I got this little UFO together over the spring break. I also got the machine part of a binding on the blue and white baby quilt and am halfway around with the finger work. There wasn't much time for quilting, tho. We had the carnival on Wednesday and on Thursday, Sydney and I worked in the yard for several hours and we did that again on Friday. When we weren't in the yard, she was alternating between a science project and video games (move your project forward one step and you can play video games for an hour.) It was wonderful. No arguing, just work. And, me making the trees and shrubs for this. Saturday was stormy and cold and I made the cushions I showed yesterday. Sunday you've already heard about and I hardly sat down all day.
I found this pattern last year at Forever Green Quilts and got really excited. But, now that it's done, it's left me feeling a little flat. It lacks the pop that the drawing on the site has. I'm hoping that I can do some things with quilting that will give it a little umph! Otherwise, I'm afraid the blue skies overwhelm the houses. If you get a chance, go look at some of the others that are featured. Many people interpreted the pattern instead of trying to reproduce it and they got that umph I was hoping for.
I printed the last map for my shop hop tomorrow. The driving time is less than half of the time I have, which is good. I'm going to be able to spend 30-45 minutes in each shop. The plan is to try to find a pattern in the first shop, where they produce their own patterns, and in all the other shops, pick up the pieces of fabric to make it. Other than that, I'm only allowed to buy light colored batiks or 30's reproductions. And, that's all! That's it! I don't need any more non-specific stash. I don't. I really don't. And, I have limited luggage space to bring it home. (but I bet I end up with at least one beautiful piece that doesn't have a project yet ;-D. I always do.)
I wish I could take you all with me. Wouldn't we have a fine time racing around the Minneapolis area, buying fabric and frightening shop owners with an unexpected hop. My only worry is whether quilt shops have men's rooms. That could put a kink in my giddy-up.
Take care and have a great Monday. If you're sewing, put in a few stitches for me. Lane