Haven't been able to get much done this past week thanks to being sick all week. (I don't do sick well! lol) However I did get the first two blocks for my tea towel challenge quilt designed and made. The tea towel that I'm using in the quilt is one that shows multiple scenes from London. I bought it because it reminds me of a trip that I made there back in 1997 to celebrate having finished my first master's degree.
The fabrics that I'm using in the quilt for the most part are ones that I bought while in London. They are all Rose & Hubble prints and from a line of Christmas prints they had out there. Should be interesting to see if I can manage to keep it from looking like a Christmas quilt.
More info about them can be found here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearly_Kings_and_Queens
The second block that I completed is a machine appliqued block of Queen Elizabeth's silhouette. Because of all the tight curves I just did a raw-edge applique with a straight stitch instead of satin-stitching or button hole.
One of the things that I did while there was wait with all of the other people (tourists and locals) at St. Paul's Cathedral one morning to see the members of the royal family arrive to celebrate the anniversary of the church. The Queen and Prince Phillip were driven right by where I was standing which was fun. This block is in memory of that morning.
Still have a number of blocks in my mind to make for this quilt. And it is one of the projects that I have pulled to take with me to the quilt retreat I'm headed to this week. =)