In that vein....here's what's been happening the past few months.
1. I've been working on Bonnie Hunter's latest mystery quilt, En Provence. I completed the first clue right on schedule...and promptly got behind. The second clue used the Tri-rec's tools, which work well, but I'm not a big fan of making the blocks. If I'm really careful, then things work out well, but its hard to be really careful when you have something like 150 of these suckers to make.
My test piece came our perfect!
So it was on to mass-producing them as much as I could. The other pieces on the ruler on the table are from a second quilt that I was making in between En Provence such that I didn't go COMPLETELY mad from making the same blocks over and over and over and over.
Ooohhh... the first stack of 20 all complete!
Then it was on to the next clue which used purples (yay) and were four patches again. Much simpler to make and you don't have to be as careful, which is nice when making this many of them.
I did have a "cutting frenzy" Sunday one weekend and cut out everything for the remaining clues that I had gotten behind on. All of them are prepped and ready to be sewn, which makes things a bit easier sometimes when you only have 10 minutes here or there to sew.
2. Heat Wave -- this is a pattern by Judy Laquidara. I love the pattern and purchased the fabric a LONG time ago. I've got the center section done as well as the strip borders added to the quilt. I do have one more pieced border to add. I think in the end, this one will be a fun quilt.
Here are the start of the blocks for the pieced border. The pattern is a snail's trail block (or monkey wrench). The blocks will look great when they are done, but they are a bit tedious to sew. Start with four patches, add a triangle, press, add 2nd triangle, press, add 3rd triangle, press, add 4th triangle, press...then do it all over again for the next round of four triangles. All in all, I think there are 4 rounds of triangles on this one.
3. Since its winter and I like spending time by the fireplace I've been working on my cross-stitch a lot as well. The first picture is from the tail end of December (note the box with the wrapping paper remnants in it).
This next one was at the end of January and I had a full additional page completed on this row as well as finished up the first page on the row. The end picture will be awesome, but its definitely a labor of love. There are a total of 42 pages on this one, and I'm on page 9. I have quite a ways to go!
4. FINISHES!!! I actually finished two quilts...finally! A co-worker had a new baby last summer and I decided that I was going to make a quilt for the new baby. I didn't know him very well when his first son was born, but I didn't want the older child to feel left out, so I opted to make two quilts. Both quilts use the exact same fabrics, but use completely different patterns. I wanted the quilts to be different (since no two children are the same) but I also wanted to tie the two brothers together, so I opted to do that with the fabrics.
Both quilts turned out well. I like the string-pieced one a bit more though.
One of the things we plan on doing is kayaking with manatees. I did it last year when I went to visit my sister in Florida, and we used a 2-person kayak. However, I found a place this year that has 3-person kayaks. The best part... that particular location is called the Three Sisters! It was destined for us to do it. LOL
I hope everyone is staying safe and warm this winter!
~Sarah at upstateNYCreations