The other day I discovered a link on Syko (that's a new link by the way- she's on Typepad now!) to Tallgrass Prairie Studio. Jacquie is hosting a challenge called Project Improv with the intention of getting more quilters into improvisational piecing. You can imagine how happy I was to join.
The challenge is to create a project with improvisational piecing and to send in a block for some charity quilts she's doing. I got right on it and settled down to making blocks before I was even approved for the group! I ended up with four blocks made from my scrap prints bin and then got out the last of the batik fabrics which, it turns out, is a lot of fabric. I just kept on making 12.5" blocks. This is larger than I usually make my blocks.
I've made a bunch more of these since then. I really do have the goal of using up all the batiks in the bin. I will make these into quilts for gifts and possibly another community quilt for my guild.
I've been doing lots of other knitting and sewing as well. I'm teaching a Baby Surprise Jacket class so I'm working on my 5th BSJ! I also got most of the quilting done on the LOVE letters quilt. I've got three little Gee's Bend studies going. So much to show you in the next week!
Can you tell from the sunshiny photos what a beautiful day it was here in Bend? It got up to 55! That's quite unusual for January and this whole week is supposed to be pretty mild. I went for a really nice walk with Chloe and Scrabble and then to my first ever hooping class! Boy that was hard. I haven't really hula hooped since I was a kid. I did learn a few tricks and dropped the hoop about a hundred times. It was fun though!