How lucky can one girl be? A package arrived on my doorstep yesterday afternoon. My Four Seasons Quilt Swap has arrived. 'Summer Sunflowers' I just love it.My partner Dixie does not have a blog, so this it the very first public reveal. I sure think this quilt says, 'Libby.'
Dixie sent a couple of other fun goodies, too. A Mary Engelbreit journal and notepad - just the right size to drop into my purse and make notes when I'm out and about. I used to carry a similar one, that's now full with sayings and quilt ideas that inspire me wherever I go. I'll enjoy doing that again with a fresh, new book. Thank you, Dixie!
Last weekend, I pulled out my hexagon basket to assess where I am with this project. I have been working on this since January 2006. I cut lots of strips of fabrics, then started basting hexagons.
The original plan was to baste everything before I began stitching the blocks together. About 6 months of that was all I could stand and I started assembling stars. I finished 9 stars all the way before I ran out of black hexes. Then I assembled more stars until I ran out of cream hexes - 14 more.
Then came the decision on how many stars I wanted in my quilt. I came up with 41 and I constructed the centers for those. Now they wait for cream and black which is yet to be cut and basted. I still don't know how many diamonds I need, but I have a good stack assembled. I will probably have to cut more fabrics for them and baste again.
When I ran all those scenarios through my head, I decided I just couldn't wait any longer to see how it was all going to look when put together. Two and a half years of delayed gratification is all I could take. Here is what I've stitched so far.
There are enough completed stars and diamonds to complete the second row. Then back to basting for me. I'm glad I chose to stitch them together. It's just the inspiration I needed to kick start the project into high gear again. There's probably another 2 1/2 years . . . or more left in this project. It'll be worth it in the end.
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