I am caught up on customer quilts, and nearing the finish of the Civil War Bride Quilt so currently under my sewing machine needle is a Roseville Album block. The cactus block has a number of little flowers on each stalk and the pattern showed each flower with a separate dark brown stem. I choose to do some super fussy cutting and cut each flower at a place in the fabric so the stem would be a different color, trying to get a darker more "stem like" color.
Now I am working on the blanket stitch applique, I use a King Tut variegated thread to blanket stitch, but some of the little stems will require a thread color change (not always is machine applique faster). Earlier this week I completed my third block, and because the pieces were large the applique on this block was completed in one day.
I am going to say good bye for a couple weeks, I am headed to Texas to see the cutest grand baby in the world - and his parents. The Houston shop hop is going on the week I am in Houston and Quakertown quilt shop http://www.quakertownquilts.com/ is calling my name (in my mind) to just go and "look" at Sue Garman's Friends of Baltimore pattern. Isn't that a little like going to the local humane society to just look at the puppies and kittens - do you really come home without one?