Saturday, May 30, 2020

House Arrest

#QuiltBee: fabric for yellow house quilt blocks
I'm happy to report that all of my Huddle blocks are now complete! Given that, you would expect that I would start sewing them together to make a flimsy, right? Nope. Instead, I have gone the way of the squirrel and started a new project.

#QuiltBee: yellow house quilt blocks
This project has been on my list for a few years now and with everyone still under pseudo 'house arrest' in these COVID-19 times it seemed sort of appropriate. To the top of the list it goes.

#QuiltBee: red Huddle quilt block
Besides, Halo is still occupying my design wall so I'd have to lay Huddle out on the floor - that just seemed like more than I wanted to do today.
Not sure if you know about Pandemic Chocolate Days or not so I'll fill you in (consider this a public service announcement...). My good friend Rhonda has been more than thoughtful throughout these days of social distancing. She lives about 5 hours away from me and every now and then a little note arrives in the mail with a cheery hello and an emergency ration of chocolate. Love it!

It is amazing how something so small can have a huge impact on my day; it certainly helped me get through the cutting 😊. Recently, I found little individually wrapped Dairy Milk bars so it's time to return the favour.

#QuiltBee: yellow house quilt block
It is rainy and cool today after a week of what felt like August, so down to the sewing room I went. I'm enjoying making these blocks more than I had anticipated - loving the dots too!....M

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Still Huddling, or is that Muddling?

#QuiltBee: Huddle quilt blocks
In between hand quilting there's some Huddle progress to share, too.

#QuiltBee: Huddle quilt blocks
It goes in fits and starts, but gradually the 'done' pile has overtaken the 'to do' pile.

Still loving the colour combos and getting a little anxious to see them all playing together.

#QuiltBee: Huddle quilt blocks
Love this green print with the o-so-subtle quilt print in the cream (click on the pic if you want to see a larger version of it).

#QuiltBee: Huddle quilt blocks
I like that the colours have very little repeat throughout the quilt - the variety makes each block that much more interesting to sew.

Five more to go and then I'll start putting everything together. These blocks are 13" so it should be a relatively quick process (she says confidently)....M

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Sunday Stitches

As often as I can on Sundays I like to join the crew over at Kathy's blog as I savour an hour or two of slow stitching.

#QuiltBee: Candied Hexagons quilt
Lately, my schedule has been packed with little time left for stitching and I am missing my quilting greatly, so this weekend it has been a return to the needle and thread therapy that helps soothe my ruffled edges and helps put things in perspective.

#QuiltBee: Candied Hexagons quilt
I'm back to the hoop and quilting on Candied Hexagons. With the completion of each new hexie I am one step closer to the finish line. I think that I've got about 16 left to go - woohoo!

#QuiltBee: Candied Hexagons quilt
That's 16 of the pieced hexies. Scattered in amongst them are a number of large hexies - not pieced, just dramatic large prints. My next decision will be to figure out how to quilt them as they are all different.

I had toyed with concentric circles or a spiral, but I'm not sure that's a great fit. Randomly following the flowers in each print is an option, too. Maybe I just develop a straight line pattern that works with the others in the quilt?

#QuiltBee: Candied Hexagons quilt
Hope springs eternal that my progress continues and that I will be needing to be make that decision sooner rather than later. In the meantime, I still have some work ahead of me.

Happy Mother's Day to all that are celebrating today. While I no longer have the blessing of sharing time with mom it will be a good day to fill my thoughts of her as I quilt....M

Friday, May 08, 2020

Two Bindings for Baby

#QuiltBee: Moda Love baby quilt
My Moda Love baby quilts have been sitting ready so ship for a couple of weeks now but it's been so busy with work that I'm only sharing them now.

#QuiltBee: Moda Love baby quilt
Given that they are for twins I wanted them to be the same, but different, if you know what I mean. So the colours in the stars lean more to blue in one quilt and aqua in the other, and I followed through with that theme with the backings. At one point the bindings were going to be a different colour than the backings, just to keep things scrappy, but when Roberta managed to squeeze enough leftovers out of the backings when she set them up on the longarm I decided to stay with matching backings and bindings.

#QuiltBee: Moda Love baby quilt
I'm glad that I did. Because they are for twins they will be seen together a lot I expect, and the quilts look good together without getting too busy.

#QuiltBee: Moda Love baby quilt
So it's time to find that 'perfect box' and get them wrapped and shipped. The Official Cookie Tester went on a box recycling binge after Christmas, so my work might be cut out for me....M