So… two and a half weeks and what do I have to show for myself? Nothing entirely finished, but lots of plans and mostly-finished things.
I've nearly finished the blackwork project. I decided that three repeats looked good, so once I finish outlining and pull out the basting lines it'll be done. I want to hang it on the wall, so I'll need to work that out, too. I figure I'll lace it around some cardstock, and that's where the plan gets a little hazy. I'll work that out when I get there.
The weekend before last, I went to the NQA show, which is held here in Columbus every year. Last year I discovered this about a week after the show, so I was determined not to miss it this year. I had a great time looking at all the quilts. So many amazing quilts. I was a little dazzled by all of it. I took a lot of photos, though I'm not posting any partly because I'm not sure if it's okay to do that and partly because I took the photos on my ipod, which doesn't take especially great pictures.
While I was at the quilt show, I saw a demo by Christine Schultz about piecing hexagons and other shapes that are compatible with them, and it made me completely rethink my hexagon flower quilt. I was planning to use a pretty standard grandmother's flower garden layout, but I've decided instead to do a more complex center medallion and arrange the hexagon flowers around that. Something sort of like this (ignoring the dangling hexagon flower):
I'm so excited about this. I'd gotten to the point with this quilt where I was starting to think, "Wait, I have how many left to go?" and this has me fired up about working on it again. I wasn't un-excited about it, really, just starting to feel that I wanted to do something different than rows of the same piece, and the demo really transformed how I was thinking about it.
Oh, and that sampler quilt I've been working on since the dawn of time? It's almost a quilt now! I finished the quilting and am hand stitching the binding to the back. Just in time for summer! More about that when I get it entirely finished and get a decent photo of it, but in the meantime, it's looking like this right now:
June 2, 2014
Love it all! The blackwork is amazing…very detailed and pretty. Can’t wait to see how you figure out the hanging part. And the quilting on the sampler is really nice. I’m still at the “drunken sailor” stage of my FMQ. Getting there….. Looking forward to your finishes!
June 4, 2014
Oh I am loving the blackwork so much. And after attempting to create a few patterns of my own for a small quilt project idea I have been playing with for awhile now, I appreciate yours even more!!! Can not wait to see this one completed.
June 6, 2014
Love the blackwork!
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