Liz asked what I had been working on, so I thought I’d show you some of the latest creativity happening in the house. You guys have seen this quilt in various stages of construction. I really started this one just as a learning experiment, but I became quite fond of working on all the hand stitching. I call it my ‘faux Marianne Burr quilt’ because that is where the original idea came from. I am looking forward to visiting and learning from Marianne this summer!
Close-ups of the various blocks.
Another ‘non-project’ I work on at various times: Cutting out two inch squares. I have quite a collection going. Some of them I sew together in various colorways. Others I hand-sew (English paper piecing) around little hexagonal forms, and then sew the hexagons together. These are usually seen in the grandmother’s flower garden quilts (I used some of them in the ‘pay it forward quilts’) but right now I am just using them to sew together into color drifts. Not sure of the final project for these. But aren’t they pretty? Freddy and Gwen, two of my favorite quilters, call this the “parts department.”
Yesterday I worked on cleaning out my sewing cupboards, and re-organizing projects in various stages of being finished (or unfinished, depending on your point of view.) I found these little abstract fans that I had put together quite a while ago. They were from a series of small quilts that I did using up small scraps from one original quilt. So tonight I arranged them on a background and sewed them down (raw edge applique, using zig-zag stitch.) I have some strips cut to make a couple of borders, and then I will finish and quilt it.
In the evening when I really want to relax, I like to have a hand quilting project going. Mr. Monk likes it when I have a hand-quilting project going too….
I love the colors in this quilt. Reminds me of summertime. Hydrangeas and brick pathways in a garden. It is a bed-sized quilt.
Mr. Monk seemed to be particularly photogenic today. Pictures from this morning:
And Noah, on his mesh ‘chaise lounge’ out in the front ‘courtyard.’ Quite messy out there. I’m waiting for Noah to stop landscaping. It might be a long wait.
Shhh. Don’t tell The Queen that she was not included in this post. It could make life quite miserable around here for the rest of us.