I may as well start right out by blaming Teresa at A Quilt and A Prayer for shoving me overboard into the land of The New Hexagon Millefiore Quilt Along. Almost 6 whole months I have resisted and then I read one post on her blog and I am on Amazon ordering the book and at Paper Pieces ordering the first set of templates. I am head over heals in love with this quilt!
While I waited for my book and templates to arrive--3 loooong days!--I printed Rosette 1 pages from the website and joined the Facebook group and googled images of the Millefiore quilt and decided on fabrics to use. I know I will add and subtract and maybe change my mind lots of times on which fabrics to use but I am so excited to get going.
As hard as I tried to resist starting, I had to make the center....just to see what it looks like! I have never fussy cut like this before and think I have done an OK job on this. I used this tutorial on Fussy Cutting written by LuAnn of Loose Threads. Now I need to put this on hold because I want to finish my Castle Wall blocks. I only need to make 6 more before I am ready to set them into a quilt top. Sometimes staying focused is so hard for me!!!
At the machine, I have a few more quilts to mark off the UFO list before I concentrate (become obsessed) with any one project (Millefiore). I finished this Crossroads quilt using a flannel backing. It is so toasty. Connie at Freemotion by the River has written a great tutorial for this quilt. What will I quilt next??? I know, how about Hanky Panky--it's been lounging around for almost 5 years, now it's time to provide some warmth!
Fun things are happening at Patchwork Times Design Wall Monday today! I can't wait to play along.