|(The crocuses are popping up!)|
Pretty soon I had a design wall of nine-patches. (That subtle checkerboard pattern is my design wall, which is the fuzzy side of a vinyl tablecloth pinned to the wall.)
Then it was time for some snowball blocks in between those nines, and again I turned to the shelf of stash for a background for those snowballs. Nothing really spoke to me there, so I started looking in some more out of the way spots in my sewing room, eventually opening a thrift store bag to find this.
A vintage but never used muslin sheet I'd scored at Goodwill sometime in the past couple years. It's more of a robin-egg blue than the above picture suggests.
I washed it up and cut 9.5-inch squares for the snowball blocks. A day or two later, I had them all done, and a few days after that, the top was together. And I had enough sheet left for a pieced backing!
This will be a quilt for Hands2Help, the annual charity quilt drive Sarah coordinates. I look forward to making something for it every year. Head over to Confessions of a Fabric Addict to read about this year's H2H Challenge and join in! It's fun, it feels good to give, and there are prizes!
Recently, Sandy, my local long-arm quilter, brought back two of my quilts. It is said that "absence makes the heart grow fonder," and I think that's true for quilts. Especially when they come back beautifully quilted!
This was my living room a few days ago, with WIPs on the floor and furniture. We manage to navigate along the edge in that narrow walk space—balance training, you know!
[Aside: That little corduroy and flannel HST quilt on the left is actually not a WIP; I finished it last year. The chair is holding a recent thrift store find, one of those "start the car!" moments when I snapped up a piece of salt-glazed Rowe Pottery from the employee cart at Goodwill before it even made it to the display shelf.]
Yesterday, I finished the binding on one of the two quilts that came back from the long-armer. I had started this 16-patch and X-block quilt last year about this time. It was one of two 16-patch quilts I made, the other one being donated to last year's Hands2Help charity quilt drive.
This one will stay with me (at least for a while). I used some gorgeous hand-dyed fabrics by Vicki Welsh in this quilt, on a background of dove gray.
I made two backs for this quilt—which is what happens when you can't remember you've already made the first one. I gave the second backing to the quilter, and then about six weeks later found the first underneath something in the sewing room!
I called Sandy to say, "Stop the presses!" Fortunately, she hadn't started quilting it yet, so I was able to take her the first one, which was my favorite.
That's a little of what's been happening around here. What have you been up to?