I started a crazy quilting class this afternoon at my local quilt shop. Diane is an excellent instructor, full of ideas and knowledge. Interestingly enough, she also lives across the street from where I grew up in Swartz Creek and her kids went to school with me. Funny how small the world is... I spent this afternoon auditioning fabrics for the 16" square, and then basting them in place. I spent this evening practicing my embroidery stitches, most people learn this as a kid, I am a late starter to say the least, and am nowhere near as good as I would like to be. I was in a hurry when I left this afternoon for class, I had just finished freezing the bushel of peaches, so I didn't take as many fabrics as I wanted. I anticipate that I am going to do much more auditioning and basting before I start the embroidery. The process of crazy quilting is to baste fabrics in a somewhat pleasing pattern on a base, we are using pellon fleece, and then use fancy embroidery stitches to actually hold the fabrics in place. No machine involved... Then you get to use ribbons, beads, lace, and pretty much anything else to embellish the square. My class is a sunday afternoon once a month for 4 months. We'll see how much I get done. As Harold says, there are lots of irons in the fire right now.