|The courthouse under the arch is where they tried the Dred Scott case - cool!|
I had finished one book and all my hexagons by Thursday evening.
|I did all the basting on the planes. I use the mylar pop-out templates, not paper.|
|Oops! Ran out of templates! Gotta add the flowers to the main quilt to free up some more templates.|
Oh well, my second book would get me through the flights home on Friday, I thought. WRONG! The nor'easter that battered the East Coast meant that all flights were cancelled, and they couldn't re-book me on a flight home until SUNDAY!!! Luckily, Washington University was gracious about bringing me back to campus and providing me with a room for my extended stay, but what was a gal to do? My second book was finished before bedtime on Friday. Luckily, Washington University is situated next to Forest Park which has a zoo, a history museum and an art museum, all FREE to the public. Saturday was a day of exploration! I walked miles and miles, enjoying the park, the history museum and the art museum. I ran out of steam before I made it to the zoo, got something to eat and went to bed ridiculously early. Then, I bought another book at the airport on Sunday to help me make it through the day.
I made it back home on Sunday just in time for Sit Down Dinner duty and study hall duty. It's a busy week here at school, exam time, so I don't have much time to sew, but I'm using every spare moment to sew these hexie flowers onto the quilt so I can free up some more of my templates.
(If you've not used the templates before, you pop them out once a hexie is completely surrounded by other hexies. I have a combination of "Quilt Patis" and "Brandy's Mylar Pieces" - which has apparently gone out of business - but I've also made my own templates before with card stock and a hole punch. I prefer this method over traditional English Paper Piecing where you actually baste onto the paper.)
|The backside of my quilt. You can see there are only templates in the outside pieces. I use that black "stick" to pop the templates out once a hexagon is completely surrounded by other hexagons.|
But starting Saturday, I have TWO WHOLE WEEKS OFF!!! Can you tell how I excited I am? My own children will be in school (they had a week off in February, and will have another week off in April), so I am dreaming of spending all day, every day, creating!
And in April, when I have two more counselor visits scheduled (to Vanderbilt in Nashville, and then to six colleges in Ohio: Kenyon, Denison, Wittenberg, Ohio Wesleyan, College of Wooster and Oberlin), you can best believe I am going to bring more handwork than I think I can finish, just in case!
I am linking up with Oh Scrap and Monday Making.