I decided to mix things up a bit with the Stars and Sprigs pattern and tackle a border. There are four of them of course so making one now will break the monotony later on.
I have the very center section stitched, lucky I love appliqueing leaves.
I think it took about three evenings just to get the stems down. I'm really loving the effect of the different browns used. I'll have to remember to do that for another quilt.
I'm not bothering with an overlay this time. I'm marking the pieces on the background with a washout pen and since I'll wash the basting glue I use out afterwards, it'll cause no problems. I think it's sped up the whole stitching process too.
I have two more of the sprig blocks completed. I'm surprised at myself, being so focused on this one project.
I took a trip out yesterday with Mr Quiltsalott since he's on holiday. I especially wanted to visit Material Obsession which is about an hour and a half away. I needed him to navigate since I'm rubbish at finding my way anywhere.
I felt like a celebrity shopper, the ones that have the stores open just for them because we were the only ones in the shop.
Unfortunately Kathy wasn't there, I always seem to miss her when I go. I did meet the lovely Liesle who I enjoyed having a good chat to. I'm sure that creativity oozes out of the walls there when you see what quilts are lying around.
I was on a mission and that was to stock up on a few Kaffe, Brandon and Phillip fabrics. Gotta keep the stash replenished you know. I used to buy fat quarters, then I moved up to half metres and now I find I want a metre of the ones I love.
There was another ulterior motive actually and that was to get my hands on some raffle tickets. I elected to put my name in the hat to do a workshop with Kim McLean. I'm crossing my fingers and so I call these tickets my Willy Wonka golden tickets because it doesn't hurt to think positively. I really got very excited to see the quilt that she's offering as the project.
I've been feeling inspired lately and I'm wanting to come up with some ideas for a quilt. I have some initial thoughts that need developing and have been poring over some books to spark my imagination so these ones are the reading material for this week.
At some stage I'll have to get the pencils out and put something to paper, I'll let you know how I go with that.
You've seen it all over blogland and now I have my copy in my hot little hands. What an amazing pattern and of course I had to have it but I have no plans just yet to stitch it.
It seems like I've had a colourful week and I've been enjoying the birds visiting. This one is a Rosella and we've been getting quite a few of the other natives as well. I'm putting out a few sunflower seeds for them which means they visit most days.