Some days you wake up with a plan, only to find that life has a much better one in store for you. Yesterday, I woke up with one idea for how my day would progress, but I quickly found that I was called in a different direction. In case you missed it, Molli Sparkles is organizing the creating of quilts to support the families of those who lost their lives in Sydney. After having gone through a recent traumatic experience myself, I knew instantly that I wanted to give back to the global community that held my friends and I in their collective thoughts and prayers. So, I quickly made 14 of Molli’s Hashtag Blocks to contribute and mailed them off yesterday. I’m not sure if the black / gray / brown block will work with the color theme, but I thought I’d throw them into the mix anyway. The blocks are in the mail, and I hope that they are received in the spirit of healing and gratitude in which I created and shipped them.
Based on first hand experience, having others reach out to you in a time of profound grief is an amazing lifeline. Please, consider joining in on the creation of blocks to send love from all over the world to those in need. If you are in the US, Julie @ The Intrepid Thread is collecting up blocks to send together to save on international postage, so please get in contact with Julie if you would like to make a block or two but do not want to pay the international shipping fee. She will collect blocks through the end of December. More details available at The Intrepid Thread blog.
My original plan for yesterday was to finish the piecing on the Pretty Secretive Queen Sized Quilt, but instead I will be working on it today! I am almost done piecing the top and I just need to figure out some details for the large center block before I can finish it up. Sorry to keep teasing you with distorted images, but it’s the best I can do for now. The image below has been distorted in Photoshop to make it look like a tiled mosaic to hide some of the details.
This past week I have also started piecing the Cocoa Leaf Medallion quilt. As a quick recap, the quilt is inspired by this beautiful light fixture that is in the bedroom where the quilt will reside:
I created some large templates and got the center of the quilt pieced over the weekend. The center is currently 60.5″ square and the quilt is going to be about 100″ wide by 120″ long.
The next step will be to figure out how to applique down the large cocoa leaves in the center of the medallion. I had thought that I would first finish out the quilt top with the rest of the Kona Cream and then do all the applique work (all the leaves will be applied via applique), but I decided that it would be easier to manipulate the center leaves now before adding even more material. And, as always, I am really impressed with how well the real quilts look in comparison to the EQ5 designs that I make.
I realize everyone is probably really busy in this final week before Christmas. I hope that you are finding time to stop and enjoy your family, friends, and that you are happy, warm, cozy, and loved this holiday season.