Sunday, April 10, 2011
Lil' of This - Lil' of That
I have been project jumping again, seems I work best that way. After all, I cleaned that spot on the table! This is a Carol Doak pattern - Birthday Star for Quilters' Newsletter 2008. One of my first paper piecing projects. I can see why it sat in the box - very wonky and not fond of the fabric choice, but it is now together - we need to remember our beginnings. This will be a candle mat and reminder of those beginnings.
And some stitching. This is Kaaren's (PaintedQuilt) Raggedy Ann/Andy BOM. She released the last three blocks all at once because she was (has) moving. I don't want to get behind and it is very relaxing for me to do some handwork mixed in with the machine. I plan to add all the button eyes after the quilt/quilting is done so they don't interfere.
And the quilting is done on the Jelly Roll Race quilt. I used some of my different machine stitches every so many rows - red thread on top and black on bottom. And the inbetween I hand stitched with green 3-strand floss. I haven't found the right fabric yet for the binding.
I am slowly making this small dresden plate for my quilt guild - each member to do a block for a charity quilt. Pieces were given pre-cut, but found they aren't all the same size and not sure how many blades are suppose to be in the plate. I will have to check on this one - it is not going well. And, oh no, a circle applique center.
I pulled a lot of fabrics for the Quilters Gallery Basket Swap. I'm not sure what I want to use yet - have to leave it out to eye-ball every so often. Then I am sure it will be an afternoon project.
Hands2Help - signup April 10th-13th
SantaSack - signup deadline April 30th
Season Swap - signup deadline April 15th
Zippy Purse Swap - signup deadline April 12th
MAY FOR ME
Make sure you click on the side button - some bloggers have joined in with some other tips and fun activities. I still need to find fabrics for that wallhanging I want to do.
I would like all you gals to think about some personal ME time too. How about a pretty basket filled with some soaps, lotion, shampoo, bath salts - a 'Pamper Me' basket.
I think Spring has finally arrived here. And though I have been a little under the weather, I have been strolling the grounds to see how things have survived this long winter. My daffodils are just peeking and should open with another warm day.
APRIL IS POETRY MONTH
"And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest."
- Percy Bysshe Shelley