The blocks are all trimmed and ready to go now. I have learned the lesson of cutting the backgrounds too big to start with for applique blocks (after making that mistake on a dresden plate quilt). I didn't forget to account for shrinkiness this time. Next lesson: use starch for weird and skinny shapes. I won a bottle of Best Press at November's MMQG meeting. Too bad I didn't have it 2 or 3 years ago when I started this quilt. There are lots of wrinkles and puckery bits on these, but I'm hoping the quilting and washing will hide it. I am excited to put the blocks together and get this top done. It's so fun!
I came across the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild and Adrienne's blog too late, and missed out on The Library Project led by Chezzetcook Modern Quilts. But I can definitely relate to the idea behind TLP, so just for fun, here's my little library. I haven't made anything yet from Modern Log Cabin Quilting, or Block Party. Maybe in 2015. And that's as close as you'll come to catching me making any kind of to-do list for quilting. Maternity leave ends in about 4 months!
Let's focus on an actual finish instead :) Here's a boxy pouch I made as a Christmas gift. Wish you could see the great Denyse Schmidt fabric I used on the inside. I'm only half happy with how it turned out. I wish I had done a practice one first, but I didn't have time. There were a few hints I could have used that weren't in the directions, but every mess up is a learning opportunity, so now I have a bit more experience for next time. The pouch will work as a cosmetics bag or whatever, but the lining came out too big so it's all baggy inside. And I shambled the fusible interfacing. Can I blame the iron and the ironing board? I might do a do-over... maybe this one.
Happy New Year!