I had to stop and ask myself the question the other day: "Are you tired of applique yet?" After all, I'm half way into the Year of Applique, and while I've done a bit of piecing here and there, my main focus has been applique. And based on the number of applique block of the month projects I'm currently working on and signed up to start, this may well turn into the DECADE of Applique.
Really, if you've never tried any type of hand applique, I encourage you to try it--especially if you like other hand crafts like hand quilting, hand embroidery, knitting, etc. Applique is just one of those types of projects that can be relaxing and--maybe best of all--doesn't require a lot of "stuff" (although, yes, the method I use DOES use a number of notions and gadgets--but they aren't really necessary).
Later this week, I'll be leaving for a retreat with Verna Mosquera of The Vintage Spool--the retreat is on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The pattern for the retreat is her new Secret Garden block of the month:
While Secret Garden is a beautiful quilt, and I'd really like to make it someday, I'm not feeling it right now. We (Gran and I) actually signed up for the retreat before we saw the pattern. I've decided I'd like to work on her Abundance pattern instead. Although I have a lot of Halloween and fall quilts, I don't have any quilts with TURKEYS on them, and I think this would be an excellent quilt to display after I've taken down my Halloween quilts. Here's what that pattern looks like:
I will probably make mine in darker shades--more along the lines of 1800s or Thimbleberries fabrics, I suspect.
I will probably have to work a little overtime this week and I'll also need to get things ready for the retreat. I'm telling you this in case my blog posting is a little spotty this week--you'll know I'm just busy. Also, I won't have a computer with me when I'm at the retreat, so no blog posting then either. But I hope I'll have lots of stuff to tell you about when I get back.
Obviously, when I asked myself if I was tired of applique yet, the answer was a resounding NO! Thank goodness, right? I'd be in trouble if I was! Will any of you be at Verna's retreat? I'd love to see you there.