I did manage to spend a lot of time in the sewing room Friday night and most of the weekend although it really doesn't seem like I accomplished all that much! I received my fabrics for Lisa Bonjean's Magic of Christmas Stitch-Along on Thursday so that was the first thing I worked on. This stitch-along project will have 25 six inch red & white blocks. The setting is still a mystery. I chose to do the "country" version (red & cream/tan) and decided I would try to make two of each block for a larger quilt. The first block was nice and easy and went together quickly.
I couldn't decide what to work on next so I thought I would dig out my APQ UFO and see where I stood on that one. The answer? Very,. very far from being complete. Really only barely started. I assembled a couple more blocks just to say that I at least worked on it this month even though I can't claim much in the way of progress. This is one of those projects that cries for a nice weekend retreat.
Our local TAS chapter met on Saturday morning and we had a guest (and hopefully new member) that brought along a collection of 23 album blocks that she and her late sister had been made starting as far back as 1990. She is working on finishing a few more blocks to bridge their two different color palettes and will then assemble them all into a quilt. The blocks are beautiful!
I spent a little time cutting and sewing hourglass blocks for my first Clarissa block. The colors aren't very true in this photo but I really like how this came together. I'm envisioning an off-white sashing and border. I plan to do the rest as leaders and enders - this one was just to get a feel for the project and help me plan for cutting.
The remainder of my sewing time this weekend was spent trying to catch up on SBOW prep work. I assembled three more of the freebie blocks and three My Crazy Life blocks. There were a lot of little pieces to cut out!
I am headed out of town for the Warsaw hook-in this weekend and hope to get some of these blocks stitched. I am so far behind! I think I have enough wool applique in the works to last me several lifetimes...