Friday, March 10, 2017

Solstice Updates and a Blog Hop

Today is a day I've been waiting on.  Jen (A Dream and A Stitch) and Jan (Color, Creating and Quilting) kick off their two day blog hop for the mini Quilter's Laundry Day, created by Jen.  My turn to post my finished mini is tomorrow, but I hope that you can take time today to visit my fellow blog friends and check out all the quilts hanging out in the gentle breeze to dry.

Jen Rosin at A Dream and a Stitch
Kate Heads at Smiles From Kate
Jennifer Fulton at Inquiring Quilter
Karen Thurn at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats
Melva Nolan at Melva Loves Scraps
Vicki at Vicki's Crafts & Quilting
Julie Stocker at Pink Doxies
Anja Clark at Anja Quilts
Diann at Little Penguin Quilts
Jayne at Twiggy and Opal
Susan Arnold at Quilt Fabrication
Leanne Milsom at Lizze the Quilter
Sandra Walker at mmm!quilts

I will keep my post short and sweet today, since I need to get hopping to visit my friends.  This week has been a busy one, finished up my hop mini and also finishing up my Star Cross mini quilt, that I will be sharing with you on Monday.  I was able to completely catch up on Pat Sloan's Solstice Challenge.  This week's block is Jacob's Ladder.  I have always been in love with this block.  I even purchased beautiful batik blues and creams to make a whole Jacob's Ladder Quilt...that I never made.  So I decided to use some of them to at least make this block.

My blues are batiks, but my creams are just a mixer print of some sort.  I still love it.

The only block I had not made yet was week five's block Grandma Anna's Basket.   It is a beautiful block with an appliqued basket in the center.  I had everything ready and had even prepped my fabric, but I just wasn't feeling it.  So I decided to piece my basket.  After finding a block I loved, I went to work calculating what I needed to create the 6" center.  So I present to you Grandma Leona's Basket.  

My grandmother loved her flower gardens, and I get some of my head strong ways from her, so why not call it her block?

Speaking of solstices and equinoxes and such...starting on the first day of Spring, March 20th, my quilty BFF, Sandra at mmm!quilts, will be hosting her first QAL!!!  It is a smaller version of her Windfall Quilt she designed last fall she is calling Freefall.  I am currently testing the blocks for her before the QAL begins.

I hope you will join us in some good ol' quilting fun and a chance to win some pretty awesome prizes.  Hop over to her blog to read more details here.

So did I start the Sewcial Bee Sampler Quilt?  Not yet exactly.  I have disassembled the FQ bundle of Paradisco and started playing around with the fabrics in EQ7.

I think I've decided if I can find some nice Grunge fabric on Monday when I'm at one of my favorite LQS's I will start cutting.

So that's it for now.  I hope you will come back tomorrow to see my version of Quilter's Laundry Day and Monday to check out my finished Star Cross mini quilt.  Until then, go enjoy all the fabulous quilts hanging out in the sun to dry, from the comfort of your favorite chair.

Also, I haven't talked Craftsy in a while (that might make me a bad affiliate)...this weekend they are having one of my favorite sales, ALL classes under $20.  That's a steal.  It's my favorite time to pick up classes.  The latest one, I've take is Natalia Bonner's Quilting Around the Blocks.  She does a wonderful job showing us different ways to tackling very basic shapes that are in most quilts.  This sale will be good from today until Monday the 13th at midnight.  Don't miss out on this great deal!  You can check it out here.

Today I'm linking up with Finished or Not Friday.


Puppilalla said...

It is amazing that you manage to keep up with so many projects at once. I also like your pieced basket solution to the block. It is a suitable solution. I have to tackle my Stash Bee March block on the weekend and wish to continue working on my round robin starter block. Have a good weekend.

Jen said...

I like your pieced basket. Way to go on listening to your gut. It led you in the right direction. :) Looking forward to seeing your mini tomorrow.

Lisa J. said...

Good luck with the quilt along Tish. I'll check out your mini tomorrow.

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