|Pineapple Log Cabin, Block 26 of 36, 17 3/4"|
|Man and Boy versus Christmas Lights|
Which means I am about to transform into a professional Christmas caroler again for the next two weeks. I gotta tell you, I am not 100% looking forward to all of the mad costume changes, or to driving my little car while wearing a huge hoop skirt that pops up between me and the steering wheel, obscuring much of the windshield. I am afraid that for all the fun I had designing and making that costume, I didn't take practicality into consideration... But it is what it is, and I'll be wearing it again on a regular basis beginning this Friday, December 2nd.
|My Giant Dress Does Not Fit In My Little Car!!!|
Meanwhile I've got a rehearsal of Bach's St. John's Passion on Monday, December 12th, and I need to learn the Second Soprano part to that music ahead of time, in addition to refreshing my memory of the Alto harmonies on all of the Christmas songs in the Holiday Singers repertoire for the caroling gigs. As busy as I'll be, December should fly by and Christmas will be here before I know it. Yeah, don't look for my Christmas cards to show up before Epiphany...
|EQ7 Block, Not Quite Peaceful Hours|
And also meanwhile, after finishing the pineapple log cabin block, I went back to that EQ7 block that I printed out when I was looking for the Farmer's Wife block called Peaceful Hours? I decided I like the fabric mockup I did for that block, and it's different enough to live in the same sampler. Added bonus: No set in seams with this one. Except that I don't actually have the virtual stash fabric I used to color this block in my real life fabric stash. I had similar enough fabric for everything except the center patch, and decided that it really needs to be this older Kaffe Fassett print that I only have a jelly roll strip of, not big enough:
|Ready to Paper-Piece, as Soon as Discontinued Fabric Comes In the Mail|
See? I didn't need it to be a floral print, but I needed globs of color, including pink, coral, and blue. Thank goodness for people who sell fat quarters of discontinued fabric on eBay.
|Discontinued Fabric, Coming Soon to a Mailbox Near Me|
In the meantime, I cut up the other fabrics and got my foundation patterns ready to piece the block. That will look cute mixed in with my other 6" sampler blocks, don't you think?
Check out my Design Wall of Shame NOW:
|Focus Diffused: Many Projects, Nary a Plan...|
It's really the Design Wall of NO Shame, as I brazenly stick one project on top of another. I am not ashamed in the least. I'm having great fun chopping up perfectly good fabric and sewing it back together again, and right now I'm in a major Idea Generation mode, not so much a Finish It Up mode. For your viewing pleasure, there is a 54" square baby quilt top (completed in July 2015 but never quilted) behind the first (and only) block of Anders' new Moda Modified Building Blocks quilt, also behind the latest pineapple log cabin block that is destined to be a California King sized quilt for my bed. The 6" sampler blocks to the right of that are for skill building and color therapy. The applique block above is destined to be one of nine identical blocks, and the others all have their stems stitched down but need petals next. Haven't had a chance to prep any hand stitching for carpool duty in several weeks, so I've been reading kindle books on my iPad instead. And that doesn't get ANY quilts finished!
Maybe now that it's advent, I should pull out my Jingle blocks and set them into a quilt top, maybe finish a Christmas quilt DURING the Christmas season? All but one of these blocks, and the center medallion, are from the Jingle BOM pattern designed by Erin Russek that you can find here:
|Weird Pre-EQ7 Mockup Done in Some Other Program|
|My Center Medallion Applique|
What do you think? This project was my first try at hand stitched applique, or any kind of applique, really, but I never finished it. I didn't really want to finish the quilt by setting the blocks and medallion exactly the way everyone else did. This is the way Erin designed the quilt to go together:
|Erin Russek's Original Jingle Design, patterns available here|
It's pretty, but it feels very contemporary to have the center medallion AND the other blocks on point, kind of like a harlequin look or something. I guess I like the more traditional look I get when I set the center medallion straight and then I thought of adding some other pieced borders in between, as well as on the outside of the quilt beyond the other blocks... And then I didn't know how to figure out those pieced borders to fit between the parts that I'd already made (this was before I had EQ7), and then I vaguely remember having a strong suspicion that one of my red batik fabrics turned out to not be colorfast and will bleed all over the place and ruin this quilt as soon as it's finished and washed... So do I REALLY want to put another hundred hours into it? This quilt-along happened THREE YEARS AGO, people. At this point, what do I really have to lose? The work is done, the lessons have been learned, and the quilt blocks aren't doing me any good folded up on the shelf. If I simplified my grandiose plans, this could actually be a finished quilt.
Or it could be one more project-in-progress fighting for space on the Design Wall of Shamelessness. It's not like I'm going to finish anything during caroling season, anyway!
Happy Holidays, everyone!
I'm linking up with:
I'm linking up with:
· Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times www.patchworktimes.com
· Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts http://www.cookingupquilts.com/
· Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt http://lovelaughquilt.blogspot.com/
· Moving it Forward at Em’s Scrap Bag: http://emsscrapbag.blogspot.com.au/