Over a week has passed in a blur since I last posted, but now the new INNOVATIONS pattern sample is finished! “Sunflower Patch”– approximately 70 x 85″.
It did take longer than usual as I had so much else to do during the process. The block is an original design, really not hard, though it does have lots of pieces to cut and to sew.
Usually I do simple one fabric backs but there was no fabric suitable on the shelves that was large enough. It was cold and rainy outside and too early by several hours for the stores to be open, so I decided to piece the back. It took all morning so I probably could have done it in the same amount of time by going on into town, but on the bright side, I did use up some old stash that wasn’t going anywhere!! Everything always seems to take longer than I expect it to.
Including the quilting!! When I am in a time crunch which seems to be most of the time, I don’t take the time to plan out the quilting, but just let it happen – which inevitably results in entirely too much quilting. This is fine for a contest piece but ridiculous for a pattern sample. All in all, it’s been a long process but thankfully it’s finished and I am pretty happy with it.
Tomorrow I leave with friends for a quick trip to Paducah for the AQS show. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve been there and I am really excited and looking forward to seeing the show since the building was expanded. I’m ready for a vacation!