|My first 10-inch lady of the lake blocks|
To decide which traditional block to make first, I took stock of what I have ready to go. I have boxes of squares, stacks of rectangles, bins of WOF strips, and a lot of trimmed HST. That's where I'm starting--with my 2-1/2" ready-to-go HST. (I usually have a box of triangles sitting next to my machine--my most common leaders and enders.)
I've always liked the versatile "lady of the lake" block. According to legend, one name given to King Arthur's Lady of the Lake is Viviane, but that's beside the point. I like versatile blocks.
Here's a link to the lady of the lake block pattern, and you'll see variations in how the individual block is constructed, plus endless layout variations. The quilts look so different, depending on (1) placement of the darks and lights, (2) scrappy or controlled fabrics, and (3) the direction and placement of the blocks in the layout of the quilt.
|A bit of mending of my well-loved shirts|
I'm not sure which layout I'll use. There's even a layout where the halves of the block are rearranged. So many options. So much fun :)
I have two long-sleeved shirts that needed loving attention. I'm tall and have long arms, and I have a couple favorite men's shirts from Cabela's. I wear them year around. I've worn a hole in both left elbows, and rather than hearing a suggestion from someone (whose initials are DH) that I should throw them away, I put floral elbow patches on both.
As long as the neck bands stay nice, I should get many more years' life out of these shirts. I just can't throw them !!
So, what's your favorite clothing that you just can't throw? an old bathrobe? comfortable jeans with badly frayed hems? a holey T-shirt? Mine are these two shirts.