It seems like I’m having to fall back to Plan B on a lot of things lately, which is kind of weird. It feels good to be back on track with my Red Thread SAL now that I’ve restarted on my new fabric and caught up with my two blocks I needed to stitch. As you can see, I have also restarted my Neighborhood Round Robin on the new piece of fabric. The new fabric is 35ct Brandy (Kiwi Antiques) by Countrystitch and is very close to the color of my original fabric. I was able to keep basically my same layout as I previously had with the houses scattered along the road that I will stitch in later. I didn’t go ahead and re-stitch my block because I wanted to get my piece out to Judith as quickly as possible, because she will have a short turnaround on this one. I mailed this off to her yesterday and I hope that this time my piece comes home safe and sound. I can’t thank the ladies in Group 3 enough for their willingness to revamp the schedule and stitch double-time in some cases in order to get mine and Katrina’s pieces back into the mix. I am still hopeful that my original piece will still be returned by Lauren, but I’m not holding my breath.
The kindness of others is definitely restoring my faith in people. KarenV was a sweetheart and sent the Salem Remembered chart to me. This has been on my wishlist and I am so grateful to have it! Thank you, Karen, so much!!! It really brightened up my day.
I have been a bit naughty though, and have started a couple of new things. One, I can’t show you – it’s for Barbara (don’t give up hope on my Barbara – I haven’t forgotten you!!). So, you’ll just have to wait to see that one. I also started Cuisine d’Ete by Echevette, just because I couldn’t help myself. I’m stitching it on 32ct Lemon Zest by Silkweaver. I wanted it to go in my kitchen, and I love how the red, green and white look on the yellow. It’s a fun little stitch.
And finally, another fallback to Plan B. Reality has set in and I’ve realized that there’s no way I will be able to get Tesori finished and framed in time for our anniversary. So, in order to continue to stitck with the second anniversary theme of cotton, I’ve decided to try to make our wedding quilt to give to Eric. I had been holding off on starting it until I had my new machine and I got a few other things finished. Well, I have my new machine, and although I have only finished one thing (Pigwidgeon), I’m still going ahead and starting the quilt. I went to my mom’s on Saturday and we made pretty good progress. I used to go to my mom’s all the time to quilt and sew together, and I realized how much I’ve missed it. That is a design of what the quilt will look like when it’s finished (above).
At our wedding, instead of having people sign a guest book, we had them sign quilt squares. The signature blocks will be incorporated into the quilt pattern (the white squares). In preparation for the wedding, I basted the seam allowance on all the signature blocks so that people would sign inside the lines.
On Saturday, my mom pulled out all the basting on those blocks while I started piecing the red and white four-patch blocks and the red and polka dot four-patch blocks. I got half of them done, but managed to get the other half done yesterday. I also cut out my larger blocks from the polka dot and tulip fabrics. So, now everything is cut, I just have to start laying it out and piecing the top together. The signature blocks are 4 1/2 inch blocks (4 inch finished), and the little four-patches are made from 2 1/2 inch (2 inch finished) blocks. The whole quilt will measure something like 64 by 96 inches without a border. I haven’t decided if I want to put a border on it or not. Those four white blocks in the very center of the quilt are actually going to be one solid piece of white fabric and I will embroider our names and our wedding date on it. I love love love how the fabrics are looking together, they are so bright and cheery. I just love red and white quilts. I have another one in mind I want to make in the future, and I may just have a collection of red and white quilts.
So, that’s what I’m up to right now. I will still finish Tesori – maybe for Eric’s birthday or Christmas. I know he will love it, I just can’t get it finished in time for our anniversary this year.
Until next time…keep stitching!
I am grateful for KarenV’s generosity and starting on my wedding quilt.