I am busily working on a Bali Wedding Star quilt for a client. This is one that will probably go onto my list of "never quilt again" quilt patterns, right along with it's cousin the Amazon Star. Judy Neimeyer makes lovely designs, but I just hate quilting them. This one is a monotonous 104" of the same thing after the same thing. I spent over 12 hours just ditching this quilt with monofilament! I hope it will be gorgeous because it will definitely take me forever once I start on the actual quilting that will be seen!
In the evenings, I have been more busy readying a quilt for the 2014 shows, so I haven't really spent much time on these blocks. I do them here and there, and when my daughter is at a dance class. I have 3 new ones -- 17 finished to this point.
For some stupid reason, I decided now (after 2 yards of dark green fabric arrived this week) to play with the design layout. I ought to be shot! Now I am plagued with indecision, and don't know what I will do, or if I have enough of the green background fabrics. Here's the layout I thought I would go with initially. In many ways, I love it. It takes a basic-type layout and elevates it with the curved applique (the beige "flowers" are done from the silk Radiance). It leaves some space for quilting, but not enough that I would feel in inundated. Some quilters love wide open spaces. I'm not one of them though! So this layout needs 25 blocks, and until today, I thought I knew how many of each colorway I was doing.
Is there a layout that you prefer over another? What about it is pleasing, and draws you to it?
One more question...I want to increase my blog reading and am seeking interesting blogs. I am drawn to ones with good piecing/applique or good quilting. I really don't give a flip about the blogs for designers that make ridiculously simple quilts from fu-fu fabrics with mushrooms and trolls, etc. I am all about the substance. So, please post and give me a couple suggestions of blogs that you enjoy.
I sent my silk quilt off to be photographed by an unmentioned magazine this past week. This is all very exciting, but nerve-wracking too. I always worry when they ship away in the mail. I am hoping to have it in Mid-Atlantic Mancuso show next month, along with another of mine that isn't quite finished yet. That quilt's binding will be done early this week. The piping has been giving me fits (not to mention the elephant in the room...the red and orange fabrics bled a bit when it was blocked the first time too! That is a thing of the past now) No more excuses. I have a gorgeous blue quilt to share detailed pictures of this week, and if there is good fortune, a Bali Star too.