December already… crazy.
I’ve managed to fill my time somehow since my last post. Mostly I’ve been playing with the new machine that I acquired on the final day of the Houston Quilt Festival. Oh… did I not mention that a mid-arm sort of found its way to my house? I’ve burned through masses of leftover muslin and batting since its arrival. Some might call it practice, but really, it’s nothing but play time as far as I’m concerned.
I’ve been getting check marks on a couple of unfinished tops as well, but I’ve begun with baby steps. The take-along project from the Houston trip is complete – although it only got taken out of the project bag for show and tell while stuffing my face with pizza one night. I never got around to actually working on it until after my return. The little “Giddap” donkey quilt finished at 18.5″ or 469.90 mm square.
And the Itty Bitty Pinwheels quilt gets a ta-da, too. This one finished at 10.5″ or 266.70 mm square. You remember this one, maybe? The one that very nearly drove me insane while I was working on it? The one with the 1″ blocks? Yeah, that one.
And segment seven of Stitching Witches Quilt Along is sewn up. After much consideration (aka: sitting and staring for hours when I probably should have been doing something else), I came to the conclusion that the green check fabric demanded just a little too much attention. A “Do-Over” was declared. The red is not nearly as exciting as the green, but the final version of the Corn & Beans block is more in keeping with the overall look of the mystery quilt so far.
How About A Whole Bunch Of Scrappy Fun?
Last, but not least: the day after Thanksgiving also signaled the start of Bonnie Hunter’s 2013 Mystery Quilt Along. Bonnie’s 2012 Mystery Quilt, Easy Street, was so much fun, and turned out so well that I decided to join the party again this year. It’s not a block a week, or a block a month, more of a… make 188 of these units this week. Don’t know how or where these particular units will fit into the overall picture, but I know from experience that eventually, they will.
The entire project is a little intense, but in a very, very good way. Last year, we finished in 6-7 weeks. I adore working on a schedule, I wish I could push myself to piece like that a little more often.
Another reason I’ve looked forward to Bonnie’s next mystery quilt is her scrappiness. The last thing that I need to do at this time of the year is go out and buy more yardage. Bonnie makes color suggestions but puts a lot of emphasis on using scraps, the more the merrier – and boy howdy, scraps I’ve got!
It’s not too late to join…
I’m sitting here writing about the Bonnie Hunter 2013 Mystery, when all of a sudden, it hit me – I never posted one single photo of the Easy Street top from last year. Here’s a sneak peak before it goes into the machine.