Or Stay-cation, if you prefer since I didn't go anywhere. My kids have been at my mom's for the last 5 days. The boys are doing a soccer camp half day, and Sophie is just at Nana-Camp. It was planned months ago partly around my knowing that I needed to get a huge 112" custom quilt done this week. This is the second of these Civil War Chronicles that I have done, so I had a pretty good idea how long it would take! Pictures of this will go up next week. It's dreary and wet here and there is no light for taking pictures of a quilt that is nothing but pattern and print.
Speaking of patterns...This is an edge-to-edge I finished recently. The local client hand pieced it. It is rather an unusual pattern I thought!
So I did what I thought was "getting smart". Last week, I loaded this monster quilt. I figured I was pushing getting it done in one week, even with no kids here. I got a jump on it, quilting about 1-1/2 hour a day from Wednesday until Saturday. I'm telling you, every hour helps. Turns out, I worked long hours and finished the quilt early on Thursday. So at 8am, quilt finished, no kids around, what's a girl to do??!
I have been puttering with some free-pieced curved 5" blocks made from Cherrywood fabrics. I have about 35-40 of them done, but they just are not singing to me. Instead of continuing to make a mess of that fabric, I decided to get these blocks out. By all accounts, I started this in the early winter of 2012. I could have sworn it was before that. I have had a block of 32 pieced diamonds and 24 pieced/appliqued setting squares done for at least a year though. At least!
This afternoon I shifted gears to calmly hand applique on this beauty. I just love this quilt, and love working on it. This picture is from last week. I have nearly finished the 2nd side of the applique. The silk ivory ribbon is so incredible looking. Two more sides and I will start to think about how to quilt this. I am getting excited! Maybe while I am Lowell tomorrow for the Lowell Quilt Festival I will spy a backing fabric. I need a nice rose floral unless I get brave and go with the gold/mustard solid I found.