Still a WiP!

I have the whole of this week off as I have my birthday on Friday, and instead of going into Leicester’s council offices to work as usual, I will be spending my birthday working on a monster.

The said monster is my Maple Leaf quilt. So far I have completed almost 4/5ths of the top, and have the pieces already cut for 5 more blocks to sew then piece together.  I have tried not to duplicate any blocks, but the red Japanese maple print with plain red is the only one duplicated.

I quickly found that my original selection of appropriate prints was very limited, so I added 4 which I had left over from Autumn Waterfall and 2 fat quarters I brought at the Festival of Quilts.

Not only have I been working on this, I have also started to cut out the papers for my next project. In my last post I said that I was finding it hard to choose between 2 layouts: (1) all-over Weathervane or  (2) Weathervane/Double Star alternating blocks. Lately I have been drawn to option 2, but this involves cutting 4cm squares and 3cm squares, as the 2 blocks are different sizes.

Next project

I am still working away on my Maple Leaf quilt, which is 2/3 complete. Even now I am thinking about my next project.

About 8 years ago my Mum took me to Scarborough, Yorkshire, to visit The Sewing Centre and as it was near my birthday (and I was not working at the time) she brought some fabric for me! Thank you Mum! The fabric is Natural Impression by Kent Avery in blue & red, sadly now out of print. My plan is to use these fabrics with coordinating plain blue & red, with leafy prints in green to make a summer version of my Autumn Waterfall quilt.

However, I have been kind of following the Hexagon-A-Long activities on Lynne’s blog.  When I started doing patchwork back in the late 1990s, my very first quilt top was hexies in the old fashioned Grandmother’s Fower Garden pattern. Now, seeing how you can piece a hexie from triangles and the like, I am tempted to do a hexie quilt.

Oh! Don’t forget that I am having a giveaway for the best 3 name suggests for my unnamed quilt (here). Hopefully, I will be able to post pictures of the prizes in the next few days.