I've been hard at work on a variety of projects lately, especially a curved log cabin using the same fabric as the "Bloom" appliqued quilt with a variety of black and whites. It looks great! I used a Fons & Porter pattern I found online that makes 9" blocks. What makes is curvy is that the colored sized logs are 2" wide, while the b&w logs are 1 1/4" wide. When you put them together, you can make shapes like circles and even seahorses. However, mine are just being set on the diagonal, and it looks so pretty! I'll try to take a photo when it looks more like a quilt. Without much wallspace, I use a bed for my "design wall" when a quilt gets larger.
I'm at the stage where I've laid the blocks out on the bed and am sewing them together. I often simply stack the blocks up in order, but I don't want to mess up the order so I'm being more careful to pin each block to the next in a row. This quilt will be for a little girl in Canada as a favor to my friend Yvette. She isn't sure if the bed's twin or double, so I will wait and see. If it's twin, it won't need much of a border. I'll make it scrappy and plain. If it's full, I'll need to order a bit more fabric for a wider border of one of the prints from Amy Butler's "Violette" line. Hope to hear soon.
I am meeting with Barbara this week to figure out what she would like in terms of a tote bag for her daughter's birthday in December. Guess I'll track down some of the totes I've made myself and see what size handles, pockets, etc. she'd like. She asked me back in the early spring and now December is fast approaching! She has fabric, she says, so that's a plus.
I'm teaching an applique class October 8, so I started gathering materials for that yesterday. I am planning to use some of my class samples for mug rugs this holiday season as I'd like to make each person on the library staff one. There are at least 13 people. Every year the Friends of the Library and the trustees have a staff appreciation dinner, and I usually buy little gifts - funny holiday socks, ornaments, chocolates - for the staff. This year, since I'm in both organizations, I thought I'd make something they can all use. Keeping my fingers crossed that I can get that done by the Friday after Thanksgiving!