I’ve never used this blog as a diary of all the little details of my quilty life. I doubt you care much about new purchases or big ideas, or if I cleaned my studio or cut a bunch of patches. But based on my recent posts, you might wonder if I’m quilting at all. I AM!! 😀
So here’s a little run-down of what’s up. This month I made two quilts for the local VA hospital, pictures coming soon. I bought some yardage at my favorite local quilt shop, Inspirations in Hills, IA, and I bought several yards of Michael Miller solids from Hancock’s of Paducah. The texture is smooth and firm and less shreddy than the Kona solids I’ve used in the past. The solids are intended for an upcoming quilt. I think it will be a graph-paper plan when I get to it, because the parts won’t lend themselves very well to EQ7.
Before that project, I am making a Ricky Tims kaleidoscope quilt. I’ve pulled fabric and have started the process by cutting strips and making “strata,” matching strip sets. Supposedly these are quick projects to put together. Once I have the 36″ kaleidoscope block, I’ll set it on point to increase its size to about 51″. With borders, it will finish about 80-90″, depending on what I decide to do with it. My ambition is to finish it before the end of the year. It isn’t intended as a gift at this point. I just want to make one.
Today I was offered a Facebook “memory” of a quilt I made three years ago. After making a quilt for each of Jim’s eight siblings, I decided I needed to make one more, which I gave to Jim. From start to finish the top took less than two weeks. I enjoyed the process so much, it’s one of the reasons I mostly make medallions now. This is a photo of the unquilted top.
Thursday Jim and I joined his family (including four of those eight siblings) for Thanksgiving. Afterwards we spent the night at his sister’s home. I snuck a few pictures of an antique quilt she has. I didn’t ask her about it, but I suspect it’s one their grandmother made. Hexagons are so popular now, it looks downright modern! 😉
Thanks for reading along on my hodge-podge quilting update. What are YOU working on?