This past week I have been reading blogs whenever I have gotten the chance. Which hasn't been very often. I have a few blogs that I read first and then if I have more time I go a little deeper on my list. This weekend, I had a bit of that free time and was going through my list and one block really, really caught my eye. I got to this blog in a round about way. So, let me give credit to the blogs - I was reading up on what Quilt Dad is doing when I noticed that during October there is going to be a Quilt-Uberfest. I picked a random name off that list, Amy Logsiger - October 5th and went to her blog, Mrs. Schmenkman Quilts. Wow, I have been to this blog before. I have always liked what she has done and I don't know why I didn't have it bookmarked. Reading through, I came upon her posting about the Japanese + and X blocks. I was transfixed. I love this block. I need to make this block. I clicked on a link that led me to another link and now, I can't tell you where I found the tutorial on this block. I have tried to backtrack - I had to backtrack to even write this posting, saved it, looked, write, saved it, looked, etc. Just so I could bring you all the information I could, but alas, this is it. I made four blocks yesterday and put them up on my design wall. I sewed them together already and think I will make it into a pillow.
Even though I really like this and it uses up my scraps, I think I need to have a lighter "background" like in the ones on the flicker group. I think it is from here that I followed links to the tutorial, but I can't figure out which magic website got me there.
Last week, or the week before, I made a 15 minute play block for the basics quilt. I just hope it's not too late to get it to Victoria for her quilt. It has been hanging out on my wall ever since it was finished. I need to go over to 15 minutes and see the rules/guidelines for this one and send it off.
This is what I have been up to the last week in that extra free time. Cutting fabric. I am getting ready to go to the Ogallala Ceta Canyon retreat. I plan on working on my quilt for the retreat my friend Kathy and I put on each year.
This is my year to teach and I designed the block below. You can read more about this block here. Since it is made up of lots of scraps, I have been cutting my fabric into squares. You can see my boxes for a few of the sizes on the cutting station. I have squares from 5 inches to 1 inch. I don't know what I am going to do with the one inch blocks, but I will do something. They have been talking to me all day and I am thinking 9 patch or something like that. A 9 patch block made with 1 inch squares would only measure 1 1/2 inches!! That is crazy. I may just have to make it and play with my other size squares. However, that is in the future. For now, I need to get this quilt made.