Friday, February 10, 2012

Well, finally!

I know, I know...you've seen this more times than you care to.....

But I am thrilled to say that the first block of Kim McLean's Lollypop quilt is finished.  I've been at this journey for a year already and was sure that black was the background I wanted and I had all the blocks cut and marked -- and one made -- when I decided that a light background was a better decision for my taste.  Loved the black but decided I didn't want to do 16 of these beauties and then the sashing not do it justice.  I do love this fabric and I'm certain I'll be more satisfied in the long run.
And -- to change things a bit...here are a pair of mittens that I made two weeks ago when special friends were here for a long weekend.  Somehow (and I don't know how - I was just following directions from my "mitten coach") these were done with a pattern that was all one piece and you just flipped it over for the other hand.  You then do the same thing for a fleece liner.  Don't ask me how it works....
They are a tad big so I'm going to take a little bigger seam when I'm feeling brave....but I love using the cuff of the sweater for the mittens and how well the stripes matched.  Overpinning probably helped that.

And -- if you have time, you may want to check out Lily's Quilts for an incredible giveaway of Oakshott cottons.  Talk about color and texture and reflective light -- they are great!

I hope your life is full of color!  Jan

10 comments:

Lesley said...

Your lollipop block is sensational. Love the background fabric that you ended up choosing. And the mittens are so cute!

Katherine said...

I love your lollipop block! Great fabric choices.

Wow. Your mittens are gorgeous. Love all those pretty colours.

LuAnn said...

What a gorgeous block; I love this background!

Exuberant Color said...

I like the dotted background better than black. It just adds to the fun of all the circles in the applique

Ellen said...

I think your block turned out lovely and those mittens are pretty too! We are getting snow today so those mittens would come in handy around here.

Macquilt said...

It makes me smile!

Erika said...

The block is very pretty and colorful!

Hope you can at the It’s a Wrap Link Party at Artful Rising.

Erika

Brenda said...

Wow there is a lot going on in that block. I would want it to pop also, good choice of background!

Karima said...

I love the mittens

Mary Anne Drury said...

WOW !!! LOVE that applique block AND those mittens !!! My kind of colors !!! You've been busy !