This is how the blocks looked before de-construction--
They looked okay but I wasn't in love with them. And then I saw how Elaine finished her blocks. WOW!! And so the de-construction began... Please see everyone's design wall at Patchwork Times.
- Finish center of Island Chain
- cut squares for Honeysweet Pinwheels
- Load QOV top/piece backing
Next will be trimming/binding it. I set a personal goal of 10 tops quilted by May 1st, this was #10. I love this pattern, (thank you Bonnie Hunter) its an anything goes for fabric. Finishes to 86x106", a nice bed size. My thread choices were a little different. I had two threads I liked--
A dark purple Permacore and a variegated YLI called Hollyhock. The Princess likes Permacore. The YLI was noticeably thicker, especially in the darker dyed sections. I have had the dark dyed sections be weaker and break during quilting (what a headache). I thought, what if I put the variegated in the bobbin and it didn't have the stress from running through the needle at high speed? It worked like a charm. The dark thread blends in on the busy front, and the variegated looks pretty on the backing--
The weather is definitely more like spring. The grass is getting green, trees are budding, robins are staking out territories. Today we put the snowblower away and got out the patio set.
Has spring arrived where you live?