This has been a long school vacation for me. I am SO ready to get back to working on the quilt that is started on the machine. It is hard to do dedicated quilting, though, when all my kids are home. The distractions are many, and my concentration is not as focused as I'd like. I have done a little, but I have spent more time trying to work on a couple other projects, as well as ponder the design that I will use on Carol's next quilt, shown here. It is all hand pieced, and what the border fails to show is a 4 or 6" outer border. I will start on the quilting of this in just a couple weeks, but it has most certainly taxed my creative brain for what to do! The white is a fantastic way to set off the colored blocks, but it is proving quite a challenge with regards to how it is to be quilted.
As a distraction, I decided to photograph my blocks like this that I have pieced. I started hand piecing mine on my trip to Houston last month. I missed my flight in Newark and spent the night sitting in the airport so I got a couple of them done then. Though I haven't measured, I think I am actually making mine smaller than Carol's quilt that started all this nonsense. With the champagne silk outer border, they finish about 11" square. So far, I have 7 nearly done, one more being pieced, and a couple more cut out. Because the pieced are all fussy-cut, they take quite a while just to cut out the 24 printed pieces.