Back from the Dead

My blog, that is!

First, there was the family vacation (which was completely unplugged), then we lost our internet at home, and then the kids' school started back up. I'm not entirely sure I can make the time to blog regularly, but I'm going to give it a try.

I have been sewing and currently have one (almost) finished quilt top.

quilt top - finished

I'm calling it my Color Block quilt. The inspiration came wanting to work in a couple of solid fabrics I had recently acquired into a project -- a tangerine and a maroon. I kept added some prints and a couple more solids as I went. The quilt built itself quite organically. The block is a super-simple pattern from Quilts & More magazine. The pattern calls for 99 8" blocks - however, when I finished with the piecing, I was disappointed to find this quilt to be a bit narrow for my bed and I'm considering adding a border on the narrow sides in maroon.

I then pulled out an old WIP - a snow ball quilt using mainly green and pink prints with hand dye batiks.

constructing snow ball blocks

I really regret making the individual blocks so small ... 4 inches, I believe. What was I thinking? Too much piecing for a fairly small-ish quilt. Never again!

And finally, I'm about halfway through with the hand quilting on my hexagon quilt.

In the hoop

I was horrified to find Axel nestled within my quilt hoop when I had put it down momentarily to check something on the stove. He managed to miss injury on about 4 needles!