I finished my Pillow Talk Swap pillow just in the nick of time. I am 2 for 2, in case you were counting. This is the only picture I have since the pillow is off to its new home. This pillow is BIG - a whole 24". I machine quilted the centre and the chandelier-ly things in the border. I hand quilted the bird outline in the centre and did colonial knots (big thanks to Deirdre for teaching me) for some of the turquoise and pink dots. The back is more of the Echino fabric. I can't wait to see what it looks like when it is washed and crinkly (I made it super sturdy so that it could be washed easily because, in my house at least, a pillow this size will be sat on the floor in no time). I really liked this project even though these are not my go to colours (I didn't even know what a "jewel tone" was, really. Ask my friend, Greta. I had to ask her to tell me what she thought they were.)
I think on a go forward basis, I am going to do less bees and more swaps - more of a pick and choose kind of thing. Lisa at Vintage Modern Quilts wrote a good blog post about bees and the like.
I think I will follow her lead.
PS - I went to my embroidery class yesterday. Have lots of catch up but think I am really going to learn a lot.
PPS - One of my clients just wrote me a very nice email about my leaving work. Was the first time since I gave notice that I [almost] cried. I think I keep forgetting what a big change this is. Not that I regret my decision for one second. I can't tell you how excited and grateful I am to have the opportunity to spend more time with my wonderful children. It is just a big change, is all.
PPPS - Melanie at Texas Freckles won this week's Spoonflower challenge with her cheater fabric. It is gorgeous. Greta and I are going to split a yard. It will go towards our hexes obsession. I'll post soon about that. I even have a picture of when it all started for me.
PPPS - Hello, my name is Leanne and I am addicted to making hexes.