Whew. School is back in session, and my son is busily filling up my afternoons with Mom-Taxi jobs. Gymnastics, parkour, and Drum lessons were attended, along with the always exciting “Back to School Night”. In addition, my husband was on a business trip, so I drove to the airport twice. With all of that going on, I did manage to get some work done on my various projects.
First, I developed a downloadable pattern for my Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop. It is available for download on Craftsy. It is the first pattern in my pattern shop, and it is a freebie. Next up I will be developing a pattern for the full quilt using this block.
I have been busily creating blocks for the #100Days100Blocks challenge. I’m a few blocks ahead, because once I get started I hate stopping. Since I have 34 done now, I stuck them up on my design wall and starting arranging the colors. I want to make sure that at the end I don’t have 75 blue/green blocks rather than a good distribution of colors. Of course, I want a rainbow quilt.
I was intending for this to be just Tula Pink fabrics with some solid-ish blenders, but I keep hearing other fabrics clamoring to get in. It’s an interesting project, and seems to have a mind of it’s own.
I finally paid some attention to my Burst blocks and got the top pieced together. I’m not thrilled with how the points don’t match up. I can’t let go enough to just enjoy the wonky aspect. I do love the pattern, so I will invest in the ruler Man Sewing developed and give it another try. I believe this top is destined to be quilted and given away.
I made a reversible hairband from Crafty Gemini’s video tutorial. It was easy, and I had everything I needed on hand. I didn’t fit my head very well, so I sent it off to my sister before taking a photo. Pending her feedback, I might be making a bunch of these to give away as Christmas gifts. I liked that it used a jelly roll strip, but I think a narrower piece will work better for me.
I managed to finish the next round of my Hexagonquilt La Passion. I was clever enough to cut all of the pieces I need for the next round, take them on vacation with me, and lose them. Now I’m out of the cream color. I’m waiting for my fabric order to arrive so I can choose the next fabric to use.
I pulled out some of my Katja Marek Quilts on the Grow blocks that I had started a few months ago. I stitched these two together, and then went looking for my focus fabric. It is MIA. I think I’m 6 months behind on this project. The idea of searching through closet boxes to find this piece of fabric makes me unhappy.
Finally, I tackled basting my Snowflake Shimmer top. I decided to try spray basting again. All the cool quilters seem to be using it. I used my patio, which didn’t work extremely well. The top and batting are nicely adhered, but the back has a lot of puckering. I am glad that the tutorial Yvonne shared suggested pressing both sides before quilting. Now I have the chance to fix it before quilting. It would be easier than pinning, but I really am not a fan of the sticky spray everywhere. I think my next step will be getting a folding table from Costco so I can do this in my garage. I will definitely not use it inside my house.
We were supposed to have a barbecue this weekend. I’m delighted to say it was cancelled, because we are supposed to have a storm. Woohoo! Can’t party, can’t do yard work. Sounds like quilting time to me! I am planning on doing straight line quilting, so once I get started that part should go fairly quickly.
Hmm. Maybe I did get a lot done this week, just not on any one project.