I’m back to piecing the border blocks for the Pickled Ladies top, but I had to take some time on the weekend to go through and pick out all my pink and green batiks, so I can dream about making the double sunflower blocks for the Peony Quilt.
I’m making these using the New York Beauty 3 Inklingo collection. I love this New York Beauty block as it’s either continuous stitching or gentle curves and I do love those spiky points. It’s easy to get really spiky points like this with the stitching lines and matching points printed on the back of the fabrics. But I can’t wait to finish making these black and white ones, which should be sometime in the next week to 10 days. Then it will be just a matter of adding the borders to the Pickled Ladies top and then?
Then I’ll be going through all these pinks and greens and picking out combinations for 19 more peony blocks. This picture is a little deceiving as there are layers of pinks and greens in there. I know that some of them are going to get discarded almost immediately, but I decided to pull everything and then winnow it down from there. On evenings when I can’t face more black and white, I will start grouping the pinks for each peony block and then the greens. Plus I have to make sure I have some set aside for the border blocks that I’ve got planned for the Peony Quilt. Some of my peonies are going to be much richer than others. I think I may need to find some more pale pink batiks for the peonies, but I’ll know better once I have sorted through these.
What have I learned doing the black and white blocks? That even though I do plan on making at least two or three more two colour quilts, none of them will be a black and white quilt. I know I’m going to love the effect the New York Beauty blocks will give me as the border for the Pickled Ladies, but working with just black and white is hard. I want to play with colour – particularly the colour pink!
Baxter has developed a habit of either taking over my desk or my chair. When he gets on the desk, he loves to bite any paper that he can find. I’ve learned not to leave anything out that’s important.
Jake is much more laid back. He’d rather hang out at the top of the cat tree and watch what’s happening out on the roof garden.