Do you ever get that feeling that you are running, running, running, but your wheels are just spinning, spinning, spinning and you aren't getting anywhere?? I think this post is more for me than you, to assure myself that I am making progress, it's just I can't share a whole lot, just yet.
I swear I haven't fallen completely behind on my BOM craziness, or at least not yet. I ordered special fabric to make one of the Pat Sloan blocks this month, but it hasn't arrived yet. Is that crazy, ordering fabric for just one block?? Possibly, but I've admitted to being mad crazy before. And I'll catch up on the other Pat quilt alongs later this month, just not now.
This weekend, among all the secret sewing, I decided to catch up on Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilt's Jolly Christmas Quilt. Two blocks have been released since the last time I worked on this project, the Cardinal and Partridge Blocks. I started off with the Cardinal block and things went so smooth. This bird pretty much flew together (see what I did there?). A little West Virginia history and Jeopardy preperation for you, the Cardinal is our state animal,
So when I got up Sunday morning, I was feeling a bit cocky about how quickly I was going to make the Partridge block. Let me tell you, Tish got her @$$ kicked by a bird. The first picture in this post was almost all the blocks it took to make this.
At about 3 hours into it (given a few distractions here and there) I had to walk away from the block.
The eye section just wasn't coming out as it should and I couldn't figure out why. A few of the pieces are only .75" unfinished, so I was feeling a bit rattled. So I switched gears completely and headed to my Sweet Sixteen for a bit of free motion/ruler therapy.
Here is a sneak peak at the pattern Dave the Quilt Engineer and I will be releasing in the near future. I have a few versions of the quilt to finish quilting before I'm ready for the big reveal, but I'm feeling pretty confident I will be ready by the end of April/beginning of May. This is a baby/wall hanging size made by David.
After almost finishing this quilt, I decided to revisit the bird one more time before bed. Quilting must have been the break I needed, because with very little picking and reconstructing one tiny little section, I got the bird within an acceptable level of finished.
Here are all my blocks up to date.
And lastly, I will leave you with a bit more secrete sewing, that is sort of like a DrEAMi moment, in that I have dropped everything I was working on to make it. Basically, all I can show you is the fabrics and well, they are just yummy.
I am in love with that black floral fabric. I purchased some of it a few weeks ago, but had to go back to the store for more and changed up the coordinating fabrics just a bit too. I'm drooling over here.
So it is back to the sewing tower for me, to be locked away this week, quilting and piecing and quilting some more. On a side note, David found some quilting time this weekend. His schedule has been crazy busy. If you get a change hop over to Dave the Quilt Engineer and check out what he has been up to in his absence from the blogging world.
Today I'm linking up with Main Crush Monday.