I enjoy collecting antique quilts and making reproductions of them both big and small. I've made a few baskets and I'd like to make more. I dabble in knitting and would love to learn rug hooking, but it's hard to find time to do it all. I work in higher education and I love my job. However, I do spend a lot of time dreaming about quilts.
I finally got some quality quilty time this past long weekend. I fought the urge but had to start a new project just to kick start things again. Last month I had the pleasure of attending a lecture by Edyta Sitar and came away with such an urge to make half square triangles. I also came away with a new book and some fabric but I digress. My middle child was the first to leave the nest and he asked for a special quilt. I've spent the last two years trying to settle on the "perfect" one to mark such a milestone. Fortunately, when Edyta showed her "Mountain Top" quilt I knew I'd found it. It is the perfect pattern to marry my repro fabrics and something much more modern for a young man. It also allows me to squeeze in some pinks and purples while camouflaging them with something a little more masculine. I am pasting my fabrics into my quilt journal so that I can get a sense of how they are playing together and so I don't re-buy any of the batiks when I head to the local quilt shop.
I am still working on the Mary Mannakee block 2. There are plenty of more complicated applique blocks but this is the fussiest one I've every attempted. That funky flower on the top left that looks like "jazz hands" took me f-o-r-e-v-e-r. And, there are two in the block. Sigh. I do like the way the block is gradually filling in. It makes me think of a paint by numbers project. I am still pondering how to tackle the middle flower that has some very small little holes. At least everything is relative...compared to the middle flower the jazz hands are seeming quite simple now.
And...what's a post without my Lemoyne Stars. Did I mention they were hand pieced? Of course I did. Anyway, I've sewn some together and couldn't resist showing off my piles of completed star blocks. It might be time to commit to a finished size quilt and determine how many stars I actually need. Hmmm... maybe not yet. I would hate to get discouraged to find that I am still about 200 stars away from my goal.