Monday, March 3, 2014

Catching Up, Getting Ahead

Last week was a catch-up-get-ahead kinda week.

Having returned from a 4-1/2 day retreat last Friday, I headed right back out again Saturday for the guild's 4th Saturday Sit and Sew.  I used the time to sew the rows of Celtic Solstice together and measure for borders.  But most of the time was spent visiting and lunching -- the best part of SnS!!

Last Sunday we spent the evening enjoying the Olympics Closing Ceremonies.  I can't get the patchwork designs out of my head.  In fact, I cut and pieced a whole quilt in my sleep last night!!  It was really sharp; I hope I can remember it!  Did you know that Hoffman Fabrics quickly put together a pattern -- When Bali Met Sochi?   Not quite exact, but captures the essence.

I really don't know where the week went.  Oh, wait, I DO remember where the week went.  I have been struggling with fabric selection for two upcoming classes.  I spent two days, going through many iterations for Jan Krentz's Variable Hunter Star and finally, finally settled on Japanese taupes with light yellow and blue star points.  I know, it sounds weird.  And it may be.  Definitely subtle.  I went ahead and cut my strips before I changed my mind!

Now on to Summer Solstice.  Remember this mess?

I have settled on this completely new color palette of red/white/blue.  I just need to decide what fabric will go where.  I cut chunks and strips yesterday.  The black and red in front is a special fabric that I purchased on the 2007 New England/Canada quilt cruise.  You might notice in the closeup the letters CQA-ACC plus the number 25.  It was a special-edition batik produced for the Canadian Quilters Association 25th anniversary shop hop.  I bought all that was left on the bolt.  Hoping to use it for the border; we'll see .....

Summer Solstice fabrics

This week will be devoted to cleaning house -- long overdue.  And gathering all I will need for two weeks of travel and quilt classes to come.

Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times.


  1. Love the new color scheme! Good luck getting caught up!

    1. Thanks, Sylvia. I hate leaving the house in a mess, especially with SIL coming to take care of her mother. But prepping for the class "had" to be done. LOL

  2. It sounds like you have some fun times ahead. I will be interested in seeing your Hunter Star - the color combination sounds great.

    1. I'm interested in seeing it, too! Sometimes I back myself into a corner trying to use only stash. I'll try to post some while I'm on the road.

  3. That Canadian Batik is very cool! I think it will be a beautiful quilt. Keep on chugging away on your Celtic Solstice! Lots of Bonnie's quilts have loads of pieces; you'll get there.

  4. I'm taking a BH class at Pigeon Forge in 2 weeks. I have Starstruck, Cathedral Stars, and CS center to show her. She does like lots of pieces, doesn't she!


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