For the last three days I've been crushing on the fact that I got to stay home for three days in a row and do whatever I like. No work. No obligations. I spent some of the time hanging out with friends, some of the time hanging out with Dwight and some of the time reading. The current book is Almanac of the Dead by Leslie Marmon Silko. I'm really enjoying it.
I got right to work on Friday making my Hive 8, stash bee blocks. Liz wanted log cabin cross blocks in black and white. This block went together quickly and I made her two.
The first with fabric designed by Rashida Coleman of Cotton and Steel, and the second with fabric designed by Erin McMorris.
Liz wrote an excellent tutorial for making these blocks and she shared it on her blog Lizzyclips Designs. Judging by the blocks showing up on the Stash Bee blog this is going to be a very striking quilt.
Helen of Hive 6 also chose a cross block for her bee block and as I was crushing on the crosses I made one for her as well.
Helen also has a great tutorial on her blog Midget Gem Quilts for making this block which uses a different construction method than Liz's. With the reds and low volume scrappiness, this quilt will be another winner.
I'll be the Queen Bee for Hive 8 next month and I've finally settled on a block. I've got the fabric cut and I'm hoping for some sunny days this week to sew the pieces together and make the tutorial. Oh and I almost forgot, I ended the weekend finding out that I was a lucky winner of the One Monthly Goal link up at Red Letter Quilts. I won Machine Quilting with Style by Christa of Christa Quilts!
I am so grateful to have had this wonderful weekend of respite. My next week and weekend are jam packed again, with two trips to Toronto and one in the other direction to New Hamburg. We are making preparations for my aunt to return to her apartment ( not sure exactly when that will be but it's getting closer) and my niece will be visiting from Australia! My American relatives will also be joining us at my sister in law's farm. Both my kids, my daughter in law and my grandson will be there as well.
Linking up with Main Crush Monday and Let's Bee Social.