Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Piece-ful Weekend

This past weekend held one of the United States biggest holidays, Independence Day.  A time when everyone comes together to celebrate their patriotism for their country.  While most Americans were out enjoying barbecues, parties and fireworks, my little family decided to just stay home and enjoy each others company.  For me that meant I could kick back and enjoy a piece-ful weekend.  Yup, that is spelled correctly.  I spent my three day weekend finishing up my Hi-De-Ho Cheerio quilt and piecing on projects that needed some attention.

Hi-De-Ho Cherrio

The first item to get my undivided attention was the cutting of the two color ways I chose for the Midnight Mystery Quilt being hosted by Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs.  The mystery quilt started in June and will run until March 2016.  So far she has given us fabric requirements and cutting instructions.  I have to admit I did some snooping around on her page and checked out the previous mystery quilt she hosted...and I loved it.  I loved it so much I decided to make two of this one.  I cannot wait to see the finished product.  Or rather, I will have to wait, since we only get it in little pieces at a time.

After getting everything separated into bags (so I can remember which fabric is what) and taking a quick Netflix break, I moved on to the July block for Pat Sloan's Vacationtime Mystery BOM.  I participated in last years Globetrotting quilt (check out my quilt here) and had so much fun, I had to do this one as well.  I decided on Miss Kate by Bonnie and Camille for my fabric.  Since my family doesn't travel much, Vacationtime is my vacation time.

Then I moved on to a project that I have been neglecting for about four months now.  Several years ago my husband asked me to make him a quilt using Oriental prints we found in red, black and white.  Of course I said yes, but they sadly set in boxes because I had no idea what to do with them.  At the beginning of the year I found the Gold Coast Quilters Guild's BOM called Journey to Japan (you guessed it) mystery quilt.  Each month for 2015 they would be posting a Japanese block designed by Susan Briscoe author of books on Japanese quilting.  This was perfect.  However, after finishing the first two blocks, I kinda lost my steam for the project and quit.  This was my chance to give it another whirl.  I'm happy to say that I now have seven completed blocks and my husband likes them all.  Win!

Since I had made so much progress, I rewarded myself by making another block for the Modern Building Blocks Quilt I started last month. Now my little six inch block has a friend...another six inch block.  Only like 40+ more blocks to go.  I'm hoping to just take my time and enjoy this quilt.

I did leave one thing on my to-do list undone.  I started the QM Bitty Block Quilt at the beginning of the year as well.  It will be a row quilt of little 3 and 4 inch blocks.  I have decided to do the smaller lap quilt version.  I made the decision this weekend to wait a few months before I start it up again in order to figure out which blocks I want to use for my rows.  The smaller quilt will not need as many.  So for now they are just kind of hanging out where ever they are not in the way.  I just love looking at them.  So tiny.  So cute.

And last but not least is the project that I must focus on until I get it finished.  Our community theater group will be performing the musical Quilters at the beginning of August and needed the guilds help in recreating 20-36 inch quilt blocks to be used in the show.  I am tackling the Dandelion block.  I'm hoping to have it completely finished by next week...if life doesn't get in the way.  How far have I made it, you ask?  I have picked out my fabric and have practically finished.  Ha! Ha! Ha!

Well, this pretty much wraps up my piece-ful weekend.  I don't like to think of it as being anti-social but more of celebrating old school/pioneer woman way.  Hope everyone else had a great weekend as well.  And here is to hoping we all are productive!

I am linking up today with WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced


the momma said...

What a nice treat to sew for the better part of 3 days! Your quilting on the cheerio quilt is fabulous!
Your 'practically finished' made me laugh :-) Ah, we quilters are an optimistic bunch, huh?! But - you *have* made wonderful progress on your many projects, so I have no doubt your dandelion will actually be finished soon :-)

wishing you a pieceful ;-) week ~ Tracy

Kat said...

We did Quilters a few years ago and made the quilt plus an extra set of blocks for use in the show. I made the lonestars and something else... I forget. It was a lot of fun! Best of luck to you!

Eleanor said...

Oh, I just love your quilting on the cheerio quilt! Your Vacationtime and Susan Briscoe blocks look great. You have been busy!

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