Well, I did it. After seven months of hand-piecing, hand-quilting, and nightmares of judges laughing, I finished my Hoffman challenge quilt. Honestly, the absolute hardest part was mailing it. On the one hand, I’m proud of it and afraid of it getting lost in the mail. On the other, I’ve seen its flaws up close and personal, and I was almost too terrified to send it in for professional critique. But it’s done now, and we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. (Challenge entries travelling in the show will be posted on the Hoffman Challenge website on July 29th. I can’t bear to look!)
Since I mailed it Tuesday, I’ve been wandering around my studio in a half stupor, unsure of what project to take up next. So many fun options– a couple new half-baked patterns, my sister’s double wedding ring quilt, the huge candied hexagon quilt, and about a dozen “almost finishes” that have sat on the back burner too long. So I picked up my rainbow flowers and made a couple more.
I have no purpose whatsoever for this quilt, besides using up scraps and having fun with the colors. I’m looking forward to getting it up on the design wall soon.
I’ve also been watching Sue Daley’s EPP videos, and admiring her rotating cutting mat. Then I found one at JoAnn’s today, and used my 50% off coupon. Score!
How have I ever lived without this tool?!? And the baby rotary cutter?!? It is so awesome, I just want to sit and cut shapes and play all afternoon!
But cutting may have to wait, as I’ve also got lots of laundry and reading with the kiddos to catch up on. Check back next week for some fun- I’m plotting to use that baby rotary cutter for a project that isn’t hexagons. Yep, you heard that right. I’ll be posting a review about different tools for making Winding Ways blocks.