When Lori of Humble Quilts began the year with an invitation to join her in a sew-along to make Cheri Payne's "Sweet Land of Liberty" quilt I was excited but indecisive. I didn't have the pattern and I wasn't sure I could find or create patterns for all the blocks. (If you don't know this quilt, it's filled with applique. You can see four versions of the quilt here, top left.) So I hemmed and hawed and deliberated through January weighing the pros and cons of stitching this quilt. Finally, toward the beginning of February, I began with the eagle, a pattern Cheri has in her Facebook group files.
I finished appliqueing the eagle one day last week and then, because I had other obligations and knew I wouldn't be able to work on it for a week or so, I put it away. (I didn't take a photo.) Now I find (ha!) that it has vanished into thin air. (Is vanishing into thin air the adult version of the dog ate my homework?) Anyway, I've searched and searched and can't find it anywhere. I'm taking that as a sign that I really shouldn't be making the quilt, especially considering how indecisive I was to begin with. If the eagle turns up maybe I'll make it later.
What I have been working on are a few more blocks for the rubies/strawberries/cherries quilt in red and brown.
And more quarter cabin blocks. With this batch finished I think I will have about 75. I don't have a specific plan for these, just lots of strings to use. I did consider a strippy quilt but I need to play before deciding.
It seems this year is shaping up to be another one in which I focus on using up scraps. I know I'll always have scraps but sometimes there are just too many and I feel the need to either use them or toss them. It's too bad it's against my nature to toss. Do you ever tire of your scraps -- same old fabrics over and over again -- and wish for new scraps?
This is one of the little boxes I carry projects when I'm riding in the car. Sometimes I use a more enclosed container but I was just pinning today so this box worked well.
I've been working on preparations for our women's conference at church and haven't had much time to sew, or to even concentrate on the next ideas for quilts. It will all be over by Saturday afternoon and then I can devote more time to quilting and family history.
I know most people are ready to be done with winter by the end of February but it seems like we've barely had a winter here in central Ohio -- a few little snows and a little ice. I'm still hoping for one good, deep snow.
I hope all is well in your world.
I'm linking this post to
> Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts
> Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than Housework
> Moving It Forward at Em's Scrapbag
> Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Thanks for hosting, ladies.