Hard to believe we are finished with April. It's been such a cool and wet month that it really has not felt like spring. It has been a busy month. May looks to be even busier as Drama Teen graduates from 8th grade, so there are lots of activities going on with that and the end of the school year.
The sewing machine has been getting a work out as I'm down to the wire on finishing up 5 quilts that need to be done by the end of May. Number 4 of the 5 made it to the finished flimsy point and the back got pieced. It will get sent out for quilting sometime this week. To celebrate that milestone, I gave my self permission to start another new project.
April's NewFO is from my original list (posted here). Well it's sorta on the list. I had collected a set of blue and beige fat quarters to make Debbie Maddy's Vienna Stars quilt.
This project was supposed to have been March's NewFO, but the more I looked at the pattern the less I liked it. But I still wanted to use those fabrics, at least the blue ones. So I pulled out all my block books, found a block I liked in one, then found the same block in EQ.
Playing around in EQ produced one layout in two colorways that I asked for comments on back at the first of the month (that post is here). From reading the comments, I think the pink and brown version was more popular and that's the one Drama Teen liked, so that's the version I decided to go with.
I was a bit concerned with how bright the pink looks in the EQ mock up, it didn't look that bright laid against all the blues. That's the one place where EQ can really lead you astray. It looks just fine in the first block.
I'm paper piecing this block which definitely makes it easy to get all the points sharp and keep all the parts aligned. Just the one block got made. It will probably be late May or June before I make another block, Calico Cats is the last one on my list that needs to get done by the end of May, so it will get priority till it's finished.