Only 24 days until Cindy and I meet up in Chicago at the International Quilt Festival and Market. I cannot wait! I’m trying to hold off on purchasing any quilting supplies or fabric so I can blow my budget there. My fingers are itching to touch some new fabric.
I shall count for you the things that I’m working on in the meantime:
- With the promise of spring in the air, I’ve been piecing True Blue, still reaching for an early May completion date. There are 100 blocks in the quilt. I’ve been trying to design an assembly line so that I can zip through this quilt faster. I’ve found that working on 5 pairs of colors (each pair makes 2 complete blocks) is the most that I can juggle at one time. Do you have a favorite assembly line strategy?
- I had a little trouble (self-induced) with my Bernina machine. I ran it up to The Bobbin Case in Rochester for assistance. They have excellent customer service. I did make one exception to my quilt-buying purchase moratorium while I was picking my machine up after repairs: I succumbed and bought a spool of Aurifil thread. Cindy mentioned that she recently became an Aurifil fan for both piecing and quilting, so I thought I’d run a test too. I’ll let you know what I think after I give it a spin.
- My French General quilt kit is completely cut out and ready for sewing. I’m saving the assembly of it for a special occasion.
- On Sunday afternoon, I performed a quick purge of St. Paddy’s day house decorations and then revealed the Easter theme. I also took a moment to try my hand at a famous-brand coffee shop knock-off recipe for Iced Lemon Pound cake. It was divine and, although not quite a pound cake texture, it certainly has that tangy flavor that I adore. I cut the recipe in half and subbed Greek yogurt for the sour cream. I’ll make this again and again. My son suggested an orange-flavored version for Grandma, since she does not adore lemon — I think it’s a brilliant idea. This dessert will definitely be on my Easter table.
- Baseball — I love it! When spring comes, my thoughts go to t-ball. Here’s my favorite player this year.