This is the first Monday in December. I admire all of you quilters who have your Christmas decorations up and your gifts made/purchased. I have just started to think about Christmas, and the only thing I have done is put out Christmas placemats and napkins on our kitchen table.
But as I said last December.....I try to remember to forgive myself for all the things I wanted to get done and didn't. The house will get decorated for Christmas a little at a time this year.
What have I worked on this week? Well, I continued on the embroidery for the May Day Baskets quilt. This one is #19 and I have just started #20 of 30. I would surely like to talk to the designer of these baskets....about his obsession with French knots. This block not only has flowers with lots of French knots but also the basket itself has French knots.
The other project I've worked on this week is one that I never thought I'd finish, but it appears that I will. Here's the story:
My good friend Joan Brink comes to my house and works on her quilting projects with me on Monday nights. A few weeks ago, she brought a UFO to show me that was a kit designed by Cynthia England. Cynthia developed a technique called "Picture Piecing" which is a method where freezer paper (tiny little pieces) are ironed to the front of the fabric, not to the back. Joan's project was a cute kitten with a quilt. As I looked at her pattern, I remembered that long ago I bought a similar project that had so many tiny pieces in the design, that I folded the pattern back up and never started it. Joan said - "I bet it's a Cynthia England design."
After she left, I searched through my "highly organized and efficient filing system," i.e. the black hole, and found my pattern. It was indeed a Cynthia England pattern.
Joan is working on finishing her project.......so I said "If Joan can do it, I can do it!" I've started on mine.
Here are the pictures of our two projects:
Joan's:Mine:And here is a picture taken of what the freezer paper pattern looks like:
Are we nuts? Well yes we are, and we both like a challenge, and Joan took a class from her! It isn't hard - just small pieces....and you know I like small! There are videos (and simple patterns to learn her technique) at her website to explain her method. (Go here to see) Think of it as putting together a 1000 piece puzzle.
The pattern is divided into sections which are sewn separately and then the sections are sewn together. I am about halfway through. I am keeping the freezer paper on the top of the sections as I go, and am going to have a "big reveal" night when I have all the sections sewn together, and take off all the freezer paper pieces.
What are you working on? Please link up to Design Wall Mondays and show us!