I've been in and out of town over the last month, which included some excellent fabric shopping at Portland and Santa Monica quilt shops! I've managed to squeeze in some sewing time between my recent travels. Here's some of what I'm working on this week.
Sewing with the Kiddos
Both of my kids are working on quilt projects during their summer vacation. I shared a peek on my Q3 Finish Along list. More recently, my daughter has begun quilting her project. She's using a walking foot and decided on rainbow-like arches of quilting with rainbow variegated thread, inspired by Allison's HST quilt. She's "driving" while I assist, reminding her when to stop and reposition her hands, and holding the weight of the quilt for her while I advise on the general path she should be taking. This part is slow going. It's not the best ergonomics for me, leaning over her as she sews, so we only do one pass at a time. Here's the beginning of her quilting.
And my son has one row and one column left to piece on the twin-sized bed quilt he's making for his sister. She's been hogging the sewing machine (and I'd need to switch the foot and thread), so he's kind of on hold.
Star Light Star Dark Quilt Along
I'm participating in the Star Light Star Dark Quilt Along with Jessica from Quilty Habit. This week we got our first piecing instructions which were to make these 18" star blocks. I'm loving how this project is going so far. We had the option of a 4-block or 6-block version for the quilt along and I decided to go with four. Purple is obviously my first color and I'm using yellow and orange as my second color. The left blocks of the quilt will feature the lights and the right blocks will feature the darks. I'm choosing to set mine with same colors in diagonal placement, as shown below. Our next step is to piece the small stars next week. See others' progress on Instagram.
For The Bee Hive swarm Tisha this month we're making Tic Tac Toe blocks with grey and low volume, using a jewel toned fabric for the feature X. I love how fast this block goes together, and that it's so easy to chain piece! :-)
For Serenity Circle of do. Good Stitches this is our palette, heavy on the lime and low volume. I LOVE IT! Wondering if my purples aren't pink/fushia enough. Hm. I'll have to think on that. Work in progress fabric pull. :-)
I finally dove in and made some fabric selections for my new La Passacaglia project. I have loved so many of these quilts that I've seen in progress and finished by others on Instagram. I don't have an overall plan for the colors and fabrics I'll use throughout the project, but I cut out the first 90 pieces for rosette #1. Hand piecing, here I come!
Thanks for visiting. What are you working on this week?