As I mentioned, hubby was in the hospital quite sick for the space of a week. A very sleepless week for me, and even though I felt brain dead, I needed the distraction so I pulled out the charm packs I had set aside and did mindless straight stitch sewing at night when I had a hard time falling asleep. How easy a project when everything is pre-cut for you to the exact size and all you have to do is hope that you don't set too many of the same patterns next to each other. I think under the circumstances I did just fine. Once things settled back to somewhat normal and I didn't have to spend my days at the hospital, I pulled some of my favorite elements designed by Jan Patek from here and there to begin filling the large border spaces. The pattern from the above photo has very pretty girly- girl flowers fused and stitched to the borders. Pretty with a girly-girl print, but not as primitive as I like. I think this fits so much better. I intend to add the year (2007- I'm staying positive about finishing this one!) to the bottom border and continue the vines and birds and berries theme in the side borders.
Renewal Charm Quilt:
On the work front, I have the main top together for the employee trunk show featuring the book Winterberry Threads by Need'l Love. The "naked" blocks will get wool work and I would like to design my own border, different from that in the book. I'll have to check on that one. I may have to stay true to the book's design. Either way it is a fun project and I should finish it soon. I have until May 1 now, thank goodness.
Other than the above sewing I have felt "quilting paralyzed". I think that has caused some chuckles from several friends! One said she thought I was paralyzed by my stash. Hummm....could be!
I am participating in a block swap and will tell you all about that one later. I also have a Round Robin in the mix and just got to see the border added to my center block! It is such a beautiful addition. I'll show that to you all later as well. A girl has to keep a few secrets under her hat now doesn't she! Not for long....just long enough to keep you checking back. *smiles*
Feels good to be back....happy spring!