One pile is of blue and white houses under construction. I sent 25 of my favorite blue fabrics from my stash to my friend, Kaaren, of The Painted Quilt, Kaaren generously donated her time, efforts, and her fusibles to cut my houses out with her Accuquilt Go! die. The houses arrived home safely and I have been pressing them into place on the background fabrics. The blanket stitch embroidery will wait for another play day. Here are about half of them. The blocks will finish at 10" square.
I went online to get some inspiration for my house quilt and decided to use a single Irish chain block as the alternate block. I put together just a few to see what it would look like.
I love scrappy quilts, so will vary the cream backgrounds and the Irish chain blues. This quilt may take me quite awhile to finish, especially since I put away this pile of blocks yesterday and picked up another!
In mid-April, I will be attending the 1st ever retreat of the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild, being held in Truro, NS. I am so excited to be able to play with fabrics alongside these gals! I have three projects cut and ready to take with me. One project resulted in some left over 2.5" squares that were fairly bright. I started off by sewing a bunch into nine-patches.
Then I added a few more blocks to make a 14" block with 7 rows. I had seen a quilt awhile back on Rita's Red Pepper Quilts blog called the Irish Chain Scrap Buster and used it for my inspiration. The quilt has two blocks, a scrappy Block 1:
and a scrappy Block 2 with a structured centre using whites, greys, and blacks.
Now you'll have to use your imagination to see beyond these two blocks...
as that is all I finished and then it was off to another pile of projects.
The biggest pile is the bunch of 6" finished stars I'm making in Darlene's A Needle Pulling Thread Quilt Shop's 52 Week Star Challenge which started in the first week of January. I am so inspired by Darlene's blocks and her "stick-to-it-ness!" I am using reproduction prints following the guidelines that Barbara Brackman posted last year in her Stars in a Time Warp quiltalong. I just finished block 13 so here are a few of the latest stars from the pile. The first block was made using foulards, small prints on the diagonal, the second using indigo blues, and the third using printed plaids.
I have several more piles including my 6.5" blocks for the Splendid Sampler free Quiltalong. Twice a week, instructions for the blocks are posted, with some bonus blocks thrown in for good measure. I am not making them all, just picking and choosing the ones I want. At the end of the year, I will sure have a lot of 6.5" blocks to play with! There is a great Facebook page where you can see everyone's creations HERE.
My last block, in hardly any way, resembles Block 11 of the Splendid Sampler. They have a wonderful block that was designed with lots of embroidery resembling a crocheted doily but I'm choosing to use only pieced blocks and couldn't resist playing with this schooner fabric.
So you have seen just a tad of what's going on in my sewing room. Today, I may leave it all and sandwich a quilt! Fun to do whatever I want. It's a great day for quilting!