Before I forget…I’m almost ready to start cutting out the next quilt and I’m trying something new. I have a paper copy of the pattern and I have the flexible plastic sheets to trace it on to. I’ve never used this technique before – tracing and cutting my own templates onto the flexible plastic. If you have any tips – what is the best marking pen (regular ink? Tulip pen? Frixion maybe?) and any suggestions on cutting it out – it has crisp angles (scissors? rotary cutter?) by all means feel free to jump in with suggestions.
Okay! Well in other news, I completed the quilting on 2 more blocks for the machine quilting block party and started on the last unfinished one. The circles on the orange-blue-green one are…well, a little sorry-looking! Ironically my first set were the best ones of all. I have been working on just eyeballing the quilt pattern without so much marking, just to see how well I could do. The rest of it passed muster at least. I used a variegated King Tut thread on this one. I didn’t quilt these in order and as it turns out I did the most difficult one so far first. That means I have the April block left which so far has been pretty easy. I have it about a quarter done but stopped to watch the Olympics for the night. Tomorrow hopefully I’ll finish block 51 for the Splendid Sampler and the last of the quilting which means I would be on track for block 52 on Thursday when it comes out. And then start cutting the next quilt by Friday. I’m looking forward to it!