This next paragraph might seem disjointed, but bear with me!
Last night I was finishing up some piecing and was still plugging away at my new leader/ender project (501). I had so many 2" red squares cut out from long ago that I thought I could spare a few for this first item pictured. I am making some mini quilts for a quilt wall. I don't know if it will be in my bedroom or sewing room. Maybe one in each. Anyway, I pieced and basted this last night (for future hand quilting). It is 14-1/2" square. Mostly Thimbleberries. A few oddball creams thrown in. It is a charming quilt, meaning the same red was not used twice.
I went round and round with quilting ideas for the Shooting Star quilt. I am not as accomplished at custom quilting as I would like. I wanted to do something outstanding since it will be our guest room quilt, but not spend a lifetime on it, you know? I have an amazing binding treatment I am going to use. You will just have to wait for that.
Although I was eager to get this started, I had some self control. Last night I went to bed determined not to start any quilting until I had cleaned out our kitchen desk area. Six upper cabinet doors that hid a plethora of junk plus four drawers beneath. Intimidating, but I wanted to do it before my son (who has been visiting at his aunt's this week) got back (tonight). That is his school desk and where he uses the computer. Weeeeeell, I woke up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at...wait for it...3:30 AM!! I tried to go back to sleep, but couldn't. I hate it when that happens. But then I stopped hating and got busy. Not only did I finish the desk/counter, but I also scrubbed the wood around all our countertops.
I ironed my quilt back, so pleased with how it turned out. Then I loaded this monster. It. is. so big.
Here is a picture from the front (on the 10" wide black border) and one from the underside.