Here is Rachel's block rendered in fabric, floss, and crayon. The bus and details were done in fusible applique. The rest is hand embroidered.
When that was finished, I took off for the grocery store. Something about going to the grocery store totally wipes me out, and then I need a nap when I get home. (I know...boo hoo, right?) In truth, I have always had a weird aversion to grocery shopping, which is better than it used to be when I was a working person. It has occurred to me that it is all the decision-making that one must do when one gets inside: Fresh or frozen? Heinz or Del Monte? Raspberry jam or orange marmalade? Crunchy or smooth? White or wheat? Chicken or fish? Paper or plastic? There was a time when I used to sit in the parking lot for a few minutes steeling myself to go inside. Fortunately, that level of foreboding is a thing of the past, but it still makes me tired.
Anyway...when I got home I did take a nap, and then I got to work on the Rainbow Scrap Challenge Wheel Estate block for March. Remember when I started this project, I needed more of this fabric for the background?
And since it had been in my stash a long time, I despaired of finding any more. Not to worry, however, because where old fabrics are concerned, the internet is your friend. And I found some on a site called "Bonanza". Only...when it arrived, the polka dots were a different gauge. Bummer.
Oh well. No problem. I'll just do the 12 blocks half and half, and I don't think it will matter. Who says quilters aren't flexible? (Actually, nobody says that, but I'm setting the record straight just in case. One can never be too careful.)
So I cut six from the large scale polka dot just to keep myself on track with the count. I already have two blocks with the smaller gauge, and so I made yesterday's block using the larger gauge. The pattern has me doing the grass in applique throughout, and that seems silly to me. I'm just sewing the grass to the bottom with a seam. Why use all that fusible if you don't need to?
It does mean, however, that my blocks are all built in the lower 2/3 of the background, and so I'm going to have to trim them in the end to keep the trailer centered.
Most likely, I'll take about two inches off the top, and it'll end up looking more like this:
You might be able to see the lines I've drawn in below the umbrella. It has a string of lights hanging from it, and I'll add that today. I'm still undecided whether to use hot fix crystals or buttons for the lights. There's also a line stitched down the middle of the window. Do you see the cat?
Today I'll finish all the top-stitching and embellishing for this, and then I'll move on to quilting the Vintage Kitchen quilt.
It's a small quilt, and it won't take long. What's on your agenda for the day?