Speaking of catch up, I did swear no sew a longs this year, far too much going on. And, then like all people true to their word, I joined a sew a long, and just as promptly fell behind. Tish's sew a long
is, she persuaded me, easy only one block a month and finish at year end. So why then was I three blocks behind within three months?
Apart from Tish being a lovely person, I had to join in because it is a Fireburst Mystery Quilt. It's a mystery, that's the point, but I assume it is sort of fireworks, or even bursts of fire. Around about this time, I was thinking I might make a 4th July thingy for myself. As we are forging close family links with the USA, it would be nice to decorate for 4th July, Thanksgiving etc. Not a full stars and stripes flag hanging out in the garden, you understand. Heaven knows we have enough problems in N Ireland over flags without me muddying the waters even more. But - a little nod to our American Cousins as James Bond would say. By chance I even had the perfect fabric, gifted to me a few eons ago.
So, we have the piecing for July. A small flock of geese and assorted other shapes. So far so good.
Next up is August. A little more complicated but still within my realms of capabilities. Curious as to how this quilt will evolve.
And now we have September. Tish said this would take a little longer. And it did. Two whole afternoons.
Firstly this naughty patchwork elf who lives in our house has made some of my geese go the wrong way round. The background fabric and the navy flag fabric have switched positions in the bag. Have I done it again? Muddled my foreground and background? Or simply just not made enough geese? I could go back to the original instructions and check this out. Or I could simply make some more. This is where the extra scrappy fabrics came in handy.
The pale background with red and blue stars has come in to play. I am hoping that when the blocks all go together, this will be ok. Hard to tell when it is a mystery quilt! I am trying to ensure that the scrappy components are at least the same in each block. Time will tell!