I hope everyone is staying healthy and handling the shelter in place without too much stress and/or anxiety. I know this entire situation is just so odd and different and can be difficult to handle.
I think I mentioned that my favorite stress-reliever (aside from quilting) is to take a long walk every day while talking with a friend. Walk and talk! It's been a highlight of my days, even with the weather being lousy in Central Oregon! Now it's warming up.
I have gotten a lot of sewing done and should have been sharing more frequently. I finished the Temecula Stay at Home little sampler but I haven't decided how I'm going to set the 28 little 3" blocks. This was my tentative plan. I even thought about using this as the center of a larger quilt. I didn't sew it together yet so I'm open to ideas. What do you think?
In the big finish of the month, I put the binding on my Moda Blockheads II quilt. It's a big quilt--fits on the top of my king size bed! So you can imagine how long it took. I do sew my bindings down by machine most of the time with an elongated "S" on my Bernina machine (or Janome, depending on where I am). It looks fine to me and I don't have to worry about the stitches coming out! This was a huge project and I am really pleased with the final quilt.
I set aside the blue/white/yellow blocks I showed you and decided to play with other fabric I had at the cabin (my stash is kind of limited here).
First thing is I took out a pile of 2-1/2" strips and started playing around. I think I'll make this a kid's quilt for my small quilt group's projects, if we ever meet again! ;-( This is a Bonnie Hunter pattern. I am trying to use a darker blue as a constant.
At the cabin here I have an Accuquilt Go, which I have just about never used (I bought it used at least 4 yrs ago). In keeping with not using it, I bought a die for a quilt I've wanted to make (stash enhancing, right??!!). So I decided I was in the mood for that block and quilt. I started with the pile of Kaffe Fassett fabrics that I have at the cabin and a solid off-white. This is a really fun block. Accuquilt calls is "Chimney Sweep" but I've always thought of it as an album block with signatures in the middle sometimes.
Feeling limited by my meager stash here, I went online and ordered some more fabrics and I have already received a great variety of gorgeous Kaffe Fassett fabrics which I started cutting up right away.
You might notice on the right side of my design wall a bunch of little postage stamp units. That's my leader-ender project--I cut extra fabrics into 1-1/4" squares and sew them together. I have them in units, waiting to be assembled. They are pretty darn small!!
I've shared photos of Mt. Bachelor before but I thought this was so pretty, seen on my walk last week. I never get tired of this view.
You know that this shelter in place has been very difficult for us with respect to our grandkids. You remember that we had them staying over at our house in California at least twice a month, sometimes more often. Every time we talk on the phone, the first thing they ask is "When are you coming back"! Imagine our delight when we received this postcard from Emma, 7 yrs old. We thought it was amazing that we even got it, considering the way she addressed it!
Stay safe and healthy.
Much love to you!