Christmas in August

Since I wanted to practice making a pillow with piping, I decided to use the first Snowflake block for the Quilt Along as the pillow top.


I stitched the white snowflake with gold thread.
There was just enough green and gold fabric left over for me to make a border.
I am not too happy with this, but it is just for practice.

I was successful in cutting bias strips for the piping, but my sewing machine was not cooperating, as I sewed in the cording.
The under stitches were loose.
I will work on trying to fix this problem tomorrow.
This is the second Snowflake block for the QAL. This time, I  only used six points.

The block needs pressing.


Blocks 1 and 2 of I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along

Shopping Day…Lucky Day

 

This morning, I decided that I had been house-bound long enough.
Since the sun decided to shine this morning, I thought it would be a good day to visit with my sister and take her for lunch.
We had a great lunch at Twin Sisters…delicious quiche.
I chose this eatery since it is right around the corner from the Mesquite Bean Fabric Shop.
We got to the store as they were shelving new fabric…oh my…what goodies!
There was a sale on Christmas fabric, so I picked out a few for
the I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along.
I am sticking to red, green, off-white, beige, and a tinge of gold.
After I dropped my sister back at her house, I made my way to JoAnn’s Fabrics.
As I entered the store, a rainstorm hit.
Just my luck to be stuck at a fabric store, waiting out the rain!
There was a great sale on Christmas fabrics at JoAnn’s also, so this was my lucky day.



I love the white on white polka-dot.
If these don’t work out for the QAL, they can always be used for something else.
While at JoAnn’s, I visited with some of the salespeople that have come to know me from my frequent visits. I shared the information about the QAL and they seemed very interested.

Shopping Day was fun.
It’s back to working on the Texas quilt tomorrow.

Post Tulum…

After an action-packed, fun-filled week in Tulum, I have spent the last three days on my recliner.
It has been great to sleep in and lounge.
Today, I decided to read emails and catch up with my blogs.
I saw that Abbie, of Sparkle On, had posted the first block for the mystery quilt,
I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along .
Abbie did such a great job on the first block, and her enthusiasm is catching.

It just so happened that I had some seasonal fat quarters and white fabric remnants, so  I decided to give it a try.
The snowflake pattern is by Vanda Chittenden .

Block #1
I named this block, Snowflake in a Winter Forest.

It seems that ever since I started quilting, I have become more aware of the color, designs, and patterns around me.
While in Tulum, my design sensory mode was at an all time high.
On Sunday, I started playing around with some of the designs I had captured in photos, my sketch book, and in my head.
First, I created a design on Pattern Jam, so I could get a sense of color.
These are not exactly the colors I want, but it is a start.

Pattern Jam does not allow for designs in the sash or borders.
So, I used this design to sketch another that had some blocks to represent the ruins.
I also added a zig-zag pattern.

The border may be striped material, or strips of different fabrics.
Or, the border may be floral.
This is just a preliminary sketch.
I started thinking of the possibility of making blocks that have embroidered flowers.
I hesitate to start an embroidery project since the repeated action of embroidering affects my hands.
For now, I will continue designing Tulum quilts, while the experience is still fresh.

Tomorrow, I will start binding the Wild About Texas quilt.
Or, I may just go back to my recliner.