Summer sure is flying by! I cannot believe it’s already August. I’ve been trying to take life at a slower pace this summer, but my love of joining swaps and bees is making that a bit hard!
I’m fairly happy with how this turned out, although some of that wonkiness is a bit unintentional! Right now I’m working on blocks that are similar using text fabrics and black/white/grey prints for my dissertation quilt. I’m hoping that using a variety of frame sizes and prints will have a nice effect. That quilt will end up being almost queen sized.
I love the NuBees swap because it lets me experiment with block designs in a lot of color schemes, including some I wouldn’t usually choose myself. I spent a nice summer afternoon sitting outside sketching out pages and pages of potential block designs:
I settled on one design, and despite a few frustrating math errors and some quality time with my seam ripper, I’m really happy with the results! I can churn these blocks out pretty quickly now. Maybe I’ll write a tutorial…
I love all these different color combinations, and plan to experiment a bit more with this design in the future.
Finally, I’ve been working on a few gifts. One of them was a birthday gift for my mother, which she has now received… but unfortunately I forgot to take photos of everything! I made a matching set of napkins, placemats, and a tablecloth out of this gorgeous stack of fabrics:
Originally I was just going to do placemats and a tablecloth, but I just HAD to make these napkins after receiving some myself as part of an incredibly touching gift. My guildmates each made me one of these as a going away gift, since I’m moving to Boston in just a few weeks! So here are the napkins, the only part of the gift I remembered to photograph before packing it all up for mailing:
Still working on another surprise gift (which is going to be a month or so late at this point), so no photos of that yet, but it’s coming along nicely. I’m planning to sew up until the very last minute when I absolutely have to put the machine into a moving box.
I hope everyone is having as wonderful a summer as I am!
Linking up to the WIP Wednesday party over at Freshly Pieced.