My design wall is empty today, but I do have a project in the works to show. I have been cutting diamonds for a black and grey 12" LeMoyne Star block. You can see the rest of these blocks here. I hope to get this block put together tonight or tomorrow.
I am linking up to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times where you can see all sorts of amazing quilting inspiration!
I made good progress on my Rainbow LeMoyne star blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this week. I finished seven more 6" stars using my black, grey and brown scraps. That gets me up to my goal of 9 finished blocks. All that's left is to make a 12" star block next week.
Check out this week's Rainbow Scrap Challenge posts--lots of amazingly beautiful rainbow projects to inspire you! Julie in GA
I am so glad that Kate has brought back a new version of her 15 Minute Challenge. I had participated in her challenge through most of 2013 and was sad when she decided not to keep it going this year. I have continued tracking the number of days that I have managed to spend at least 15 minutes on quilting, and my results have been very good. It has helped me get into the habit of spending some time in my sewing room almost every day. So far in October, I have spent at least 15 minutes quilting every single day. Most days I worked on my hand-stitched hexies, and I have also been spending machine time on my Rainbow LeMoyne blocks and my Boston Fiesta UFO. Quite often I end up spending an hour or more on my projects in the evening. Soon I need to figure out if I am going to attempt to make any Christmas gifts and get started on those. The time will slip away before we know it! Check out Kate's 15 Minutes to Stitch post at Life in Pieces to see how she and others are finding time for their creative pursuits.
I recently discovered a new weekly series of posts called Scraptastic Tuesday. The posts are hosted by Leanne at she can quilt and by Nicky at Mrs. Sew and Sow. As you have probably figured out, their posts are all about scrappy quilts, one of my favorite things! Once a month, they are hosting a linkup, and today is the day for the rest of us to share our scrappy projects. I have two current scrappy quilt projects in the works that were both started as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Up first are my Rainbow LeMoyne Stars. Since January I have been making 6" LeMoyne Star blocks, usually 8 or 9 each month in whatever color has been assigned for the month. Here is a small selection of my finished blocks. I expect to end up with enough blocks for two lap or kid's quilts.
Along with those, I have also been making one 12" star each month. I am planning to make one more block in blacks and greys for the center of this group.
My other on-going scrappy project is Scrappy Hexie Stars and Snowflakes. I began hand-stitching hexies in August of 2013, mostly as a way to fill the time during my morning train commute to work. I have tried to make one large star and two "snowflakes" each month, again using the assigned color from the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I have completed most of the colors, and now I am starting to add background hexies to the stars, as you can see on the large green star at the upper right.
I am so excited to check out the other posts for Scraptastic Tuesday! You can visit Leanne and Nicky's blogs to see all the scrappy goodness! Julie in GA
I have been working away at the Boston Fiesta blocks that I showed for the first time last Monday. First I did some ripping and re-pressing of seams to change the direction they lay and make them nestle together when they get joined. Next I joined the blocks into groups of four, and now I am playing with ideas for the borders. I knew that I wanted to start with the last fabric in the blocks in order to complete the design. I am considering two options, one with pieces of the green fabric alternating with the yellow, and the other has a single strip of the green. Both versions continue with the yellow, followed by the stripe for a final border. Here are the choices I am trying out:
Another option would involve finishing the quilt with 5 borders--green, yellow, stripe, more yellow, and finish with the green. Here is how that idea would look (except the green print on the final border would run horizontally instead of vertically.)
I might end up making two throw-size quilts with these blocks, one to keep and one to donate. If so, I could do different borders on each quilt and keep the version I like better. Now I just need to figure out if I have enough fabric left for these ideas. I am linking up to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times where you can see all sorts of amazing quilting inspiration!