I've re-joined a quilting class that I belonged to about 4 years ago and it meets every Thursday from 9-3. A great group of women with varied interests, it makes for a fun and interesting day. Most of the time we work on projects of our own and it's a place to solicit advice if needed or just spend the day socializing. There's lots of "oohing and aahing" too!
I spent much of the day last Thursday working on my Midnight at the Oasis orange peel blocks, and then yesterday I almost finished my center block. I only have the very center to applique and I've held off till I decide what exactly I want to put there. The pattern calls for three circles, one atop the other, but I'm thinking something a bit more unexpected. We'll see what I can come up with.
I'll admit that I did not enjoy setting in those triangles and I paper-pieced the small triangles (thanks to great info from Sharon), rather than hand piece those tiny things as the pattern suggests. The paper-piecing was easy, but I still had a bit of an issue making them fit the center block and then setting in the triangles. I was ready to start using the ole' seam ripper when I decided to use some starch instead and it really helped it all lay flat. It's by no means perfect - not even close, if I tell the truth - but no one is going to notice it when I get the quilt finished and up on the wall, so it's staying the way it is!
I'm really having a good time with this quilt pattern so far. It's a real challenge for me since it's not the type of quilt I usually make. It's time consuming, lots of tiny pieces, and some hand applique, but I am really enjoying the process anyway. Of course, seeing it come together on the design wall makes it all worthwhile.