Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Latest Projects

I've been having a great time working on these hand-pieced Antique Rose blocks:

I've written about these before here.  Each block has 72 kite-shaped pieces and I typically hand-piece 3 of them to form a unit, because they have a bit of a Y seam, then use the "hybrid" method:  I machine piece those units into the complete block.  It's fast and fun and I'm beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel--4 more blocks to go.  The complete row on the right is just stuck up on the design wall but the 3 rows on the left are completely sewn together, and there's one block waiting for the last 4 to join it and become the final row.  I'll be teaching this in July for our guild quilt-in and the  top will be done before that. This is another project that makes me glad I paid attention in Geometry class!  The template comes from Material Obsession in Australia. 

Here's what I'm itching to get to work on:  my Paducah Round Robin.  This was begun last year, 2013, at Paducah when my two friends and I continued our challenge to each other to make quilts together.  I've written about that here.  I made the Feathered Star, Ellen added the first purple/green border and Sharon added the pinwheel border.  I love it!  Sharon was shopping in Paducah for a great black and more cheddars.  She found perfect fabrics and came home and jumped on this.  Now it's my turn and I don't know what I'll do but it will be bigger because I really like it.

This week I head off to Pittsburgh to work for Quilts Inc. at Spring Market.  I love Market and this will be especially fun for me as the excitement about Red and White--By the Numbers being used for Houston 2014 advertising is just beginning to build.  I'll let you know what is new and exciting when I get back.

And when I get back I have a commission piece to get made.  It's a "Modern Quilt", unlike my usual work, but planning it has been fun and I'm eager to get it completed and off to it's new home.

Check out what is new on Judy L's Design Wall Monday blog. 

Let's Quilt!


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