Friday, February 12, 2010

Quiltathon -Friday Jump start

Judy at Patchwork Times is hosting a Quiltathon this weekend, and since I had the day off of school for our Winter Break, naturally I wanted to get a jumpstart at the festivities.

I was able to get downstairs rather early (for this house) this morning, but didn't really have a definite "must-work-on" project in mind. So I did a little tidying, put away some thread spools, trimmed up some scraps from the recent Q4K's projects, a little this, a little that...and then I spied the stack of red/black/white Pineapple Blossom blocks that I worked on during the last Quiltathon as a swap. Since then, the swap has been completed and mail back to participants, so I played with some layouts, and came away with this as the layout (top left). Two more blocks were needed to finish up this layout and sewing up the bonus triangle pinwheels at the same time, that is where they were left for the remainder of the day.

My day was really a day of a-little-of-this/a-little-of-that. I pulled out the fabrics I had cut a few weeks back for Hannah's Rotation [[will that quilt ever have a different name??]] and started planning out how to bring her design to life. In the end, I grabbed a black sharpie and simply cut the design up into 30 12" blocks. Oooooo.....a lightbulb JUST went off when I typed the word cut. Ahhhhhh! I'm gonna grab the scissors tomorrow and actually CUT the 'blocks' out from the paper. I really don't see any other way to accomplish that design; there aren't any repetitions (except for the 180 rotation). Anyway, the bottom-left and small-bottom-inset-right show my work on that project.

Then I was inspired to pull out the fabrics from the other Math 8 quilt design (the runner up - Jade's Heart). I really liked the pattern, and it will be quite simple to make, so.....I'm making it. The first stage is to make 50 4-patches [[shown in the other three-small-inset pictures. ]]

I wasn't able to work non-stop since all three girls are home with me today, and that my parents arrived at 3:00 this afternoon. BUT, sitting with the Olympic Opening Ceremonies on the TV tonight really was a great opportunity for me to start putting some binding stitches onto Perkiomen Daydreams, which arrived unannounced from Carol Cornfield Quilter last week, but I forgave her due to the beautiful quilting that she did!!! :0) Sadly, my blogworld will need to stay in suspense until it is finished and hung on the wall. It will be the first quilt that I will (attempt) to enter into Quilt show(s). Bonnie Hunter's design is absolutely amazing!

Cass has basketball tomorrow morning at 9:00, so I don't anticipate being able to get to any sewing until noonish.
Happy Friday everyone!


Candace said...

Looks like you're off to a great start. Have a fun long weekend.

Jackie said...

You had a wonderful Friday! Just the kind of day that I love.

scraphappy said...

Well, it is good that you didn't have anything specific to accomplish. Have a great long quilt weekend. I love the layout you chose for Pineapple Blossom. Can't wait to see the finished Perkiomen Dreams, it is going to be stunning I am sureP

Infinity Quilter said...

Love the layout for Pineapple Blossom. Have fun sewing the next couple days.

Alycia said...

Good for you. I am LOVING that pineapple blossom quilt!! It is just striking!! Have a fun basketball game!

Joan said...

Enjoyed my vistit look to be so busy...and are achieving a heaps. Have a great weekend. I look forward to further posts.

Lori said...

Darn...Now I am going to have to make that Pineapple Blossom. Three colors are Striking. I have only ever seen it scrappy.

Enjoy you weekend!

Linda said...

I love the layout for Pineapple Blossom. I'm with Lori, I've only seen it scrappy and the three colors are very striking, especially black and red. My son would love this quilt. I might have to make one of these for him... Have fun sewing the next couple days. It looks like you have a plan. Have fun with basketball..hugs, Linda