It's called "Opposites Attract" and features two colors opposite each other on the color wheel. It's part of my "Color College" series of classes, using Becky Goldsmith's great book: The Quilter's Practical Guide to Color. This is my first complete machine quilting finish on the Bernina Q20--it's not the best quilting ever done but sometimes "finished is better than perfect".
In Houston I took two excellent classes on free-motion quilting. One with Sue Nickels using a Bernina 770--great practice for using the BSR system. The other was with Helen Godden using the Handi-Quilter Sweet 16--great practice with the sit-down longarm machine. When I get back from the retreat I am headed to tomorrow, my plan is to find 3-5 border designs I love and master those. Then 3-5 block motifs I love and master those. It will be good to have a "toolbox" with my "go-to" designs at the ready.
In the meantime, I'm working away on the Stars in a Time Warp blocks--there are only 3 weeks left with new blocks coming. Then it will be time to decide on a layout. Each week I've made 2 blocks so the stack has grown to about 90. I am enjoying this project quite a bit. Here are the latest, as close as I can find in my stash:
These are Provincial prints and Sprigged Muslins, with Indiennes.
I've packed way more projects to work on at the week-long retreat than I will probably complete but it just wouldn't do to run out of projects. Someone is bringing a Featherweight so I can do some machine work, here is string piecing:
And there must be handwork:
I started this years ago and need some help with it. One of the Hexie Queens will be at retreat so I'm going to "Ask the Expert".
And hand applique':
The Blue Collection, by Maggie Walker. I started this so many years ago and haven't touched it in years. One of my applique' heroines will be at retreat and I am incredibly eager to sit by her side and learn from her. I've packed up the 7 blocks that are done and taken the next four--way more than I can get done this week but it pays to be prepared, right? This was one of those Block of the Month kit deals, with all the fabrics and the patterns.
I hope to be able to share some photos of the week ahead with you. Stay tuned.