First Real Sock!, originally uploaded by Cathi O’Neill.

Things are moving along here. I’ve started quilting my applecore quilt with freehand fans in natural thread and it is looking lovely… I really love the look of the fans on antique quilts, so it is fun to learn!

I have also finished the first sock of my pair, have to cast on soon for the second one lest dreaded second sock syndrome start!! I made this more of an ankle sock with 2 repeats of the pattern instead of the normal 3… I blame genetics and a few extra pounds for my large calves, lol!! This fits great and so far is staying up, woo hoo! This is the first time I used sock wool (instead of heavy wool) and tiny needles, I’m loving this so much better than my first pair of thick socks, even if it takes much longer!! I used Trekking Pro Natura which is 75% wool, 25% bamboo and will have to go look up the colorway, but it is a lovely one!

Any UK or Irish quilters planning on heading to the Birmingham festival of Quilts on Saturday the 18th of August? I got a very cheap flight for the day (early arrival late departure) for Birmingham to see the festival!! I hope to meet up with good friends Katy and Barbara. But would love to meet some other fellow bloggers. Anyone else up for meeting?? Can’t wait to see all the quilts and ALL THE VENDORS!! LOL.

If you can believe it, I’ve been quiilting away on my DJ and am up to 37 blocks now. It is nice to get more done than expected…I’m hoping to start on my 4th row of the quilt tomorrow!!

Tonight I need to finish my next crazy quilt round robin block (deadline to post: tomorrow!!). I am just not very good at it. Don’t think I will ever become a great crazy quilter. I’d love to do one more project for myself eventually, but I think I’ll focus on more simple stitchery for future projects for a while.

It is sunny today for the first time in a while so might get crazy quilt ready to sew outside while kiddies play!