Just because I haven't posted in a month doesn't mean that I haven't been stitching away. In fact, I've been piecing several tops and hand quilting two, and working on my Quilty 365 project. Here we are at Day 177.
I didn't have to go searching around for new fabrics to add. Earlier in the month, I had a retreat day with Denyse Schmidt, Jennifer Paganelli and Kate Spain. The class was hosted by Christie Ruiz of Christie's Quilting Boutique and each participant got a really terrific selection of 2.5" and 5" squares, and fat quarters. It was my first quilt retreat and it was just great (perhaps you read my post on a Quilt Retreat For One. It was time to expand my horizons). I've also been working on my soon to be (as in any moment) grand-nephew's baby quilt. I chose the Bluebird line from Cotton + Steel. The fabrics are incredibly soft and very easy to quilt.
Spring is creeping in around here and it's no coincidence that I'm switching to flowery fabrics. But sadly there is yet another circle dedicated to a talented musician who left us this year. First it was David Bowie, then Glenn Frey and now Prince (third row, far right).
So we are nearing the the midpoint of this project. While I think about layouts every night as my head hits the pillow, I haven't come up with anything. No rush. I am totally in love with this process. I think it's because I'm not doing traditional appliqué - which I cannot do to save my life - but a top stitch which is much like the quilt stitch which will always be my first love.
It's not perfect by a long shot, but man do I love this texture! I am so in love with this process that it has found it's way into another project of mine:
More on this soon. It is very close to my heart. I put off doing it for a long time because I couldn't figure out how to proceed. Now I do. Had I not participated in Quilty 365, I would not have been able to do this. Thank you, Audrey!