Here is my lonestar quilt, finally hanging on the wall after 3 years as a UFO. What is really funny is that now I absolutely love it! It was that little crooked seam in the middle that slowed down and eventually stopped all progress on this quilt. After taking this photo, I realized that the Mariners Compass on the back of the sofa is also a pattern by the same designer. That one is hand pieced and machine quilted.
So now, with the satisfaction of a completed quilt, I am back to two other WIPs. I have finally returned to Esther's beautiful Forget Me Not wallhanging, and another hand applique called Hearts and Flowers. My least favorite part of an applique project is the actual preparation of the pieces, so I am willing myself to spend at least one hour per day doing this. If I am able to get enough pieces prepped, I will have a peaceful winter with my hand applique. Of course, I am totally incapable of leaving the sewing machines alone, so there will be another project coming soon! My younger son is an EMT volunteer with the local fire department in our home town and he has been asking me for a couple of quilts to give to children in distress. That will definitely be my next project, and a great stash buster as well.
Off to do some household chores, then back to the ironing board to cut those tiny pieces for the lilac block! I am not a fan of fusible applique, but I am also not crazy enough to try to hand applique those pieces! So fused it will be!
I hope everyone has a productive week. I am certainly enjoying reading the blog links on Esther's page.