The weekend is about over...darn. I had plenty of time to get a few things done today that I really wanted to, though, so it's all good.
I got the Sunkissed fabric cut for the sample quilt for my lqs (Saving Thyme).
I prepped fabric and traced a pattern for a huge project. Did I tell you about this? Sharon of MoosecraftUSA & I are embarking on a project. Together but separately...each will have our own finished product. But, across the miles, we will be here for each other as we work our way through this project...and try to not become overwhelmed by the immense amount of hours it will take to complete it. (Me Mum predicts that it will take 194,000 hours to complete it. Sharon did the math and it comes out to be 12 years...24/7. ha!)
It all started when Sharon mentioned 2 BOM's that she was starting this year. Applique/quilting projects. I looked at the patterns she was doing (they're so cool!) and looked further and saw one that I was completely taken with. If you're a regular reader of my blog, this will sound familiar to you. That's cuz I wrote about it here. Sharon and I emailed back and forth about this quilt and we were both so excited...she finally could no longer resist and joined the BOM for that, too! YAY! So, my plan was to cheer her on with it. But, surprise, surprise, she decided to send a pattern of my own to me. Happy Birthday to me from Sharon! Thank you so much! (ohyeah, more about my birthday in a bit.) So. We are in this together. I think she just really wanted someone to feel the pain with her. This pattern calls for 16 skeins of floss...of the same color...2 strands used for the stitchery. Look at how gorgeous this variegated floss is...
The pattern calls for over 40 different fabrics, but I opted to cut that number down to 26. I went to the lqs close by my work (Stitcher's Crossing) and Julie gave me outstanding customer service with help in selecting fabrics. In fact, she ran around with a skein of the floss and chose fabrics...all I had to do was stand there and decide which ones I could not live without. There are several batiks...soooo gorgeous! Lots of textures. And, of course, all more gorgeous than they show here.
I tend to watch a lot of tv in the evenings...especially now with American Idol on and Dancing With the Stars due to start soon (March 21). If I have some handwork to do...it's all a good thing. Keeps me from thinking about smoking and eating. This project will definitely keep my hands busy!
So. My first block of stitchery is ready to go. YAY! The stitching is all done in backstitch, so it won't be at all difficult. The challenge is the detail in the stitchery blocks.
That being said, it is going to be one gorgeous quilt when finished. Since Sharon's BOM is 14 months long...and I'm not going to rush to get done before her...we should have these ready to cuddle up with for the winter of 2012-2013. Course, it's always possible that after all of our work, we will opt to hang them on our walls!!
(you'll have to click to enlarge to see this and even then you may not be able to see it very well. I would like to point out that this block has the least amount of detail of all of them!)
Wish us luck!
Yup, I had a birthday this past week. I think I forgot to mention it. No big number/milestone...this year. It was a quiet birthday...nothing special going on. All of my coworkers brought food...can you say sugar overload? I received many phone calls & emails, 2 virtual floral bouquets, several happy birthday wishes on Facebook and some very nice gifts. Thank you all very much!
I have been thinking about doing a giveaway. The only reason that I'm not announcing it right here & now is that I haven't made up my mind what to give away. Any suggestions?
Have a great work week!
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might. - Ecclesiastes 9:10