25 flower blocks, all done, that's all I need for Carolina. Sometimes, on past patterns where the entire quilt was made up of one block, I would get bored with the piecing. I enjoyed making each one of these blocks, even though they were identical. Maybe because they were the only thing blooming around here. I'm still not missing those handles on the sides of the baskets.
Now it's on to the sashing. After looking at these flower blocks for weeks, I have to admit I'm not so sure about that checkered sashing. But I like to think I learn from past mistakes, and remember how I didn't like the looks of the sashing on 3 Barns, and sewed all the blocks together without it, then un-sewed the blocks and added the sashing! I like the looks of the blocks with the sashing on the Carolina pattern cover so it's full steam ahead on making the sashing and using it.
How was your Mothers Day? Mine was very nice, although this year, for the fist time in ages, I wasn't with my daughter on Mothers Day. But she did send me these beautiful roses.
AND A RED TOASTER!
You may not remember, but a few months ago for a giveaway, I asked folks to leave a comment telling me about their favorite red thing. Someone mentioned how they got their day off to a happy start by making breakfast using their red toaster. It had never even occurred to me to have a red toaster. I gave no thought to my old stainless steel toaster, I used it then put it away, but I liked the idea of a red toaster, and now I have one.
This is my kitchen, I don't like things out on the counter, I prefer to store items, like my can opener, mixer, and paper towels in the cabinets. I use them then put them up. I only have the necessities out on my counter, the banana basket, we always have bananas, the coffee maker, the canisters that hold the coffee, and now my red toaster.
It's just too darn cute to put in the cabinet.
I'm not wantint to jinx myself, but right now I have a pretty free week ahead of me, I'm hoping for a very productive week in my sewing room, it's been ages since I've spent some real time up there, I've just been squeezing in a hour every now and then for weeks, I'm ready to finish up Carolina and move on to something new.
On a very sad note, Paula Barnes, the designer of my Carolina pattern and half of the team for Bonnie Blue/Red Crinoline Quilts lost her husband unexpectedly this month. I took a class with Paula at the the Buggy Barn last fall, she shared some wonderfully funny stories about her family and her husband. That family has been in my thoughts this week as I work on Paula's pattern, will you send some kind thoughts their way this week as well? I'm sure the family would appreciate it.