I had two finishes last week. One, you've seen
..and one, you'll have to wait for. ;)
I am in full pre-school quilt mode now. I have three quilts to make - one for each of the morning and afternoon preschool classes, and one for the Kindergartners (the "Lunch Bunch" because they are at school all day). In my old age, I am actually beginning to learn NOT to bite off more than I can chew. That ripping sound you heard was the tear in the space-time continuum.
The quilts need to be completely done for the mid-December fundraiser, so I scaled back the design as well as the level of involvement from the kids, and here's what the Lunch Bunch quilt is going to look like:
I sew better than I draw, obviously!
When I go to the class, I'll have the quilt tops nearly done, so there will be some up front work, but I'd rather get it done early (do I have to turn in my Last Minute Club membership card?). Then when I'm in the class, the kids can choose a (pre-cut? we'll see) critter to represent them, and write their name on it with fabric markers.
I LOVE the fabric-pulling part of planning a quilt, don't you? I pulled these to start:
Greens for the stems and leaves, and the bottom row for the flowers and critters. The background is a cool word fabric I found in my stash (these quilts will be 100% stash quilts - yay me!) - can you see the alphabets on it? I thought that was a good thematic choice especially since it looks like the sky. I might still use that yellow on the far left of the bottom stack for a happy sun in the top corner. Depends how the mood moves me.
Other projects on the go:
- AM/PM pre-school quilts: fabric pull imminent. I want all three quilt tops ready to go by the time I visit the class on October 17th.
- Mom's placemats. I'll be using them to show the preschool kids how a quilt is made so the 6 of them need to be in varying stages of completion. October 17th.
- Hallowe'en costume: The Child wants to be "a bird" - specifically, a penguin chick. Yes, chick. I talked her up to an actual penguin. Due October 31st.
- Stash Trad Bee: October is the first month! I pulled fabrics (fun!) for Angela's gigantic Cracker Scraps (I keep wanting to call it Cracker Snaps?) block. In this bee, we sew from our stash, which saves a lot on postage. I like it! Must be in the mail by October 31st.
- VMQG's Habitat Challenge, due November 17th. I've got a plan.
- VMQG Potholder Swap with Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild, due November 30th.
- Stash Trad Block. For Krista. Due the 30th.
- Commission Quilt (family tree): will use the same design that I use for the AM/PM quilts (SMRT, that's me!). Due December 7th.
- All 3 Preschool quilts 100% done by December 15th.
- Placemats for my Mom. December 15th.
- Memory Quilt for friend's daughter. Would like to get this done by Christmas. Might be too ambitious.
That seems like a lot, I know, but I have two (count 'em) TWO quilt retreats between now and then, one of which is 4 glorious days long. I'm feeling good about my chances.
Linking up to Lee's and TNATN!