I finished steps one and five of Easy Street last weekend. I have part of step four completed but still haven't started steps two and three. The sixth step is just cutting - I think I can handle that this weekend. Here are my blocks from step five:
I am making good progress on this month's Lemoyne Star assignment. I finished the first 12" block when I was traveling and finished the 6" block last weekend. I am well on my way to finishing the second 12" block for this month - I hope to knock that one out tonight.
I always like to start a new quilting project over the holidays. Perhaps I should focus on finishing some of my current projects instead, but where's the fun in that?!? I felt particularly ambitious this year and have decided to start not just one but TWO new projects...and that's just this week! I visited Sweet Annie's quilt shop to purchase fabric for Birds of a Feather by Blackbird Designs. I fell in love with this quilt when I saw it at The Quilted Moose back in September. I hadn't really made plans to start it but then one of my Yahoo groups selected it as a group project for 2013. I am highly motivated by assignments and goals, so I figured I may as well play along. Most of the fabrics I selected are from Edyta Sitar's last couple of lines:
I will throw in a few more reds and possibly a couple more browns from my stash to complete the palette. The background is brown, and the large print floral is the border. It's a little different from the rest of the projects I am working on so I am looking forward to getting started.
My second holiday project is Prairie Peonies by Edyta Sitar (Laundry Basket Quilts). I pieced little strip sets for my first two blocks yesterday. Here they are before the diamonds were cut from them:
The colors aren't great in the picture - they look a bit brighter than they actually are. They go well with the beige/tan background batik I am using. I'm having a blast with these so far. I cut the diamonds and all of my background fabric last night and plan to piece the blocks and prep the applique today. I didn't realize until I started working on these yesterday that the applique is different in each of the 25 blocks. I think that is awesome! I love combining piecing with applique, and I really hate the idea of repeating the same block over and over...probably why I am not progressing very quickly on my Rose of Sharon.
Off to the sewing room - I can't wait to get my first two peony blocks together!