I had a little better luck today one the shopping front--both shops were open for business and it is quilter's quality stuff. The yardage on the left is for the round robin border--that "paper bag" color for the background. At right, the top 4 are for me with my $25.00 off gift certificate--1/2 yard cuts for the reproduction stash. The other three may be part of the applique I intend to do on the robin because I have some pieces in the stash that MIGHT work---either/or. I overcut fabric on vines I did on an earlier round so I don't think it will be necessary to make more unless I go with a different color green--also could come from stash, in that case. I am only doing that applique on two opposing corners mainly because it needs a break from all that busy-ness at center but also because I don't want to spend a year appliquing. Aline took to it back to fix a couple spots where the person after her chopped off the star points she had tried hard to do correctly. That's fine---I can wait.
Aline drove and our friends Jane and Sarah went along with us today. Very overcast but that is almost easier to drive in--the sunlight does not glare or strobe through the trees. We took a slightly different route to the quilt shop in that we did not have to get on interstate at all. The trees were gorgeous and new scenery to look at. We had lunch at the tearoom in Trussville when we first got to town. LOL, those "local" quilt shops that are over an hour away.
I got the challenge quilt blocks done last evening and will finish up the top after supper. It is a small quilt so shouldn't be hard to get it done though I may wait to do the outer border tomorrow--BEFORE I clean up this house for Cher's visit. (Finn, I've got that hug ready for her)
Judy, I have tried adjusting the color in Picassa but some old image editing software I used to use would make it far more easier and truer in color---I think I need to be able to adjust the RGB--like add or lessen the blue tones? I played with the two block pictures and just made it worse but gotta love that "un-do" thing.
I'm outta here-------
UPDATE: 7:30 p.m. I just discovered that those five blocks that I did last night are pieced wrong----ack! I started off around the ring with the wrong colored strip so I guess that seam ripper is going to get a work out. The one that is right and joined in the quilt looks pretty good if I do say so. Just wasn't watching closely enough and was chatting between stitches. RATS anyway---but if you are going to sew, you best be prepared to do this unsewing.