In addition to working on my bee block, I have been trying to get my SkillBuilder quilt completed. I was hoping to get it done by the Jan. 19 deadline but I still have 16 blocks left to quilt and borders and sashing to piece. Although it is very tempting to just stipple everything so I can finish, this quit is more about the journey and actually learning skills so I am not going to rush it. With that in mind, I went a little eclectic in my fmq of the em-dash block:
I thought I had taken a picture of the feather I did–half of it looks pretty good; I realized after doing one side of the feather that I needed to put the presser foot down (ooops) so there will be ripping. I think I will try a flower in the peach. The quilting is going so much better than it was in June–apparently working with the right tools (bobbin washers, thread holder, pink teflon thing, gloves, extension table) makes a big difference! You should really check out the group on Flickr–there are some people that have amazing talent.
Last weekend, I also made my first block of the Sew Kitschy BOM (designed by Kristy @ Quiet Play). I used the orange and blue DS Quilts fabric that I have been collecting. I think I need to buy some varied shades of solid orange and blue fabrics to break up some of the prints as this turned out a little busier that I wanted it to be.
I was going to make it in aqua and red but realized that I have barely any red. I have maybe 5 reds and none of them coordinate. This is beyond incomprehensible — my favorite color is red. How is it that I have not been buying red? Obviously, I NEED to make buying red fabric a high priority. Any suggestions on some awesome red fabrics that I should purchase?