Well this has been a week of bouncing around like a rubber ball.
My-niece-the-quilter came to visit and brought more goodies than should be allowed. The tote had strips and strips -- yards and yards of strips. The bag had 1" cuts and some selvages (one addiction I don't have), and a few other scraps.
I love her good taste in fabric! Modas. Batiks. Sock monkeys. Kaffe. The list goes on.....
Did I mention a jelly roll of batiks that are pre-cut to 10.5" and pinned together? WHAT IS SHE THINKING?
My head has been bouncing like a rubber ball since all this came to live with me. I had already cut the circles that you see above out of the balance of the challenge fabric (that was instead of finishing the challenge quilt which I decided needed 8 more blocks).
But, I kept being distracted by the batiks. I mean really distracted! I have never had a jelly roll of batiks and these colors are incredible. This is the perfect chance to try Wanda's (Exuberant Color) tutorial on separating lights, darks, mediums. Wanda is a master (mistress?) on value and you will love reading her blog and learning from her if you're not already a follower.
This is my design wall after bouncing around. A few circles from the challenge fabrics led me to think about my shirts and what a circle quilt from the plaids/stripes might look like so I made a block. I had the templates out anyway, right? The workmanship is not the best but I think I like it and believe I could get king sized quilt out of just sleeves -- never mind the backs and fronts.
I also made two practice string blocks from the 1" goodies -- I think this will make a great donation quilt for a child. And these are very different fabrics from my normal stash. How can you work on these and not smile? They are cut at 5.5" to finish at 5". Aren't they the cutest?
And, because I had to go a funeral three hours away in the beautiful Appalachians, I decided to take a break on the way home and see if I could find a companion fabric (besides black or another solid) for my pink FQs that was my birthday gift from my-niece-the-quilter. I love this -- it works with the light salmon on one end of the spectrum and the deep pink on the other.
What a week! I love the fabrics but I honestly don't understand gifting such a treasure trove. This young woman buys good stuff -- and I've been telling her since before she was born that I was her favorite aunt. I think she believes me, don't you? And -- to add more joy and anticipation to the future quilting here at iquiltforfun -- my-niece-the-athlete has decided she wants a large queen out of batiks. I can't wait to go shopping with her to see what she selects or what jelly rolls she decides on. She's doing lots of research and will pick the fabric and pattern. I get to the the cutting and sewing and quilting. I love my girlies!
I hope you have had a wonderful week full of good quilting surprises and family that loves and appreciates you! I certainly have.