I got all the blocks assembled for Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt. It turns out that I need to do some "fiddling" with the border elements, but this will be done pretty soon. It's just taken a back seat to my "stash management" chores.
I got my AccuQuilt Go cutter in early January...a Christmas present to myself. I finally decided to bite the bullet and spend some money to help me alleviate pains in my wrists from rotary cutting. I am very happy with my purchase.
I used the six-1/2 inch triangle die to cut the pieces for my "Library Quilt", I stash-managed scraps into all of these 2 1/2-inch strips, and I used the 2 1/2-inch strip cutter to tame my "French Collection" fabrics into the beginnings of this quilt design from Moda Bake Shop.
I spent some time playing with "10-inch layer cakes", using a design from Missouri Star Quilt Company, to try to tame my "Summer Breeze" fabrics into a usable block, and then I played with my Drunkards Path die and the "Tumbler Die" to get started on these two designs.
I cannot emphasize how enthusiastic I have become about the ability to take relatively small pieces of fabric and quickly (did I say quickly) do the precision cuts necessary to achieve some really nice layouts. The "tumbler quilt" is done from 1950's dress fabrics and my 1930/1940's reproduction collection. This quilt just makes me so happy.
Finally, my friend Nancy came out on Sunday, and we had a Scrap Happy Super Bowl Sunday Funday in my sewing room. We "tamed" a lot of her fabrics and mine. She went home feeling like a SuperBowl Champion, and I finished up today by emptying a huge bin of fabric scraps and turning them into "strips and bricks".
Today I finished sewing some more Drunkard's Path blocks, and my little "tumbler" quilt is headed on the long arm tomorrow. It was a great January, and it promises to be a productive February. In addition to all my happy quilting adventures, I had a wonderful month visiting with my three granddaughters who are close to us in Virginia and Maryland. I'm sharing a few photos, of course:
|Maya Joy with her first car...Merry Christmas from Nanny and PawPaw|
|A quick visit to Richmond to see my beautiful VCU student, Brianna, and a fun time looking at Richmond Street Art|
|Miss Paige came to visit; we stacked blocks and read books, and just played with each other. Isn't that what it's all about?|
Oh, since I'm sharing, just one more photo. Here's our son, Chuck and Laura....and Baby #2.....due in May....we're so happy for them..and us.
Hope you all are well and happy. Talk to you soon,