We just returned from a week at the beach, where we try to go at least once a year to refresh our sea legs. We go to a little island (Tybee) and stay in a funky-retro renovated cottage. There are few things that beat the sight of my kidlets little bottoms trudging over the dunes to the big waves. We collected shells, warmed in tide pools, crashed the sea, saw dolphins and amazing dive bombing pelicans, played old maid, and generally just vegged. The children's godparents were able to fly in from the other coast, which made this visit particularly delightful.
While there, I managed to complete the first 14 stars of the Harvest Moon small project from the Yahoo-PrimFolkApplique2 group. I can't remember the last time I did needle-turn, so I'm really happy with the results. I'm completely old school when it comes to needle turn--no glue, no freezer paper, no prebasting. Just trace, cut, pin in place and we're off.
It's amazing how satisfying it can be to turn each little corner and fold under each ragged seam. Such a sense of completion!
If you're interested, I've added a set to my flickr page that shows just the BOAF blocks, so I can watch this quilt grow block by block.
Oh, and someone asked about the quilt shown in the last post. This is a pattern, Lucky Star, by Teri Atkinson. It's a wonderful card to have in your deck. It takes forever to cut, but always seems to turn out beautifully and it accommodates any type of fabric theme--from juvenile to batik.