I attended the Applique Academy for the first time in February. It was wonderful! I took classes with Kathy Dunigan, Bobbie Ashley and Georgeann Wrinkle. I purchased way too many patterns - enough applique to last me a lifetime!
Somewhere between the Academy and a trip to Austin, TX (work-related) I managed to finish my first swap block for the AQOMV exchange. I really, really hate having to sign the blocks. I ended up having to replace the piece I signed on this block and wasn't at all impressed with the one I did this month. There has to be some way I can do better!
I haven't had a chance to work on any other blocks for myself. I am doing well just to get my one basket made and in the mail every month!
Last week was one of my favorite events of the year - Toddhall Rug Camp! This year's teacher was Wendy Miller. I decided to work on an old Emma Lou Lais pattern I had in my collection. Wendy's wools are gorgeous! I didn't get nearly as much done as I had hoped, but I did get a good start and can't wait to get this one done. I have to work hard to make a significant dent in it before Susan Quicksall's class next month. Here it is at the end of week one:
I have completely given up on finishing that big applique quilt in time for this year's show, so I have gone back to working on my Lisa's Garden blocks. There's a slight chance I could get that one done by June, particularly since I could do the quilting myself. Too bad it's not a rug show - I have actually finished a couple of those in the past two years!