Whew! I'm happy that last Tuesday has come and gone. I had been sewing non-stop to try and get my challenge quilt wallhanging done for the guild meeting. Plus, I had agreed to present the Easy Dresden ruler and needed to finish up some examples for using it. I was so nervous during the presentation. But, my Dresden Place quilt top got lots of "ooh's and aah's".
If you recall we had to use a quirky strped fabric in the wallhanging. We also had to include a pieced star and we could add only 5 other fabrics. Some took an easy out and made a small star from the challenge fabric. Not much of the stripe was actually used. This was my first challenge, so that surprised me. Guess I thought the challenge fabric should be more of a focus fabric. The first place winner did actually use a lot of that fabric. I didn't win anything, but I was happy with my entry.
I used the Quilty Barns designed by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet blog for the barn blocks. For the 6" quilt blocks on the sides of the barns I used an older quilt book I had in my book stash. It is called Around the Block with Judy Hopkins. The rest of the quilt I just made up as I went along which required a lot of seam ripping.
After the guild meeting I had lunch with Teresa of A Quilt and a Prayer blog and her friend Joanne. Oh, my goodness! I learned more about free-motion quilting from these ladies in 5 minutes than all the books and videos I have seen. I could not wait to try their tips and they worked! Thank you so much!!!
Yesterday I was finally able to get back together with quilty friend Sharon so we could work on our Spiral Burst Bargellos. If you missed the post about this project, you can read it here. We managed to finish preparing the 49 strips for these quilts. Next week we will begin to put them together. Working together has been so much fun! We can't wait to see the outcome. We are already trying to think of another shared project for early next year.
Last night I was going through some things in my sewing room. First I found the paint chips for Bonnie Hunter's Easy Street quilt. I picked them up last year at Lowe's and immediately misplaced them. That's why I never made this mystery quilt. (wink, wink) That's my story and I'm sticking to it. LOL
Then, I came across these goodies below. Lots and lots of 3" squares that I had apparently aquired years ago in an online swap. I really don't remember these. It had to be back in 1999. I do remember swapping 2" squares (including a signature square) for a millennium quilt. That quilt is still a UFO. Maybe by the next millennium? But, these beauties are 3" squares.
I'm assuming the red check with the maple leaf is from Canada. And, below is the clue that they are probably from 1999. As you can see, there are stacks and stacks of these. What to do?
Maybe these would be a good leader and ender project. I have always wanted to make a simple 9-patch quilt with the alternate squares and the background color the same. The background would be a solid color, but not a neutral. Maybe set on-point? Three inch squares really wouldn't play well with other sizes unless I cut them down to 1-1/2 ". I really don't want to do that. Any other suggestions?
Hope you find some time to quilt this beautiful Fall day.