There is nothing like the prospect of 22 hours in the car to get handwork preparation underway. I bought a pattern for Christmas Poinsettias a couple of years ago and finally decided to get started on it. The flowers are a lot smaller than I had pictured in my head. I was somehow envisioning a finished 12 inch block instead of a finished 7 inch block. Am I the only one that wants to do get one block done to see what it looks like before committing to all of them? The directions were for fusible applique, but I've never been a fan. Instead I used freezer paper and glue stick to prep the pieces for hand applique. I've been using this method since seeing some tutorials
over at Fabric Therapy
. I think I'll work on some more to keep me busy on the Thanksgiving trip.
Next up is this stack for binding. The bottom is green crossroads for Phyllis, the middle is an orphan block quilt that Anna practiced on this summer. The top is Reach for the Stars
which just got its binding yesterday. I love to to binding in the car, it keeps me snuggly and warm as we head north the bitter cold. It is supposed to get up to 50 in North Carolina today, but a front is moving through early this week and the highs will be in the low 40s (That is 15 and 4 for the sane people who use the metric system). I know it seems balmy to the northerners out there, but considering that we are still just considering turning off the air conditioning in Florida with a cold front bringing us out of the 80s, it will be quite a change. I'll be happy to have that coat that I bought to wear to Boston.
Have you got any handwork happening this on this slow and steady Sunday? Head over to Kathy's blog
and see what other people are working on.