Also, though I think mayhap I have lost my mind, I ordered the itty bitty diamonds, and hexies, shown below, for my anticipated Den Haan Panel quilt. Don't ask, because I really haven't decided on a design, yet, but since I purchased the expensive panel, I had to put on my thinking cap and come up with a suitable design.
Here are the first two Roseville Album blocks. The first lacks 36 "berries", or circles, that I will add a little later.
I love the birds...............those have been the most fun to fussy cut, and fortunately there are quite a few more in the rest of the quilt.
You would NOT believe how many pieces were cut out, and auditioned, for each one that actually made it into the block. The pile is getting so large, that I am going to put the rejects in a box, just for the purpose, so that I can use them later for circles, or bird bodies, or anything that will fit. Otherwise, the waste would just hurt too much! I have approximately 150 different pieces of Kaffe fabrics, with another 28 ordered, and yet there are still times when I just can't find the "right" piece to please myself. I couple of other ladies doing similar projects, have mentioned how "fussy cutting" destroys any pretensions to keeping your stash neat, and tidy................................Boy, does it!!!!! After an hour, or so, it looks like a bomb went off in there.
I've noticed a real slowdown in posting this month. I guess the weather, and kids going back to school, has affected a lot of us. I hope your sewing projects are going well, and the heat isn't oppressing you too much.
I'll close with a picture of four year old Jack, assembling his giant USA floor puzzle. We gave it to him last Christmas, and he will know all his states, and maybe capitols, before first grade. (I still don't know them all!)
Happy stitching, Michele
PS: If you are looking for an unputdownable, thrilling read, you can't do better than The Passage by Justin Cronin. Really fabulous.