Brother Everett and I have been kicking the can further on up the road, metaphorically speaking, moving incrementally forward on a few different things. Namely, a couple of backings for two quilt flimsies which have been on the design wall for a long enough time.
Here is a peek at the backing for the Tea Towel Challenge 2014 quilt.
The next step on the Tea Towel Challenge quilt is to machine applique around the fused feather/leaf shapes. Now that I've gotten a little more comfortable with the new machine, I'm ready to get started on that job.
The backing for the improv quilt (above) is from a vintage fabric found at the thrift store sometime in the last six months. Since it was only 30-some inches wide, I needed to sew two lengths of it together to make it wide enough.
The next step on that quilt will be to machine quilt in the ditch, and then I may add some hand quilting in perle (pearl?) cotton. I've never done that before, so it'll be a new experience for me.
Sarah is having a 16-patch quilt-along (see link on sidebar). I've been unsure what kind of quilt I wanted to make with 16 patches, so I've dragged my feet a bit on getting started. I did find some 2-1/2 inch olive and brown squares in the scrap bin, however, and just for kicks and giggles, I sewed what was left of those onto a variety of brown scraps, ending up with two 16-patches like so.
I love bright colors, but I'm also very compelled by earthy tones like this. These are orphan blocks for now, but you never know when inspiration will come along and carry them away into another project.
As I got to looking around the sewing room, I spied the lovely stack of hand-dyed fabric I'd won recently in the Crossing the Drunkard's Path quilt-along from Vicki Welsh. Aren't they gorgeous?
I started grouping some of the pieces into light/dark (-ish) pairs and, in the process, hit upon an idea for the 16-patch blocks, to be arranged in a 16-patch and X's quilt (a/k/a Good Night Irene). I just need to decide on the background fabric, but I'm leaning toward a light gray low-volume print in the stash, assuming I've got enough of it or can find more, if necessary.
I decided it was time to change up the office space Pyrex display. So it went from this fall-like aggregation:
This seemed especially appropriate as Valentine's Day approaches, but really it's true all year round. I *heart* Pyrex!
Here is something else I *heart* lately. This will definitely make your taste buds tingle.
And your lips burn. That's a good thing, right?