I have been a bad blogger lately-but I have been sewing quite a bit. I don't seem to be able to find a balance between the two activities.
Two weeks ago I finished The Rose Hip-it's the fifth block of my Love Letters quilt. Now that it's completed, I am officially more than half way through! Each block I finish is a milestone for me. I am loving needleturn applique-I am more than willing to forego other activities (like cooking and cleaning) in order to have more time to stitch on my block.
These are the five blocks I have completed so far-in the position they will be on the finished quilt. I think it's crazy that they aren't in order in the book-but I'm sure there is a reason for it. So, I am stitching them the way they are presented.
Here is the Rose Hip block. There were two pieces to all the flowers and buds-a total of 52 applique pieces to this block.
Detail of a flower and bud.
These leaves are the easiest to stitch.
I tucked the contrasting tip of the bud underneath. It was a challenge to get it in the right place!
I have been stitching away on the sixth block and should have it finished by the end of the week. The more blocks I finish, the more I want to stitch on them. I hope that I have this quilt finished (including quilted!) by the end of the year. There! I said it! So, that's my goal. Now everyone will know if I meet it!