First up, if you have read through last posts comments, you will know that I celebrated a birthday during the week, and received a very nice present from my husband. This birthday I was determined to do a little something special for myself too - something I imagined I would have done last birthday (when it was a big one that began with a "fa" and rhymed with naughty) but somehow managed to NOT do. So I organised a relaxing morning out being treated to a facial, eye brown shape and lash tint plus a fun reminder on how to apply makeup.
|It's not every day you turn 41 and take your own photo!|
Much fun was had on Saturday (visiting The Country Yard is as much about catching up with friends as visiting a patchwork shop) choosing some practical and visually non exciting items to come home with me... off white solid, a few fat quarters, a bright orange/red flannel wideback and a metre of a beige print for a background for a different project... but we'll get to that another day.
I've also been GOOD approaching my projects in a focused and organised manner.
PIECING: Good progress on the 100 Modern Blocks. I need to double check but I think I'm up to date now.
|This one needs to be spun around...|
|I don't really have all that many yellow scraps, so to turn a mottled yellow into more of a print - I used a text stamp and some permanent ink. Turned out great!|
|And a start to the sashing application. Check out the non exciting off white - exactly perfect for the purpose... a bit hard to see, but this forms the top left corner of the quilt.|
HAND WORK: I completed the applique on the dresden fan block, and got two centres prepped, and one of those centres applied (this is where the post title came from...well, I had to call it something!). I was surprised how quickly this got done, and realised, that just like painting - success is all in the preparation.
|OK use your imagination... this is the one before it got finished!|
Right - onto the focus projects for this week.
MACHINE APPLIQUE: remember this one? The side panels for my Bluebirds and Berries BOM...
HAND WORK: getting stuck into hand stitching the binding on the Hometown Wagon Wheels quilt.
PIECING: having a crack at the pieced backing for my Swoon quilt
|These are the fabrics, and I've had an idea in my head for ages... just been waiting on the fabric|
Sounds like another busy week...