The journey of Lollypops continues. This is not the first, and is far from the last, post on my ongoing relationship with Kim McLean's Lollypop Quilt. I will spare you all the links; if you're interested, you can click on Labels on the right side of the blog. Suffice it to say, I've chatted about this before.
I love the Tour de France! Also not a new comment. I also love Wimbledon! So the last two weeks have been perfect for handwork. As I've had a few minutes, I've run up to my little quilting room and pulled out this block that I prepared months ago, and have done a little stitching. My tension on my stitches is a little wonky -- you can see some puckering in the block --but that will "quilt out" right?
This block that is prepped has fewer motifs to appliqué so it will be next. My personality is to start with the hardest (or most unpleasant) first and get it done so the balance is easier (or less distasteful in some circumstances -- that's not the case here). It's not distasteful in the least -- it will just take longer.
The last prepped block looks like a breeze, doesn't it? Bigger motifs, fewer small circles, and fun colors. And this is the actual design -- no editing from me. While I now have three (of 16!) blocks completely appliqued and two more ready to go, I had a moment of epiphany and realized that if I put everything aside and just prepped blocks and appliqued like a madwoman, I probably could not finish this quilt by the end of the year. Really? YIKES. I need to get my act in gear and be more deliberate about this wonderful quilt. I love it. It makes me happy. BUT. Piecing makes me happy. Long arm quilting makes me happy. Giving people finished quilts makes me happy. But not getting this done before I'm 90 doesn't make me too happy! I need to give this some thought and decide on some priorities and commitments.
Let me say -- this little gem from Superior Threads is a lifesaver! I would never have enough different colors to appliqué all these bright colors. I do have four spools of silk thread and I like them a lot but sometimes the colors just work better. What a beautiful rainbow! I highly recommend it if you have an appliqué project in your future.
I hope you have something that you are working on that makes you happy!