Rather than work on one large project, I brought a whole bunch of smaller bits to do.
First up, I pieced my water/sea glass quilt top but having neglected to bring any backing or batting fabric, I had to put that aside. My forgetfulness regarding the backing/batting is even more baffling considering I consciously chose the thread I wanted to use to quilt it and made sure to bring it along. I really wonder about myself and my memory sometimes.
Next up, my challenge blocks for VMQG. We were to make blocks with black and shades of grey solids, with a pop of Kona Curry if desired. Paul, our challenge coordinator, was inspired by a quilt by Jessica Blomquist called New York Skyline. It was featured in the Modern Quilt Guild's 100 days of Modern Quilting series.
It's a block lottery this month so you get an entry for every block you make, then a winner (or two depending on the number of blocks) is drawn and they win the blocks. I made two - I'd love to win a few more of these blocks!
Next up is a block for Holly in the Fab Bee. I am not officially in that bee, but Holly had a really great idea for the two of us to swap bee blocks between us. She knew I needed more Scrappy Churn Dash blocks for my Stash Trad Bee quilt, and she needed more for her Fab Bee quilt. It was very easy for me to say yes when I saw what kind of block she wanted.
Cool or what? Holly was inspired by a number of different quilts and blocks (here's her Pinterest inspiration board). The bee members each received fabrics - including some wonderful linen - in a variety of neutrals plus a feature colour. When I saw Amy's block where she had made the piecing of the coloured bits wavy like water, I knew right away what to do with the fabulous orangey bits. The triangles are my interpretation of flames.
But wait! There's more! I then turned my attention to pattern testing for Nikki The Girl Who Quilts. She wrote a pattern for this fabulous tote.
Here I am with my version of it. Closeup photography was thwarted by aforementioned cranky child.
Like my swing coat? $10 at Value Village.
And then I basted that outstanding Easy Going Modern top:
I still had time left (!!) so I then pieced a little Halloween themed quiltie using blocks I won in the VMQG's Halloween block lottery 11 months ago.
A nice mini size: 24" square.
I'm not really a "Halloween person" - I loved making G's costume last year and I love the candy (Tootsie Rolls for the win!) but with our limited storage space here, I am loath to acquire a lot of Halloween decor stuff. This quiltie can hang on our door and replace the one I made 10 years go.
Not bad, huh? I added a project to my WIP list but that's okay - I'm having fun!