I've been slackardly of late, in the sewing department. Thanksgiving ran right into Kyle's birthday,then into flood renovations (almost done! Two weeks worth of painters and flooring guys and carpenters. The last piece of the puzzle is carpet, which should happen in a week or so!) Oh, and just for fun, I threw in a colonoscopy (I even have pictures! No, I won't post them. Let's just say they....nope, can't even go there.) Later today, my MIL and SIL arrive to celebrate my MIL's 80th birthday. Tomorrow, we're throwing a surprise birthday brunch here, when the rest of the family, about 16 or so, will arrive. Sunday is the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild's meeting/holiday party, where we'll be exchanging bee blocks and ornaments. And you know those guild gals are going to bring some great food, too. It's been an interesting and busy few weeks, but I'm ready to get the house back to myself for a few days, before the next wave comes.
I do have a few things to show you, though.
These are the bee blocks I did for the gals in the BMQG bee:
Some giant pinwheels, with a bit of strip piecing.
Back in November, when I was hanging out with my MIL, she asked for a table topper for her kitchen. Although it's not meant to be Christmasy (she asked for green and red) it kinda is. Of course, she's Jewish, so maybe she won't notice.
After making this, I had a bunch of strips left over from a moda scrap pack. I paired it with a bunch of leftover green strips. I needed a day of mindless sewing, and came up with this:
Not really sure where this is going. Lap quilt? Cut it up into something else? Scrap it? I also don't know if I'm digging the lighter green bits yet, or if they're a quirky detail. It measures about 50x50 right now. I'm going to set it aside and revisit next week. If you have any brilliant ideas, please share!
Last, this top:
This one, I'm loving! A few years ago, I went to a garage sale and picked up a box of shirting samples (the woman who sold them, her husband was a salesman.) Anyway, I paid $3 for the box. Turned out to be about 20 yards of shirting, all in approximately 8"x20" pieces. Well, they sat in that box for quite a while. Fast forward to about 3 weeks ago. I met up with the gals from the DC Modern Quilt Guild, who were meeting at Capital Quilts. The big draw for me (besides meeting with Kate and all the other gals) was that they had an accuquilt die cut machine. So I hauled out my shirts and they cut out all these drunkard path pieces for me. They went together so easily! I never would have attempted cutting these out on my own. The curves weren't scary at all. Isn't it a sweet baby boy quilt? I picked up some light blue pinstripe flannel for the back, so it will be super cozy. Now I just need a baby boy to come along! And my box of shirting? Barely put a dent in it. Get ready to see a lot more shirt quilts in 2012!
So, that's what I've been up to. I still have a few gifts to sew up, but nothing too major. How's your holiday sewing coming along?