The first project is from the great Buggy Barn gals -- Barn Chicks. The pattern is published in their "Certifiably Crazy" book. I was able to make this quilt in just over a day while at my quilting retreat last month. I was going to add two borders, with the small inner border from the beak fabric, but there's not enough (think before you drink, my dear readers). While going through a couple of boxes I found another yellow I think will do nicely, but I haven't actually put it up on the design wall to audition it. This quilt is going to a special friend.
I love to applique by hand. It's very soothing to me to have a needle and thread in my hand, and it's especially so when I'm sitting somewhere waiting on someone or something; I take a project with me wherever I go. The Think Big project was huge (25" blocks), but I created a project carrier for it to make it portable.
So now I need a new hand applique project! I chose the Trick or Treat quilt from Blackbird Designs in their "Where the Cold Wind Blows" book. This quilt has 300 blocks that finish at 5" each. All that cutting sounded more like a trick than a treat, so I made modifications. I have an Accuquilt Studio cutter and a die for 6" finished squares. I enlarged the basket pattern by 120% and will only make 220 blocks (I hope) instead of 300. We'll see! But I have completed 11 blocks and I prepped 11 more last Saturday while the Girlfriends were here. Here are the completed blocks:
I was going to spend next week with my sister but plans have changed. I'm going to spend some time organizing the Bottoms Up! Studio this weekend and hope to squeeze in some quilting time.
It's a soggy weekend here. Here's hoping the weather improves no matter where you are and that you're able to quilt for a spell--and hunt for Easter eggs Sunday!