Wednesday, July 11, 2007

I kept busy while I was away

While it is true that I was on a camping vacation, I did not let that keep me from quilting. I brought some things I could do by hand to help fill my down time. And I managed to accomplish quite a bit. :)

I took my June wooly flower block along as well as my first Thyme to water block. They both had applique that needed stitching down as well as some embroidery work. I am happy with the results and will post some pics later this week.

But today I want to focus on some alternate setting blocks I made to add to a quilt from my UFO list. The quilt was not large enough using the blocks I had already made, and I didn't feel like making more of the same. So I drew up a butterfly to applique onto some alternate blocks. I made nine of these blocks and got them all finished while we were camping. Yippee! I think they look quite cheerful all by themselves, but just look at them when they are combined with the other blocks! Lovely!

I still need to cut the side triangles before I can start putting these blocks together into a top. I plan on adding a pieced strippy border too. I think I am going to like this one.

Besides the applique blocks I brought along on vacation, I also got to take a mini shop hop with my sister. We hit three different quilt shops, and I made small purchases at two of them. It was truely a case of self control, as there was so much I would have liked to buy. But I limited myself to a bundle of eight 30's reproduction print fat quarters at one shop and a dozen miscellaneous fat quarters(at $1 each!) at the other. As a bonus, my sister bought me a charm pack that I was almost drooling over. It is all Moda fabrics from the line Holly Jolly Christmas. I can't wait to make something from those!