It’s been one of those weeks that are full of things — but I never really felt busy or overwhelmed. I like when life rolls like that. Said goodbye to some dear friends (they’re on their way to live in Nashville!), did some work with the homeless on Saturday morning, wrote a bunch, read a book, went to see MIB3 with Ryan, and got myself up to (mostly) running five miles.
And then there was some sewing!
This week, I finished up my Boyfriend Quilt top (from Modern Mix by Jessica Levitt), which I’ve been working on here and there for ages. It’s actually a fairly simple quilt, so I’m not sure why it took me so long. I’m very happy with the results, though the borders stretched a little and that makes me nervous to quilt it. I’m going to try spray basting on this one.
I finished two more Essential Quilting blocks as well. There are 10 blocks in the class, but I’d like 12 for my quilt (I want a rectangle, not a square) so I’m making a few extras. I’m also trying to decide if I want to do the Tumbling Blocks block — it’s not my favorite, so I might just substitute a wonky strip-pieced block. We’ll see.
The first extra block I made is the Stashbuster block by Little Miss Shabby. I am head over heels for this block — I love love love how modern and fresh it is! And that little red block makes me so happy. I want to make a whole quilt with this sort of design:
I also did a Drunkard’s Path block, which was part of the class. This is the first time I’ve worked with curved piecing! It was a little difficult and required approximately 2,348,975 pins. Once I got the hang of it, though, each little block came together a bit faster than the previous. I wish I’d picked a little more contrast between the two main fabrics — they kind of blend together from a distance:
I also cut out a bunch of fabric. Some of it will make the Gradations Bag (also from Modern Mix). I’m going to do it out of Tula Pink’s Nightshade and some other menswear fabrics. Not gonna lie: it will be creepy and awesome.