Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Chasing a Squirrel--Need a Distraction

Sometimes I think we can all benefit from a squirrel.  A happy distraction.  I found one this week in the form of an old UFO.  I'm not sure it's a DrEAMi moment, but it is definitely helping me recharge my batteries.  I'll tell you more about it on Friday, because it should be a complete finish by then...fingers crossed.

So what can I tell you about?  David and I took a jaunt to a quilt shop almost two hours away this weekend, so that he could get some border fabric for a quilt he has been working on.  The weekend before he pieced together a Carpenter Star Quilt in civil war reproduction fabrics he fell in love with.  Seven days later, he decided it needed borders, so off we went.  So by that evening he had a quilt top that he was in love with.

The problem for me...he's piecing quicker than I can quilt.  That's okay, I have a homework assignment for him this weekend.  He can still piece, but it will be for me.

While at the shop, I took a gander at the fat quarter stash in the back.  The Aurifil BOM is in the downhill swing with only four more blocks to go.  I thought I would look for potential pieces to help me get around the color wheel.

I think I scored some lovely yellow, yellow-green, green and blue-green fat quarters.  I can't wait to piece them up into blocks over the next four months.

I can also now share with you my pieces in the next step for Cheryl at Meadow Mist Design's Magnolia Mystery Quilt.  Last week she posted the instructions for the first cutting bits...half square triangles.  Below are my fabric A/D half square triangles and some confetti bits that were left over.

I'm still quilting on the Butterfly Meadow Mystery Quilt.  I had to take a bit of a break to figure out my next quilting moves.  I'm quilting it do death the life into it, did I mention that?

I think some of these ideas will stay and some will still be changed.  Depends on what I'm feeling when the machine is threaded and I'm setting in front of it.

Oh and David's homework assignment?  He doesn't actually know it yet, but I'm going to ask him to piece another Star Cross mini quilt for me.  This time maybe add borders?  You can read about the original one here.

The Upshur County Art Alliance is having a fundraiser at the end of September and has asked for donations from local artists for a silent auction.  They do a wonderful job promoting the arts in our area and I would love to help them out.  If he will piece it, I will gladly pull out the rulers and quilt it.  Guess the ball is in his court now.  No pressure.

I will be interested to see what else gets accomplished this week.  It is Homecoming at our high school, so that means a parade and pep rally tonight, the game on Friday evening and a dance for the kids on Saturday.  It should be a full week with lots of running.  Can I pre-schedule my Sunday nap now?  Hope everyone has a wonderful week and tune back on Friday for my hopeful UFO finish.

Today I'm linking up with Let's Bee Social and Midweek Makers.


Susan said...

Like the quilting design you've got going - though it may be a lot, it will look fantastic! Do share again when it's done.

JanineMarie said...

It sounds like this partnership of him piecing and you quilting is really jelling! I love it!

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

I look forward to being able to share about your DrEAMi / happy distraction. You and Dave are quite the team. You continue to amaze me with all you accomplish!

Stitchin At Home said...

I like the idea of David piecing and you working your magic quilting.

Nancy J said...

Dave's fabrics are wonderful with that border, now for the quilting!! Your new choices, lovely as the colour progresses round the circle.

KaHolly said...

What enjoyable projects being pieced and quilted at your house! I just don't know how you keep up and accomplish so much beautiful work. Your quilting skills blow me away!

Cheryl said...

Great projects! I love the orange for the Magnolia HSTs.

Paige said...

What a great team you two make! I love seeing you audition quiting designs!

Janice Holton said...

I am loving that Star Cross mini. The quilting is wonderful. Are you doing it in the same colors? Or a new color way? Is this one going to be for you or for someone else?

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