When I woke up, I left to go to the grocery store. Mike and I have been outfitting the camper, and I needed to return a few items that were duplicates, or else we decided we just didn't need them. Also, I picked up a few items that were still on our list. And I dropped off my Similac sampler pack at our local FISH food pantry. They were happy to get it. After that I bought my groceries, came home to put them away, and then I was able to get some sewing done.
Now you can see where the 168 one-inch squares went...they went into making 42 spools for the border. Today I made all the spools and sewed them together for the four borders.
Tomorrow I'll sew them onto the quilt. There is another white border on the outside of the spools, and I'll get that one sewn on too. After that, I'll probably set the quilt aside and work on something else for a while. I'll have to sandwich it and quilt it before I can sew on the little aprons, and I'm feeling as if I want to work on something else for a while.
Next, I want to start on my official April NewFO project, which I'm calling "Happy Campers". Portland artist, Rachel Austin, has graciously given me permission to make a wall-hanging from her original art. These are the four mixed media pictures I'm working from. Tomorrow I want to start doing the fusible applique for these four blocks. I have some really cute fabrics to use, and so I'm kind of excited to get started on it.
In yesterday's mail, I received the pattern for the block I chose for a hand applique class I'm taking through my guild. I've been wanting to learn to do hand applique for quite a long time, and so I'm excited for the opportunity coming up next month. The class is being taught by Connie Sue Haidle of Apple Blossom Quilts. We had our choice of about a dozen blocks, and this is the one I chose.
It will make a 16-inch block. If you click on this link and scroll down to the floral blocks, you'll see the others we could choose from. The list we were given had the blocks ranked according to difficulty, and I chose one of the easier ones...although looking at it, it doesn't look all that easy. If I end up liking this method, I might make some of the other blocks she has available on her website. Or...I might just add some borders to this and turn it into a table topper.
So that's about all that's going on at the Three Cats Ranch for today. Tomorrow I'm walking with my friend Sue. I'm sincerely hoping the weather gods will smile on us tomorrow because the last few days have been less than ideal walking weather.
In closing I just want to say that I'm receiving regular lovely comments from quite a few of you who are set at no-reply. If you comment on my blog and don't receive a response from me, it's because I have no way to contact you. It always makes me feel bad when I can't respond, especially when you ask a question, and I can't answer. If that's okay with you, then fine...but if you want a response, you'll need to email me and I'll tell you how to change it.