I realized this week that it's nice to have Sewing Summit behind me. It was lots of fun, but also a lot of work preparing for our class. I'm shifting my sewing focus a bit for the next few months toward pattern writing. Most of the projects I have planned in the near future are for patterns. This one is the first up.
I finished piecing the top and back yesterday. Now it just needs quilted. This will actually be my third time making this quilt. The first is on the back of my hexagon quilt. The second will show it's face for the first time at Market. This is my third (and favorite). I've worked out the bugs and feel ready to finish writing it up. Hopefully the pattern will be all ready in just a few weeks.
I debated a lot on colors for this quilt top. I ended up choosing cooler colors. Tammy from Marmalade Fabrics has actually put a kit together which will be available once the pattern is ready. I'm so excited about this. The kit price is very reasonable and has hardly any waste (meaning you have to cut very carefully). I hate it when kits have oodles of extra fabric.
But I also loved these warm colors. I'm wondering if there would be enough interest in this colorway for Tammy to kit the warm colors also. I would love to make another top from these fabrics for a sample, but I don't think I have it in me to do it again.
While at Sewing Summit I did get some sewing done in the evenings. I made some progress on my Chicopee kaleidoscope quilt. I love how it's coming together. I have realized it's the perfect project for sewing nights/days with friends and the guild. It's pretty brainless chain piecing since I'm not planning any pattern in the design. I don't have to think too much about it and can easily chat as I sew. I'm not in any huge rush to complete this so I plan to save it for Sew Saturdays with our guild.
I got my Chicopee bundle from Amanda at Westwood Acres. I'm doing a large throw, and it used almost exactly a fat 1/8s bundle. Amanda is currently out of Chicopee, but will have more in stock on Monday!
I completed two bee blocks this week. The first is for Katie from Katie's Korner. We used the free pattern from Anna Marie Horner for these bee blocks.
My next one is for Cindy from Live A Colorful Life. She wanted Halloween Granny squares. I forgot to take a good photo before shipping it off the other day so Instagram will have to do. This is my last block for my Stash Trad bee. I have only one block left in my Sew Beautiful Bee. I am planning to take time off from bees and swapping for a while and focus my time on other projects. I am really sad to see them ending though.
I'm heading to Market on Friday morning and can't wait! I'm looking forward to seeing lots of beautiful fabric as well as spending lots of girl-time with my sister.