I loved having time to spend with the girls. They are an hour away, so visiting
drop-in for hugs and to say hello. At six and seven, they are sweet, respectful girls who love to play. An hour of "Go Fish," an hour and a half of "Shopkins" which almost requires crawling on the floor. (Not for me! I directed from the sofa. :) They are learning to jump rope and fussed over whose turn it was to "do" Grandmay's hair. Before I knew it, the day was gone and it was time for baths and supper. My three days passed quickly.
Never the less, it's good to be home. I drove up to a pleasant surprise; the calla lilly that Richard gave me for Mother's Day last year bloomed! It's not terribly large but the color is a brilliant yellow. It's in a pot next to the yellow lantana that's somehow survived the last four winters. They are at the edge of the parking pad and are a colorful spot of cheer.
While Richard fried some fish for supper, I played in the studio. The blue blocks (here)that I'd worked on earlier in the week were still waiting on the design board. So I started out by sewing those together and in no time I had a completed quilt top. (Baby size, sure, but still a complete top.) Notice that I chose the layout recommended by a couple of readers. Thanks y'all.
While cutting out the blocks for that quilt, I had cut another quilt just like it--there's really lots of blue scraps! Then I used the second quilt as a leaders and ender project while sewing the first quilt. I have sewn using leaders and enders: I think it's too confusing for my brain to handle. But how could I go wrong here? I just pretended it was the same project in different stages.
Since most of the blocks were at the half-way mark and some were complete, I decided to figure out what I'd do with them. I really didn't want two of the same quilt, but I had the same blocks.
Ahh, an idea. I added two more strips to each block, cut them off-grain, and turned them into wonky blocks. I played around with the blocks on the design wall and finally settled on a layout. Sewing them into a quilt top took no time at all. Ha! I'm not even sure how much I like it, but it's another (baby) quilt top and has found it's place on the pile that needs quilting.