Well, I have been obsessed with getting my Quilts of Valor quilt finished up and haven't worked on anything else this past week. No EPP; no cross-stitch; no redwork; no Splendid Sampler blocks, just a lot of piecing and joining on the QoV quilt. It has approximately 1050 pieces. Here is where I'm at now.
Lola helping me get the rows laid out on the floor
All laid out
I just need to stitch the rows together and then add a very small border of the white with blue stars material and a larger border of blue. Once the borders are sewed on it will be ready to hand over to Denise who heads up our group. They will choose a backing for it and send it to the longarmer. If we are still here, I'll add the binding. I'm very pleased with how it has turned out and I'm hoping whoever it is gifted to loves it.
Last Thursday I attended my first ever meeting with the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild and it was fantastic. There were about 60 or so women in attendance and lots of show and tell. They have a BOM challenge each month and last month's challenge was Dresden Plate. Below is a picture of my favorite one. This month the challenge is a Drunkard's Path and I've been researching and doing a lot of thinking of what I can do for it. I've not ever tried to sew curves so that will be a new experience for me. I did find a tutorial on making a Drunkard's Path block without using pins HERE. Not sure if I'll use it or not.
They are also having a block lottery this month and I hope to participate in that. Have any of you participated in one? If not, here is how it works: you make however many blocks of a certain pattern that you would like. For each block you make, you get a raffle ticket. The winning ticket gets all the blocks to make into a quilt. For our lottery we are using a solid white as the main color and the other color for the block can be any shade of gray or black. Not sure when I'll find the time for all these fun activities, but I'm going to give it my best shot.
I've really had red, white, and blue on the brain lately while thinking of Memorial Day and the 4th of July. This free pattern really caught my eye on the McCall's Quilting site. Click HERE to download the pattern.
You ask, where are you at with your travel plans? Well, it is still up in the air as to when we will leave for the summer and my grandson's wedding in August. DH has two medical appointments on 5/3 and I have one on 5/10. Not sure if there will be any follow-up appointments so we are still in a wait-and-see mode. Maybe by the 4th of July.