Why the day off! Well my second grandson was scheduled to be delivered by C section yesterday and I booked off today and tomorrow to help out with Gabriel and the new baby Eli while my son is at non violent intervention training. Eli decided to mess up everyone's schedule and arrive a week early so I scrambled to get off two days last week as well. My shifts this week were filled so as I was not needed today I get to relax. I'll be back with the kids tomorrow. Yay!
I plan to do a little cooking also to help keep everyone nourished.
I've been scrambling lately to find enough time to quilt and to blog but here are some of the things I have been working on.
First up is this paper pieced, paper airplane block I made for the block lotto for the Toronto Modern Guild. I love this block and sadly I did not win the blocks so I'll have to make more sometime. The pattern is a free one from Kristy at Quiet Play and it's a pretty easy pattern.
Have you seen the Little Tents quilt that Daisy from Ants to Sugar ( Now Warm Folk) designed? I think it's beautiful and I proposed it as a summer block lotto for my local guild Royal City Quilters Guild. For our block lottos, the community outreach committee gets half the blocks and we use them to make donation quilts. This is a 12 1/2" block and the quilters can make this size or 6 1/2" or 18 1/2". We are giving people till November to get these blocks done.
Keeping with the outdoorsy theme, we are holding two block lottos over the summer and the second is for these tree blocks using the tutorial by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter. This one is due in October. And if you are wondering about the socks that go so nicely with these blocks they are Maggie's organic cotton, made in the USA. I have a bit of a love affair with Maggie's socks so I thought I would share it here.
The Delectable Mountains blocks were made for the Grand River Modern Quilt Guild block lotto details here. We had to use a solid and a low volume fabric. I chose purple because the sample block was green and I thought they would go well together. I also made the May block but I don't have a photo of it.
Now I know what you are thinking...three guilds, is she nuts? The answer would be yes. At some point I will have to do some adjusting here. I've belonged to the local traditional guild for about 10 years and for the next two years I'm chairing the community outreach committee which I love. I joined the TMG about two years ago and the Grand River Guild a couple of months ago. Grand River is closer to my home and I was thinking I would eventually leave the Toronto Guild but after the last TMG meeting I realized that I am quite bonded to those women....especially the ones I went to Quilt Con with so I guess I'll just thinly spread myself between the three guilds for now. Both Modern Guilds are quite laid back and casual which suits my style.
Which brings me to Stash Bee. Here is my version of the block we made last month for Susan. It's a Celtic Knot and Susan asked for bright happy fabrics. I think it will fit the bill.
I'm linking up with the Social Butterfly herself Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts. It's good to be back and hopefully I'll stay a while.