Getting my WIP list together this weekend, I checked on the forecast and saw this:
I got all giddy for a chance to sit inside and enjoy the A/C surrounded by fabric, fabric, and more fabric! I donated blood this week and am about to start a hard round of training for upcoming races, so sitting around on my bum quilting sounded fantastic. Plus, the mosquitoes have been vicious this week and I need to call my heroes to come spray the yard (those yard sprays really do work!). It doesn’t get any better than listening to the rain with a nice mug of tea while doing something you love, does it?
Well, the rain held off (shocking!) during waking hours and we had a beautiful weekend here in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mtns. I somehow still managed to be productive! I taped up my cheapo flannel-backed tablecloth in the dining room/office/sewing room and got to work!
This weekend I checked off some BIG items on my WIP list:
- I’ve hit the peak of Mt Everest – finished trimming all 336 HSTs for my niece’s baby quilt – whew!
- I grabbed a selection of the HSTs onto the design wall and worked on block design. I’ve settled on HSTs into a Dutch Pinwheel.
- After realizing that there were enough HSTs per fabric to make 16 dutch pinwheels + 10 diamonds, I went back to the drawing board and sketched up the full quilt design in PowerPoint so that I wouldn’t pull on the bias edges of the HSTs trying to put them all on the design wall. Now I can work on quilting blocks then put the 16 blocks on the wall – much easier to rearrange than 336 individual HSTs!
- I finished cutting up all of my Robotics FQs into hexagons for Baby Boy Miller’s quilt
- I sketched out designs for the twin’s baby quilts and wrote out a little tutorial and supplies list. Will be shopping for fabric while exploring LQSs on my upcoming trip to Florida for Baby Boy Miller’s shower!
- Worked on the layout of Baby Boy Miller’s quilt. Initial design (patchwork hexies) took quite a bit of time and in the end, I wasn’t totally satisfied – it was hard to rest the eyes on any part of the quilt.
This morning I started from scratch and worked on a modified grandmothers flower garden with solids in the center of each. Wayyyyy more happy with this:
Neat trick – throw a B&W filter on and snap a picture of your design board to check the saturation of darks/lights and how evenly spread they are. Again, documented chosen design and layout of hexie fabrics with lots of photos and wrote out a coded design on a hexagon design sheet by labeling each hexagon with a code letter for the fabric.
Mr QQ was kind enough to allow me to venture into a LQS during our errands this weekend. I’ve never gone into this one before and will have to go back – lots of great fabrics (and great lighting!) in the store. Snagged a marking pen to dot 1/4″ seams for all of the upcoming Y-seams for the hexie quilt.
Now back to work so I can start piecing – I’m excited to turn my machine on for the first time in wayyyyyyy too long! Did you start something new this weekend or attack your WIP checklist?