UFO #1: Rainbow Scrap Challenge
I've caught up on my blocks for March and made the second one for February. If you recall, I did not have much in the way of purple scraps with me in Florida. March's blocks are the light and lime green ones. Here they are all together for the first time. These are definitely eating up some 2.5" squares! I am cutting 3" squares from bigger scraps to make two at a time HSTs.
UFO #2: Q1FAL project
The quilt for my aunt should be a finish for Friday! Her birthday is April 27. It should arrive in plenty of time for that....except it's nearly a year late for the special one, as she was 80 last year! Ah well, all in good time. Here are a couple sneak peeks.
|The background is getting an all-over jigsaw-style meander. This is like meditating or watching fish for me; I just LOVE it.|
|Straight and curved ruler work in the stars.|
This is a wide backing from Connecting Threads (affiliate link). This is the first time I've used a wide backing and it is LOVELY not to have pieced it ahead of time. Wait. I had to because this is directional, and for once CT cut it just a smidge (they're usually pretty generous) past the 2 yards and my quilt is 72.5" (I made it a bit bigger than the original plan, and didn't have a definitive plan when I ordered the backing, gulp) so unless I wanted the flowers going sideways, which I did contemplate, but nope, just could not do, I had to add in a couple of inches at the bottom edge.
*Just a little plug for my darling sponsor, Melody of The Red Hen Shop. She cuts a very generous yard of fabric. Ask Wendy of Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life who won the first draw for the 30 Quilts Design Challenge on IG. Anyhow. I'll be honest, I wasn't sure of the hand of this wide backing; it feels a bit polished or glossy. However, it drapes and quilts beautifully, and now that it is off the frame, squared up and awaiting binding, I am totally pleased with the feel of it. I'll talk more about it on Friday after it's been laundered.
UFO #3: Sewcial Bee Sampler
Cat-eye-doscope Plus quilt for Cheryl's and Paige's blog hop, so I was one block behind in this ongoing sew-along I'm doing with Tish, Anja and Dave. Now I'm caught up. Might have to hit it with a spray of water or starch to make the outer border lie flat. I did some pretty fancy fussy cutting for this to get the arrows aligned and the flower in the centre. The navy and that flower are all on a striped fabric.
UFO #4: Postcard from Sweden
|Almost 8 rows done; had hoped to have 10 (half way) by today...|
UFO #5: Selvages knitted rug
Crazy Mom Quilts.
UFO #6: 30 Quilt Designs Challenge on Instagram
The second draw, again from The Red Hen Shop, for designs 11-20, is Thursday, March 22. Design ideas are still zipping around in my brain but I've not made myself stick to my earlier routine of a few times a week first thing in the morning, sit down and draw or play in EQ8. There are several in the works and/or in my brain however. Here's one I did this morning:
The final draw, two major prizes, (check back tomorrow for the post on my sponsors), is April 15. There are a few who are finished or very close to being finished 30 designs. Again there are some exciting stories: I know of three designs headed to be published, and another, one of Michelle's, Creative Blonde, was lovingly made by Katya @madeatturnpikecottage:
Isn't that the coolest? Michelle is one of our new quilt bloggers in the upcoming hop next month, which adds another layer of cool!
UFO #7: My Beach
Speaking of cool, I took myself for a lovely walk along Seacliff beach on Sunday afternoon. It was a decent temperature finally, 11C, (we've been a fair bit below normal), the sun was shining, the skies blue.
Remember how I said that this beach is a great place for beach glass due to the currents that push it in here? There was no wind to speak of that day, so the currents must've pushed in the shards of ice that are still floating around in the lake, or perhaps making their way down from Lake St. Clair. The whorls in the water remind me of a deck of cards fanned out, or dominoes.
The sound of the ice is incredible! The closest I can come to it is a wind chimes mobile I bought my mum a few years ago from Key West, made of thin incandescent shells. It's kind of a plastic-y sound times 100! The waves were undulating gently in, which made the entire mass look and sound so cool.
A quick note about Craftsy (affiliate link there and in this paragraph) that came in late this afternoon and I have already checked it out: they are having a terrific sale...
and before you roll your eyes and say ya ya, like every other, oh no. This one the prices are the lowest I've seen, lower than I paid for my Lily and Loom Modern Hand Drawn, wahhh! I may have to pick up a leedle more yardage of it, (already got a fat quarter pack and a yard of the navy from a previous sale) because it is just awesome. I would not steer you wrong, promise. CA$4.67/yard?!! Sign me up!
But there is so much more at Craftsy: they are getting their own cotton thread I see... and I have not been disappointed in any of the yarn (3 different kits so far) I've bought from them, and there's a bunch of great deals on yarn too, just so ya know. And (so many 'ands' I know) ANGELA did a brand new video today where she uses Boundless Ombré fabrics - love it! Love her description of her red wine, "mmm, that's a floral bouquet with cotton..."
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