When I received my swap partner's likes/dislikes, the first thing that popped into my head was a fabulous piece of vintage fabric that I've been hauling around for over 20 years. I'm sure you have such pieces in your stash. The type that takes your breath away when you come across it. You know immediately that it's a *must have* and that some day, it will be the perfect piece for *something*. Little did I know that *something* would be a swap piece, but I'm fine with that. More than fine with it. (Actually, I'll have some left when I'm finished.)
My first plan was to use the little liberated stars in a 3x3 grid as the center, but one of the swap's requirements was to 'make a quilt of the quality that you'd like to receive' and I knew that if I was making this for myself, I would've done something different. So I did. I put the stars aside, made a few quick pencil sketches and jumped in with both feet.
And am I having fun! I'm free-piecing (something I've wanted to play around with for ages), appliqueing (something I used to do a lot of, but haven't in years) and today I completed the top and basted it up to hand quilt...another thing I did daily, for years, until...who knows? Knitting came along? No, it was before that. Anyhow, the whole point is that this swap has made my quilting fun again and I can't wait to finish it and send it off. Receiving a quilt in return (from a different partner match) is going to be like frosting on the cupcake, because this project has given me so much already.
It's been a busy week, or maybe it just seems that way because I've been battling one of those on-again, off-again colds. Tuesday, I finally made it to a weekly, local quilt group that several people had mentioned to me and found a relaxed and friendly bunch of quilters whom I'll probably be joining on a regular basis. I'll need a hand project...might there be an end in sight for the flower garden quilt?
Tomorrow I'll be stepping out of the sewing room to make the torturous trek to the mall to find some new black heels for an event this weekend. I'd hate to admit how many years I've been wearing the same, plain pumps to these business shindigs, far beyond their shelf life, and we have a black tie to attend on Saturday so there's no putting it off any longer. Although, it is in Peoria...perhaps I could squeeze one more wearing out of them? Nah. (Just kidding, Peorians!) Being the homebody that I am, I'm already looking forward to putting that behind me (the shopping and the event) and getting back to my projects. The holidays are starting to press in and I have a few things on my list to make. Have you started your holiday handwork yet?
***Added (just a little) later: Get over to Bitter Betty's and check out the best Halloween decorations ever! So clever!!