so here's what i did on vacation. finished up one dresden plate.
i always like looking at other people's close-ups of fabric so here goes--though this does expose my so-so applique skills :-) i am really loving this project!
i have one unfinished dresden plate in my purse (the perfect take-along hand-sewing project--the block and needle & thread fits into a small zippered bag and i keep it in my purse at all times) and these two (below) prepped up. i think i'm going to make 24 blocks so that's 1/6th of the blocks! oh did i mention this earlier? while driving down to Monterey (it takes 75 min or so)--i finished the first plate block and then i had nothing else to to do--i didn't bring anything else. aargh!!! it was soooo frustrating to just sit there in the car with nothing to do--especially on the way home. so i took a nap :-)
so this is as far as i got on the Pop Garden (you can see in the lower left corner where i left off) --4-1/2 rows so far. very wrinkly and i still have a little problem with the corners popping out but it's going good so far. i admit, i had a moment of hesitation with all the colors and patterns, but i got over it and am loving it again!
i don't really like the jaggedy edges that a lot of grandma's garden quilts have so i'm putting in a border (a Heather Bailey's Bijoux print) on mine. i just cut the template in half and cut the fabric accordingly.
this is a new project that i'm starting--a baby quilt for CKB. i bought the border fabric (not showing it yet) when she announced her engagement--i'm such an optimist :-)
i'm using this triangle paper (by Mimi Shimp--bought it years ago at PIQF) which means easy sewing--but i can see hours of tedious cutting, tearing paper and ironing ahead. i wonder if it really saves time? but it's easy and accurate and i'm not very accurate usually!