The winner of my birthday giveaway is Regan of Floating on a Quilted Cloud. Congratulations you young thing! Regan just turned 49 on the 15th. Email me with your address so I can get your package in the mail. Thanks to all of you who left comments. It is nice to know people are reading my blog. I wish everyone could win!
I’m working on these pineapple blocks and plan on doing a detailed post later in the week.
Barb of Fun with Barb asked for a close up of my string quilt. I had trouble with the tension and you can see the top thread popping out on the back in some places. Even though I was using the same thread (YLI 40/3 ply for machine quilting) on the top and bottom I had to reduce the top tension to 2. It is such a scrappy quilt and reducing the tension helped and I get really impatient fiddling with things like that so I just decided to live with it. I love this backing fabric. I only paid $3.50 a yard for it at a going out of business sale. I hate to see quilt shops go out of business, but I do like getting a deal!
I’m also hand sewing the binding down on the snowball/9patch quilt. It feels like it is taking forever - haven’t done a big quilt like this in a long time. Penny making herself comfortable and me talking on the phone with my sister in California isn't helping the process!
Before Thursday I need to take a photo of my sewing room to post. It looks much better than it did when I posted photos in January. It isn’t painted yet, but my son is coming home for a while and he likes to sleep on the futon in the basement (which is my sewing room) with his dog and both of ours. It’s quite shocking when I open the door in the morning. I’ll have to start using lavender water in my iron again! Anyway, I don’t know if or when the room will get painted so I want to show you the progress I did make on it.
I’m also not keeping up with the Barbara Brackman Civil War block of the week. I don’t know if I’ll go back to it. I do enjoy seeing the blocks others are making. While I'm confessing - I also haven’t worked on any of the 3 projects I wrote about in this post. I just haven’t felt inspired to. My rationalization for starting the pineapple quilt is that 1) I was really itching to start something new 2) when I finish the snowball/9patch I will have 4 finishes for the year 3) it is using up scraps and I don’t need to buy any fabric for it 4) it was my birthday week. Those are good enough reasons for me!
Snowdrops - a sign of spring!