I say “work” as how can quilting and piecing be work – it is so nice to “work” with fabric isn’t it. Kathleen and Deb and I are all working on blocks called Retro Air Ship Propeller blocks (pattern’s original name back in the 1930’s—before that who knows what it was, now it is Steam Punk) we were all going to try to do two blocks a month – I haven’t done them this month so I thought I better get my two blocks for the month done. We started in September which means by the end of the month I should have at least four completed – well I better get busy – I managed to get one done yesterday bringing my total to 3 completed. Backgrounds on mine are going to vary as centers will occasionally be fussy if I have the right piece for it. There will be sashing in between blocks – narrow – maybe a dark gray? How many blocks? don’t know at this point. The first two blocks I hand pieced but I have enough hand work going on right now that I machine pieced yesterday’s block and it went so quickly – I did applique the circle in place. I well be setting these on point.
While I was cutting the fabric for the above block (the red/gray one) I thought while the fabric was pressed I should cut enough for a large hexie for Handful of Scraps and enough small for several of those – I think I should do that every time I press fabric if the fabric will go in those quilts also. So here are my piles of fabric.
When putting clean sheets on the bed last night I decided to change quilts once again – some of you probably haven’t seen this one. I made it in 2003-2005 – it took a year to hand piece (yes Judy Niemeyer’s quilts are paper pieced – but not by me) This one is called Twisted Star. Background is a mottled yellow batik and the ribbons are batiks as well, most of the stars are from the stash of scraps. I think it took me about 10 months to hand quilt – back then I didn’t quilt almost every day!
Some close ups:
When I hand quilted this one I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in between the ribbons and stars and went for a swirly zig-zaggy type curvy line – this one also has a heavier batting like Joseph’s Coat and is used in the fall/winter months – occasionally for several weeks at a time in the coldest part of our winter they both might be on the bed!!
I think I have enough bed size quilts made that I could put a different quilt on the bed every month of the year!