A pot of tea and a drawing. The winner of the neutral bundle is Barb. The winner of the smaller blue and green bundles is Moramargaritaster. Congratulations! Please send me an email with your postal address and I will get this cotton moving!
Thank you to everyone who participated...I wish I had a prize for everyone as you were all so sweet and generous with your comments!
I managed to finish assembling the center of the liberated ladies top. Now it is on to the borders, including free-pieced phrases. I stripped out all the ladies with my stash of small to medium florals and bugs/butterflies. I tried my hand at some trees to fill a few holes.
There were some cool embellishments and "bling" on some of the swapped ladies, which I removed temporarily during construction and quilting. I will put them back in place when the quilting is finished.
Don't you love the chick in the bikini???
As I was chain-piecing all these strips, ladies, trees and doggies, I was sewing through my "leaders and enders" (thanks, Bonnie!) to make these kinds of blocks. Here are 4 little blocks that I have done...2 light chain, and 2 dark chain. It is a great way to get rid of 2 inch scraps! If you don't know about leaders and enders, check out Bonnie's blog. Having scrappy blocks ready to piece as I piece another project, sitting in a basket next to my machine, gives me basically two quilt tops for the effort of one. And I do love scrappy!
And last but certainly not least (should have been first!)...Susi was kind enough to offer templates to make the fabulous scrappy Aunt Clara quilt that she is making here. I experimented with a small handful of scraps, and now I am totally hooked!! I need to spend some time cutting out some scraps to keep going on this fun little hand-pieced project. Here is my embarrassingly feeble start...I have chosen to use scrappy neutrals for the squares then anything goes for the elongated hexagons!
Thank you susi! This will be another one of my enjoyable little projects on the go in a magic box (along with my spools and little appliqued baskets).