I am SO ready for vacation! I always get really pumped about Paducah. Something about being able to totally immerse myself in quilts and quilters for a full four days makes my heart happy. I can't wait!
Last week was a very busy work week and I really didn't have any time to work on anything. I'm really getting down to the wire on my rug. I registered it for the show so I have to get it finished (or at least hooked and steamed) before I leave for Paducah. I have made progress:
The border is very tedious. Doing "hit or miss" is much more difficult than it looks! The colors are so close to one another and require more planning than I would have hoped. I'm also thinking that I will need to hook the outer-most border. There's a half-inch or slightly larger border drawn outside the piano keys that I was hoping to be able to ignore, but I think it is needed in order to make the border proportional.
I managed to finish my second Grandmother's Garden block over the weekend.
I had so much fun with the embroidery! I started prepping the next block. I have to figure out how I want to do it. There are four of them in the quilt. The original Nancy Page pattern has a flat "blobby" rose. I like the Eleanor Burns dimensional version looks much better, but since I am going with the non-dimensional approach I don't want the roses to look like they don't belong. I may try to find a middle ground between the two - separate petals instead of blobs, but still flat.
Hopefully I can wrap up work at a reasonable time this afternoon and get back to my rose. I will get back to the rug this evening - hopefully I can get around the next corner and make decent progress up the next side. I've got a lot of hooking to do between now and next Tuesday!