In the middle of our holiday we had a few days at home while Maggie, our puppy, was having her neutering operation. It was a good time to do it, as we had to keep the other two away from her for a few days, in case they would go at her stitches and she was able to keep me company, while I caught up on a few things and not get too bored all on her ownio!
While sorting my stuff to tidy up before my cousin came to visit, I found some stash bee blocks made for me, from stash bee 2014! I had picked the Spring Blossom quilt block by Charise Creates and didn't really have a plan in mind for them. As always with Bee's you get unexpected things, sometimes blocks are a little too big or a little too small, or an odd colouring to the other blocks like the navy centre one above.
I had recently bought Amy Gibsons Quilt Block Cookbook with 50 block patterns in it. Having been a big fan of hers since I learned how to piece blocks on her free Craftsy Class Block of the Month 2012, I knew I was going to really enjoy her book. The blocks are fun but even better are the 7 layouts she gives for using some of the 50 blocks, to make a not so traditional sampler quilt. The few pages at the end of the book got me thinking and made buying the whole book so worthwhile. So I took apart a version of my star crossing block above, in navy and lemon, and used the pieces to frame the flowers.
I managed to get a small cot quilt out of both and really like that the navy in the squares now makes the dark flower centre work! There are 5 blocks left still, so I had a go at putting them into a flower garden of my own and another of Amy's layouts from the books using columns of colour.
I think I am going to go with the layout from the book below but would like to come back to the garden for another go at it as I think there is something there. I can complicate designs and sometimes I think simple is best!
Using Amy's celestial layout, I picked the blocks that I thought would work well together and added in a lot of Kona Snow, that I had on hand on a bolt. (I bought a whole bolt of Snow and White and it was the best decision ever as you can get right to making when inspiration strikes!)
At our last branch meeting, I showed my two new finished quilt tops - all from my WIP box and no new blocks needed!
And for the stuff I should have been making? Finished my Snowflake Shimmer quilt (QAL with Quilting Jet Girl) and there is good chance I will have this finished for Christmas! Made lots of progress on my round on Erin's Round Robin quilt! 200+ paper pieced sub-units later...
This seemed like a great idea when I first started it. When I realised how long it would take me, I did think twice but it felt like the right thing for the quilt and I didn't want to let Erin down by doing something not as good so I just had to get on with it!
Nearly there now!
So a bunch of finishes and a lot of work in progress! Happy Friday everybody!