My mom and I flew down and visited family. We didn't get to see everybody, sadly, but we had a good visit and a break from the wintry weather back home.
I didn't have to take a lot of equipment with me to work on these blocks--just the butterflies, the cut squares, white thread, needles, and a child's pair of scissors (TSA even let me get on the plane with them). I used white thread because that's how these were typically done back in the day. Plus a lot of these fabrics have a white background or are multicolored. It saved having to bring all sorts of colors of thread.
I will probably set them like this, alternating blue and white and with the butterflies oriented as you can see. I am thinking about adding some scraps for sashing, though. I do have a big bag of 50s-60s scraps.
Speaking of scraps, I actually BOUGHT some. Again. Why are other people's scraps so much more interesting than my own? I have had a lot of fun with Debbie's scraps, I bought a scrap bag at a quilt shop we visited near Madison, and now I've bought one closer to home.
This one came from Ye Olde Schoolhouse in Cedarburg. I had to drop by the museum the other day (the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts: Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts) to pick up some files, so I stopped by Ye Olde Schoolhouse, which is just around the corner. Here's their web page: Ye Olde Schoolhouse Quilt Shop
I bought some sale fabrics for sashing and borders, a new book, some not-on-sale fabrics, and this scrap bag, which was absolutely stuffed with beautiful fabric. The pieces range from small squares to full width of fabric strips.
Things are warming up around here, making me start to believe in spring, but I'm sure winter has a few surprises still in store for us. For now, I'm going to keep calm and keep sewing.