This week I’ve been trying to get back into the groove and finishing some things before the next wave of giant projects hit. I’ve been remiss in finishing up a couple things for my mom, so I’ve been working on some alternative throw pillow covers and various projects. I’m trying my hand at a cathedral window-style cover; it looks better than I’d thought it might for a first try!
And it’s also time to get back to quilting; I took the cover off Cindy to find the table bed cover had buckled, like maybe the cats had skidded onto it so much that it skootched it over? I peel up the double sided tape and smoothed it all out again, so easy enough to fix,
I may or may not be on a beach right now, but I will be shortly! In honor of that, here’s a picture of the Beachwalk quilt I made a couple year ago.
Before getting to the beach, however, I managed to finish the two Saturday Sampler blocks for this month. We’re coming up on the end for Summertime Blues (only one block left), so I need to start thinking about layout. I think I want to set it in an alternate sort of layout to make it a bed size quilt and take advantage of the giant digitally printed cat I got from a Moda kit. That will require me to bring in a bit of lime green to match the cat eyes, and maybe some additional blocks to fill out the setting. Mostly I want a bed size quilt to donate to Good Mews for their auction this year since I know those sell better!
It’s 11:33 so I’m just squeaking this under the line! Mind you, I don’t have a picture of anything I’ve been working on since it’s been recovering from the Vegas trip, computer stuff for The Stitch, getting used to being in an office again a couple days a week, and getting ready for family vacation.
It’s going great!
Guys, I’m sorry. I fell of the face of the earth. It’s prep time for my Vegas conference, and the following week is the big project launch for a work thing, and then the next week I’m vacation. I will try my darndest to keep things moving and posting over here, but if you need a quick fix of “What is Pam up to?” just watch Instagram for more upcoming bathroom art and who-knows-what-else from my travels.
Also, I got stuck in traffic for two hours trying to get home yesterday, and if that doesn’t crush your spirit, I don’t know what will. The good news is at the end of it, I did get to a sew-in and spent some time with Marcia, my Singer Featherweight.
Conveniently the #IGQuiltfest prompt for yesterday was “what’s on your cutting table”, and for once I had something other than a pile of fabric or a cat! These little gems are being sewn into 3 rainbow star blocks to go into a raffle quilt for an upcoming blog hop!
Stay tuned for a link over to the blog hop the first week of April so you can enter to win the quilt yourself!
QuiltCon was wonderful and exhilarating and exhausting all in one, and I will try to write about it over on The Stitch TV Show site. I make no promises, however, because…
Unfortunately I came back to work to a super busy time and I’ve not had energy to do much of anything outside of work. Time marches on, however, and I did pull it together long enough last night to make the top for my Star Wars mini for the May the Fourth Be With You Swap. We had to show progress on Instagram as a check in.
My picture is less than impressive, frankly, BUT I am liking the direction it’s taking. As I said in the caption on Instagram, it’s going to come alive with the quilting! Such are the hazards of in-progress pictures.
Of course right when it’s time to head out of town I decided to “just get that one thing done”, while also doing laundry and packing and everything else. So here’s a charity quilt I started.
The rows are almost put together; my goal is mostly to get the top finished before I head out tomorrow for QuiltCon. That will bring me to a quilt pile-up of FOUR tops ready to be quilt. I will think about that when I get back, though!
The good news is I started quilting the pattern for the magazine. The bad news is I’m not quite sure how to finish quilting it. A hazard of the trade, I suppose.
It’s given me a chance to practice my ruler work, although it also afforded me a chance to practice my marking as well. I enjoy one of those much better than the other, but I need practice in both.
After this gets wrapped up it’s on to a challenge project, design TBD, frankly. I’ve been fiddling around with some ideas but still not particularly inspired at this time. Maybe that change when I start playing with the fabric, or maybe it won’t. In that chase, it’ll be a 12 x 12″ mini!
This week I’ve been working on taking care of two birds with one stone: another giant hexagon Belinda sample and a quilt for a new baby! I finished the top assembly over the weekend, and have spent recent time quilting it. Rather than rely completely on my usual default meander quilting, I mixed it up with some words.
I’m rather thankful for my 5th grade penmanship award!
This week I’m wrapping up the last of the 5 samples for the pattern I’m working on. I have a fervent hope I will finish it TODAY and then I can work on something else. To be honest, that something else is another pattern, but for a magazine! Very exciting.
Anywho, when I haven’t been chained to my HQ Sweet Sixteen, I’ve mixed it up with some piecing. A friend of mine named HollyAnne, who is a podcast listener/watcher of The Stitch is starting up a new nonprofit called Quilts for Cure. Her first project is collecting 10″ heart blocks to make quilts for children undergoing cancer treatment in the Atlanta area.
She’s asking for blocks by Feb 14th, so if you want to make a couple, check out her blog with instructions and how to donate.