I spent most of the day preparing the next two sample blocks for the monthly Applique Club at my local guild meeting. The samples have a folk-art look using a black flannel background, while the first set of blocks I completed are traditional cottons on a white on white background. I posted the traditional blocks back in September - Shadow Applique heart and Broderie Perse & Celtic Hearts. Here is the last folk-art block that I completed - Celtic Heart.
This Celtic knot was quite intricate and required pinning the entire shape in place before beginning any stitching. Otherwise, it would have been difficult to complete the over and under sequence without mistakenly stitching down an area in the incorrect order. The central heart continues to wind into a secondary heart. The green circles were part of the pattern and I completed them in wool.
The other part of the day was spent cutting out fabrics for my mystery quilt pattern that I am preparing for my other quilt guild, MQN. I am making the entire quilt using fabrics from my stash. Some of the fabrics are from the 1980's or 1990's. I'm really not sure when I purchased them, but likely from a JoAnn's sale. That was my usual choice for fabric shopping back in the day. Quilt shops were not as prolific as they are today.
These are the five fabrics that will be used in the Mystery Quilt. The black and yellow fabric are from more recent purchases. You cannot see the difference in the fabric in the photo, but the feel of them certainly gives away the lower quality of fabric. The purple fabric was especially difficult to square up for cutting strips. I am still in the preparation phase, ensuring that my instructions will be correct before passing them out to the group. Tomorrow is a day off from work, so I hope to sew together some of the mystery sections to ensure that they go together as planned.
Sue's Sunday is winding down. She's been up since 6:30 a.m. and yawning has now set in at the 8:00 p.m. hour. Time to close up shop and consider flannel pajamas and warm covers. Winter has blanketed the Michigan landscape over the last week and staying indoors is the preferred activity. Although, soaking in the hot tub under a star studded sky is also in fashion.