I'm slowly - very slowly - getting the applique border done. But, in the meantime, and because I'm already behind schedule, I've made just a few of the small churn dash blocks. I thought about not doing them and substituting something else for this border, but they are so darn cute, I decided it was worth the effort. :)
If you are like me, you follow Kathy at Material Obsession on a regular basis. I'm always amazed at the activities going on at her shop and the gorgeous quilts, kits, and BOMs they make and offer for sale. They have such a knack for combining interesting, and not always pretty, fabrics with the outcome being such stunning combinations. I'm always in awe. I have a friend that I used to fabric shop with who has that same ability. I would watch in horror as she bought fabrics that I considered hideous and then I would wish I had bought them too when I saw her gorgeous quilts. :))
Anyway, my friend Sally, who blogs at CrossRhoads, and who does gorgeous work herself is selling the Fly Away with Me BOMs she purchased from Kathy's shop. I'll let you read the details here, but I think this is one "steal" of a deal. If you check the Materials Obsession website, you'll see that the BOM is already sold out. And, this is the second time it's been offered since it was so popular the first time. They obviously go fast so I'm sure one of you will be interested in purchasing these BOMs for this great price. And, if they aren't for you, maybe you know someone else who might love to have them. Contact Sally for more details. eta: Sally let me know that the blocks have sold!
Here's a good portion of this lovely quilt...
photo courtesy of Material Obsession
On the home front, my husband just sent me a photo taken after his visit to the doctor this morning.
While playing BB on Sunday, he thought maybe his finger had been broken when someone grabbed his hand from behind and pulled it. We weren't sure and it seemed to be getting a little less swollen and painful over time, but I still suggested he go get it checked out. Sure enough, it's broken. The lucky part is that the break is a "good" one in that wearing this cast for three weeks will help it heal and be as good as normal.
He's a trumpet player, too, and performs in many concerts, especially at this time of year. In fact, he just played last night in what was now his last concert for this season. :(
First of all, I want to thank Vicki for hosting this very fun QAL. It was fun making this quilt and it was fun seeing what everyone else did too.
Although I've got the quilt sandwiched and basted, I've yet to begin the machine quilting. I thought for sure I would have this finished by now, but I really did get sidetracked with my MATO quilt and maybe just a tiny bit by the holidays. But, I'm hoping to be able to get it quilted - which really won't take me long once I sit down and do it - before the end of December.
I really love this quilt... way more than I thought I would when I started it. It was fun experimenting with fabrics and colors to get the "flow" I was going for. And, another benefit of making this quilt and working with the "fractured" block is that there are many other fun ways to lay it out. I'm still planning on making a Chevron quilt using it.
I've made this repeatedly in the past and it's always very good so decided it would be the perfect thing for lunch today.
Here's the recipe from Real Simple Magazine, if you're interested in trying it. I've made a few alterations to the recipe to suit me, but you might find it perfect the way it is.
Here are my changes... I use 15-18 shells, 1 15 oz container of Ricotta, 1 cup chopped spinach and 1/4 cup Parmesan instead of the quantities called for. I also use Classico Fire Roasted Tomato & Garlic sauce (instead of marinara) to which I add ground oregano, basil, thyme, sliced black olives and sliced artichoke hearts. I also save some of the sauce to ladle over the top of the shells after the mozzarella cheese.
Anyway, it tastes great, it's easy and there's no meat in it (which pleases me since I'm not an avid meat eater).
Today is my quilting class and although we all work independently most of the time, we are doing a mystery quilt together. Last week we were given the fourth clue and found out that the reveal comes with number eleven. Even with today's clue, we'll be not quite to halfway.
This is the first time I've ever done a mystery quilt and it's fun to see the results each week as we get another clue and complete the work. I picked fabrics from my stash because I didn't want to purchase any for a quilt that I may/may not love when it's finished. It was actually difficult choosing them because of the quantities required. With the exception of backing, I rarely purchase more than 2 yards of any one fabric - most of the time it's much less. So, this was what I ended up with and I like them together. They look like "Christmas" to me and some of the other gals in my class agree. I'm glad because I need a Christmas quilt.
I've also been working on the MATO hand applique at class because the lighting is so good that I can actually see to do it without my bifocals! Yippee! And, it's nice to be able to sit and chat and not really have to concentrate too much on what I'm doing.
I'm definitely making progress, but it's s-l-o-w. It's probably not really, it's just that I'm not used to doing applique - which obviously takes a whole lot more time that machine piecing. :)
I'm beginning to be able to "see" the quilt in my mind and have an idea of what it will look like when it's finished and I like it!! At this point, the vines and a leaf and flowers are just pinned on the border. I've still got some re-positioning to do before I'm ready to sew it down, and lots more flowers, flower petals, and leaves to make.
I actually went ahead and made a few of the blocks that comprise the next three borders so I would have a better idea of the fabrics I need to be selecting. Those little churn dash blocks are only 3" finished... whew! :)
It's really been a challenge for me - I'm definitely out of my "comfort zone" on this one and it's absolutely wonderful! This is going to be a quilt I treasure.