I've managed to finish up a couple of flimsies recently, although it's taken more than a week to drag the camera out for photos of them...
This is from a pattern called "Quodlibet:" that I found at a shop in Madison WI last fall. All the other versions I've seen have darks where mine has lights, and vice versa -- I just had to be different.
And this is the Crayon Box top I made from a Bonnie Hunter pattern while on retreat in the mountains last month; I think it came together pretty well!
Last but not least, an actual finished object. This was the Planet Patchwork Christmas
Mystery from last year (not much of a mystery, in my opinion) that was quilted most beautifully by Alethea Ballard. If you look at the black triangles and the border, you'll see the yellow chrysanthemums she scattered everywhere.
I have another quilt that Alethea did that's just waiting for binding and then I'll show it off...
In keeping with my tradition that all my real and imaginary nieces and nephews get a quilt when they finish high-school -- I have two finishes to report.
First is for a "real" nephew -- this quilt has been mostly done for quite a while, but the binding just got added last month and the label went on yesterday. It was made with him in mind, since for a while he was thinking about the air force (he already has his pilot's license). I named it "Wild Blue Yonder" and it was quilted by Margaret Gunn.
For the second graduate, I was planning to give the wonky trees quilt that I've shown before, but after having it quilted I decided it was a little too whimsical for this young man... so I pulled out a sampler top made from Friday Block Party blocks and did a quick, minimalist spiral quilting job on it. Bound, washed & labeled, and will be gifted this evening!
One more finish, for me -- another pair of socks, made from Miss Babs in her "Perfectly Wreckless" colorway. I tried the "fish lips kiss" heel for the first time; I'm not sure if I like it yet, because it's been way too hot for wool socks here lately.
This is the last evening of my retreat in the mountains -- it's been a lot of fun, and insanely productive! I think I've done about 2 months worth of sewing in a week...
Here's a new almost-done top -- most of the Rocky Mountain Puzzle blocks came from a birthday swap in
2012; I found the layout in the "layout library" in Electric Quilt and then made 5 more blocks to make it all work. It is eventually going to get a sawtooth border, but I want to sketch it out first to see how it will fit in.
Do you remember what my box of 2 1/2" squares looked like before? This it how it looks today; I've used up a ton of them, and plan to keep playing with them this evening to see how much more of a dent I can make in the yellow/blue/green/purple stacks.
And what have I been doing with the squares? Making these 9-21-49 patch segments for what I think might become a new quilt for my bed. If you enlarge the photo, you'll see there's quite a variety of color within the blue and purple sections especially, but I love the way it all seems to come together.
I took my box of 2 1/2" squares and a big bag stuffed full of 2 1/2" strips up to the foothills for a little quilt retreat with a couple of friends this week. (and a couple of other projects, too...) We're staying in Arnold, which is a pretty sleepy town now that Memorial Day has passed.
My first order of business was the strips -- this is the "Crayon Box" pattern from Bonnie Hunter's wonderful site. It measures about 48" x 60" right now and will get a border or two once I'm home with my stash. It used up almost all of my strips!
One of my "real" projects is the "Red Centre" pattern from Kathy Dougherty's book Making Quilts. I had cut the strips ahead of time, and it is going together really quickly -- the print fabrics are all Kaffe Fassett and friends.
Somewhere around this point I used up the last of a big cone of Aurifil thread -- time for chocolate!
Today, in between sewing the other quilt together, I'm attacking the box of squares, which I've sorted by color now. I'm going to do a version of "Growing Up Odd" which I found as a tutorial at Wedding Dress Blue. I'm starting with larger squares, and each of the units will be monochromatic.
My friend Catherine has been rotating between components of several projects, but this is the beginning of a Burgoyne Surrounded wallhanging that's on the design-batting this morning. I love red and white quilts...
And Kathleen was only able to stay for a couple of days, but look at what she accomplished! (She did have almost all the pieces cut ahead of time) This is a variation of "Soul Searching", also from Kathy Dougherty's book linked above. She hung it from the balcony early this morning for photos.
Finally, lest you think we're all quilt and no play -- we did a hike in Calaveras Big Trees State Park yesterday and I had to do a selfie under one of the big trees! (Catherine, Kathleen, and me)
If you had a large shoebox crammed full of 2-1/2" square scraps (not to mention a rather large pile of 2-1/2" strips of various lengths up to about 18") -- what would you make from them?
(There's no way I want to sort through everything to see what multiples I might have of particular fabrics)
I have made a couple of postage-stamp style quilts in the past (small ones) and I've thought about just making random 36-patch units until I can't stand it anymore and there's enough for a quilt! But I'm hoping my crafty readers might have some more creative ideas...
I haven't been doing a huge amount of sewing this week, but there are a few more "Tula Pink" blocks on the wall! I've added a few more fabrics to the mix -- all from stash. I don't know what it is about these, but they're addictive and I think it will end up being a very happy quilt.
There's also been another jigsaw puzzle on the table. This is one I bought at a C&T warehouse sale years ago -- a Ruth McDowell quilt -- and finally pulled off the shelf. It was actually pretty easy, since I'm so used to looking at fabric and color.