Yesterday, as I was getting ready to start the NY Beauty QAL on Flickr it occurred to me that I really did not want to make this quilt. So, I had a serious talk with myself and I said, "Di, you do not have to join every QAL that comes up on Flickr. You do not have to join every swap either". But I said, "I really want to be one of the cool kids, and do all the fun stuff they do". Then I realized I can be cool and still only join the groups that I really want to make the project. So, no NY Beauty QAL for me and also I am not continuing with the Sew Out Loud QAL. They are both beautiful projects, but I have enough projects to finish without joining anything new for quite some time.
That being said, I can now show you what I have been working on and what I am really enjoying.
First up is the Granny Square QAL on Flickr. I have completed 12 blocks.
While reading Erin's blog this morning I was struck by her brilliant idea to scan your blocks into the computer and then make a grid. I had another talk with myself and said, "DUH! Di, why didn't you think of this? You were a scrapbooker before you were a quilter, surely you should have thought of this idea." I make mosaics all the time using Picassa. This is so cool because I can also audition sashing colors as the quilt progresses. So far this color looks good, don't you think?
The 8th block is finished in the Swoon-along. Only one more to complete and then this baby is ready for sashing and basting. I still don't know how I will quilt this or if I will send it out to the long arm quilter. I think it deserves a lot of attention to detail and I am not there yet with my quilting. One thing I have learned on this quilt is I do not like pressing seams open. It takes forever.
I completed one more block in Jeni's HST BOM. Now this is my kind of QAL, only one block a month. No room for boredom or pressure. If you aren't doing it, you should try it.
I found this mess in my Work in Progress bin. It was supposed to be the backing on my Across the Seas quilt that I completed last year, but I didn't like the way it looked so I put it in the bin and have just discovered it again. I think I might be doing some unpicking on this one and reinvent it into something more pleasing to my eye.
I finished up the March block for Anna in our New Bee on the Block bee. This was a challenge for me, I just don't do improv very well.
I am making progress on my knitting, too. This little sweater is going to be perfect for our summer vacation to Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Austria.
Nothing on the Stitch Tease Bee for me yet, but check out the Flickr page and see that some of the girls have already completed their first block or strip.
Made in Cherry quilt has not been basted yet.
Rose Star, only 2 made so far.
There won't be anymore sewing going on this week because our son and his family are coming to visit. But there will be plenty of fun with these kids and the entire family getting together. My nephew is going to be in town, too, so we will probably have a revolving door welcoming all sorts of visitors.
I am linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced. Click the button on my sidebar to see other people's WiP posts..
I'm also linking up with Amy's Sew and Tell Friday.
Thanks for stopping by,