Meanwhile, I used the break as excuse to embark on a new quilting project.
The pattern, which is from the first Material Obsession book, calls for 34 Ohio stars. Each one is made from a different print from my stash.
Just when I was getting thoroughly sick and tired of making so many stars I moved on to the the next step which involves joining stars to make 8 sets of flower bunches and embellishing them with embroidery stems and hand applique leaves. I'm enjoying this step as I can work on the couch and the stitching and the leaves are fairly large and not too fussy.
I also made myself a new coaster.
I'm pretty happy with it, but how it holds up, only time will tell. I find that my home sewn kitchenwares made with quilting-weight cotton tend to be on the flimsy side. I like my potholders to be thick and sturdy and able to withstand high heat. I always add a layer thermal treated fabric in with two layers of batting, which I also used here, but this time I used a waffle-weave cotton towel for the backing.
I'm hoping this will add the "heft" I'm looking for.
I think it looks pretty "snazzy" with my french press.
Here's my daughter on Thanksgiving, snuggling with my sister's newest dog. He's 4 pounds (full-grown) of cute! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.