Here are a few things that I have worked on the last couple of weekends. Below are my blocks for the Blogger's Block of the Month. I have sashed them and set them on point. Now to figure out how I want do some borders for these. I actually did two sets of blocks when I was making them planning on putting them all in one quilt. The others use the same fabrics except they have a green and white print background. I thought I liked them better, but seeing this picture, I kind of like this quilt. I may have to pull out some turquoise to add into the border since that is what is jumping out of this quilt at me. Now that I look at it, I could have made my life easier by just adding the pink border last instead of adding it to each section as I went. That was crazy!! It also has a few areas where it isn't straight so I will even it up before I add the next border.
I really like the picture of the flowers I have pinned to the design wall. Someday I will make a quilt using those colors. For now, it makes me happy to look at it. Last weekend I worked on the above quilt, but since I was frustrated with the sashing deal, I mostly started working on the quilt below. I really have never liked the trip around the world quilts. They don't really do anything for me. However, when I kept seeing everyone making these blocks and seeing how scrappy they were, I decided to join in. I used Bonnie Hunter's tutorial, my box of 2 1/2" strips and just jumped in. Eleven of the twelve blocks were finished on Sunday. I made the twelfth one on Monday. I guess I have realized that I don't like the precise placement of color. I think that is why I haven't ever liked the trip around the world and the intricate lone star quilts. Now that I have done a portion of both of these and done them scrappy, I may try some other quilts that I don't really enjoy. No, one of those will NOT be a sunbonnet sue quilt. I still do not like that one.
I have one fabric that is in there twice, but it's a pale, pale fabric so maybe it will be okay. Who knows, I might have several fabrics in there more than once when it is totally finished. I am hoping to make more of these blocks in the near future.
The last thing I have worked on tonight is my challenge quilt for Ogallala. I have known what I wanted to do since I got my fabric pack back in April of 2012, but haven't gotten around to working on it until now. (Actually I printed out my patterns last weekend). Below are the fabrics that were in this years pack. There are 4 of them and as soon as I saw them, I knew what I wanted to make. I have been collecting pictures all along and last weekend finally decided which one I wanted to turn into my pattern. I can't show you anything, but I have some of it done and will continue to work on it in the coming weeks since I have to have a picture of the quilt (it will have to be just the top for now) and get the entry paperwork postmarked by February 22nd. I am pushing to have everything done by the 19th - well, maybe except for the final quilting and binding. I should say, I am pushing to have the top finished so I can mail off the paperwork by the 19th. It will be fun to see what everyone does with these fabrics. I have already added the minimum of what I had to add, now to see if I need to add any more fabrics. (I can add up to 4 total) My plan has shifted somewhat from my first thought, but it has shifted to add more to it than I had previously thought. My first thought is still a major part of this quilt. I know I am being cryptic and I can't wait to share with you all what I have done so far. I guess I need to take pictures of the process for a later posting. Yes, I think I will go do that now before I forget. What are you working one?