Sorry. Life's been busy.
I finally got downstairs to do a bit of sewing just for me today, and it felt GREAT. I didn't do much, but it was something that had been intimidating me for ages, and I finally got it done. I'm making two quilts for the schoolroom, because a layer cake cut into 4 HSTs makes a LOT of squares... :) They're 6 3/4" square, which would result in a 12.5" finished square, which is an odd size. I wanted to do a square-in-square block with my Cuzco accent fabric to be the same size as a finished square, but I couldn't quite squeak out the center squares out of the two fat quarters that I have. How I was going to figure this out just took months for me to settle on the final decision. But it got made! I'm off the fence!
I decided to trim the HSTs down to 6 1/2" which would put me at a 12" square, and then I was able to get the 9" squares out of the fat quarter that would end up being the center of the square-on-square accent blocks.
Totally confusing to anyone who's not a quilter, but I hope that made sense to someone!
I had just been dreading cutting into my hoarded Cuzco fat quarters until I got this figured out - but I just did it. Not only did I get the Cuzco cut, I actually got all six square-in-squares sewn and pressed. The way naptimes have gone lately, this basically constitues a minor miracle! Isn't that Cuzco just so incredibly vibrant?
I need to post later about all the FABULOUS swaps I've been in, and the ones that are coming up!