Monday, November 22, 2010

A new place for the quilt journal

Well it's certainly been awhile since I posted here! Oh well life has a way of taking priority, doesn't it?

The weekend was spent at Cinnamon's quilt shop for our bimonthly "retreat". I think there were about 18 of us. I got so much done that it inspired me to post here. I don't seem to be keeping up my quilt journal as I should, yet I'm blogging more, so I'm switching to this blog as my "quilt journal". Especially now that I know I can have it put into book form!

Over the weekend I finished all the blocks and the piano-key border for the pink/Kaffe H-block quilt that I saw in West Palm last weekend. I also finished the last of the half-square triangle blocks for the guild give-away quilt. I should be able to get both those tops together this week and get them to the quilters. (Funny that I would still take quilts to the long-armers since I have one myself. But I'm not yet practiced enough on my long-arm to do my own quilts. Soon, though!!)

I'm not ready for pictures of these yet but they'll come later. I also have a whole new direction for my Ace of Spades piece....I think it's going to be fun! And I've picked "stitches" as my theme for my first year of journal quilt experimentation.

2011 will be a busy year for me! I'll be retired (in just a couple of weeks - YAY), I'm traveling to lots of quilting classes, and I'm experimenting with new "stuff". I also plan to do some experiments when dying fabrics. It'll all be journal "stuff" so there are no failures - only experiments. I've picked up 2 block-of-the-month (BOM) projects from Quilting by the Bay (QBTB) and there will probably be a Kaffe-usage group meeting at Cinnamon's each month. Whew I'm going to be one busy woman!!

I need a name for the H-block quilts because I have two more noodling around in my brain. Something will come to mind. Till then it will have to be just H-blocks. I'm thinking about another in Aunt Gracies, one set on point, and then there's the H-block alternate where the center is the different color and the rows are offset. That's 3 more, I know, but maybe it's the Aunt Gracie that will get set on point.

OK I'm off to see the wizard!

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