Sunday, January 23, 2011

Quilting is back in full swing.

My small group frequently gets together and agrees on a challenge or 2, or 3. The first challenge of 2011 is a scrap quilt made entirely from stash. And since I need another project likea whole in the head I jumped right in. I only have about a bazillion projects going, I really need to complete something! Anyway, this is a small scrappy quilt with my civil war repros. I have had my eye on the pattern for  awhile and the civil war eras have been calling my name so it was a perfect fit.  Here is stage 1- 4 patches!

And now they are coming together like this....

But after having this sit on the design wall I decided I didn't like the white so I am replacing it with brown. I am eliminating brown stars entirely - because you won't see them against a brown backrground - and doing them each a different color. More pics soon - happy quilting everyone!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Block Swap Adventure has Begun!

I joined the Block Swap Adventure (see side button) where I will sew a block for someone else and receive one in return. I have never done a blog Block Swap so this will be lots of fun. My block partner for January is already on top of her game and already sent me my block. See....

Isn't it awesome! I am going for a civil war scrappy, cause you just can't go wrong with civil war prints, not possible. I'll mix them with some blocks I make, maybe an applique center surrounded by a scrappy border. Just thinking about the possibilities makes me happy. Now I am off to sew my partners block - I plan to get it done this week so she can have it ASAP.

On a side note, I got my results back for my final exam. I passed section A with flying colors and then totally biffed it on section B.
I mean TOTAL COMPLETE FACEPLANT. Not pretty. This is a major disappointment. I have a chance to repeat that section so I will be studying like crazy. This has shaken my confidence a bit and I am literally sick to my stomach with the thought that I may not pass and all this effort will have no clear payoff. I share this here, where it is safe, because I need to say it somewhere.