I hoped I'd be able to crank out the final two blocks for Leaf Me Alone the next chance I had to spend more than an hour at the sewing machine. I'd already cut the pieces for the orange block, so I mistakenly thought I could whip out both blocks in one sitting.
"Sitting" being the key word, my most recent piecing session wasn't as long as I'd hoped. Of course, that could have something to do with my first 60-mile bicycle ride since last June the day before...
Nevertheless, I did finish a block; five down, one to go. Now I've reached the fun brainstorming portion of the project. Which blocks should be next to each other?
I think I'm going to stick with this layout; the final block will be purples. When it is done, hopefully next weekend, fun remains. Do I add a border? Do I add a border that takes another whole weekend? And then what do I do with the back???
I have a small collection of leaf fabrics I could use to piece the back, perhaps even making the quilt reversible. But that, combined with the possibility of a creative border, which I'm leaning toward, might turn this May birthday quilt back into a Christmas quilt. I'd planned to send it off to my dear sister-in-law last December, but obviously, I didn't make that deadline.
Because I want to continue practing my free-motion quilting before I begin actually quilting Wecome to the Jungle, I'm considering using plain black fabric on the back of Leaf Me Alone, and using thread colors to match the blocks when creating leaf motifs in the quilting, thereby still making the quilt reversible and forcing me to be as creative and neat as I can be when I quilt. This quilt won't be for competition or display because I plan to mail it off as soon as it's done, but it would be nice to pretend it's going to be in competition and try to make it good enough to be juried into a show.
Meanwhile, Pieces of Braid is going to the Denver National Quilt Festival next week, and my co-worker made the most beautiful label I've ever used on a quilt, using leftovers of the "sea" thread and the ocean mist fabric actually used in the quilt. This is my second-favorite quilt label ever, my favorite being the real, functional pocket I attached to the back of Colorado's Fourteeners.
Linking up with A Quilting Reader's Garden here, Confessions of a Fabric Addict here and Crazy Mom Quilts here.