First up is this little piece, using the pattern from the Wendy Butler Berns class I took several years ago. My original plan was to make four of these- one for each season. The first one was spring. I started this one last year when I realized how very few winter themed quilts I have to hang in my little "Gallery" for January.
And with a Museum Quilt Guild quilt show coming up this year, I'd like to finish a few things to show.
I've been trying to decide how to quilt this One Block Wonder. Originally I had thought to use the motif in the fabric (in the borders here) as a design, But then I think about how an intricate quilting design will be lost on this, and think I should keep it simple.
This background, from the "Cheater Bargello" class I took a few years ago is still waiting for the pokeweed appliqués.
I made this one- again, several years ago- using some bonus HST units from a class I taught way back before I was blogging, using Karen Combs "Celtic Pieced Illusions" book. I added the borders while preparing for a demo using the double diamond ruler. I'm sure I just had no idea how to quilt it, so I didn't.
I pieced this using my favorite Scrap Therapy pattern, Charming Buds, at retreat a couple of years ago. It would make a great gift, wouldn't it?
(I just looked for a link to the pattern, but it isn't on Joan's website. I wonder why?)
I almost forgot the Simple Symmetry blocks I have laid out from the class last October with Paula Nadelstern.
I have several donation quilts in varying stages of completion...
Another top I pieced on retreat a couple of years ago. Just needs quilting, which seems to be the holdup pretty often.
I use Bonnie Hunter's "leaders and enders" to make all those scrap therapy pieces into blocks while I work on other projects. I had a pile of nine patches, so I made another pile of HSTs and laid them out in a sort of rainbow- probably inspired by the raffle quilt I did for the 2012 quilt show.
I had a bunch of the half square triangle units leftover, so when I saw this I laid mine out in the same design. Sort of.
The original is more effective, and I wasn't happy with the border when I got it done- I stuck those bits in there just to use them up. But I wasn't unhappy enough to redo it.
Hopefully some child will be happy to have a blankie- it will be backed with a very soft flannel.
This is the inspiration photo, as my project is a bag full of four patch and HST blocks. I think I'll bring this to retreat and assemble it.
This was supposed to be the guest room quilt, but it needs another border to make it queen sized.
Looks like a LOT, doesn't it? This doesn't include a small project for the silent auction, a growth chart panel for Jonathan, a couple of challenges and the top I brought home to finish for the guild's community service day.
But at least I have my goals laid out. Having a plan is sometimes all it takes to get things moving.
Cait giving me time to play with Jonathan.
I had some sewing time last weekend where I just played.
My iPad isn't dead after the update!
Only 28 days to retreat!
The kittens are getting better.