Planning for my participation in the tea cup block swap is well underway, and I have assembled a kit of fabrics, freezer paper patterns and thread to take with me next week. It's my sewing for the road. Now, when I am up alone in the evenings, I will have a project to occupy my time.
Pressing the large circles for the saucers is going swimmingly thanks to a new method I found in McCall's Quilting, April 2008. The instructions for the Fairy Rings quilt show an easier way to prep circles, and you don't have to sew a gathering thread around each one. This is one of those brilliant ideas that are so obvious when you see it. Check it out.