Instead, I will tell you about the projects I took to work on while I was waiting in numerous airports and on one too many tarmacs. The perfect travelling companion is embroidery, so I prepped my blocks and off I flew.
By the time I returned, I had six of the twelve blocks finished.
The finished blocks, which will be cut down to 5.5" square, will be the centres of log cabin blocks in the quilted wallhanging called "A Cottage Year" designed by Kathy Schmitz. I plan to make scrappy log cabin blocks using a variety of reds, creams, and blacks from my stash. I purchased a few extra fabrics while out west so I'll be all set to start sewing the blocks together when the stitcheries are finished.
The packet includes twelve embroidery patterns of storybook cottages with a 5" x 7" cottage painting on the other side of the card that could be framed afterwards.
These cottages are so much fun to make! Each cottage has something a little special about it...the snowman for January, the decorative heart for February, the shamrock weather vane for March, and so on. Kathy Schmitz, I love your designs!
In addition to building some cottages this week, I also built some hexies. If you recall, last summer I travelled to Alaska on a quilting cruise with instructors Lynn Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles Quilts, and Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts. Every class day, the teachers spoiled us with gifts and treasures. One day, Pam presented us with her "Lucy's Prairie Pocket" kit, complete with fabrics from her Heart of the Prairie line, some muslin, and pre-cut paper hexagons. Again, a perfect travelling companion! When I unpacked my suitcases today, I had a peek and I see that I only have a few hexies still to make. Once the rest are done, I'll be ready to sew the hexies together. Thanks, Pam!
Sue is the gal who generously gifted me with the Santa Quartet table runner designed by Birdbrain Designs last summer because she knew I loved Santas. You can read about it HERE. This is how far along I am now...I have a trio of Santas done, so only one more Santa to stitch and a toybag!
Another highlight of the week was that my DD took me to a couple of quilt shops in Calgary. Of course I did my best to drop a little cash in each one. I'll show you some of my purchases next time, but right now I am a little jet lagged and I'm not quite sure if I am on Calgary time or Nova Scotia time...all I know for sure is that it is bedtime!
Tomorrow will be a great day for quilting!