1. What my FIRST purchase in an entire year will be!
2. My next quilting endeavor/adventure! I've dropped a hint or two about this already, but I still don't think you'd ever guess.
Now, what is that dark picture above? When I developed my technique for making portrait quilts several years ago, I realized that a pattern for a quilt portrait could be used in other ways, too. I made a pattern from a picture of our daughters; then I used carbon paper to transfer it to an artist's canvas. Now I had a custom paint-by-numbers project. I used acrylic craft paint to fill in each section. It seems a bit stark at this point, so I put a black wash over the canvas and then sealed it with a glossy varnish. Kind of fun.