I promise I'm still a quilter! After all the handwork I've shared lately, I'm sure you were beginning to wonder. But slowly and surely, I've been working each day on the Sparkle Punch quilt I started in late December with all my Christmas Scraps.
Happily, I included nearly 75 unique prints! Not all are specifically holiday-themed, but they HAVE all been used in holiday projects over the years. It's been fun revisiting them and using the very last bits of many.
For the background, I used four Kona cotton solids - Silver, Lighthouse, Ash, and Overcast - plus an Essex yarn dyed in Steel. I'm sure the chaos of how I used those grays might be a bit much to some, but personally, I really love it. My only 'rule' was to make sure I used the Essex at least one time in each section.
I actually stared piecing the sections together before I finished the blocks, just to maximize the use of my design wall. The final two rows were actually laid out on the floor, but it worked.
And yesterday, I finally finished the quilt top. I gotta say, it was a struggle. But I kept at it, day by day, and I'm so glad I did. Coming up with a backing, basting, and quilting seem like an uphill battle from here; but I'm committed, and am going to try and stay focused. I know I'll be glad when this quilt is all ready to snuggle with when the holidays roll around again.