Remember my Union Jack quilt blocks?
Well, I've made a little progress since then on my quilt.
I really love each different flag block.
But a quilt emergency has arisen and three of my Union Jacks have been requisitioned for duty in a more pressing project.
A special friend of mine is coming to visit in a couple of weeks. She is from Norway. We met each other when I lived in England and were roommates for about 5 months. She is like a sister to me. I'm pretty sure we are somehow distantly related. (I have a Norwegian Great-Grandfather, so I have some Viking blood in me somewhere.) Julie is probably the closest friend at the greatest distance. She lived with me at the same time as my friend Sarah and she was the one who called to tell me of Sarah's passing.
And so I decided to make her a quilt! Julie is 100% Norwegian - has lived in Oslo most of her life, but her parents were living in New Jersey for a short time when she was born, so she has dual citizenship.
Which means three different country's flags for her quilt. (It's nice that their colors all coordinate so well.) I finished piecing the top Friday night and dropped it off at the quilters. I think it may be one of my favorite quilts ever and I need to make one for myself! I can't wait to see it finished.
And here are some in-progress photos. One of the great things about this house is that there is a room in the basement for all my sewing mess. I used to sew in the family room at our old house and my projects were always all over the place = mess. But as nice as it is to have that space, I don't get nearly as much sewing done as I used to. Especially now that it's summer. So, I've been temporarily relocating my machine to the kitchen table most days. I get so much more accomplished in the hub of the action - because I can start and stop as the needs arise without having to go up and down stairs. I'm trying to keep my mess contained to one project at a time - the rest in the basement - so things don't get out of control.
This also means I have entertaining things happening all around me while I sew. Like Light Sabers suddenly flashing in front of me.
Also, discovering that Omnigrid quilting rulers make really great monster truck ramps.