Surprise... I actually finished another block this weekend! I treated myself and stitched for quite a few hours, happily finishing off Block 8.
This one went pretty fast, the seams just kind of fell together. Here's a closeup for you of two of the better treatments.
This is the last dark block on the left side, so now I'm moving on into the light, moonlit sky blocks... cool!
I also put together a travel bag that will hold everything I need to work on the sky blocks for this quilt, at least the embroidery part. I picked it up at TJ Maxx the other day, it just struck me as the perfect bag for carrying supplies.
Here it is closed up - not the greatest picture, but you get the idea:
Then it opens up to this - the booklet lays perfectly on the top:
And here it is completely opened up, with plenty of room in the bottom for folded CQ blocks:
See that booklet laying there? I have had that booklet, in one iteration or another, since the sixties. Here are the three of them:
Upper left is the 1964 edition, upper right is the 1975 version, and bottom is the 1979 version, bought just a few years ago when I couldn't find the other ones. The funny thing is, they all have exactly the same stitches in them (I checked)! They have a good, rounded set of stitches, with both the basics and enough more advanced stitches to keep things interesting. I like them because they are thin and flexible, fitting almost anywhere. The most recent one is easiest on these aging eyes, so that's the one I'll carry with me, just in case the aging memory needs help. ;0)