Well, it didn't work the way I wanted it to. I mixed russet paint with gold, and instead of coming out with a beautiful reddish gold, it came out pink. And now the painted parts are getting stiff, so I don't want to paint over it again. Sigh... anyway - here it is with the pink background on the flower block:
It may be darker but it still stands out too much imo. Oh well. Hopefully it is balanced some by the two light blocks in the bottom row. This is the part of quilting that always frustrates me - balancing color and value in the finished quilt. I am never satisfied with my finished project. Still, I have loved the process of making these blocks and putting it all together so I will live with the product as is.
I have been shopping for a new (used) machine. I want another Bernina 440. Not that there's anything wrong with the one I have. I just want a second machine that I can travel with - go to retreats and classes. They say you should do all your piecing on the same machine, so I figure getting a second 440 means I can piece on both machines and my 1/4 inch seam will be the same (or close enough) on both. So far, I have lost every auction I've bid on. I am trying to buy one directly, but so far the prices have been a little high. Anyone out there know of a good used 440 I can buy cheap?
Tonight I am beating the heat at the local senior center (using the free internet there) and attending the 'Thursday Night Strippers' quilting group. Billie Lauder has been coming and joining us and teaching some new and interesting techniques and other things. It's been very fun. And here I am on the computer... lol... some quilter, eh?
Tomorrow they have called a flex alert for the entire state of California. We are supposed to turn our air conditioners to 78 degrees. I don't know if that's actually going to happen, but if it does, I will probably go someplace else... like back here to the senior center, where it's nice and cool. I hate socal weather in the summer. Too darn hot!!!