I mailed off an original block to the Quiltmaker Magazine folks this morning for consideration in one of their "100 Blocks" publications. I wish I could show you the finished block...it is so cool!!... but I have to sit on my hands until it is (hopefully) accepted and published in the upcoming issue.
All I can tell you is that it is an applique block (duh!) and that I used the following fabrics on my crisp, white background.
Meanwhile, the hand quilting continues. I have finished the outer border...believe me, there was much rejoicing and happy dancing going on for a while in my family room.
Now, I am doing the outline quilting on the remaining blocks. I worked on the French horn block while watching Olympic Skating yesterday.
Before outline quilting...
During and after outline quilting...
It is difficult quilting because there are many layers, but it is satisfying. At this time, I'm glad I chose to cut the background fabric away from under the larger applique motifs. Also, due to going around little pieces, I can usually only get one stitch on the needle at a time.
But it is fun to re-visit each design close up as I hum along. You should hear the crap that runs through my head while working:
1) "#@%$& - what possessed me to draw this tiny flower blossom so small?!?"
2) "Oh, I really should have put another leaf here..."
3) "Yikes - not enough French knots in the center of this flower."
4) "Ooooo - I really like that fabric..."
5) "Ahhh - I like to run my hand over the surface of the hand quilting..."
6) "I wonder if I can talk Steve into making dinner?!?"
We are our own worst critics, aren't we?