I had no intentions to join another Sew Along, but I'm telling myself it's more like an incentive to get an old UFO out of the bin.
|Several years ago, I was so lucky to take a class from Lori Smith of My Heart to Your Hands. It was a folk-art applique class, and she taught us how to make folksy, primitive flowers by folding paper--kind of like paper snowflakes. This block is what I came up with in class and then it got tucked away--another stalled project--sigh.|
|When I started to see all the fun basket blocks being posted at Humble Quilts for the Gwennie Inspired Medallion Quilt Along, I remembered my block and thought it would be perfect for an improvisational QAL since my flowers and leaves were all "improvised", so to speak. Unfortunately, my flowers were in an improvised vase, not a basket. Last night I picked off the vase and appliqued a shape that looks more like a basket. It's not quite as fanciful, but I guess it looks a little sturdier to hold those big flowers. The brown "sepals" hadn't been stitched yet either, but now all is complete and ready for the next round!|
|In early May, I finally forced myself to get in for a cortisone injection in my right wrist--it had been way too long since the last one. Turns out the arthritis in my left wrist is actually more advanced than the right wrist, so I ended up with shots in both. I was feeling so good, I decided to could do a little hand quilting! Finally, my little Celebrate America quilt is complete--hip hip hooray!|
|I'm really not a hand quilter, so I did big stitch quilting using red pearl cotton. I think it adds a little spunk! The star is cut from a beautiful hand dyed piece of wool. This was one of my 2016 Finish-A-Long projects--so nice to check another one off the List!|
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