We had to take a trip to Jamestown yesterday, to pick up a quilt from the patchwork shop. It's always dangerous when we go there, and this time I was determined to limit my buying to 4 FQs. HAH! There were some remnants of batiks at $12 a metre, and Mereth & I fell in love with a big floral and each got 2m, plus some Jo Mortons..... Well, it was only 5.5m in total, so if I get busy and make some backings I will remove that much from the stash easily.
After I'd finished a few chores at home I messed around with some trial blocks, because this year is going to be about more than just UFOs. I've been wanting to do something with my cheddar/orange fabrics for a while, and the quilt Bonnie showed a couple of days ago might just be The One.
I also have a preoccupation with tree quilts, and spied a pattern on Mereth's computer that appealed to me. I made a trial block, and I'm still deciding if I want to go ahead with it straight away. It's a lot of HSTs, made easier with the Accuquilt, but nevertheless, a lot of piecing per block. It can sit on my design wall for a while, till I make my mind up.
Then there are two batik quilts simmering in the background, as I try to choose which one to work on first for a quick finish. Should I do a 16-patch, which is lightning quick, or a cross quilt like this? (Second part of tutorial here). I may very well do both, but which one first? I love this time of choosing what to do next, like hesitating with one hand over the chocolate box. Whatever I choose, I'm going to enjoy it.