I know, I know. I wasn't going to start until I finished both tops...
Today I cut out the background pieces for the Roseville anyway. I am quite excited!! (I am thinking this doesn't count this as actually starting the Roseville--maybe it's just preparing to start?) In cutting, I came close to having a serious problem, and am mentioning the obvious here just so you don't experience it too. My fabric had a factory flaw in it. (the pencil is pointing at it)
Also, you can see in the photo above that I used my new rotary cutter pinking blade to cut the pieces so they wouldn't fray as I applique them. (Hopefully this won't be a problem when putting them together later, but I don't think it will be as the pieces need to be squared up later anyway.) The pinking blade worked really slick, and I am pleased with it, although I wonder how long it will stay sharp. Time will tell if it is worth the extra money.
Tomorrow (??) I'll behave and get back to work on my quilt top.... I will, I really will. The draw of the Roseville is strong though--I'm not sure how long I can resist appliquing a few pieces.