. I've been staying nice and cozy under this quilt in the evenings. I also work on my Vine quilt in the evenings. Panel #6 is progressing.
I've also been making more blocks for my zigzag quilt. I've got 40 more blocks made and I'm still loving it! (still playing with the blocks too :0)
Lori has another quiltalong that started today. It's so hard to resist joining in - she chooses such great projects! The doll quilt this time is very sweet.
I am happy to have another block made for my Bird of Paradise quilt. It is my DD#1's block and it would not be complete without her holding a book!
I worked on the grapes while my company was here. I tried 3 methods for making the grapes before settling on basting them over dimes. I shot them with a bit of starch and when they were dry I removed the dimes. They still aren't perfectly round. Maybe this takes more practice... ?
The grapes just looked like floating circles until the embroidery was added. A friend came over to stitch with me - I feel more confident to embroider with her encouragement.
The embroidery was going so well that when I finished I got out this cherry block and embroidered stems for it too. I need to have her come back and help me with some of the bird crests on the other blocks!
So only 2 more blocks and the borders left to make for this quilt. Will I finish it in 2013?