It seems like just the other day I couldn't believe that April had already arrived--and now it's nearly over! During April we have beautiful weather here in southern Nevada, so I'm trying to take a little time each day to sit outside and enjoy the spring before it's time to hibernate inside for the summer. Many of the days have been a blur, though, with a lot of market sewing and paper grading going on over here. I've officially finished my market sewing, and on Friday night I finally had the house to myself and some time to make one of those "it has been on the 'to do' list forever" kind of projects. Now, I've already made two Swoon quilts; I pieced the original Swoon sample for Camille in the spring of 2011, and before the first block was even finished I had fallen head over heels for her pattern. So I made one for myself (you can see it in the center photo of my blog header) and have loved it. But, you know Swoon is one of those patterns you can't seem to tire of, and I've wanted to make one lone Swoon block for quite some time now.
Part of the reason it took me so long to piece this block was the fact that I couldn't decide on fabrics (isn't that always the case?). Finally I chose my favorite floral and the terrific gray dot on gray from Happy Go Lucky. I'm hoping to add a small white border and then get this quilted and hung in the sewing room this week.
I also worked a little this weekend on my "Small Plates" quilt (from the book Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman). I'm using Tula Pink fabrics from several of her collections and finished up 20 more blocks yesterday.
This brings my total to 60 blocks with only 20 left. Some more Tula fabric is on the way that should let me finish up the quilt top in the next week.
Finally...a little sneak peek at some of my market sewing. Pictured above is one of the adorable blocks from Joanna's pattern "Cherry Pie" which will be available in a couple of weeks. She shared a sneek peak of one version of this quilt the other day on her Facebook page and said I could share this on my blog. Joanna's version uses some of her older collections while I got to sew with her new line, Honeysweet. If you like cherries you'll definitely fall head over heels for this quilt. It is a good sized quilt that goes together quickly. The cherry pieces can be made from charm squares, so it's a great stash quilt as well.
International Quilt Market is approaching quickly, and I'm so excite--I can hardly wait! My last class at the college is the day before I leave, so the timing couldn't have been better. I still have a few things to prepare for that as I'll be giving a SchoolHouse presentation on my book A Quilting Life: Creating a Handmade Home and will also have a book signing to do while I'm there. If you're planning on attending market, I'd love to know!
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