I have been away from the computer for the last few weeks. I think it helps to step back sometimes. At least for me, it helps to come back more refreshed and invigorated, and ready to start new projects in the new year.
But first, something completed:
The plan to make a card table playhouse (lots of close-up pictures on the link) for our youngest grandchild had been in my head since last May when I met the pattern designer, Shea Henderson, and then actually won a copy of the pattern! So why, oh why, did I put off actually starting it until two weeks before Christmas? That is a question that will probably never have an answer. I knew it was going to be time consuming. But it was time consuming in a very fun way. Shea gives instructions on making it with quilting cotton, and also has an addendum available in case you would prefer using felt. I used Kona cotton. And yards of Heat 'n Bond. Let's just say that fusibles and I are no longer strangers!
Everything was fused and then edged stitched. Every.single.thing. I decided to customize it by duplicating the colors of our son and daughter-in-law's actual house, including the house number. Their door isn't red, but Christa has always wanted a red door. The mailbox opens and I made a little postcard for all three grandkids.
(and yes, I did buy a half yard of Architextures because the label absolutely needed blueprint fabric!)And one happy little boy (which made the project worth every.single.minute!)
...I became distracted by something happening on Instagram: the scrappy trip along. I could not resist the temptation. Seriously. Are you on Instagram? All of a sudden everyone is posting these amazing pictures of their scrappy blocks. I pondered. I looked at my scrap bin. I looked at my stash. And then instead of busting scraps, I actually created more scraps by busting apart a Kona jelly roll. What??
And now I need some advice. I'm only making nine blocks this time around. Believe me. I will be making this block again, in a scrappy version. But for now, here is Trip Around the Kona Color Card. With three setting options.
What are you working on in this new year?
I'm linking up with Lee. It's good to get back into the groove.