OK, first things first. I'm linking up to Rachel's Scrap Attack with this little number. I have long been an admirer of the plus quilts floating all over quilty blogs and have wanted to try one for ages. I used Jeni's tutorial to follow the layout grid, and just cut them to the size I wanted to make a mini version. Actually, when Rachel first started talking about the Festival of Scrappiness, I had planned to do an x and + quilt...which indeed I am doing. See?
But MY STARS that block takes me for-evvver so I quickly realized I wouldn't be done in time. But then I saw that minis were acceptable, which was just the gentle push I needed to attack the plus pattern. I love how it turned out! Be sure to check out the other links - so many great projects all made with leftover fabric. I love it when pretty meets practical.
In other news, and the reason for the title of this post...I've been missing in action lately but for legit reasons. I ended up having unscheduled surgery earlier this month (I'll spare you the gory details), but really, it threw me for a loop. A very tired loop. And in a moment of feeling so overwhelmed and just TIRED, my parents swooped in and saved the day by arranging for this:
about 14 meals - fresh, healthy, and delicious- for our family! I cannot even begin to describe the amount of relief that came with not having to worry about preparing meals during this recovery time. A giant thank you to my parents for their love and support in this very tangible way.
And what else? FABRIC! A cure for what ails you for sure! I've been very good this year (you know, after a binge around Christmas time) about not buying fabric, but I've been saving for the re-release of Flea Market Fancy by Denise Schmidt. Here it is! I indulged in half yard cuts of the entire line, with yardage of the seeds fabric. And since I was already buying, I had to add some Fresh Cut by Heather Bailey - my all time favorite line! I've already used some of it and I love it.
|Denise Schmidt's Flea Market Fancy|
|Heather Bailey's Fresh Cut|
Oh, and here's my blocks for the Modern Blocks Bee that I made for Krista. She said we could do whatever block we wanted and to just stay in the blue/black color palate. I can't wait to see what this quilt is going to look like when it's all done!