I'm going on retreat next weekend with the "Around the Block" quilters in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The theme is "Downton Abbey," and there will be an English tea Saturday afternoon. I'm taking only my DA mystery quilt, so I should return home with a finished top!
But first, today is the birthday of My Little Sailor, and 52 Quilts' co-editor. Happy Birthday, Jacob!
There are a few blocks on the design wall today. First, I made the next row in the Quilty Fun QAL at Ruth's Stitchery:
It's the "chubby chevrons" row. Pressing the "hatchet" or "chevron" blocks alternately toward the print and toward the background really makes sewing them together easier. Thanks for the tip, Beth!
Remember how I said I was not going to start another BOM program this year. Yeah. Well. Here are the first three blocks from Marti Michell's "5 is Fabulous" BOM:
Next are some "swap" goodies. I'm pretty sure the recipient doesn't read this blog, so I'm safe to share them with you!
This is a variation on the "Star of Bethlehem" block. The book instructions call for "wonky" points -- here is my first attempt:
I just can't do good wonky! I decided to go with the "flip and sew" method of star points, and I like this one a lot better:
The colors are inspired by Classic Modern Quilts from Kansas City Star Publications. I re-drafted it to make the block finish at 9" rather than 12".
Here is my entry for the Front Range Modern Quilt Guild's bag swap. The label and pattern are from Sweetwater's Label Crew:
And here is another swap block. I showed the Fox and the Houndstooth fabric just yesterday -- see, I DO cut it up and sew it, not just buy it and stash it!
I have something really cute to show you tomorrow for Tuesday Tool. But first, I have to paint my nails to match it!
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