This is where I live a lot of my life right now-
I'm parked right next to the kitchen and dining room and have a yelling distance of everywhere but hubby and I's bathroom. LOL It's definitely much warmer in here than in the sunroom where it was about...oh...41 degrees this morning. Brrrrr!
led to this:
Toby Lischko's quilt "Isabella" inspired me to try a new block this weekend. I delved into the scrap bin, box and bag and ended up with my interpretation of her design. It's foundation-pieced points and curved piecing for the arc. I went a little bit further and used the technique for piecing string quilts to make the inner ring.
For the most part, I think I did a good job. If I hadn't string pieced that inner ring, I think that seam would be smoother. I used many of the same fabrics from the string quilt since they were just kinda layin' around looking lost and lonely.
One of my first flowers I loved as a little girl were dandelions. Several years ago I found this fabric
and fell in love all over again. Four or five years later, it told me it wanted to be the outer ring of this block. I have to admit, I cried cutting the fabric. Silly, I know. But this fabric has so many memories it brings back to me...so many hopes, dreams, fears, joys and pain. I've been saving it for something special and I really didn't want to waste it on a quilt I didn't like.
This block will be the center of a new quilt hubby would like for our bedroom. It goes together pretty fast, and unless I'm really messed up...the instructions and sizing were a bit, well, incomplete in the magazine, so I had to fudge the outer edges of the quarters that make the whole block. Pretty innovative even if it is me that's messed up, not the book!
Another happy thing is that after entering every giveaway on blog land...I won! Well. Sort of. Yes. No. I've entered to win yarn (I don't even knit and would have gifted the fuzzy furry stuff!), fabric, notions, table runners, wall hangings, purses, bags and even a quilt! Today was the day I won....
a free breakfast sandwich from McDonald's! Hooray! For a girl who never wins anything, I'm pretty pumped! I'm thinkin' that next Monday, when we're on our way to co-op, ole Ronald's gonna see my smilin' face at his window claimin' my prize...'cause it's all I've won. No purses. No bags. Not even yarn that wouldn't live at my house. No bitterness here. No regrets. Just hope. Optimism. I've broken my losing streak...and surely another win is just around the corner!