Ever since I first turned the page and saw this quilt in the Fall 2010 issue of Quilt Sampler, I knew it would be a "must make" on my never-ending list of future quilts.
So, with an extended road trip coming up in the near future, last week I began cutting the applique pieces for the oak leaf/acorn blocks, hoping to accomplish some hand applique during the trip. While attempting to fold back the edges over the freezer paper I quickly discovered the tight curves and acute angles were going to be w-a-a-a-y beyond my skill (or patience) level to hand stitch. So, rather than going down in flames, the pieces were re-cut for some slow but steady machine applique when we return in a few weeks.
So, September begins with a new project. Will it be finished by next September? I certainly can hope, though the number of finishes this year has been abysmally few so far. I do need to figure a way to rev up my hand quilting speed, that's for sure.
Now to find another hand work project for the trip. Stay tuned.