This week I am on a mission to make as many Lady of the Lake blocks as I can. I want this quilt made asap. I am so enjoying trying various colourways together and the blocks are coming out beautifully. I have lots of UFO's ( like everyone else ) but I am determined that this will not be one. As this is going to be a BIG quilt I will not be able to machine quilt it so I plan to hand quilt it - I think. I would love to have the top made and basted soon so I can quilt it through the winter. I have hand-quilted one other king-size quilt ( my very first one ) and it didn't take as long as I thought it was going to.
I have worked out I need to make 77 blocks and so far have made 46. This is where the dripping tap thing comes in. I am working on these blocks little and often. Instead of having a huge chunk of time to sit down and power sew I am chipping away and am surprised by how many I've done. Sometimes if I have a few free hours I think I will just park my bum on the sewing chair and go !! BUT it doesn't work for me - I start getting fidgety and thinking about what else I should or could be doing. So this last week I have been just doing a bit here and there. Chain sewing some HST's together whilst waiting for the washing machine to finish - pressing a few open whilst waiting for the vegetables to cook - trimming some down to size while waiting for the kettle to boil for a cup of tea. All these minutes add up. I am making sure I always have something ready to do in these odd minutes.
At the moment I have a fruit cake in the oven ( I am craving one really bad. ) so while waiting for it to cook and after finishing on here I am going to cut out some more triangles as I am getting low. Here's what my ironing board looked like after the first cutting spree.
I have decided not to post a picture yet of the blocks I have done but will wait to lay them out so you get a better idea. I am toying with the idea of using just one fabric for the setting triangles -as the blocks are on point. In the pattern they are all scrappy and it looks great so I am a bit undecided yet. I have also been thinking - could be dangerous - of a border idea. I love pieced borders and these books I just bought have given me food for thought.
So - I'm curious - are you a dripping tap or a waterfall ??
( or have I completely lost it as my dd will say when she sees this latest heading - lol ! )
One last thing - we have a postal strike in UK at moment so to everyone I have promised patterns and PIF's I am waiting til it has ended before posting stuff out. Thanks.