This year, on Sunday afternoons, I’ve been trying to devote some time to “selfish sewing”. I seriously need to move some of my own projects along, so I’ve set aside a little bit of dedicated time to work on them each week.
In my efforts to purge and clean, I noticed that my orphan block drawer was too full to even get shut (as is the case with a lot of the bins, boxes, and drawers around here)! So I pulled it out, and sorted all the bits and pieces into 3 different piles. Yes, I actually have enough stuff in the drawer to make THREE orphan-block quilts (large ones). I started with the bright one first.
I’m doing it in four sections, so I divided up all the pieces and parts into four piles so I could evenly distribute them around the finished quilt. And then I put the first section up on my design wall:
Last weekend, I got the first section finished!
This coming weekend, I’ll lay out another section, and see how much further I can get. If ever I was gonna call a quilt ugly, this might be it, so it’s a good thing I always say, “There’s no such thing as an ugly quilt!”
I also dug out my Sew Sisters Bee quilts, and got the blocks sorted and reorganized, so I know what I’m doing with those. We did two rounds of Bee blocks, and all I did was collect — I made blocks for others in the Bee, but I didn’t actually work on my own quilts at all. (Which can also be said of two other Bees I’ve been involved in, which is why I try not to join in Bees anymore — uff!)
When it was my turn to request blocks, this is the pattern I chose:
It’s called Improv Herringbone, and it’s a free tutorial by Amy Garro at 13 Spools. I got seven blocks back from my Bee mates, and the rest is up to me, so I have several more blocks to make for this quilt. But they’re fun, and they’ll use up lots of scraps, so I’m using them as my leader/ender project for awhile.
In other news, all the activity in the studio has been going on over at The Life of Hazel Ilene. There are TWO new Quilt-Alongs starting very soon, so I’ve been super busy writing, planning, editing, etc., to get all the information ready on time. I’m excited about both of these new Quilt-Alongs!
I announced the Vintage Christmas Ornaments Quilt-Along over there yesterday, so if you want to make a Christmas-themed project with me this year, head over there and check it out.
There’s also a second Quilt-Along starting in early March that is based on the time period of World War II, and we’ll be making a quilt inspired by a quilt from 1943. I’m announcing the details for that one next week.
Oh, and I also posted a free pattern over there you can go download, so go check it all out so you don’t miss out on anything fun!
My boy, Stormy, likes to help me out in the studio, but he’s only allowed in for very brief periods of time because he gets a little too helpful. After he rearranged some piles on my cutting table, and knocked a bunch of stuff off in the floor, I was ready to give him a spankin’ the other day, but then . . . he’s just too cute to be mad at!
It’s still cold here, and we got another half-inch of ice on everything overnight last night. As the temperature rises, the ice is melting and falling off the roof, and as it crashes past the windows, it’s scaring the cats half to death, so they’re all in hiding today! It really does seem as if winter is never going to end this time. So depressing . . . so my solution is to go sew with bright colors to cheer myself up!
How’re things going in YOUR studio?