Before I get to my quilting adventures, I have to brag on Lucas. He's 7 and last night was his Awana Grand Prix night. A month or so ago they got their blocks of wood to be carved as they wish. Many are various versions of cars and trucks, some clearly done by the children, some clearly done by their parents.
Lucas decided he wanted to make a rat. Yikes. I gently tried to talk him out of it, wondering how in the world we would make that block of wood look like a rat. He would not be swayed.
Joshua (21) did the rough carve for the shape and Lucas did all the sanding and painted it. He helped pick out the nose, eyes and ears and I hot glued them on. Here is the result.
In the last couple of days I've gotten a lot of my little things done. I made the binding the for the baby quilt (I always make the binding when I finish the top.) I did all the cutting for the leaf block quilt, it has stars as the cornerstones of the sashing and it's set on point so there are the funny sized side pieces to contend with. I even made the binding and put everything in this basket. My problem lately is I've had so many projects going that I have elements of them all over my sewing room. I'm spending the rest of the day organizing them all so I can easily find what I need/want to do.
I ended up semi-reasonable. I determined early on that it needed to be a circular design so the candle and vase could go in the middle. I tend to get frustrated appliquing flowers with all the little indents, so was going to make yo-yo flowers. I experimented laying out a few of those and it seemed too corny. After looking through several books, I found a wonderful pattern, the posie had gentle curves and it seemed doable. I substituted a symmetrical leaf for an asymmetrical one for ease in making and placing pieces and will put a small yo-yo as the center circle with a little pearl in the middle. I have the freezer paper pieces cut for the first one and fabrics pulled, hopefully today I'll be ironing them together and maybe even basting some of the pieces. I'm anxious now to get this first block together so I can see what I've gotten myself into!