Some Christmas' are fairly mild where I live and we are able to have our Christmas dinner in the sunroom with a heater on. This year we have been having a very cold early winter, and are heading into sub-zero temps over the next few days. What better time to think about some warm sunny colours for a sunroom lap quilt!
I was at Lens Mills last week and picked up the above fabrics. I initially was thinking of making placemats or mug rugs just to give me something to play with on the old White machine I brought up to J's, but I didn't know how much fabric I would need. I ended up buying a meter of each and then though "that would make a quilt!". I've got the blocks made and they are just waiting to be assembled. I did find that my points are not nearly as accurate as they are with the first quilt I pieced on the Pfaff. I'm not sure if that is because of the Pfaff's IDT or because the Pfaff has an edge guide 1/4" foot where the White just has a 1/4" quilting foot that you eyeball your edge. Could be a combination of both. If you click on the pic you will see what I mean. I haven't decided if I will rework a couple of them or just live with them. What do you think? I guess I have to decide how much it will bug me every time I look at it!
While I was at Lens Mills I saw packs of Northcott Stonehenge Gradations 2 1/2" strips on sale half price. I thought this was a really good deal so I bought four packs. Once I got out to my truck I saw on my receipt that they qualified for a further 65% boxing week clearance sale! So of course I went back inside and picked up four more packs for a total of eight in four different colourways (two each). A few days later I had a project in mind for a queen quilt and figured I would pick up one more pack to ensure I don't run out. Well I was informed at the checkout that no, they weren't supposed to be discounted the extra 65% and that had been an error. That's ok, they were still 50% off but I guess I really did get a good bargain.
I start a quilting class next week that I am really looking forward to. I'm doing ok with the piecing but I am really needing some direction when it comes to quilting and binding the quilt. I want to finish the class before finishing my granddaughter's quilt; I don't want to mess that one up! We will be making "Sue's Star" shown here. It looks like it is all half square triangles so I am looking forward to learning the proper technique for making those.