We returned from our family reunion trip this past Thursday and aside from some extra laundry, all is back to normal. We had a great time! My husband was able to come this year and our kids were old enough that I wasn't completely exhausted from the mother hen routine. I even got to snuggle my cousin's 5 week-old daughter. This was the first reunion in ages where there was a little baby there and I wasn't completely tied up with my own babies.
We took the kids swimming and for a boat ride into a cave. The cave was blissfully cool!
I'm working on my sampler quilt again and while I thought this block would be the last pieced block, I'm not entirely sure. The center block will be an applique block. I haven't quite decided what though. Maybe a butterfly.
I did a lot of unsewing and resewing on this block. After I took this picture, I see another spot that needs to be fixed. I always thought that the accurate cutting, preciseness, and attention to alignment of the patches was what turned this "free-spirit" off of piecing, but maybe it's just that the bit of perfectionism in me can't tolerate my mistakes.
But I'm sticking with this project and refusing to be defeated by my points; and there are a lot of them! I played around with the layout and swapped a few blocks around, but there's still one that I don't like.
I'm going to work on the applique block now, before I start a replacement block. In the meantime, look at the above layout and tell me if you think one of these blocks just doesn't work for you. For clarity purposes, let's number them 1-8 starting with the top left block and going clockwise.