I was lucky enough to be able to take a few days off from work last week and relax. We didn’t travel anywhere. Just went to the beach (we’ve had gorgeous weather for end of summer), did a few things around the house and of course, I did some sewing!
I can’t say enough how much I love the portability of EPP. I can prep my pieces ahead of time and even when I’m rushing, I can usually find time to quickly glue baste a few shapes. I have been able to make progress on my star quilt that would not have been possible with hand or machine piecing. I sew on the train, at the beach, in the car (when I’m a passenger!), and while waiting for appointments. I don’t use pins at all when I EPP; I glue baste the pieces and hold them together with small butterfly clips from office supply stores, so I don’t have to be concerned about dropping pins, or worse leaving them where unsuspecting people may sit or step on them. I use ziploc bags for EPP when I go to the beach, so no worries about getting my pieces wet or dirty. It really is amazing what can be accomplished in only a few minutes here and there.
I have been stitching the star blocks into columns and then stitching the columns together. into two sections. Once I add the final blocks to the bottom, then I’ll sew the right and left sections together. Here’s what my star blocks are looking like now.
I really have to start planning borders and binding. And, as much as I love this project, I can tell I’m reaching that point where I’m ready to start something else! So, I finally took the plunge and started my first rosette for the La Passacaglia quilt. I’ve had the book for ages and my local quilt shop started a class/group once a month and I just had to sign up!
Right now, I’m working on a Christmas themed rosette. I have some Christmas fabrics in my stash I’d like to use and I found a few new Christmas fabrics to buy for this quilt.
I’ve stitched together the red center star and the five yellow diamonds surrounding it. I’m having a hard time with the yellow. I’m determined not to make this a red and green Christmas colored quilt/wall hanging. I want some other colors in there so I’m trying to build on any other colors I find in my Christmas prints. There are some yellow stars in both the red center print and the green outer print so hopefully by the time I make a few more rosettes, the yellow diamonds won’t stand out so much! But first I have to sew all those green Santa pentagons together.
I don’t think I’m going to make the entire La Passacaglia quilt in Christmas fabrics, however. A Christmas wall hanging, or even a pillow if I run out of time, will give me enough practice with these shapes and design possibilities to figure out how I want to make a full size La Passacaglia quilt.
Hope you all are having a great week. I’m linking up with the Monday Star Count over at Life Under Quilts.