Years ago, many quilters were working on Jennifer Chiaverini's "Sarah Sampler" quilt, based on her 1999 debut novel The Quilter's Apprentice. For the online book group I lead, I've been re-reading this "old saw" (as my former colleague Priscilla used to call them) and thinking about making the quilt I never got around to.
In keeping with my resolve to use more orange, I got out my box of orange and added a pale gray/blue "American Brand" solid for the first two blocks, Ohio Star and Bachelor's Puzzle. What fun! There are only 12 blocks in the quilt but I have a nice print for sashing. Should make a nice quilt.
Today I worked on the guild mystery quilt. I like it so far because each clue takes about an hour to finish. Mine is cream with a variety of Civil War-era prints in brown, blue, and rust. I am hoping to use up all the Civil War prints on this quilt, including the back. I hope next month will be the time for putting all the pieces together. What we have so far is very intriguing. One step called for flipping and sewing a solid to a print, leaving a whole lot of small half-square triangles. This week I sewed them all together like flying geese for a mini which I layered with flannel to hand quilt. With all the snow we've had, it's nice to have a couple of projects to work on while sitting on the couch. I also have knitting - a scarf and a hat - but it's fun to switch it up a little.