when she sent back my swap strips, she included this little red spool block. i was smitten! even though i had other plans for my strips, i caved and made some little spool blocks for myself. they are sooo adorable! i am thinking these will make an ideal border for a scrappy quilt i have planned (for the other strips), don't you? i really love scrap quilts. *** well, my weekend is drawing to a close and did accomplish quite a bit. in addition to these little blocks, got in some serious quilting time on the center diamond border. also picked up the baby emma applique piece in hopes of finishing the piecing on the wallhanging. pulled out my jo morton orangey/rust/gold pieces plus some black FQs--sheesh, did i way over estimate--and got to work. i had heard this was tricky because of the original instructions in metric measurement, but whew, the tiny flying geese borders are coming along nicely! couldn't be happier and anxious now to finish this little piece. it's an official UFO so hopefully will get quilted this summer and be off the list before the year is out.