Now I've moved the hoop again, and I'll continue making my way to the bottom. Matthew and I were scheduled for a late breakfast, but I still had some time to do the next section of free motion quilting on the Flower Sampler I'm doing with Lori Kennedy. These are what she calls "linear fills," the idea being that if we stitched very close to the flower petals, it would cause them to stand out. Here's my straight line fill:
We had the option of dividing the space in half and making the lines half as long. There wasn't so much space on my sampler, and so I opted to fill the whole space without dividing it. For the other fill, I decided to do the loop design.
Here's how the whole piece is looking now. I kind of wish I'd kept the bottom fill heading straight up and down instead of diagonal, but I imagine it won't matter when the rest of the piece is filled in.
After that, I met up with Matthew for breakfast, which was delightful. It was supposed to be a rainy day, but as we sat eating breakfast, the clouds cleared off and the sun began to shine. We took a little walk around the community of Multnomah Village, stopping off at a bakery for some goodies.
When I got home, I had some time to finish top-stitching and embellishing the latest block for It's Raining Cats and Dogs. This one is finished now. I used hot fix nailheads for the eyes on the critters, and the three dogs across the top have some doodads on their collars.
After that, it was time to pick up our CSA share. There are two more weeks of pick-ups left, and I'll admit that I'm ready to be finished with this. Our farmers also do a winter share of shorter duration. I was mightily tempted to sign up back in July. Now, I'm kind of glad for the break. The veggies are wonderful, but it's always a challenge and a race to use them up each week. I'll point out that having too much food is a First World problem, and hardly something to whine about. When April rolls around again, I'll have forgotten about the challenge, and I'll be chomping at the bit for those fresh organic veggies again. For now, I've got different varieties of radishes and turnips piling up in the crisper. Today I might spend some time quick pickling them.
Also today, I'm going to get to work on the last WIP from October's goals, the Hobo Quilt. I keep calling it the Hobo Quilt, but it's actual name is "Mulligan Stew". I'll probably give it a different name at some point. I've been doing a row at a time. I last worked on this back in May when I did this row:
There are 60 blocks in all, and I'll be working on blocks 26-30 today. They are small, and so they go fairly quickly. You can read about the inspiration for this quilt (including links within links) right here.
And with that, I'll get to it.