Monday, January 14, 2013

Designing Monday

Well, my son went back to school yesterday to finish his senior year.  I was sad and weepy all afternoon, but I threw myself into cleaning the bathroom and washing the linens to keep myself occupied.  His plan right now is to travel over spring break and then stay at school until time to move to his new job.  Yes, that's the exciting news.  He has a job already lined up, so he doesn't have to focus on or worry about that.  But that means he won't be coming back home for a long time.  Maybe not til next Christmas, if then.  Just writing that is making me sad all over again.

So we better talk about quilting.  I did not accomplish much since Christmas, but have been working on a few things.  I really enjoy Erin Russek's blog, One Piece at a Time.  Here is an applique piece that she designed for the Glorious Autumn Block Party.  I am using it as a practice piece since I have not done much appliqué lately.  I really like the new Jingle pattern she has designed and she is starting a BOM very soon, so I hope to be ready to participate.  Love her designs.

Have you been following Lisa Bonjean's Scrap Basket quilt along?  It started back in 2010 and she has published 12 blocks so far.  How easy is that?  Lots of time to get those done.  I printed them out last week and made the first one over the weekend.
If you go to her website, the links to the individual patterns are in the right sidebar.

I also got the center of this batik quilt sewn together.  The blocks were already finished, so it was just a matter of sitting down and sewing!  Why do I get behind at this point?  I have the borders designed in my head and kind of on paper.  So now I need to get to the fabric store and buy more fabric.  Yea!

Hop on over to Judy's blog  and see what else is happening.


  1. The applique piece is very nice--love those earthy colors.
    How funny that you should mention Lisa's Scrap Basket Blocks. I have been saving the patterns and when she posted the twelfth last month I decided to use them as my BOM patterns for this year. I am doing them from red/black and tan shirts, much like she shows them. I want to get the first one made this week. I have a class with Lisa this Thursday and a Dinner/trunk show event Friday night. Can't wait!!
    Stars, chains and black background with lots of colors. You mix those elements together (some of my favorites) and you can't go wrong. Beautiful quilt!

  2. I love the oak leaves on your Glorious Autumn block... you did a nice job on the applique. Funny, I printed off Lisa's scrap block patterns last Friday and would love to start on them soon... love the fabrics you used in yours! The batik quilt is stunning! And by the way, you are not alone in getting behind!

  3. Those batiks are so nice with that jewels. I've never done a similar quilt....almost an Amish feel. The basket block looks like it would be fun to put together as was the applique block. I, sometimes, ask myself the same question: why don't I get at all the projects I have around?!? Lovely post!! Hugs, D

  4. I like your applique block. Nice shapes and well stitched.

  5. I like Erin's designs too and read her blog. I will be collecting the new jingle blocks. love your batik quilt so far.