Yesterday I finished off the Grandmother's Compass block, I used the pattern from my BlockBase software for this block, it is slightly different from the pattern that came out for the Just Takes 2 quilt. I initially thought that I would paper foundation piece the outside blocks and then applique the melons but eventually decided to hand piece the whole block. I worked on it off and on all weekend and finished stitching the outer surround on yesterday, I can see that it needs a bit more pressing, but overall I'm really pleased how this block turned out.
The quilt was started in January 2012 and I was quite enthusiastic at first but then I got overwhelmed with making all the blocks and the other projects that I had started so I lost interest in all of them fairly quickly. There is still one more block to be finished (an applique one) and then I will call it finished. I have been debating with myself over the last couple of weeks whether to make all the blocks required for the original quilt but my heart isn't in it and it would probably never get finished.
This koala visited us yesterday afternoon, the Mister decided to see if it wanted a drink and surprisingly it did, I was amazed that it let him give it a stroke as well. We feel incredibly lucky that these creatures come into our back yard and spend time there, especially as we have no gum trees for them to eat. (read more about koalas at the Australian Koala Foundation website)