It is always a delight when the middle of the month comes by with a new block from Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts. I now have 2 totes that are overflowing with blues and creams for her Patches of Blue QAL so the most difficult thing for me is to choose what fabrics to play with. This month, we made the Blue Spruce block which finishes at around 20". Love this one!
Here are the blocks made from the first three months...
I seem to have a crush on Edyta's quilts using blue and cream fabrics so have started making the Winter Village, thanks to Darlene at A Needle Pulling Thread for putting it and some fabrics in the mail to me. This morning I finished the first 5 blocks of the 20 block quilt.
Edyta strongly believes in pairing batiks with traditional cotton fabrics so I am embracing her concept from now on, using batiks at will rather than saving them for a batik-only quilt. I am really enjoying the diversity and texture in the quilts and the larger range of fabrics I get to choose from.
Another of my favorite designers is Kim Diehl, so after a few years of procrastination, I turned to page 57 of Simple Charm and jumped into making "Short and Sweet", a little patchwork quilt using 9-patch and snowball blocks with a border using a mixture of colorful woolen leaves.
The quilt's name may imply making the quilt was short and sweet, but I would disagree with a chuckle! The 3-inch blocks seemed to take forever and I don't even want to think of all those leaves that had to be prepared using a template, fusible webbing, and then machine appliqued. But it was worth it...I adore this little quilt, which finishes at about 33" square. I will machine quilt this eventually but I just have to decide how to do it.
Earlier this month, I spent a week out West with family. It was really cold there, but it certainly didn't stop me from having a wonderful visit with DD and her family and DS and his new wife. There is nothing better than playing Paw Patrol with a 2 1/2 year old and reading bedtime stories, going to a Flames game, doing some shopping,pedicures with the girls, and just spending time with family, As I've said before, this country is just too big! I arrived home with Fitbit watches for both hubby and I, so we are enjoying our daily walks even more so, now that we can really see how much, or as little, we are doing!
I arrived out West laden with handmade gifts for the two babies who will be born this July, just weeks apart. Oh my heart... So nice that the cousins will grow up living close to each other. Here are pics of a few of the gifts that were delivered.
"Just Keep On Swimming", designed by Elaine Perez of Summercrafter...
"Andrew", designed by It's Sew Emma, in Fat Quarter Baby...
I used flannel backing on both the baby quilts and used an edge to edge serpentine stitch on the fish and a wave design for the whales.
These tie bibs were a favorite for grandson # 1, so I made a variety for the new grandbabies along with more burp cloths. The free bib pattern is by Marni Weaver at Haberdasheryfun that you can find HERE and HERE. I also made a batch of burp cloths by So Sew Easy called The Perfect Baby Burp Cloth.
Portable changing mats were another big hit with grandbaby #1, so I made a few more. I purchased a package of two changing mats from the local department store and covered them, perfect for the diaper bag. I found an elephant picture somewhere on the net and appliqued it to the fabric, which is kind of a canvas so fairly durable. The pattern is also by Haberdasheryfun.
Yous are now wondering if I got to visit any fabric stores during my quick trip? Yes, yes, yes! Daughter and son both made sure to take me to visit my favs, Out of Hand and Along Came Quilting, and yes, a lot of money was exchanged for a lot of quilty goodness. I filled my carry on bag for the trip home with fabrics, zippers, and patterns. The funny thing is that I was tagged in security at the airport. They opened up the bag because there was a square box in the bag that the x-ray machine couldn't identify. This was the culprit...a nicely wrapped bundle of fat quarters by Tula Pink. Gotta watch out for travelling quilters!
One more thing...when I went out West, my Sister #1 flew home at the same time so we coordinated our plans to meet at the airport so that she would use my car while I was away to visit Mom and Sister 2. She had a special birthday lately so I made these little pouches for her, She does a lot of travelling so I thought they might come in handy. She also loves black and white. just like me, so off I went with Atkinson Designs Bridget's Baguettes pattern.
It's amazing how much these pouches can hold!
The sun is finally starting to come out so it must be time to start supper. It's a great day for quilting!